One day after receiving an offer from the University of South Carolina after attending camp, Chapin tight end Will Register (6-4, 230) returned to campus and gave his commitment to the Gamecocks.
Earlier in the week Register camped at Clemson and picked up an offer from the Tigers. After getting the USC offer, he said he’d have a tough decision to make between the in-state schools and would not rush into one. But he was just kidding.
“I really was keeping quiet about it,” he said. “I’ve grown up a Gamecock. I’ve grown up here all around Gamecock football so I’m very happy with my decision and I feel like it’s definitely the right one for me. I’ve always wanted to be a Gamecock football player and now I’ve got an opportunity. I’m definitely excited.”
Register said he did not tell the Gamecock coaches Friday of his plans to commit and sprung it on them Saturday afternoon when he returned for the Showcase Camp.
“They were all high-fiving and stuff and were real excited,” he said. “It was good.”
Last season Register had 18 catches for 262 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensive back JJ Givens (6-2, 170) of Mechanicsville, Va., became USC’s second commitment of the day Saturday, making his pledge at the conclusion of the Showcase Camp.
Givens said he felt the time was right to commit.
“They genuinely have my best interest outside of football and they are definitely going to take care of me,” Givens said. ‘I feel like I can come here and have an instant impact playing DB, especially at the corner position because I’m long, lanky and versatile. I definitely feel like I can bring what South Carolina needs to be pushed over the hump.”
Givens said USC recruiter Deke Adams visited his school a couple of weeks ago and that’s when he decided to visit. He took a personal visit Friday to look at the campus.
“It just made me fall in love, and after I talked with Coach Spurrier and Coach Hoke in person, I just had to pull the trigger.”
Givens said he also was seriously considering Penn State, Arizona State, Michigan, Michigan State, Wake Forest and Ole Miss. He called his commitment “a 100 percent commitment.”
Last season Givens was in on 34 tackles and four interceptions.
South Carolina senior Jeannelle Scheper captured the NCAA Outdoor high jump national title on Saturday in Eugene, Ore.
Already one of the most decorated athletes in program history, Scheper earned the women’s team’s first title since 2007, and the first title overall since 2010.
In the final team standings, the women finished tied for 20th and the men finished tied for 60th. Host Oregon swept the team titles.