Offensive lineman Christian Pellage picks Gamecocks over Miami, Florida State


Special to The Post and Courier

Christian Pellage, a 6-7, 280-pound offensive lineman from Brooksville, Fla., announced a commitment to South Carolina during a ceremony at his high school Friday. Pellage picked the Gamecocks over Miami and Florida State.

Pellage, who also had offers from Alabama and Georgia, made two trips to USC this year, including the Gamecock Showcase Camp in July. It was shortly after that visit to Columbia that Pellage moved the Gamecocks high on his list.

"It really came down to how I felt just being there," Pellage said. "It just felt right. I felt at home."

Pellage got the chance to work closely with offensive line coach Shawn Elliott and that, too, left a positive impression on him.

"I loved working with Coach Elliot," Pellage said. "I really felt a great connection between Coach and I."

Pellage reportedly was favoring Florida State for most of the recruiting campaign but after attending a camp there, the Seminoles reportedly decided not to seek a commitment from him right away but rather wait for another evaluation during the season.

Pellage obviously wasn't interested in waiting on the Seminoles and decided to end his recruitment by committing to the Gamecocks.

Pellage gives USC four offensive linemen in the class. He is the 29th commitment for the class, including three holdovers from the 2014 class.