Three-star offensive lineman Shane Lemieux has committed to South Carolina after wrapping up his visit to Columbia with his father. Lemieux's mother, who live separately from his father, wants to visit campus before the commitment becomes official -- to the extent that verbal commitments can ever possibly be anything remotely resembling official. Lemieux initially visited South Carolina over the weekend and returned on Monday for a second look at the school.
The 6'6 285-pound offensive guard hails from Yakima (Wash.) West Valley, and chose the Gamecocks over Oregon and nine other Division I offers. Lemieux possesses the versatility that offensive line coach Shawn Elliott looks for when recruiting lineman. He can play either guard or tackle and occasionally lines up as an extra blocking tight end in his high school offense. Lemieux also has sound technique and his film shows that he is able to create leverage and push defenders up the field.
Lemieux's father is a nuclear engineer living in Lancaster, S.C., so his ties to the Palmetto State were already very strong. Shawn Elliott did a great job of building a relationship with both Lemieux and his father, which was key in landing his commitment.