South Carolina has another name to add to its roster now that TeMarcus Blanton committed to the Gamecocks on Sunday night.
I officially COMMITTED TO SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS— TeMarcus Blanton (@T_gotgame) September 1, 2013
It initially looked like Blanton committed on Saturday after reports began to leak out but those reports were quickly denied shortly thereafter. It appears that Blanton was already a Gamecock and the official announcement came just one day later.
Blanton made his official visit over the weekend that included taking in the South Carolina/North Carolina football game. The atmosphere there certainly had an impact on the young man as it gave him a glimpse of the passion that the Gamecock fan base can have. Frank Martin is slowly rebuilding this program the right way and Blanton could be a piece, down the line, that helps get the Gamecocks to a prominent place in the SEC.
Right now, Blanton is an athletic wing player who can play at the guard or forward position. He can get up and down the court and has the skill set that you will see be a big part of South Carolina basketball in the near future. There's good vertical leap here to help get to the rim on offense and defense.
Carey Rich of 560 The Team in Columbia had this to say about Blanton and one of his reasons for committing to South Carolina:
Blanton cited the chance to be apart of the turn around at USC under Frank Martin and really enjoyed the atmosphere at the USC/UNC game.— Carey Rich (@TheCaptain560) September 1, 2013
It's a great opportunity for players coming into the program now. Martin has revamped the roster and there is no set rotation in mind when it comes to the upcoming season. While Blanton is another year away from enrolling at South Carolina, the team will still be molding into what Martin hopes it will be by the time he enrolls giving him a chance to come in and make an impact with several other younger players.
Blanton picked South Carolina over schools like Arkansas, Auburn, Florida State, Mississippi State, Memphis and a few others. The 6-foot-4 inch, 180-pound player is currently a three-star recruit on the 247sports.com Composite Rankings Database.
This is the second commitment for South Carolina in the 2014 class, joining point guard Marcus Stroman, who is considered a "soft" commitment for the Gamecocks at this time. The Gamecocks likely have one more scholarship available for the 2014 recruiting class.