Posted by Bryan Fischer
Stephenson High has been a football factory the past several years and this year's senior class is loaded with as many as 18 FBS-caliber signees. Stone Mountain (Ga.) defensive back Kyle Fleetwood added to the school's number of commitments Sunday night, pledging to South Carolina and giving his high school an impressive seven players who are committed to an SEC school.
“Honestly, the shoe fits me,” Fleetwood told TheBigSpur.com. “The city is great. It is a great city for football. The fans are great. They have great support up there. I also have a chance to play early. I can play multiple positions for them and that increases my chance to play early. They are also graduating most of their players and that was a big thing for my family. It is a great place to be. It fits me the best.”
The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder held offers from LSU, Penn State, Louisville, Stanford and Ole Miss among others. He visited Columbia unofficially Sunday and liked the Gamecocks plan for him in college so much that he left the city as a commitment.
“They told me that I would probably start out at both safety spots when I come in but I could play a little corner as well if I wanted too,” he said. “I also could play Spur later down the line. The told me that they have six defensive backs on the field on passing downs and that sounded great.”
High school teammate and defensive tackle Carlos Hood is also committed to the Gamecocks. Fleetwood's pledge is the sixth for South Carolina's class of 2012 but first defensive back for the school. Assistant coach Lorenzo Ward gets credit for recruiting both Stephenson players and he is still working on landing several more.