South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp opened his June football camps Saturday and landed a commitment from Cane Bay’s R.J. Roderick.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Roderick, who was recruited by the Gamecocks as a safety, confirmed the news to The State. It was first reported by The BigSpur.com.Some schools liked Roderick as a running back, and option schools saw him as a quarterback.
He’s the Gamecocks’ seventh commitment for the 2018 class.
Roderick was offered by the Gamecocks in mid April and the Gamecocks immediately moved to the top of his list and stayed there. He nearly committed on a visit in late April but decided to hold off then until he talked more with his family. He also wanted his sisters from Atlanta to see the campus and they joined Roderick and his older brother on the Saturday visit. With that, it was clear to all that USC was right for Roderick.
"I've been talking to Coach Muschamp and Coach TRob every day," Roderick said. "Just the relationship and the connection that I have with them, it's more than just football. They are great coaches on the field and even better role models off. There's nothing you can say no to."
Muschamp made it clear to Roderick early on he liked him as a safety though Roderick has great offensive skills as well. Roderick said he's perfectly fine with putting his ball handling days behind him to concentrate on defense.
"Coach Muschamp said my footwork and ability are kind of unique so I will be playing dime, nickel as well as safety," he said. "His comment was the versability is there and the ability is there. He'll rotate me and I'll just get a feel for everything and hopefully I can contribute my freshman year.
Roderick also had offers from North Carolina, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, NC State, East Carolina, Virginia and others. Clemson also showed interest in him as a running back. Last season he rushed for 1778 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Roderick said he will graduate in December and will enroll at USC in January.