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N.C. Linebacker Picks Gamecocks

USC Tuesday picked up a commitment from LB Quin Smith (6-1 208) of Lenoir, NC.

Smith attended a camp at USC Saturday and contacted his recruiter, Ray Rychleski, Tuesday with his pledge.

"I talked with coach Ray and met coach Ellis Johnson," Smith said. "I like coach Johnson a lot. I liked the campus. It's not too far from home."

Smith plays running back and defensive back in high school but is projected as an outside linebacker or strong safety for college. Last season he had 182 tackles with four interceptions. He also rushed for 1074 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Smith said he also has offers from Duke, East Carolina, Western Carolina and Navy. He's the fifth commitment for the Gamecocks' 2009 class.