South Carolina's 2015 recruiting class suffered a major blow Tuesday night when highly touted cornerback Mark Fields Jr. of Cornelius, NC, decommitted.
Fields said he is now looking primarily at Clemson and Texas. He has not completely closed the door on the Gamecocks, but their chances for getting back into the picture appear slim.
"They're not totally out but I'm looking elsewhere," Fields said. "There's just too much uncertainty and stuff like that. I thought I'd let that play out, and while that does I'll continue to look elsewhere. South Carolina is a good situation for me but there are other good situations out there for me."
Fields has set an official visit with Clemson for Jan. 17. The Tigers were by to see him during the contact period.
"I'm pretty interested," he said of the Tigers. "I'm taking it one day at a time. There's no rush."
He also plans to set an official visit to Texas.
Fields said he talked with USC recruiter and secondary coach Grady Brown Tuesday night. "He said he understood and if I wanted to come back, just let them know."
Last Thursday Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier visited with Fields to try to calm his concerns about his own future and that of his defensive coaches. He was not successful.
"All he could tell me was every coach was under a two-year contract," Fields said. "He didn't give me much of an explanation. I'm concerned about both (Spurrier and assistants). Obviously, I'm hurt. South Carolina was one of my schools I wanted to go to, but at the end of the day things change and I have to do what's beset for me."
Fields said his dad, former Panthers' linebacker Mark Fields, wasn't all that happy with his decision.
"My dad is mad because he bought all that Gamecock stuff and now he has to take it back," he said.
Fields has not taken an official visit to USC and did not rule out the possibility of one should the Gamecocks come back after him in January.
"I've got to play it by ear and weigh my options," he said.
Fields is USC's sixth decommitment for the 2015 class since October and leaves the Gamecocks with 26 commitments.
Fields was chosen for the U.S. Army All-American Game but won't be able to play due to a broken finger.