Jalen Christian commits: 'The Gamecocks just felt like home'

05/15/2014 2:10 PM

05/15/2014 2:25 PM

Wide receiver Jalen Christian (5-10, 173) of Damascus, Md., announced a commitment to South Carolinaon Thursday afternoon during a pep rally at his school.

Christian took only a single cap to the announcement because there was no drama in his mind.

He chose the Gamecocks over Maryland. He also had offers from Clemson, Virginia Tech, Duke, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Oklahoma and others.

The four-star prospect was recruited to USC by G.A. Mangus.

"The Gamecocks just felt like home," Christian said. "The atmosphere at South Carolina reminds me of my hometown. I have a great relationship with Coach Mangus and Coach Spurrier Jr., and I can see myself succeeding there."

Christian is a multifaceted athlete who plays receiver and running back and also excels in punt returns. Last season he rushed for 800 yards and had 500 yards receiving despite missing three games due to an injury.

Christian said the Gamecocks have a solid game plan for him once he gets to school.

"I'd be like a Bruce Ellington, a Damiere Byrd type of guy," he said, "positions where I can get the ball. And they plan to use me as a punt returner."

Christian is USC's 10th commitment for the 2015 class and the fourth wide receiver.

"It's a blessing, it feels great," he said of making his decision and ending his recruiting.

The Gamecocks climbed to No. 5 in the team recruiting rankings with Christian's commitment, according to Rivals.

 

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