Carlos Morris and Ian Baker were the first two pieces of the puzzle for South Carolina in the 2012 class.
Those pieces have broken away.
The Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville, Fla.) duo decommitted from South Carolina on Wednesday night.
"We told coach Mike (Boynton) last night," Morris said. "He was kind of mad, but you could tell he understood."
Morris is a four-star wing that's ranked No. 100 by Scout, and Baker is a three-star point guard.
"It was hard, but it was almost like a business decision," The 6-foot-5 Morris said. "This is about our college future."
Morris cited that the future of the coaches was the biggest concern.
"Mainly job security," Morris said. "We didn't want them to lose their jobs and all the other schools already have their guys."
Schools have contacted their AAU coach about the pair, but they are focused on the season for now.
"Right now, I'm just wide open," the Florida native said. "I just want to see what schools will come recruit me. My coach said there's some that have called already, but he hasn't told us who yet."
Morris and Baker did not sign their National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, so they are able to open back up their recruitment. They will sign in the late signing period in the spring.
South Carolina is still in the mix, and coach Boynton told them that they will continue to recruit the two - who they are still interested in.
Tyrone Haughton (out of Miami) is the third member of the class, but unlike Morris and Baker, he signed his NLOI during the early period.
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