Posted by Bryan Fischer
South Carolina is inching closer and closer to the double-digit commitment mark for the class of 2012, adding pledge No. 8 late Monday night from Powder Springs (Ga.), defensive end Darius English. He visited the school unofficially Saturday and made his commitment public two days later to become the latest Gamecock.
“When I finished the tour and everything, I told Coach (G.A.) Mangus that South Carolina is where I want to be,” English told TheBigSpur.com. “He was excited. He said that I was the first defensive end commit for them. I just wanted to talk things over with my parents before I went public. They were excited about it as well. That was the school they wanted me to go to. They live in Augusta so they are close to South Carolina.”
One factor that went into his decision was the fact that two high school teammates, linebacker Marcquis Roberts and tight end Rory Anderson, signed with South Carolina in February and will be able to show him the ropes once he gets to Columbia.
“Yes, I’ve got two people there that I know,” English told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “That way, when times get tough, I have two friends there for me. They will keep me going, keep pushing me.”
The 6-foot-6, 220-pound speedy defensive end lived in the opponent's backfield last season, racking up 17 sacks as a junior. He also held offers from Auburn, Arkansas, Michigan State and Ole Miss among others but will wind up at South Carolina. He is head coach Steve Spurrier's second defensive lineman in the upcoming recruiting class, joining fellow Georgian Carlos Hood.