South Carolina was expecting a commitment from one three-star prospect on Tuesday night. In the end, the Gamecocks got their man -- but not the one they were expecting.
Cornerback Damon Arnette committed to South Carolina on Tuesday night after delaying an expected announcement in favor of the Gamecocks in late june. The 6'2, 185-pound cornerback from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas chose South Carolina over 13 other offers, including Florida State, Ole Miss, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Louisville, and Duke.
The other player, three-star running back A.J. Turner, has delayed his announcement until Thursday. He too is expected to choose the Gamecocks.
Arnette is the No. 62 cornerback and the 816th-best overall prospect in the 2015 class according to the 247Sports Composite index. He's the fifth defensive back to commit to the Gamecocks in this cycle, joining four-star cornerback Mark Fields, four-star safety Antoine Wilder, four-star athlete Octavis Johnson, and three-star cornerback Jaire Alexander.
Arnette is the 19th prospect to commit to South Carolina's 2015 recruiting class, which is still holding strong at No. 6 in the 247Sports composite ranking.
I'm blessed to say that im committing to the University Of South Carolina!!! #gogamecock
— ⛄️⚡️Damon ⛄️⚡️ (@da_arnette) July 9, 2014
Is South Carolina done at cornerback?
Maybe. With three cornerbacks on board and just former walk-on Sidney Rhodes set to graduate following the 2014 season, the Gamecocks don't have a pressing need at the position. The bumper crop of four-star defensive backs in the 2014 signing class combined with a handful of blue-chippers already pledged to the 2015 class means Grady Brown's secondary should be well-stocked for a few years to come. That said, South Carolina isn't going to turn away someone like Minkah Fitzpatrick should they worm their way into serious consideration for such a player.