Defensive back Ronnie Martin (5-10 175) of Spartanburg announced a commitment to South Carolina on Wednesday, picking the Gamecocks over LSU.
He also had offers from Nebraska, Illinois, Colorado and Maryland. He is the Gamecocks' first in-state pledge for the class of 2011 and the 12th overall.
"They saw a good football player," said his coach Freddie Brown. "He can help immediately in the kickoff game. He ran a 4.3 this summer. He can turn it over pretty good. He's a really good cover corner. He went down there and felt at home."
Martin made an unofficial visit to USC late last week and that basically sealed the decision for him.
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"It's a great place to be," Martin said after that visit. "I like they way they treat you. They're straightforward."
Martin had 44 tackles with 1 interception last season. He also excels in the return game, where he had 930 yards and 4 touchdowns last season.
"He is rangy and has great hips," Brown said of Martin. "He has good ball skills and is physical. He has great closing speed."
Martin earned All-State honors last season. He's considered one of the state's fastest players and has run a 10.6 in the 100 meters.