Emerging WR close to commitment?

South Carolina is expecting to pick up a few commitments at its Gamecock Showcase camp later this month, and one such commit could be Camden County (Kingsland, Ga.) emerging wide receiver DeAngelo Smith. Read inside as Smith discusses the latest in his recruitment and talks about the possibility of committing to USC at that event.

DeAngelo Smith has offers from South Carolina, Illinois, Indiana, ECU and Western Carolina, but one team currently has a decisive lead for his services.

"South Carolina," said the athletic Smith, who also plays basketball at Camden County. "I feel it's the best place for me since I'm a wide receiver."

Smith is also receiving interest from Georgia, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Wake Forest, but those programs are telling him they want to see him in person before offering.

South Carolina had that opportunity at its June prospect camp, and Smith left Columbia with an offer in hand. Smith, who describes himself as a "leader" on the field, says he believes the coaches were impressed with his route-running ability, size, and speed at the camp.

Smith, who runs a 4.49 forty-yard dash, says he didn't get to see the campus or facilities, but he is hoping to take that tour on his next trip to Columbia.

"I go back July 17 for all that," Smith said. "I just want to see what it's like at South Carolina. I'm thinking about [committing]. It's a high chance."

The 6'0", 170-pound Smith may be considered an out-of-state prospect, but the talented wide out grew up in Charleston, S.C. and has only lived in Georgia two years. Smith says his feelings about the University of South Carolina are nothing new.

"I've been looking at South Carolina since I was young," Smith said. "So I've been liking them ever since."

South Carolina offensive line coach John Hunt is recruiting him for the Gamecocks, and Smith described Hunt as a "nice coach."

Ultimately, Smith says the draw to play at South Carolina comes down to one thing.

"I couldn't really narrow it down, but I would have to say because of Steve Spurrier."

He has not met Spurrier yet, but hopes to during his next trip. Smith did meet Steve Spurrier, Jr. and says he felt a connection with his possible future position coach.

"I talked to Junior when I was down there the first time," Smith said. "I liked him. He is like me; He's got kind of the same mindset."

Smith hauled in 21 passes for 286 yards and 7 touchdowns for Camden County during his junior season.

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