Florida safety nearing decision

After a slow start to the 2009 class, USC has had a productive July so far on the recruiting trail as Matt Coffee and Aldrick Fordham became Gamecocks at the beginning of the month, and Kinsman Thomas recently announced his intentions to commit to Carolina in the near future. USC could get more good news soon as Andrew Jackson (Jacksonville, Fla.) safety Corey Addison is nearing a decision.

With 27 offers to his credit, the 6'1", 190-pound Addison is one of the most highly recruited safeties in the Sunshine State. Addison has offers from major programs such as South Carolina, Auburn, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Clemson, Miami, Michigan, Illinois and Arkansas among others.

Recently Addison cut his list down to four lucky schools, but now the highly regarded defensive back says he is only looking at two.

"Mainly, it's just South Carolina and Florida right now," said the elite prospect.

South Carolina offered Addison in writing in February, but the Gators have yet to offer.

The Sunshine State safety briefly described what he likes about each program.

Florida – "Really, I've just been a Gator fan for all my life. So looking at it that way, it would make my dream come true (to go to Florida)."

South Carolina – "Coach Spurrier, he is trying to build it up to an elite school in the SEC. They're getting new facilities and everything. Then academics, I talked to one of their professors about what I want to go into and he told me about the program."

USC wide receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. is recruiting Addison for the Gamecocks, and the 3-star safety says he always enjoys talking with him.

"He's a jokester. So it's always real nice when I talk to him. He can make me laugh, so it's good."

Now that Addison has cut his list to just those two programs, he says he should be ready to make a commitment within the next couple of weeks. Not coincidentally, the Florida coaching staff has told Addison he should know whether an offer is coming within the same time period.

"They were just saying one of their safeties is hurt, so they might put him on a medical scholarship so he would get to still go to school, but wouldn't be on the team. And then another thing is one of the safeties they signed might be ineligible, so if he's ineligible they're going to offer me. I'm the next player on the board."

Despite how it sounds, Addison says an offer from the Gators would not assure his committing to Florida over South Carolina.

"Even if Florida offers me, I might go to South Carolina. Even if I grew up pulling for them it might not be the best school for me. So we'll see."

Addison plans to take another visit to South Carolina within the next couple of weeks. The nation's No. 44 safety according to Scout.com summed up what he ultimately wants in the school he chooses very simply as, "a school with a solid football program."

The aggressive safety collected 72 tackles and 3 interceptions last year for his Andrew Jackson Tigers.

To discuss this article, visit GamecockAnthem's premium forum - The Golden Spur.

Gamecock Anthem Top Stories