Marlon Character Jr., who committed to South Carolina before signing with Auburn, is ready to reunite with Will Muschamp and Travaris Robinson.
On Tuesday, the former 4-star safety recruit from Atlanta, Ga. committed again to play cornerback for the Gamecocks. Character first committed to South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier the summer before his senior year at Grady High School.
“I committed just off my first visit there. I loved the school, loved the atmosphere,” Character said. “I knew that’s where my heart was, but coach Muschamp and coach T-Rob came along, recruiting me for Auburn and had a big part in me flipping, making me commit to Auburn, so when I de-committed and committed to Auburn, they ended up leaving.
“I kind of felt like I committed to the coaches and not the school, so I ended up sticking with Auburn and going there, but my heart was still with South Carolina.
“Eventually, things worked out like they were supposed to and I got another chance to go where I want to go and that’s what I’m going to do.”
Character redshirted last season at Auburn, went through practice during the spring and wound up transferring in May. He’ll make a pit-stop at Northwest Mississippi Community College this fall, to gain eligibility for his transfer to South Carolina.
“I feel like we have a bright future. It’s going to be a lot of young guys,” Character said. “From a defensive back standpoint, I feel like we’re on the up and up. There’s a lot of young talent that the fans haven’t even seen yet, some of the guys probably coming in with me in 2018, like transfers.
“It’s going to be a lot to look forward to. … They’ll do well this year, but I’m ready to see what it’s going to be like in 2018.”
Redshirt freshman wide receiver Randrecous Davis, Character’s old buddy from Atlanta, is among the many current players on the Gamecocks roster that he’s close to.
“He was always trying to get me to come to South Carolina, when he found out I was leaving Auburn,” Character said. “All the DBs, I feel like I know those guys personally. I feel like I know the South Carolina team a little bit more than I know the Auburn team and I haven’t even gotten there yet.”
They’re not the only folks within the program that he knows well.
“I just like the fact that [Muschamp is] a defensive-minded head coach and he’s aggressive and he’s just going to come right at you, as far as the defensive side of the ball,” Character said, “And that’s what type of player I am, so why not play for a coach like that?”
He added, “I like T-Rob a lot. That’s my man. He’s like a – I just like how personal he can get with you and just know how to talk with the players and really care about us.
“He has a plan for me and I’m willing to fulfill that plan when I get there, so everything can work out. I’m just ready to help the team win.”