Offensive lineman Austin Clark of Lexington, Va., announced Sunday night he has changed his commitment from USC to Virginia Tech.
Clark committed to the Gamecocks in June picking them over the Hokies and Tennessee. But after giving it more thought and visiting Blacksburg on Saturday, Clark decided he would be better off closer to home.
"It was a really hard decision for me to make," Clark said. "South Carolina really is a great school and great football program. I just felt like I had to decommit and go to Virginia Tech for personal reasons. Since I made my decision some of my thought processes have changed so I feel like Virginia Tech is the best fit for me now."
And Clark makes it clear this decision has nothing to do with the Gamecocks' struggles this season.
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"It's definitely something I've been thinking about for a couple of months and Monday I kind of sat down and thought about things long and hard and I came to this decision," Clark said. "It definitely does not have anything to do with how the Gamecocks have been doing this year, the school and the football program."
Clark said USC offensive line coach Shawn Elliott was disappointed but understanding about his decision because it was being made for personal reasons.
"I can't go into much details on those, but the things I really liked about South Carolina I realized that a lot of those things are at Virginia Tech, and Virginia Tech is about four hours closer."
Clark said this commitment to Virginia Tech is his final decision.
His defection leaves the Gamecocks with 27 commitments for the 2015 class including carryovers from the 2014 class. Linebacker Davon Durant decommitted from the Gamecocks last month.