South Carolina has picked up a major 2015 commitment, as weak-side defensive end Shameik Blackshear from Bluffton, S.C., has committed to the Gamecocks.
Kipp Adams of ESPN.com reports on the commitment:
The Gamecocks picked up their second commitment for the 2015 class Tuesday, and it comes from one of the most coveted prospects in the Palmetto State.
"I have verbally committed to South Carolina," Shameik Blackshear said.
Blackshear goes on to explain why he chose the Gamecocks, per Adams: "I chose South Carolina because I know I can guide and lead the program when it is my turn," Blackshear said. "South Carolina is a great place to be, and I am loved all over Columbia."
Blackshear is 6'4'', 235 pounds, and he's only a rising junior. Those measurables alone are impressive, but this tweet from Tony Morrell of TheBigSpur.com sets the bar quite high for the 2015 recruit:
Tony Morrell @TonyMorrellGCI
Bluffton (S.C.) 2015 future five-star DE Shameik Blackshear has committed to #Gamecocks. Best player they've landed since Jadeveon Clowney.2013-5-21 18:13:19
He has already garnered offers from Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Clemson and Tennessee, among others, so it's quite obvious that other programs see his potential as well.
Comparing anybody to Jadeveon Clowney is high praise, let alone a recruit who has yet to play his junior season in high school. Even if Blackshear was to become half as good as Clowney, the Gamecocks would still have a great player..
Is Blackshear "the next Clowney" for South Carolina? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.