Earlier this month, South Carolina was expecting to land a commitment from defensive back Chaz Elder of College Park, Ga.
But on the day he was supposed to announcement a commitment, Elder decided not to. Was that an indication of a change of heart?
No, says Elder’s position coach, Ryan Andrews.
“Nothing has changed,” Andrews said Monday night. “He’s very high on S.C. Some people were worried after he canceled his decision. Nothing has changed on how he feels about S.C. It’s just a matter of going public. He has a good feel for where he wants to go.
"He just felt it might be best not to take away from the team’s first game by announcing his decision. That’s what it really came down to," Andrews said. "I feel like his mind is made up. He has a little doubt, but what kid doesn’t?”
Georgia and Vanderbilt are the other schools Elder has been most interested in. Plus, Arizona State, Nebraska and Ole Miss have been trying to get in the picture.
USC recruiter Lorenzo Ward talked to Elder a few days ago, according to Andrews, who said he and his player have not discussed a date to go public. Andrews said Elder has played “decent” in his first two games despite playing on a sprained ankle.