Linebacker JaCorey Morris of Grove Hill, Ala., visited South Carolina in June after being contacted by Gamecocks linebackers coach Kirk Botkin.
On Tuesday, the 6-2, 215-pound junior decided he'd seen enough and committed to the Gamecocks. He's USC's second commitment for the 2016 class.
Botkin learned about Morris from a friend who lives not far from Clarke County High School. Morris' coach, Keith Kelley, contacted Botkin and sent him film. Kelley and Morris then went in for a visit in June after first attending a camp at Clemson.
"Coach Botkin did a really good job coming in and was laid back and did a really good job of making him feel at home," Kelley said. "He likes to hunt and play ball. Coach Botkin did a really good job of making him feel at home and he really liked the atmosphere there. And of course, the program. They are a heck of a program. Coach (Steve) Spurrier, I told him, 'Man, you'll be playing for a coach who will going into the hall of fame and one of the best coaches ever.' "
Of course, the question is will this commitment hold up over time if Alabama and Auburn make a big push?
"It will really, really surprise me if he changed his mind," Kelley said. "He definitely loves South Carolina. He likes the place and he likes the school. Coach Botkin has made a really, really big impression on him. It would really, really be tough to get him to sway away from South Carolina."
Morris plays outside linebacker and is just a playmaker, according to his coach.
"He has a knack for the football - he's always around the football," Kelley said. "He does a lot of stuff you can't teach. He just has a knack for the ball. He likes to hit. I'll just be straight up with you. He does a great job covering guys in the flats and running down the field with them."
Kelley said Morris also had offers from Clemson, Southern Miss, UAB, West Florida and some other Division II schools. Auburn and Mississippi State also were recruiting him.
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