The Gamcocks jumped into the JUCO ranks to find a potential replacement for departing defensive end, Devin Taylor.
They thought they had their man in Alfy Hill, the former Alabama signee, but a report today from The Robesonian indicates that Hill will enroll at UNC-Pembroke instead of South Carolina.
GamecockCentral's Chris Clark offered up on Twitter that he's confirmed with Alfy Hill that he will enroll at UNC-Pembroke.
Originally reported by @mrpalmettosds, but I've confirmed w/ Alfy Hill he's going to UNC-Pembroke.No idea why yet.— Chris Clark (@GCChrisClark) January 9, 2013
Now, before you start to think South Carolina lost out to UNC-Pembroke, let's take a step back. Hill has been through quite a few turns during his time since signing with Alabama in 2010.
Hill started with Alabama in the summer of 2010 before being deemed academically ineligible. From there, he transferred to East Carolina as a non-qualifier before withdrawing and attending a junior college in Mississippi. Hill eventually landed at Los Angeles Valley Community College, where he became a Gamecock commitment in March of 2012.
The main issue during most of the transitions from one school to the next for Hill has always reverted back to grades. It's what caused him to miss out on being a part of the Alabama Crimson Tide and eventually led him to junior college in hopes of making the grade to transfer to a Division-1 school.
Grades are likely the issue here as it would be the only logical explanation as to why someone as talented as Hill would turn down an 11-win SEC team for a Division-II football team.
At this point, South Carolina will be forced to move on without Hill and it's unknown as to where the Gamecocks could turn to next to fill Hill's spot.
After removing Hill from the commitment list, the Gamecocks are now left with 19 commitments for the 2013 class.
South Carolina is expected to sign around 22 recruits in this class due to the recent NCAA stipulations on the Gamecocks' NCAA violations.