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Gamecocks land 2015 wide receiver

South Carolina jumped out to an early start in the 2015 class on Thursday afternoon picking up a verbal commitment from wide receiver Dexter Neal (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson). Following his spring game, Neal made official with the Gamecocks coaches what he had said from the time he landed his offer.

Class of 2015 wide receiver Dexter Neal became South Carolina's first verbal commitment of the 2015 class on Thursday

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound wideout is the fifth player to commit to the Gamecocks from Stephenson in the past three years. The Gamecocks landed Kadetrix Marcus, also known as J.J., in the 2011 recruiting cycle. Kyle Fleetwood and Mike Davis signed with the USC in 2012, and in a few months class of 2013 cornerback Ali Groves is expected to enroll in summer classes.

It was obvious Neal had been waiting for the offer and an opportunity to reunite with his friends at the collegiate level. After only having the offer for two weeks, Neal decided to pull the trigger and commit to the Gamecocks.

“When I went up to South Carolina, it was a nice program. I felt like I fit around everybody and it was my type of school,” said Neal, who had 13 offers as a sophomore in high school at the time of his commitment. “The way the academics are set up, the coaching staff - everything is nice up there.”

Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward may be accredited the basket for the commitment of Neal, but wide receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. should be attributed the assist. The two coaches made a good tag-team in the recruitment of Neal and made a good impression on the big-bodied wideout.

“Coach Ward, he is a pretty cool guy, funny. He gets along with people,” said Neal, who chose South Carolina over schools the likes of Clemson, Michigan State, North Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia. “Coach Jr., he is a good coach. From what we saw when I went up to my visit he likes to work you, and he works on the small stuff to get your technique better.”

Neal also said current Davis, a current South Carolina running back, worked him real hard to commit to the Gamecocks. It should also come as no surprise that 2014 commitment Bryson-Allen Williams had an impact on his decision.

“He was like, 'Let's play [together], we've been playing together since we were young boys.' I was like, it could work. It would be better. It would be fun," said Neal.

It appears both players’ wish will come true, as they will both one day be suiting up in a Gamecock uniform.

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