He said his brother never pressured him to join the South Carolina football program, but Dylan Wonnum will feel the brotherly love in Columbia next season.
The sibling of star Gamecocks pass rusher D.J. Wonnum and four-star offensive tackle committed to USC on Saturday, ending a high-profile recruitment. Auburn and Tennessee were in to see him in the final week, but USC earned his pledge.
“They need me,” Wonnum said. “They need an offensive tackle and I can come in and start early and do what I need to do. They said I will fit in good with their offense and they are going to run the ball more. They said I’m a great run blocker so I should fit in good. They look good to me. They are on the come up.”
Gamecocks receivers coach Bryan McClendon was in to see him during the week.
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The 6-foot-5, 280-pound lineman from Tucker High in Georgia is the No. 178 player in the 247 Composite ranking. He’s the No. 13 offensive tackle and No. 22 the state. He was an Under Armour All-American.
“He’s very talented,” said Tucker coach Bryan Lamar. “He can be very physical and nasty. He’s very athletic and loves to get out and run. And he comes off the ball well. He loves to win against the guy on the other side of the ball. He’s got some of that dog in him.”
Wonnum’s commitment leaves the Gamecocks with two uncommitted targets on their board: defensive linemen John Mincey and Rick Sandidge.
Mincey is down to USC and Tennessee and could announce as early as Monday. Sandidge is down to USC and Georgia and is scheduled to meet with Will Muschamp and some assistants Saturday. Sandidge will announce his choice on Wednesday, which is National Signing Day.
Phil Kornblut contributed to this story