Two days before the early signing period, South Carolina recruiting target Jaycee Horn committed to the Gamecocks.
Horn, a 4-star cornerback from Alpharetta (Ga.) High School, took an official visit to Columbia two weeks ago, before returning this past Saturday for the first bowl practice. He also visit for the Clemson game.
The decision will be finalized on Wednesday when he signs a National Letter of Intent.
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Earlier this fall, Horn told Phil Kornblut that South Carolina was a “program on the rise.”
“One thing I do like about their defense is they play all types of coverages and you get a chance to learn all the coverages under two great defensive-minded coaches and two great defensive back coaches,” Horn said. “That helps you a lot in the future if you are planning on pursuing a career in the NFL.”
The former Tennessee commitment is the No. 21 cornerback in the Class of 2018. Among prospects from the state of Georgia, Horn (6-0, 180) is 25th overall.
According to 247Sports:
- Horn is a long, athletic cornerback with great range. He is comfortable in man or zone coverage. Horn has quick hips and anticipates well. He is very physical, extremely aggressive and has great ball skills. He needs to continue to get stronger and refine his technique, but he is one of the premier defensive backs in the country and poised to be a star at the collegiate level.
South Carolina DB class
Several of South Carolina’s commitments could contribute at defensive back, including 4-star safety Marlon Character Jr., a junior college transfer from Atlanta who began his career at Auburn. He profiles as a cornerback.
Three-star safety Israel Mukuamu (Bossier City, La.) is another classified safety with a future as a Gamecock cornerback. Three-star safety R.J. Roderick (Summerville, S.C.) will join Mukuamu and the rest of the midyear enrollees in January..
Jonathan Gipson, a 3-star cornerback from Hoschton, Ga., is on board as a safety.
The defensive side of the ball is where Bryce Thompson (Irmo, S.C.) will likely end up, specifically at cornerback or nickel back, but he could also see time at wide receiver.
Three-star wide receiver Darius Rush (Greeleyville, S.C.) has been committed to play that position, but there’s potential for a future at defensive back.