On Saturday afternoon, South Carolina added a commitment from 2017 safety Jaylin Dickerson.
A rising senior at Pinecrest High School (Southern Pines, N.C.), Dickerson committed to South Carolina over offers from Virginia, East Carolina, Charlotte and Appalachian State.
Coach Will Muschamp and defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson worked him out during camp.
“My connection with them just clicked. It was my second time going up to visit,” Dickerson said. “My first time, we weren’t really communicating like that … they started contacting me more and more and I started to get a feel for them, and they got a feel for me. I guess that really clicked. It just happened. I love the atmosphere there, too.”
The initial call was made to Robinson.
“Coach Robinson was happy. Oh, my goodness, it sounded like he was jumping out of his seat,” Dickerson said. “I guess they had a 7-on-7 today up there and he had to go find coach Muschamp. He sounded like he was excited, very excited.”
Muschamp and Robinson are getting a player who describes himself as “hard-nosed.”
“I like to hit a lot, come down hill … I can say that I love to hit,” Dickerson said. “I’m good at reading formations. I can kind of tell where the ball is going before the play even starts, depending on where you’re lined up.”
South Carolina picked up a pair of cornerback commitments on Friday when Damarri Mathis and Tavyn Jackson joined the 2017 haul. With Dickerson on board, there are now three defensive backs committed to sign next year.
Dickerson joins offensive lineman Eric Douglas (Charlotte) as the second 2017 South Carolina commitment from the state of North Carolina.