Offensive lineman Summie Carlay of Laurens received his first major school offer from South Carolina’s Will Muschamp in February. On Saturday he became the Gamecocks’ sixth commitment for the 2017 class.
Carlay (6-5 280) also has offers from NC State, Southern Miss, Coastal Carolina and Mercer but once he got the USC offer he was fairly sure about what he wanted to do.
“It’s a dream come true,” Carlay said shortly after making his commitment while on an unofficial visit for spring practice. “I’ve always loved South Carolina. I’ve lived here all my life. Anytime a coach gives you a chance to play college football it’s such a blessing to live that dream but especially the fact that it’s in this state is unreal to me. I think landed in the right spot.”
Carlay said the other offers gave him a little bit to think about but nothing else trumped the opportunity to join in with Muschamp and his rebuilding program at USC.
“If I had every offer in the country where would I go?,” was a question Carlay said his parents posted to him. “I told them I felt like I’d go to Carolina. Coach Muschamp has put such a great staff together and they all have national championship rings at other places and I definitely think that will carry over to South Carolina. But not just that, it’s just the quality of people they are and the values they have and their intensity and love for the game.”
Carlay got to watch the Gamecocks practice Saturday morning and he focused on line coach Shawn Elliott.
“One of the things that really sold me on him was how much he really pushes his guys and wants them to be great,” Carlay said. “He’s the kind of coach that will get on to you but he also loves you and that’s exactly what I’m looking for is someone to push me to be my very best and also cares about me as a person.”
Carlay plays offensive tackle but the USC coaches did not pin down an exactly position plan for him.
“Coach Muschamp was saying how he likes my athleticism and length, toughness and my motor,” Carlay said.
Carlay is the second offensive line commitment for USC’s 2017 class.
USC 2017 CLASS COMMITMENTS
▪ Summie Carlay, OL, Laurens
▪ Dennis Daley, OL, Georgia Military/Columbia
▪ Stephen Guidry, WR, Hinds Community College (Miss.)
▪ Will Register, TE, Chapin
▪ Damani Staley, LB, Columbia
▪ Javon Kinlaw, DE, Jones County JC (Miss.)/Goose Creek