Wyatt Campbell didn’t wait long to make his college choice.
Less than a week after receiving an offer from South Carolina, the Lugoff-Elgin committed to the Gamecocks on Thursday. Campbell attended a camp at USC on Friday and was offered there.
“They are building a football program that I want be a part of,” Campbell said. “I thought I would wait until before my first game to make my decision. But after Carolina offered, something in my gut that told me there is what I want to be.
“I always wanted to play big-time football and the SEC is the biggest conference there is. It is going to be great playing close to home that my friends and family can watch me play.”
Campbell also attended a camp at Clemson, the team he grew up rooting for, but the Tigers didn’t offer and talked in the past about greyshirting. He said if Clemson had offered that it might have changed things but he has been drawn to USC in the recruiting process
The Gamecocks have been recruiting Campbell for a while and that he likes the energy and enthusiasm from new offensive line coach Eric Wolford.
“He is very honest and straight forward and he is going to bring the best out of me as a player,” Campbell said of Wolford.
Campbell plans to enroll in January and becomes to the second offensive lineman from the Midlands to commit to USC for the Class of 2018, joining Chapin’s Hank Manos. He is the eighth Gamecock pledge for next year’s class. Three of the eight commits are offensive lineman.
The 6-foot-7, 280-pound Campbell can play either guard or tackle and is the 26th ranked prospect in state by Rivals and rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports.
Campbell blocked for 1,000-yard rusher Rahmel Burton in 2016 and helped lead the Demons to their first playoff trip since 2010.