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Middleton Excited About Joining Gamecocks

TE Will Middleton (6-5 245) of Marietta, GA committed to USC on Friday afternoon.

Middleton called his recruiter, Shane Beamer, to make the pledge. Middleton was offered by the Gamecocks on Thursday and they immediately moved to the top of his list.

"I love the place," Middleton said. "It's SEC football and it's close to home. I love the coaches and the facilities. Playing ball for South Carolina would be great. I'm more of a receiving tight end and they put them into the offense. They play a big part."

Last season Middleton caught 25 passes for 350 yards and two touchdowns. He also had an offer from Rutgers and drew interest from Louisville, West Virginia, Maryland, Mississippi State, Georgia, Indiana and Florida.