USC had to battle to get a commitment from DE Arden Key (6-6 225) of Atlanta back in June. The Gamecocks are going to have to battle to keep him. Key, who has 16.5 sacks this season, said Monday he remains committed but he will take four other official visits.
"Nothing really bothers me about South Carolina," Key said. "I'm looking to make sure I haven't missed anything."
Key said LSU is the strongest competition for USC right now and he is going to Baton Rouge this weekend for the Alabama game. He was at Louisville last Thursday and is going to try to get to the Auburn at Georgia game.
Key hasn't been to USC this season. He had hoped to come in for the Tennessee game but his transportation fell thru. He is hoping to get to Columbia for the South Alabama game. Though he hasn't seen the Gamecocks in person, he's watched them on TV.
"They need a pass rush of course," he said. "That's really about it. The DBs can't hold on forever."
Key is in touch with his close friend, USC freshman DB Wesley Green. "He's loving it, working hard," Key said. But he'd like to hear more from the coaches. "I don't feel like I'm getting enough communication." He did see his recruiter Lorenzo Ward when he visited during the Gamecocks' off week.
Key hasn't yet scheduled his official visit with the Gamecocks. He has scheduled an official to LSU for January 23rd and Georgia January 30th. He said he will also set a date with Miami and is looking at Oregon and Ole Miss for his fifth visit.
But as for now, the commitment to USC remains in place. "I still feel good about South Carolina," Key said. "I'm committed but also looking around."