Gamecocks Land New Commitment

The Gamecock football program landed their latest commitment on Thursday evening when Laurinburg (NC) defensive end Byron McKnight called his recruiter, Fred Chatham, and let him know that he was committing.

McKnight is teammates with South Carolina commitment Travian Robertson, and when asked what made him decide to go ahead and commit to the Gamecocks, McKnight said it was a recent trip to Columbia (SC) with Robertson that played an important factor in his decision.

"Basically, when I took the trip down to their scrimmage game, Coach (Brad) Lawing, the defensive line coach, introduced me to the whole defensive line. We were talking in the huddle after the scrimmage and stuff, and they were saying how much they need us and stuff like that. They really made me feel like a part of the team already, and that's really what made me choose them."

McKnight, who measures in at 6'4, 220 pounds, had initially wanted to take a visit to South Carolina during the season before making a decision, but after visiting for the August 12 scrimmage, he knew South Carolina was the place for him.

"I felt like it (South Carolina) was the place that I wanted to go, and it was just the place that I wanted to be."

Despite friend and teammate Travian Robertson being a firm South Carolina commitment, McKnight said that he ultimately made this decision for himself, and Robertson didn't play much of a factor in him deciding to become a Gamecock.

"It didn't play much into it. Even if he (Travian Robertson) wouldn't have committed there, I probably would have still ended up going to South Carolina."

McKnight, who has the frame to potentially grow into a defensive tackle at the college level, described his relationship with his future position coach, Brad Lawing.

"It's great. This one time at camp when we were up there, he took me in the conference room one-on-one with him, and he talked about what they do and stuff like that. He was just telling me how they go about doing things at South Carolina."

McKnight, who runs a 4.7 second forty yard dash, shared what he believes are his strengths as a player, as well as one area he would still like to improve in."

"My strengths are my quickness, getting to the quarterback, and running the ball carrier down... I want to work on my pass rushing technique."

McKnight finished by stating that he is a firm commitment to South Carolina, and he has no intention of taking other visits during the season.

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