Larry Harold, Shawn Smith’s coach at Brunswick (Ga.) High School, recently told Phil Kornblut that South Carolina started to pump the breaks earlier this summer.
On Tuesday, the 3-star wide receiver pulled the plug on his commitment, which lasted nearly six months.
“I’ve seen (South Carolina) accept several wide receiver commits in the last couple of months,” Harold said. “I know this game and I know how it is and once he told me they weren’t calling him back and they wouldn’t call me back I began to get real worried.
“Finally, they called me and basically what they did was renege on his scholarship offer and offered him a grayshirt instead which is not going to work for him. He comes from a single parent home, he has a child and he’s already done the enrollment process. He’s going to graduate early and was looking forward to enrolling at South Carolina. This has kind of left the kid stuck out to dry.”
Harold also spoke about his “tremendous respect” for South Carolina coach Will Muschamp.
“I’m just really sour right now because when it comes to my kids, they come first,” Harold said. “My whole thing was, if you had led us know in July or August that you after some guys that were a higher priority, it could have been better for him because he could have had other schools actively recruiting him.
“I’m not trying to bash South Carolina. The numbers game is what it is. But these coaches throw these offers out and this kid committed, put his whole life on hold, and now he’s stuck holding the bag. He had no other choice but to de-commit.”