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Three Receivers Join Gamecock Class

Three more prospects, all receivers, committed to USC Friday night at the conclusion of the Gamecock Showcase camp.

The first to fall was DeAngelo Smith (6-0 180) of Kingsland, Ga. His commitment had been expected for a couple of weeks after he revealed his plans to make his pledge at the camp.

"It's a good decision," said Smith who also considered Georgia, Vanderbilt and East Carolina. "I was one of the top receivers out there (at the camp). It was pretty good competition."

Smith said he enjoyed working with USC's receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr.

"I think he's a good coach," Smith said. "He's a big reason I committed."

Last season Smith caught 30 passes for 300 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Shortly after Smith made his commitment, DeMario Bennett (6-3 185) of Douglas, Ga., made his pledge.

"I know they are going to throw the ball," Bennett said. "Every receiver wants to play in an offense where they are going to get the ball thrown to them. I feel like I will get plenty of passes thrown to me. I think I'm a lot like Chad Johnson. That's what everybody keeps telling me."

Bennett also attended USC's June camp where he impressed the coaches enough to land an offer.

"After I left the camp, they said they wanted me," Bennett said. He also considered Clemson and Florida though neither has offered.

And the last of the three commitments came from Charles Holmes (6-3 107) of South Pointe.

"I really want to help the program out," Holmes said. "I think South Carolina really fits me. They give their wide receivers a chance after the catch and let them do a lot of things by themselves. I like that."

Holmes has some academic work to do to be eligible to enroll at USC next fall, and he plans to get that taken care of.

"I'm going to double up this coming year," he said. "I can get it done."

Holmes' highly regarded teammate, ATH Stephon Gilmore, is a USC target as well, and Holmes hopes his decision will influence his friend to join him.

"He told me South Carolina and Alabama are his top two," Holmes said. "He'll probably wait it out." Last season Holmes caught 44 passes for 988 yards and five touchdowns.

The three commitments give the Gamecocks a total of 10 for their 2009 class.