Lorenzo Nunez is the latest coveted quarterback recruit to reveal college plans before the conclusion of his junior year. The 4-star prospect announced his decision to attend South Carolina with a Thursday evening announcement via Twitter:
A huge thanks to all the schools that recruited me and all the fans that supported me. I am committing to the University of South Carolina— Lorenzo Nunez (@Zodabeast10) May 8, 2014
The 6'2.5", 190-pound Georgia playmaker unveiled intentions to cap off his recruiting process late Wednesday, setting the stage for a showdown between three teams from different conferences:
I will be announcing my commitment tomorrow at 6:30 pm.... between. NC state, South Carolina, Ohio State— Lorenzo Nunez (@Zodabeast10) May 8, 2014
Nunez spent time on campus at North Carolina State and South Carolina last month. He visited Ohio State midway through his junior season.
Offers from his finalists arrived at a staggered pace.
Urban Meyer was among the first coaches to extend a scholarship to Nunez, awarding him with an offer at Buckeyes camp last June. The Wolfpack officially joined the pursuit in February.
Steve Spurrier was much later to the party, waiting until the final week of March to offer Nunez. Ultimately, the timing didn't matter.
Nunez remains a relatively raw prospect but displayed multidimensional talents during a junior season at Harrison High School (Kennesaw, Georgia) that saw him make strides. He passed for 1,148 yards and five touchdowns, adding 786 yards and seven scores on he ground last fall, according to Phil Kornblut of The Post and Courier.
He earned praise from Scout.com recruiting analyst Chad Simmons during a recent assessment (via Pack Pride's James Henderson):
Nunez is a quarterback who is comfortable when working outside the pocket. He throws well on the move and his feet are a weapon as well. He is a quarterback who can move and who can make big plays with his legs. The ball comes out quickly. He needs to improve his consistency as a true passer and continue to work on his mechanics.
His efforts earned him a rating of No. 8 nationally among dual-threat quarterbacks in 247Sports' composite rankings. He joins Tyler Queen (Auburn) and Andre Brown (Georgia State) as Peach State passers committed to FBS programs.
Nunez is the seventh commitment for South Carolina in the 2015 recruiting class. The group now features five 4-star prospects.
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