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Recruit responds to negative spin on USC academic comments

Arden Key
Arden Key

South Carolina's newest football commitment took to Twitter on Tuesday to set the record straight about comments he made related to the school's academics.

Arden Key, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound rising junior defensive end from Martin Luther King High in Lithonia, Ga., committed to the Gamecocks on Sunday. In multiple interviews about his decision, Key cited academic support as something he liked about the university.

It was this quote by Key, however, that was picked up and portrayed in less-than-flattering ways by a handful of national websites this week, including Yahoo: "The academic part, it's like you have to try to fail."

A story on Yahoo's "Prep Rally" sports blog said, "He belittled South Carolina's academics in an underhanded way while committing, and said that was a key reason he wanted to be a Gamecock."

Another report said, "When asked about his decision, he listed the school's apparent lack of academic rigor as one of its selling points."

That's not the case, Key said, as he responded to the criticism on Tuesday via Twitter:

"To everybody that saw the article on yahoo what i said was "The academic part, it's like you have to try to fail," yall taking it the wrong way ....

... what i mean about that is yes you have to work hard in your academics but if there's some areas you need help on then the tutors at USC will bend of backwards to help you out ...

... basically what i am saying USC has a GREAT SUPPORT system."

Key is South Carolina's third commitment for the class of 2015. He holds multiple offers and said he picked the Gamecocks over Georgia. He also had offers from Arkansas, Clemson, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee and UCLA, among others.

He is a four-star prospect and the No. 3 weak-side defensive end in the class of 2015, according to 247Sports. He had 12 sacks and 58 tackles last season.