South Carolina picked up a verbal commitment from the state's top overall prospect when four-star receiver Shaq Roland (Lexington, S.C.) ended his recruitment and committed to the Gamecocks.
Roland picked South Carolina over Alabama and Georgia. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder posted on his Facebook page shortly after speaking with USC recruiting coordinator and receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. that "it's finally done. I've committed to the South Carolina Gamecocks."
Spurrier Jr. and defensive line coach Brad Lawing, who recruits Lexington for the Gamecocks, were the recruiters of record.
Roland now gives the Gamecocks two four-star commits at wide receiver in as many days and three this week, provided Kwinton Smith is moved to four stars by 247Sports.
Roland is a four-star recruit with a numerical grade of 96 according to 247Sports and is the highest-rated prospect to date to commit to South Carolina in the 2012 class. He is the nation's No. 5 athlete prospect according to 247Sports.
This marks the third straight recruiting cycle that South Carolina has landed the state's top overall prospect. In 2011, it was defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (Rock Hill South Pointe), the nation's top prospect and in the Class of 2010, it was running back Marcus Lattimore (Duncan Byrnes). If you go by some rankings, this is the fourth straight cycle. Some had current USC cornerback Stephon Gilmore of South Pointe as the state's top prospect in 2009 and he was the winner of the state's Mr. Football award, as Lattimore and Clowney were to follow.
Roland is commitment No. 13 for USC. We will have more on this story moving forward.