Mitch: 'I'm fully committed'

South Carolina picked up a major commitment Tuesday evening when Wakefield (Raleigh, N.C.) three-star QB Connor Mitch pulled the trigger on a commitment to the Gamecocks.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Mitch had a final two of South Carolina and LSU, and chose the Gamecocks over offers from Alabama, Auburn, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Tennessee, Wake Forest and West Virginia among others.

"It's just a huge relief to do something I've been wanting to do for a while," Mitch said. "I just had to confirm it with my parents [before committing]. I'm just glad that it's over with and I can move on."

Mitch, who is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 39 QB in the country by Scout, visited South Carolina for a junior day in late March and then returned to Columbia for the Garnet and Black spring game on his birthday, April 14.

"I think it was about at halftime of the spring game, I looked at my parents and told them that this was the place that I wanted to go," Mitch said. "I didn't want to do it right away, so I just wanted to be smart about it, but I knew that my heart was there."

Mitch soon named South Carolina his leader and Tuesday gave the Gamecock coaches the good news. Mitch says it's hard to narrow the decision to choose South Carolina down to any one thing.

"I don't even know, I just feel comfortable there," he says. "Whenever I was there I just felt comfortable like I was at home, and I just didn't get that feeling from any other place. It was kind of a great feeling when you got there and you felt it."

Mitch was recruited to South Carolina officially by special teams coordinator and tight ends coach Joe Robinson, who he had a previously relationship with from camping at North Carolina where Robinson coached last season. But quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus, who handles all of the Gamecocks' quarterback recruiting, was also heavily involved.

"We've definitely talked a lot and started building a relationship," Mitch said of Mangus. "I've been talking to Coach Spurrier every now and then, and getting to know him better. I feel more at home every time I talk to him."

Mitch says he's looking forward to playing for a coach with Spurrier's history.

"It's a dream come true," he says. "You've seen what he's done as a player and what he's done to other players as a coach. It's just something special."

Mitch talked to Spurrier earlier this evening and the two talked about Mitch getting back to Columbia this summer for a camp, which he plans to do.

"They were excited," Mitch says. "I think every other coach messaged me on Facebook telling me how excited they were."

Mitch also added that no one had to worry about him wavering on his commitment.

"I told Coach Mangus that once I'm committed, I'm fully committed. I'm not going to make any other trips or anything like that."

He now turns his attention to getting ready for his senior season and recruiting other prospects to join him in Columbia.

He was with three such targets at Sunday's Charlote NFTC and he was able to start the process then because he already knew that he was going to be a Gamecock.

"A couple of my buddies from in-state like [four-star Hillside HS tight end] Josh McNeil, [James Hunt HS] LB/DE Lewis Neal and then my other good friend [three-star DE] Tyquan Lewis, who plays d-end over near Greenville [at Tarboro HS], so I'm going to try to get them on board."

Mitch had a simple message to South Carolina fans: "I'm ready to bring home some championships."

Mitch is South Carolina's ninth commitment of the 2013 class.


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