"Well, as far as recruiting, I'm committed right now, to South Carolina," says the 6-foot-3, 245 pounder. "I figured it was time to make a move, and that was a school that was on me the hardest."
Pepper committed on Wednesday, and says the South Carolina coaches were "excited about it" when he made the call.
While he is a Gamecock, Pepper wants to take a few more visits to see games this year.
"I'm probably going to take some more visits, but I don't have anything set up yet. I'm definitely going to take an official visit to South Carolina."
Three-star WR Freddie Brown committed earlier in the day.
The Duncan (S.C.) native and Byrnes HS wide receiver moved to South Carolina so he could focus on football and hope to earn a scholarship in the sport.
With a father coaching a near-by Wofford, Brown is quickly learning the game, and the Gamecocks were one of the first to offer.
"I thought about it for a while, and just decided to do it," says the 6-foot-4, 200 pounder. "I knew that I wanted to stay close to home, and I wanted to play both sports (football and basketball). They said I could do that."
Brown, who is helping to lead the high-powered Byrnes offense, says he is done with the recruiting process.
"I'm not going to take any visits to other schools. I'm done."