Summerville's Zack Bailey, a 6-6, 315-pound offensive lineman, committed to South Carolina on Monday morning.
Bailey, the state's most coveted offensive lineman in the 2015 class, said he had narrowed his choices to USC and Clemson before making his decision.
Bailey contacted USC offensive line coach Shawn Elliott on Sunday to give him the news first.
"He was real happy, " Bailey said. "He was glad I did. They don't have many spots left. I was a big target for them and they were just real happy to finally get me."
Bailey visited USC and Clemson several times and he liked things about both programs. But when getting down to the final decision, education was a key factor and USC simply had the program Bailey wanted to study.
"I want to do criminal justice," he said. "Clemson doesn't have it. Carolina has a strong criminal justice program.
"I still like Clemson, they are a great school, it's just Carolina has the studies I want to do and it was what I want to become in life. My gut told me where to go, so that's what I did."
Bailey has always been impressed with Elliott from watching him during a spring practice or getting hands on instructions in a camp.
"I'm excited, I like coach Elliott a lot," Bailey said. "He's a good coach. He's somebody who's going to get after me."
Bailey is USC's fifth offensive linemen commitment for the 2015 class and the 26th commitment. The Gamecocks actually have 29 overall commitments when including three carry overs from the 2014 signing class.