South Carolina offered Fort Dorchester receiver Diondre Champaigne over the weekend. It didn’t take him long to make up his mind.
Champaigne (6-3, 175) called South Carolina coach Will Muschamp on Monday and made his commitment to the Gamecocks.
Muschamp offered Champaigne on Saturday around the time Hanahan receiver Samuel Denmark announced he was sticking with his Virginia Tech commitment. Champaigne was blown away by the offer, by the far the best one he had received.
“Me and my mom, we sat down this morning and we were feeling real good about South Carolina,” Champaigne said. “She liked how the recruiting process went and how they came at me. She likes Coach Muschamp a lot. I was waiting on a big offer and I finally got it.”
Muschamp first saw Champaigne in the Class 4A, Division 1state championship game at Williams-Brice Stadium as Fort Dorchester defeated Dorman to complete an undefeated season. He had a good game against the Cavaliers and finished the season with 54 catches for 1,212 yards and 16 touchdowns.
“He thinks I can spread the field a lot more for them and catch the deep ball,” Champaigne said. “My strengths are my route running and my ability to go up high and catch the ball.”
Champaigne is good friends with Fort Dorchester offensive lineman John Simpson, who USC also is recruiting, but he doesn’t believe his decision will impact his friend.
“I let him do his own thing,” Champaigne said. “Wherever he wants to go, that’s his choice. We’re really good friends, but he goes where he wants to go.”
Champaigne is the third receiver for the Gamecocks’ 2016 class, which now totals 16.