Key has twice committed to the Gamecocks, rejoining their 2015 class in June after dropping his original pledge. But despite that, he's taken serious looks at other schools, LSU in particular.
Key was in Baton Rouge for several days in July during the Tigers' Elite Camp. As recently as last month, Key told Scout's Chad Simmons that he was "80 percent committed" to South Carolina with LSU the next team on his list.
"LSU would be next on my list [behind South Carolina] right now with Georgia after them," Key said in September. "I like the LSU coaching staff, I like how they produce defensive ends, and Coach [Brick] Haley has been talking to me a lot."
Key ranks as the No. 10 defensive end in the country and the No. 106 overall prospect in the country, according to Scout.
With only Isaiah Washington committed, defensive end remains a major priority for the 2015 class. Tennessee commit Dylan Jackson took an official visit to LSU for the Kentucky game, and Kyle Phillips was one of several targets on official visits this past weekend.
Key has long been a top target for the Tigers, and they'll be encouraged to have him on campus this fall.
In the recruiting nation prospect get caught in not trying to break this coach feelings forget that you make the best choice for you .— WALKING LEGEND ?? (@ArdenKey) October 28, 2014