South Carolina picked up its fourth verbal commitment of the 2013 recruiting cycle on Thursday afternoon when linebacker Kight Dallas (Lithonia, Ga./Arabia Mountain) committed to the Gamecocks.
“I feel in love with it," Dallas said. "It is a really nice school and my mom loved it there. I love the defense. They have five seniors at linebacker and the depth chart looks nice. I can play early there. It is also in the SEC and it doesn't get any better than that."
Dallas claims offers from Auburn, North Carolina, N.C. State, and Wake Forest, in addition to the Gamecocks.
“I told Coach Ward that I wanted to commit and then I told Coach Spurrier before practice to make it official," Dallas said. "They were very excited. Coach Spurrier went over to my mom and told her that he was going to take care of her son."
The 6-foot-2, 221 pounder added that the Gamecocks want him as a linebacker.
“They want me at either mike or will linebacker," Dallas said. "They like that I'm big and fast. I've ran a 4.5 40 yard dash. They said that I have nice hips on film. They like everything about me."
Dallas was also able to talk with South Carolina linebacker coach Kirk Botkin while on campus.
"I loved him," Dallas said. "He is a good coach and understands linebackers. He talked about what he looks for in a player. He said he looks for a good attitude and that the little things matter."
He is Gamecocks defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward's first commitment for the 2013 cycle and the first from the Atlanta area for the Gamecocks.
"I'm a great run stopper," Dallas said. "I love the run. I can improve against the pass but I'm doing that at these camps I've been going too. I never take a play off and I give 100-percent. I'm a team player and I do my job."
Dallas currently is a two-star prospect with an overall grade of 76 according to 247Sports.
"My commitment is very strong," Dallas said. "I might take another visit but I'm strong. I'm a Gamecock."