Phil Kornblut

October 20, 2013

Gamecocks land quarterback for 2014 class

QB Michael Scarnecchia commits to USC.

Quarterback Michael Scarnecchia (6-4 192) of Fleming Island, Fla., committed to USC Sunday night becoming the quarterback for the Gamecocks' 2014 class.

Scarnecchia had been committed to UAB and was drawing interest from Syracuse, Arkansas State and some Ivy League schools.

Scarnecchia attended one of Steve Spurrier's camps this past summer, and that's where the interest in him began to grow.

"Coach Spurrier saw me in camp and really liked me," Scarnecchia said. "I was at the Kentucky game and after the game I sat down with him and he said he was thinking about an offer and he liked my film. He came through with the offer the week after the Arkansas game."

Scarnecchia said he wasn't that familiar with USC as a school, but he's liked what he's been told by family and friends. As for the football, he is familiar with what the Gamecocks like to do on offense.

"They run a pro spread, and coach Spurrier is one of the best quarterback coaches you're going to get," he said.

This season Scarnecchia said he's around 1,000 yards passing with 18 touchdowns and 1 interceptions, and he's completing 65 percent of his attempts. As a junior he passed for 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns with 3 interceptions.

"They say I'm coachable and throw the ball well with a strong arm," Scarnecchia said. "Coach Spurrier said I haven't reached my potential and he really wants to work with me."

ESPN considers Scarnecchia a three-star prospect.

Scarnecchia said Spurrier did nearly all of the recruiting with him, though he talked some with area recruiter Steve Spurrier Jr. He is USC's 14th commitment for the 2014 class.

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