Ahdarrious Gee, the first 2019 commitment for South Carolina, felt like he was home when he arrived for the Spurs Up recruiting event on Saturday.
The 6-foot-1, 203-pound linebacker arrived ready to commit when he showed up from Crisp County High School (Cordele, Ga.) with his head coach and teammate, 2019 3-star cornerback Jammie Robinson.
For starters, Gee grew up rooting for the Gamecocks.
“When you’re little, you start liking a team by who your parents and stuff like, so that’s why I started liking South Carolina,” Gee said.
The Gamecock coaches profile him as a weak-side linebacker, the same position Skai Moore will play this fall under second-year Will Muschamp. Plus, the ‘Will’ linebacker position is “basically the same thing” Gee plays at Crisp County.
“We run the same kind of defense,” Gee said, “So I’ll basically have the same assignment, but it’s going to be different plays. It’ll be easy to learn all of it.”
Those factors added up to a commitment by Gee, who accepted South Carolina’s offer over Kentucky, Mississippi State, North Carolina State and Vanderbilt.
“I like the defense they play,” Gee said. “It fits me and the coaches show me a lot of love.”
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Gee’s two visits to Columbia have afforded him a couple of different occasions to spend time with Muschamp.
“He’s a real cool coach. He sounds like a great man, outside of football and all that,” Gee said.
During the camp stop in June, Gee worked out with linebackers coach Coleman Hutzler.
“I like coach Hutzler. He likes me. He likes the way I play,” Gee said. “He wanted me.”
That was quite apparent last month.
“It showed me how he would coach me,” Gee said. “That showed me that he’ll coach me hard and I’ll get better, by the way he coaches.”
No matter the prospect or the circumstance, it’s worth saying about any prospect who commits before their junior year of high school — there’s a long way between now and signing day. And, in college football, not just the SEC, anyone is game for anybody, until a National Letter of Intent is signed.
Gee’s response, when asked if he would entertain other options, “I’m a Gamecock now.”
This fall, he hopes to return for a game at Williams-Brice Stadium, though nothing has been scheduled. In the meantime, Gee will get started on Robinson, his first recruiting assignment for South Carolina.
“I want my boy to come play with me,” Gee said.