Defensive lineman Deon Green (6-3 268) of Orlando committed to USC Tuesday while on an unofficial visit.
Green grew up in Orangeburg before moving prior to his freshman season and was always a Gamecock fan. He said he just needed to take one visit to the school before finalizing his decision.
"I just had to get up there and see what it was like," said Green, who was making his first visit to the campus. "I spoke with coach [Brad] Lawing and the academic director. They were the two people that helped me make my decision. Coach Lawing's philosophy is simple but kind of real."
Jeep Hunter recruited Green to USC and convinced him the program is moving in the right direction.
"I like the fact they are building on something that's already good, and hopefully I can build on that foundation also," Green said. "You know when you want to go to a certain place, and when I got there today I knew that's where I wanted to go."
Green chose USC over offers from Clemson, Penn State, South Florida, Central Florida, Rutgers, Ole Miss, Northwestern, Wake Forest and Texas Tech. He had 28 offers in all.
Green has played defensive end for his high school but will be a defensive tackle with the Gamecocks. He had 75 tackles and 6 sacks a season ago.
He's the seventh commitment for USC's 2011 class.