Addison jumps on board

Andrew Jackson (Jacksonville, Fla) three-star safety Corey Addison has been close to giving his pledge to the Gamecocks for weeks now, with only a final visit to campus standing in the way of making that happen. On Saturday Addison made that visit and committed to the Gamecocks, giving them their second commitment in as many days. Addison is USC's 12th commitment in the 2009 class.

The 5'11", 177-pound Addison chose the Gamecocks over offers from programs such as Auburn, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Clemson, Miami, Michigan, Illinois, and Arkansas among others.

The talented safety, who is ranked by as the nation's No. 85 safety, said he loves the direction of South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier's program and believes the coach can take USC to new heights. He also loves the comfort level he has at the USC campus.

"When I'm there, I just feel comfortable with everything that's out there and everything around there," Addison said. "And then being able to play under Coach Spurrier, that's real good, too."

Addison also has developed a strong relationship with his USC recruiter, Steve Spurrier Jr.

"Oh, me and Coach Spurrier Jr., it's real good; I can talk to him," Addison said. "He keeps me laughing."

Addison grew up a Florida fan and said he remembers watching Spurrier in Gainesville some as a young kid. The Gators were close to offering the talented athlete, and may have been the frontrunner for his services if they had, but in the end Addison is glad to be a Gamecock.

After Addison dropped Florida, Central Florida made a late run for the three-star's services due UCF's lack of safety depth and his chances to play early there. But ultimately it was the Gamecocks and the future of their program that won out.

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

Addison totaled 77 tackles and 3 interceptions from his safety position at Andrew Jackson during his junior season.

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