South Carolina got some great news on Monday afternoon when Na'Ty Rodgers decided it was time to commit and announced his commitment to South Carolina over Twitter.
I— Na'Ty Rodgers (@Ty_Cinco_Uno_) January 21, 2013
Am— Na'Ty Rodgers (@Ty_Cinco_Uno_) January 21, 2013
A— Na'Ty Rodgers (@Ty_Cinco_Uno_) January 21, 2013
Gamecock— Na'Ty Rodgers (@Ty_Cinco_Uno_) January 21, 2013
It was a long awaited commitment for the Gamecocks as they've long been the favored team the entire process for Rodgers. However, early in January, Rodgers was set to announce his decision at the Under Armour All-American Game and if he had decided to commit that night, it likely would have been Maryland as the school of choice.
It's a good thing for the Gamecocks that Rodgers decided to wait.
Rodgers chose South Carolina over Maryland and had other schools like Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma and a few others that wanted the four-star recruit but fell short in landing Rodgers' services.
Gamecocks' quarterback coach GA Mangus was instrumental in the recruiting effort of Rodgers and should be credited heavily here with landing Rodgers for the Gamecocks.
Earlier in the day, Rodgers thanked the coaches, fans and reporters that covered him during the entire process.
I would like to thank all the coaches an all of the fans and reporters for covering me an supporting me during this process I am— Na'Ty Rodgers (@Ty_Cinco_Uno_) January 21, 2013
This past weekend went as well as it could for the Gamecocks in their efforts in recruiting Rodgers. It looked like a final decision would come within a few days of leaving Columbia, but he committed early than most thought he would.
In the end, Rodgers chose a school that has been out front for months and is on the rise in the SEC. He'll get a chance to join four other committed offensive lineman in this 2013 class to hopefully help push the Gamecocks into the next level.
With his commitment, South Carolina now sits at 20 commitments in the 2013 class.