Phil Kornblut

Georgia offensive lineman Jordan Rhodes commits to USC for 2017

Jordan Rhodes
Jordan Rhodes

South Carolina secured a commitment Sunday from Fairburn, Ga., offensive lineman Jordan Rhodes for its 2017 football recruiting class. The 6-foot-6, 300-pound Rhodes is the fourth offensive lineman in the class.

Rhodes said he is shutting down his recruiting and will not take scheduled official visits to Mississippi State and Missouri.

“South Carolina is a place I can start something new and build with the teammates and pursue my career in sociology,” Rhodes said.

Rhodes said he was impressed with the new indoor practice facility and the academics.

“It was very impressive,” Rhodes said. “Coach Muschamp has a great personality and I think I’ll fit well here. Coach Wolford is a great guy. He said I could possibly start at left tackle here at South Carolina. I think we’re headed to a national championship. All we need is to get a group of guys that’s willing to take care of each other.”

Rhodes is the first offensive line commitment under new offensive line coach Eric Wolford.

Having grown up as a basketball player, Rhodes decided to give football a try this season and made an immediate impact on the high school level. Playing offensive tackle, he was a unanimous selection by the coaches to the all-region team.

USC now has 23 commits for the class.