Linebacker Daniel Fennell (6-3 217) of Loganville, Ga., decided Friday was a good day to reveal something he had finalized more than a week ago -- a commitment to South Carolina.
Fennell made an unofficial visit to USC for the South Alabama game and shortly after that he made his pledge to linebackers coach coach Kirk Botkin and recruiter G.A. Mangus. The two Gamecocks coaches met with Fennell on Friday, and after that he decided to put his news out on Twitter.
"I knew South Carolina was a real program," Fennell said. "They had a horrible year for them that really wasn't that horrible. The coaches really like me and I like them. Coach Botkin said I will start out as a will and move to a mike. It's the same thing (defense) we do in high school and I'm used to it. It's the same thing I've played for four years. They move their linebackers around and use blitzes to get pressure and it will fit me."
It just so happens on the day Fennell announced his USC pledge, the rumor mill heated up considerably about possible changes to the USC defensive staff. Fennell said he was aware of the Will Muschamp to USC talk.
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"Of course I'm concerned because I'm a defensive player and I have a relationship with Coach Botkin," Fennell said. "They said this is the first they've heard about it. But I'm good to go. I doubt that will affect me."
Fennell committed to the Gamecocks over Georgia Tech. He also had offers from Michigan State, Missouri, Duke, Wisconsin, Texas A&M and about 15 others. He has had a visit to Georgia Tech scheduled for Dec. 12, and he said he will make it. Fennell said he discussed the visit with Mangus and Botkin and they're fine with it because he's not planning on changing his commitment.
"I don't think so," he said. "I don't see that happening. I like where I'm at. "
This season Fennell finished with more than 100 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 force fumbles and 1 interception.
He's the 29th commitment for the Gamecocks' 2015 class.