South Carolina Lands Big Time Athlete
For St. Petersburg (FL) Lakewood senior swingman Marcus Morrison, a first team all-stater, signed a letter of intent over the weekend.
"Marcus signed with South Carolina," Shelia Morrison. "They should receive the papers today."
Morrison's journey to Columbia comes with a lot of twists. First, he was originally slated to visit Ohio State and likely would have inked with the Buckeyes, but then two in-state transfers showed up on the radar and there was no room for him.
Then, he was scheduled to visit West Virginia, but Dan Dakich resigned and went back to Bowling Green. Tulane had been involved from the beginning and Morrison took a successful trip to Shawn Finney's campus. Then, he went to South Carolina.
The overwhelming notion behind the scenes from the beginning was that Morrison was seeking the highest possible level. Tulane from C-USA is nothing to shake a stick at but, obviously USC's SEC connection gave them the edge in that category.
Morrison turned in a terrific senior season as his team won the state title, knocked off nationally ranked opponents at the City of Palms event and flourished in his final year. While his commitment to South Carolina won't get much national fanfare nationally, it could be a really important signature.