Teams to Watch After 4-Star WR Bryan Edwards' Decommitment from South Carolina

Sanjay Kirpalani@@SanjayKirpalaniNational Recruiting AnalystNovember 19, 2015

2016 4-Star WR Bryan Edwards has programs such as Clemson and Georgia coming after him in the wake of his decommitment from South Carolina.
2016 4-Star WR Bryan Edwards has programs such as Clemson and Georgia coming after him in the wake of his decommitment from South Carolina.Credit: 247Sports

After being committed to in-state power South Carolina for nearly eight months, 4-star receiver Bryan Edwards has decommitted from the Gamecocks, according to Ryan Bartow of 247Sports.

The decision comes a little more than a month after the abrupt resignation of Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier.

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Official statement from Bryan Edwards: "After giving it a lot of thought I have decided to reconsider my commitment to South Carolina (1/2)

Edwards maintained his pledge to the Gamecocks in the aftermath of that announcement, but he also made it clear that he intended to take some time to evaluate his options.

With his decision to reopen his process, which programs are the main ones to watch with the 6’3”, 208-pounder moving forward?

It’s worth noting that the Gamecocks aren’t completely out of the equation with Edwards. However, two other programs appear to have a shot at landing Edwards in the coming months.

SYRACUSE, NY - NOVEMBER 14:  Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers instructs his players during the game against the Syracuse Orange on November 14, 2015 at The Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York.  Clemson defeats Syracuse 37-27.  (Photo by Brett
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As Bartow detailed, fresh off his announcement, Edwards will take an official visit to Clemson this weekend for the Tigers' game against Wake Forest.

It will be his second visit to see the nation’s top-ranked squad this month, as he took an unofficial for the Tigers' big win over Florida State on Nov. 7.

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Given the momentum head coach Dabo Swinney and his program are building with the current season, and the fact that Edwards is visiting campus twice within a three-week span, the Tigers have to like their chances with the No. 3 prospect from the Palmetto State.

It also doesn’t hurt that the Tigers feature one of the nation’s most explosive offensive attacks, averaging close to 500 yards of total offense per game—good for No. 19 nationally, according to cfbstats.com

The Tigers have a pair of 4-star receivers already committed in the 2016 class, but Edwards would be a perfect complementary piece to the unit and give Clemson one of the nation’s top receiver classes.


Another school hoping to make a push for Edwards is the Georgia Bulldogs.

Head coach Mark Richt and his staff are making the receiver position a priority in the 2016 cycle, as evidenced by the fact that the Bulldogs already have five pass-catchers committed in their class.

Furthermore, the Bulldogs are still actively recruiting receivers such as Edwards, 5-star Kyle Davis and 4-star Tre Nixon among others.

The Bulldogs have a need at the position and an enticing opportunity to pair Edwards up with 5-star quarterback and current Bulldogs pledge Jacob Eason.

Edwards visited Athens earlier in the summer for Georgia’s Dawg Night camp, and a return trip could be a possibility now that he’s opened up his recruitment.

However, as Bartow notes, the Bulldogs have work to do in pulling Edwards away from his home state and the grasp of either Clemson or South Carolina.

Sanjay Kirpalani is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes obtained firsthand and all recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.

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