Gresham switches to South Carolina

Apalachee (Winder, GA) 3-star linebacker Chaun Gresham committed to Georgia Tech back in March, but one school continued pursuing the athletic defender in the months following that decision - South Carolina. On Friday, Coach Shane Beamer and the Gamecocks were rewarded for their efforts when Gresham officially switched his commitment to South Carolina. Read inside for all the details.

The 6'3", 205 pound Gresham, who is rated by as the no. 35 strongside linebacker in the country, confirmed to on Friday night the news that he's switched his commitment from Georgia Tech to South Carolina.

"I committed to South Carolina today," said Gresham. "I let the Georgia Tech coaches know of my decision."

Gresham attended USC's Gamecock Showcase Camp last month, and he said that he made up his mind on that visit that South Carolina is where he wanted to go.

"It was probably at their Showcase Camp," he replied when asked when he knew that he wanted to be a Gamecock. "There's just more opportunity for me (at South Carolina). I like everything there - the academics, the facilities, the coaches, the players they're recruiting, and everything. I just felt like it was the better place for me to go."

Gresham credits his South Carolina recruiter Shane Beamer for never giving up on him despite his pledge to the Yellow Jackets.

"It meant a lot knowing that even though I committed they stayed after me like that. It showed me that they really wanted me," he said. "Coach Beamer's just real cool and laid back. I like that. He never gave up on me."

According to Gresham, another factor that stands out to him about South Carolina is the opportunity for early playing time on the Gamecock defense.

"Pretty much all their linebackers are leaving so that'll almost guarantee (early playing time) for me," he said. "I'll play outside linebacker."

Gresham, who is the nephew of former South Carolina Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers, said that he's firm in his commitment to South Carolina and is finished with the recruiting process now.

"I'm through with (the recruiting process). I'm a Gamecock," he replied emphatically when asked how firm he is in his commitment.

The athletic Peach State linebacker closed by describing what type of player he is on the gridiron.

"I just get after the ball and go hard every play."

Gresham totaled 112 tackles and 13 tackles for loss in his junior season last fall. In addition to South Carolina and Georgia Tech, he also held offers from Alabama, Tennessee, Clemson, and others. He becomes South Carolina's 14th commitment in the 2009 recruiting class.

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