South Aiken athlete Tancey Richardson isn’t committed to South Carolina, he announced Monday night.
Richardson previously revealed via Twitter a pledge to the Gamecocks on Sunday night. USC football coach Will Muschamp alerts his Twitter followers with a “Spurs Up” tweet whenever he receives and accepts a commitment from a prospect. When Muschamp didn’t tweet a “Spurs Up” Sunday night, questions were raised.
Richardson made a public pronouncement before contacting Muschamp or recruiter Travaris Robinson.
He was offered by USC after attending two day camps earlier this month and said Robinson wanted him to commit then, but he held off. The Gamecocks landed three defensive back commitments Friday and Saturday, ahead of Richardson’s attempt to join the class Sunday.
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On Monday, Richardson said he talked with Robinson and learned his commitment can’t be accepted, right now.
“He said he didn’t know if I would have a legitimate spot with all the commits that they’ve got, so I told him I’m just going to wait it out,” Richardson said. “You know, wait and see who all they sign instead of making my decision. They wanted me to shut down my recruiting, but then again I wouldn’t know if I had a legitimate spot on the team. He (Robinson) wanted me to shut my recruiting down. That’s how he is. And he has to talk to Coach Muschamp to see if I have a legitimate spot. My coaches thought it was a little too early to be shutting my recruitment down.”
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Richardson made a decision to go with USC over Colorado State. He was offered by Kent State Monday, and also has offers from Southern Miss, Mississippi State, Coastal Carolina and Charleston Southern.
Richardson confirmed that his desire is to go to USC and that will be his plan if USC comes back with to him with an acceptance of the commitment.
South Carolina has 17 commitments for the 2017 class.