Phil Kornblut

Gamecocks pick up tight end commitment

Kyle Markway
Kyle Markway

South Carolina has reached into rare territory for commitment No. 9 for its 2015 class.

Tight end Kyle Markway (6-4, 219) of St. Louis, Mo., announced a commitment to the Gamecocks on Sunday night.

"I have officially committed to the University of South Carolina! So excited to join the Gamecock family and win a national championship!" is what Markway wrote on his Twitter page.

Markway, a three-star prospect, made an unofficial visit to USC last month for the spring game weekend, and that visit started the ball rolling in the Gamecocks' favor.

"It was the most comfortable I have felt at a school I have visited," Markway said Sunday night. "The opportunities they have there are endless. To be able to play under head coach Steve Spurrier and to play in a program like South Carolina is a dream come true. Their new dorms for the players are going to be really nice also. And their new facilities were all very cool and made me want to commit even more."

Markway also had offers from Iowa, Indiana, Western Kentucky, Illinois and Memphis and said the decision came down to the Gamecocks and the Hawkeyes.

Last season Markway had 28 catches for 254 yards and one touchdown. He also plays defensive end and had 64 tackles with 16 for loss and seven sacks as a junior.

"I will be playing early, they have told me," he said. "They said they will see how I develop to determine how they will use me. I'm thinking just as a traditional tight end who can do it all."