As expected, Chaz Elder committed to South Carolina over UGA on national TV on Thursday night.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound defensive back from Banneker High School made the announcement during the third quarter of ESPN’s telecast of the Under Armour high school all-star football game.
Sitting with his family members, Elder was asked about his college decision. Elder looked around for a few seconds and was handed a South Carolina baseball cap.
“I like everything about [South Carolina],” Elder said. “I like [how they use] DBs. They put five on the field at the same time. I love it.”
Elder took official visits to South Carolina and UGA. He has yet to make a recruiting trip to Vanderbilt, who was not considered a serious contender, even though Elder listed the Commodores as one of his three finalists.
One final Chaz note: Elder committed to South Carolina but his recruiting may not be over. He is considering taking official visits to Vanderbilt and Arkansas later this month.
RELATED: UGA will get one last shot at Jordan Jenkins, the state’s top uncommitted prospect on Friday. The 6-3, 250-pound defensive end from Harris County High School confirmed to the AJC that he will meet with coaches from UGA and Florida on Friday before he leaves St. Petersburg, Fla., site of the Under Armour game. Now that’s some aggressive recruiting, flying to meet recruits after all-star games. UGA will be represented by assistants Todd Grantham and John Lilly. Jenkins had listed Alabama and Florida as his longtime co-leaders under recently. He will pick between Alabama, UGA, Florida and Tennessee at 7 p.m. Monday on “The Next Class” on Fox Sports South. Said his father: “We’ll see what happens. I’m his father and I’m telling 100 percent that I don’t know where he’s going right now. I know where he said he’s leaning … I’ve got a funny feeling that it’s going to be interesting.” Jenkins is not scheduled to meet with any colleges over the weekend.
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Fair or unfairly, UGA caught some criticism for being “too late” to offer some of the state’s top football prospects this year. The Bulldogs may be trying to counter that perception for next year’s class. On Thursday, UGA recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner made a personal appearance to offer one of the state’s top 2013 prospects (click on story link)
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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