Add Darius Whitfield to the list of South Carolina commits in support of the hiring of Will Muschamp.
“I kind of knew it two days before when I started to hear the buzz,” said Whitfield, who committed to the Gamecocks the day of Steve Spurrier’s resignation press conference.
“When he was hired, it was a great hire. Some think it was a bad hire, but he’s a great defensive coach. He now has more experience from his past jobs and he’s going to lead us in the right direction.”
The three-star defensive tackle from Mobile, Ala., alluded to Muschamp’s track record of developing college players into NFL prospects as incentive for recruits to acknowledge the hire as a success.
Above all, though, Whitfield said he and his fellow commits are just pleased South Carolina has settled on a new coach.
“We’re happy to have a coach, but we’re happy to have a coach everyone knows and is familiar with,” Whitfield said.
But the move did not sit well with four-star defensive end Jordan Smith, who de-committed from the program in light of Muschamp’s formal introductory press conference. He joins Marlon Character (Atlanta, Ga.), P.J. Blue (Montgomery, Ala.) and Bryan Edwards (Conway, S.C.) as the most recent prospects to de-commit following Steve Spurrier’s resignation.