The 2019 South Carolina recruiting class picked up another commitment on Saturday when 3-star linebacker Derek Boykins jumped on board with the Gamecocks.
Boykins, who’s on campus this weekend for an official visit, is a 6-foot-1, 224-pound prospect from Central Cabarrus High School in Concord, N.C. He committed to South Carolina over offers from Clemson, Kentucky, North Carolina, Penn State, Tennessee and Texas A&M.
In April, Boykins indicated he was ready to commit to the Gamecocks, but would wait until the summer before making a final decision.
“I always wanted to play SEC football,” he said. “I grew up watching it a lot, watching Reuben Foster and them play, watching C.J. Mosley play, Jarrad Davis [from] Florida. I mean, that’s what I always wanted to do.
“That’s what I thought I was going to do. Just growing up, that’s what I prepared for.”
Boykins is ranked as the No. 30 outside linebacker in the country and No. 17 among all prospects in North Carolina, according to the 247Sports composite.
South Carolina’s 2019 recruiting class, which entered the weekend among the five best in the country, jumped to No. 3 with Boykins’ pledge. For the Gamecocks, he’s linebacker commit No. 2 — 3-star prospect Jahmar Brown (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) joined last week.
Boykins, a native of Beaufort, S.C., is South Carolina’s third 2019 commitment from North Carolina, joining 4-star tight end Traevon Kenion (Monroe) and 3-star tackle Jaylen Nichols (Charlotte).
The Gamecocks also picked up a 2019 commitment on Friday when 4-star defensive end Joseph Anderson announced his pledge. The Murfreesboro, Tenn., prospect is on campus this weekend for an official visit.