It looks like South Carolina may lose another commitment in the next few days as a long-time commitment took an official visit to a school you wouldn't expect. Hit the break to find out who and where they went and the reason why it could happen.
Lorenzo Mauldin took an official visit to Troy University this past weekend. As of right now, he says he's leaning towards signing with Troy on Wednesday. The reason why is academics. Mauldin has a low test score and USC has told him they would like to sign him and place him in a prep school in order for him to come in the future. Mauldin has been told by Troy that he could enroll and take classes over the summer and be okay to play in the fall of 2011. It's a tough choice here but some kids are just wanting to play football and maybe he feels that if he misses this opportunity with Troy then he'll never make it to college.
He also has cited reasons with the amount of defensive ends that USC has committed right now. He mentioned how he's not afraid of competition, including Jadeveon Clowney if he chooses USC, but he thinks it may be too much to overcome at this point. I can understand where he's coming from. Everyone wants playing time. Some want it quicker than others. Mauldin most likely would have a better chance at a different school at this point with the numbers we have at the defensive end position. USC has told him they still want to sign him so you can't blame them for Mauldin thinking of switching his commitment.
This looks like it will be a fortunate situation for both parties involved as it allows USC another spot in the recruiting class and gives Mauldin an opportunity to enroll in school right away. I'd love for him to stay a Gamecock but I won't harbor bad feelings toward the young man if he makes the switch. I hope Mauldin makes the right decision for him and we'll be sure to keep you updated as to when and where Mauldin will attend school this week.
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