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Fla. CB Tavyn Jackson commits to South Carolina football

Jackson becomes the first corner in the class of 2017 to pledge to Carolina.

Tavyn Jackson

The South Carolina Gamecocks added a cornerback to their 2017 class on Friday morning as Tallahassee product Tavyn Jackson announced his commitment. Jackson’s pledge gives the Gamecocks 14 players in the class, with Jackson becoming the first cornerback.

Jackson thrived as a shutdown corner in his junior year with James Rickards High School. This past fall, he registered 58 tackles and 15 pass breakups. 247Sports ranks him in the top 100 among cornerbacks nationwide, with schools like Auburn, Mississippi State, Memphis, Clemson and Oregon State extending offers. In the end, Jackson settled on the Gamecocks, with Travaris Robinson as his primary recruiter.

Jackson said that he was sold on South Carolina's "family environment", which was a deciding factor behind choosing the Gamecocks.

"They're all about the next steps into the future," he said.

It’s likely Jackson will be on campus in time for spring camp next year. He told me last month that he planned to enroll in January - the plan is to dual enroll at a community college this fall since he is only a few credits short of graduation.

"Once the fall hits I won't have anything to do but focus on football," Jackson said. "I feel as if enrolling early would put me ahead at any program I decide."

Jackson mentioned last month that he plans to take an official visit to South Carolina as soon as the opportunity presents himself. For now, it’s time to focus on the fall and prepare to hit campus shortly after.