Sledge Verbals To South Carolina

Florida wide receiver Eric Sledge gave a verbal commitment to South Carolina over the weekend. He is scheduled to visit Ohio State this weekend, but might cancel. Sledge gave us the latest on his situation.

Wide receiver Eric Sledge of Apopka, Fla., made an official visit to South Carolina over the weekend and gave head coach Steve Spurrier a verbal commitment.

"Yes, I intend to play for the Gamecocks," Sledge said.

Sledge is most likely done taking visits, but could still decide to make his scheduled trip to Ohio State Jan. 21-23.

"I'm not really sure," Sledge said. "I can't say for sure right now. I committed to South Carolina without my family on the trip. We are going to sit down today (Monday) and have a family meeting. I am 100 percent South Carolina and their coaches don't want me to take any more visits. But I'm going to do what my family thinks is best. If they think I should visit Ohio State, I will. My family has final say. I have not cancelled my Ohio State visit."

Sledge (6-3, 200, 4.54) is a bit of a late bloomer. He played in a rushing offense in high school and caught just 15 passes for 325 yards and five touchdowns as a senior.

He is looking forward to playing in Spurrier's fun 'n gun offense.

"Coach Spurrier is a great coach and it will be a challenge," Sledge said. "I will have the opportunity to play next year and Coach Spurrier is going to throw the ball a lot. He is great at putting receivers in the NFL.

"It's going to be a challenge with him taking over the team. He wants to win. The program has kind of been mediocre. He wants to go from 6-4 years, to 10-0 and the SEC title."

Sledge was asked what else stands out about South Carolina.

"The school and the city are nice, and I like the academics," he said. "But to be honest with you, it wasn't like, ‘Wow, I'm knocked off my feet.' It was just a nice place. I'm a plain type of guy. A chill guy. I'm from a big city (Orlando) and I wanted to go to a school that was in no party town, and wasn't a country town."

Columbia obviously fits that bill better than Columbus or Louisville.

"It's a tough decision," Sledge said. "I wanted to go to the team that passed the ball the most and that was South Carolina and Louisville. I just think South Carolina and Coach Spurrier are going to throw it a lot."


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