Citadel snags Beaufort kicker away from USC

Beaufort High School placekicker Brady Cormier thought his college plans were all set. He would accept an offer to play for South Carolina as a preferred walk-on, with a chance to eventually earn a football scholarship.

But over the weekend, Cormier made an official visit to The Citadel, where he was offered a scholarship. That was enough to sway Cormier, who announced Sunday that he’s committed to the Bulldogs.

“I felt more love from everyone here than I did anywhere else,” Cormier told the Island Packet. “I love it here because I’m from around here and I know the town.”

Cormier, 5-10 and 167 pounds, kicked a school-record 52-yard field goal as a junior, made 11 field goals the last two seasons and sent almost 90 percent of his kickoffs to the end zone.

The Bulldogs also got a reported commitment from Tyler Davis, a 6-2, 290-pound offensive lineman from Waccamaw High School.

With signing day set for Feb. 4, that gives The Citadel at least 14 reported commitments for coach Mike Houston’s second recruiting class.

Others include quarterback Jordan Black (6-1, 185) of Vidalia, Ga.; defensive linemen Isaiah Hawkins (6-1, 235), Noah Dawkins (6-1, 220), Kevin Graham (6-2, 249), Attorney Gallman (6-2, 250) and Ja’lon Williams (6-3, 225); linebackers Phil Davis (6-2, 200), Edward Davis (6-0, 220) and Jordan Williams (6-2, 195); defensive backs Aron Spann (6-2, 205) and Khafari Buffalo (6-2, 185); and running back Rod Johnson (5-11, 191).