USC picked up its second commitment of the day Tuesday night with DE Aldrick Fordham (6-4 237) of Timberland contacted Steve Spurrier and made his pledge. Fordham accepted Spurrier's offer over one from Tennessee.
"It was close to home and I grew up rooting for them," Fordham said. "They seem to do a lot of stunts and blitzes and a lot of moving around (on defense), and I like that. It seems like a very exciting place to play. I feel confident about them winning the SEC Championship. They've made some good runs and in the next two years or so we'll be there."
Fordham, who also plays tight end, had 60 tackles and five sacks last season. His teammate, OL Quinton Washington, also is considering the Gamecocks and Fordham said he's doing all he can to make sure they're teammates at the next level, too. "I'm trying to convince him to be a Gamecock as well," Fordham said. "When he signs, I think he'll be a Gamecock." Fordham is USC's seventh commitment and the third in less than a week.