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Green commits: 'It's always a good time to be a Gamecock'

Wesley Green
Wesley Green

USC landed one of its top defensive targets Friday afternoon when cornerback Wesley Green of Lithonia, Ga., announced a commitment to the Gamecocks.

"Happy to say that... I am now committed to University of South Carolina #GamecockNation," Green tweeted on Friday afternoon.

The four-star cornerback (5-11, 170) is South Carolina's sixth pledge for the class of 2014 and first defensive back.

"It's always a good time to be a Gamecock," Green said Friday afternoon after announcing his pledge. "It feels pretty good to finally get this weight off my shoulders about my recruiting process and to finally be able to say that I'm a Gamecock."

Green picked the Gamecocks over Clemson, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Georgia.

Green visited USC on June 14 with his father and it was after that visit that he publicly identified the Gamecocks as his favorite.

"Me and my dad walked around and they showed us the academic facilities and my dad absolutely loved that because they want us to graduate and you have every resource that you need to graduate," Green said. "I also did my research on South Carolina, that it sells out games, and that's what I love. I love to see fans cheering us on."

Green is the 18th best cornerback in the country and 15th overall player from Georgia, according to 247Composite, which factors in all network rankings.

Green said USC had always been one of his favorites once his recruiting process started and in the end it wasn't a difficult decision for him.

"Me, my brother and my dad sat down and we talked about the colleges, what they bring to the table and how they can help me in the future and we just decided South Carolina had everything that I've been looking for," Green said. "The coaches, the name of course and the school itself. It was just a good vibe that we also loved about it. So, South Carolina wasn't very hard to pick for me."

Speaking of picks, Green has eight over the past two seasons and considers himself top be a shutdown corner.

"I'm confident in my abilities," Green said. "Whoever comes in front of me, I just know they are not going to do anything spectacular on me and I'm going to make sure that the quarterback fears my side. It's just going to be lockdown. I just bring a dog-like mentality to whatever field I step on."