Georgia State beat out some of the big boys for Kight Dallas, who was committed to South Carolina until last week.
The 6-foot-2, 228-pounder linebacker from Stephenson High School pledged to Georgia State on Tuesday. Dallas also claims current offers from Purdue, Cal, Arkansas and Troy.
“Really, the reason I had picked South Carolina before is because it was close to home,” Dallas said. “Georgia State is close to home, too. They did a great job of recruiting me, and they really wanted me.”
What about turning down bigger schools to play at Georgia State? “Hey, hopefully this will change some other people’s minds. I think Georgia State can be something big, and I can be part of something new.”
Dallas committed to South Carolina last April but officially parted ways with the Gamecocks last week. South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward withdrew the scholarship offer after scouting Dallas in a “performance-based decision,” according to Palmetto Sports.
Dallas told the AJC that it had to do with other factors. “It was a depth issue. They had a lot of linebackers committed at South Carolina, and I didn’t want to go to a school that had a lot of linebackers committed. That’s why I took an official visit to Cal in October. They didn’t like that. You could sense when people don’t like your actions.
“We just didn’t have a good relationship, me and the South Carolina coaches. But there are no hard feelings. I know recruiting is a business.”
While Dallas is committed to Georgia State, he still plans to take official visits to Purdue, Arkansas and Louisville next month. None of them are scheduled, though. “I’m going to take some officials but I really think Georgia State is where I want to be,” Dallas said.
Georgia State has around a dozen 2013 commitments, including four under new coach Trent Miles.
On Sunday, Trenton Hill, a 5-11, 180-pound safety from M.L. King High School committed to Georgia State over Alabama State and Presbyterian.
“I picked Georgia State because it’s close to home and a new up-and-coming program,” Hill said. “I like the coaching staff a lot. They are very nice people.”
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