Gamecocks offer athletic in-state DE

6-foot-4, 237-pound Timberland HS (Saint Stephen, S.C.) defensive end Aldrick Fordham received some big news on Monday when South Carolina defensive line coach Brad Lawing informed him he now has an offer from the team he grew up pulling for. Read inside as Fordham discusses his second SEC offer and tells when he plans to make a decision.

"It felt pretty good. [South Carolina] was one of the schools I really wanted to go to," Fordham said. "[Coach Lawing] said I'm what they're looking for. He said I look like I work hard at what I do, I've got good size and speed, and he would try his best to get me up at USC."

Fordham, who grew up a South Carolina fan, expounded on what he likes about the South Carolina program.

"I think they're pretty good; they'll have their chance to win an SEC [Championship]. They had a good chance this year, but they lost some games that I thought they should have won."

Wide receivers coach Steve Spurrier, Jr. is recruiting the edge-rusher for the Gamecocks and has made an impression on him.

"He's kind of got a personality like me. He's kind of easy-going and likes to have fun and jokes around. He's a real cool person."

Fordhams other scholarship offer is from the University of Tennessee, and he also has the Volunteers in high consideration for his services.

"I'm debating between South Carolina and Tennessee," Fordham says. "I'm going to go visit Tennessee, then I'm going to go visit USC again. Whichever one I feel that fits me I will commit to them."

The Volunteers offered Fordham in late May, making them the first program to officially offer the rising senior lineman.

"I like the program. That's a good program. The fans are very supportive, just like the fans at USC. Their coaching staff I talked to they seemed pretty cool and like people you can trust."

Tennessee defensive line coach Dan Brooks is recruiting Fordham for the Vols.

"From when I've talked to him, he seems cool. But then again seems like one of those coaches that's nice to get along with off the field, but is very intense on the field."

Fordham is also receiving interest from Clemson, NC State, Alabama, and Wake Forest, but says he is ready to end the recruiting process soon. He had a Tennessee visit scheduled for June 12, but cannot make it due to a scheduling conflict. He plans to contact Tennessee and South Carolina again this week about making visits soon.

Fordham is not the only jumbo-athlete at Timberland with Tennessee and South Carolina offers, as highly-regarded offensive lineman Quinton Washington has offers from the Vols and Gamecocks, as well as NC State, Clemson, Maryland, and Alabama.

According to Fordham, he and Washington have talked about the recruiting process and the various schools looking to sign them.

"Yeah, we talk about the schools we are going to [visit] and are real close friends. We do talk about playing together, but we don't really talk about it a lot. We have talked about playing together, though."

According to Fordham, he will sit down and decide between South Carolina and Tennessee shortly after returning from visiting both schools.

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