Well that was quick.
After Brad Lawing decided to leave South Carolina for Florida on Sunday, the Gamecocks have reportedly hired his replacement in UNC assistant coach, Deke Adams.
TheBigSpur reports UNC assistant Deke Adams Is headed to South Carolina to coach DL.— Football Rumor Mill (@fbrumormill) January 22, 2013
Adams will take over the vacated defensive line coaching position vacated by Brad Lawing. Lawing's departure seemed sudden but was supposedly in the works dating back to late last week. Adams brings several years of coaching experience but most recently served as UNC's defensive line coach after three seasons under Larry Fedora at Southern Mississippi as the defensive line coach.
Adams will join the staff and bring an instant recruiting presence to the Gamecocks staff. Adams was named one of ESPN's top college recruiters recently and already has the Tar Heels in the mix for some top 2014 prospects, including the No. 1 ranked recruit Da'shawn Hand.
Hand was being recruited to South Carolina by Lawing and loved his approach to coaching and recruiting. UNC was also one of Hand's top schools recently announced and one would imagine that Adams will be able to replicate the success of Lawing in getting Hand to take a hard look at the Gamecocks.
The timing of the hire is quick surprising given how quickly it appears that USC found its replacement. However, if the Gamecocks knew Lawing was possibly leaving at the end of last week, they likely started to reach out to interested candidates to get a feel for who would be interested. Adams ended up being the man after there were just a few names mentioned on the board like Alabama's Chris Rumph and former Tennessee and Arkansas coach Steve Caldwell.
Deke Adams looks to have all the necessary ingredients to add to this South Carolina staff. The Gamecocks have found themselves another home-run hire on the coaching staff.