Pete Leota, a 6-5, 307-pound offensive lineman from Asheville, N.C., on Thursday announced a commitment to South Carolina.
Leota chose the Gamecocks over Virginia Tech.
“It’s because it’s in the SEC,” Leota said of his decision. “Because of the coaches. I felt at home when I was down there. I loved the whole vibe of the campus and I really like Coach (Shawn) Elliott. He’s been an awesome recruiter throughout this process, and also coach Deke Adams has always been consistent throughout this process staying in contact with me and having me call him.
“I just loved their whole program and what they have to offer. They also have some great food.”
Leota also had offers from North Carolina, Virginia, Boston College, Wake Forest and East Carolina. He plays offensive tackle and is considered to be an aggressive lineman who finishes every block.
Leota is USC’s 16th commitment for the 2016 class and the fourth offensive linemen.