South Carolina picked up a commitment Saturday from defensive end Jhaustin Thomas (6-6 240) of Decatur, Ga.
Thomas was on an unofficial visit with the Gamecocks. Thomas met with USC head coach Steve Spurrier and recruiter Lorenzo Ward prior to the game with Auburn and made his pledge.
Thomas had narrowed his choices to the Gamecocks and Auburn. This was a come-from-behind recruiting victory for the Gamecocks, as Auburn had led for much of the summer and early fall. He also had strong interest in Florida, Alabama and Tennessee.
He's the 19th new pledge for this class. The addition gives the Gamecocks 22 players in the class, including three they placed in prep school.
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“South Carolina is getting a kid with a lot of upside,” Columbia coach Mario Allen told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He’s still learning football and he’s still growing. But I think he will definitely be a kid who can probably help South Carolina in his first year. He’s 6-6, close to 6-7, and can run. He has a dominating presence on the football. South Carolina is getting a kid who will work hard and is going to come out and compete on a daily basis.”
Thomas also is a quality basketball player and has talked about playing both sports in college.
Thomas is rated among the top prospects in Georgia for the 2012 class. He had 14 sacks as a junior.