- Gerry Hamilton, ESPN Staff Writer
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Cornerback was one of the needs South Carolina wanted to fill in the 2014 class, but the Gamecocks took a big step towards doing that with the commitment of D.J. Smith (Marietta, Ga./Walton) on Monday night.
Smith, No. 88 in the ESPN 300, committed to the Gamecocks on Fox Sports South. He chose South Carolina over Tennessee, Miami and in-state rival Clemson.
The 6-foot, 185-pound Smith made unofficial visits to Knoxville and Columbia in November along with Clemson in October, and will make his official visit to South Carolina this weekend.
Smith joins three-star Al Harris Jr. (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Saint Thomas Aquinas) as cornerback verbals for Steve Spurrier and staff, but the Gamecocks are far from done at the position of need.
Along with Smith, South Carolina will host cornerback and Wesley Green (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King), No. 120 in the ESPN 300, this weekend. Former Florida commit Chris Lammons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Plantation), No. 86 in the rankings, will also officially visit Jan. 24.
The headliner of the weekend official visitors for South Carolina is Damian Prince (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara), the nation’s No. 26 prospect, and current Florida State defensive tackle commit Dexter Wideman (Saluda, S.C./Saluda).
Smith’s pledge gives the Gamecocks 17 commitments, including seven ESPN 300 prospects, and their class is No. 30 in the nation.
South Carolina quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus was the lead recruiter of Smith, who is the fifth prospect from the state of Georgia to pledge to the Gamecocks in the 2014 class.
Smith said during the telecast that official visits to Tennessee and Miami remain possibilities.
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