A fourth player reportedly has decommitted from South Carolina's 2015 recruiting class, and another longtime commitment is now drawing the interest of new Florida coach Jim McElwain.
The decommitment on Thursday night came from offensive lineman Paris Palmer (6-foot-8, 330 pounds), a native of Plymouth, N.C., who just wrapped up his stay at Lackawanna (Penn.) College. The news was reported by GamecockCentral.com and TheBigSpur.com. Both sites reported that a scheduled in-home visit Thursday with USC offensive line coach Shawn Elliott was canceled by Palmer.
Palmer has not responded to requests for comment or confirmation.
Palmer in November said he fully intended to sign with the Gamecocks.
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"I'm still very much committed to South Carolina," he said last month, ahead of his official visit to USC.
A mid-year transfer with three years to play two, Palmer committed to the Gamecocks in March after a visit to the school.
"I just felt at home there," Palmer said then. "It's only a three-hour drive so my mother can see me play."
That drive for his mother apparently is going to be much longer. Palmer is to meet with Penn State coaches Friday, and it's widely speculated he will commit to the Nittany Lions.
Palmer's decommitment leaves USC with 27 commitments for the 2015 class, including those signed last year but are enrolling in 2015, and it reduces the offensive line take to three.
USC has lost four pledges from this class - Palmer, offensive lineman Austin Clark, linebacker Davon Durant and defensive back Jaire Alexander. All were going to be January enrollees.
The Gamecocks still have to work to keep linebacker Sherrod Pittman of Jacksonville in the fold. Although he said Thursday that he's 100 percent committed, Pittman would not say he's ready to shut down his recruiting even though he's also a mid-year graduate. In fact, he said he might hold off signing his financial aid agreement.
"I don't want to sign too early and then might switch my mind up," Pittman said.
Florida is back at work with Pittman again, who said McElwain recently followed him on Twitter and he's been in touch with Florida recruiters, who were by his school earlier this week.
"I might take a visit to Florida," he said. "My commitment to South Carolina is still good but I'm not quite ready to shut it down. It might be early January before I'm shutting it down."
Pittman said he's been in touch with USC recruiter Steve Spurrier Jr., who was in to see him last week. Pittman has been a Gamecock commitment since July 2013.
USC offensive line pledge Christian Pellage of Brooksville, Fla., was visited earlier this week by McElwain, but he said Wednesday he's firm with his commitment and will take his official visit on Jan. 23.
Defensive back pledge Damon Arnette said he remains firmly committed to USC but he will take an official visit to Louisville on Jan. 17. He's set for USC for Jan. 23. He said he will set other official visits and has also been considering Ohio State and Kentucky.
Defensive end pledge Quandeski Whitlow will also visit Louisville on Jan. 17 but says his USC commitment is firm.
Meanwhile, defensive end Arden Key of Atlanta remains a USC commitment but this week said he will make a final decision on National Signing Day between the Gamecocks and Georgia.