Legree talks USC commitment

Coach Shane Beamer and the Gamecocks landed a commitment from Beaufort (SC) standout cornerback Jimmy Legree on Thursday evening, and GamecockAnthem.com caught up with the athletic in-state playmaker on Friday to talk about his decision. Read inside for all the details.

Jimmy Legree, who measures in at an athletic 6'0" and 170 pounds, possesses a good combination of size and speed at the cornerback position. He's flown beneath the proverbial recruiting radar of many schools, but Legree was one of the top performers at South Carolina's June prospect camp and picked up an offer from the Gamecocks following that strong showing.

After openly favoring South Carolina for a couple of months, Legree decided to pull the trigger and commit to the home state Gamecocks on Thursday night.

"I called Coach Beamer last night, and I committed," said an enthusiastic Legree. "I thought about it for a long time, and I decided that South Carolina is where I want to go. I went to their football camp, and I liked what I saw. I really like the coaches. It's just a great place, and it's where I want to go."

According to Legree, several factors stood out to him about South Carolina during the recruiting process.

"I love the coaches. Coach Beamer really walked me through everything. He made (the recruiting process) easy for me, just telling me about everything. I really liked that. It's also real close to home so my family can come see me play in college. I'm really looking forward to the business program too. I heard they're about to get a new building there, and I'm looking forward to being able to use that."

The Beaufort, SC native is very familiar with the Gamecocks' program, and he likes the direction things are headed under head coach Steve Spurrier.

"Steve Spurrier is a great coach, and he's building a good program" he said. "The goal is to win an SEC Championship, and I really want that. Coach Beamer says we have a good chance of getting one in the next couple years. He said they've got some great corners and safeties coming up, and it'll be great to work with them. I'm looking forward to working with my new teammates."

Legree, who runs a 4.5 second forty yard dash, said the Carolina coaches like several aspects of his game at the cornerback position.

"They like my ability to go get the ball. Every time I see the ball as a corner, I just go and get it. They said they really liked that and my size," he said. "I have good speed, and I can be physical. I'm a calm person. I don't get rattled. I just play my position and do what I'm told."

Legree is a friend and teammate of highly regarded defensive line prospect Duane Chisolm at Beaufort High School, and he says he'll talk with the athletic trenchman about joining him at South Carolina now that he's officially a Gamecock.

"I'm going to try to get him with me at South Carolina. He still says he doesn't know where he wants to go. I'm just telling him to think things all the way through and make a good decision."

Fresh off his commitment to USC, Legree asked to pass on a message to Gamecock Nation.

"I'm going to work hard and do my part, and hopefully we'll succeed in the SEC. Keep cheering us on!"

The Lowcountry product, who totaled 65 tackles, 6 interceptions, and 10 pass break-ups in his junior season last fall, chose South Carolina over offers from Vanderbilt and Buffalo. He also received strong interest from NC State, Maryland, Kentucky, Wake Forest, and Clemson. Legree boasts a 3.5 GPA.

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