Chisolm pulls the trigger

South Carolina picked up a key commitment from one of the top defensive linemen in the Palmetto State on Sunday when Beaufort (SC) defensive stalwart Duane Chisolm gave his pledge to the home state Gamecocks. Read inside as Chisolm discusses his decision to commit to USC and much more.

Chisolm, who measures in at an athletic 6'3" and 260 pounds, said that several factors played into his decision to commit to South Carolina, including how hard the Gamecock coaching staff had recruited him throughout his high school career.

"Coach Brad Lawing showed up to my front door (for an in-home visit) today, and I decided to go ahead and commit (to South Carolina). Coach Lawing was excited," said Chisolm. "I knew it was the right place for me. They've been recruiting me since I was in the ninth grade. They really showed me the most interest. It's the place I want to play. I really like the atmosphere, and I admire the team. They have a good team, and they're a family. They play hard, and they don't ever give up."

The Gamecock defense earned the reputation for being one of the nation's best defensive units during the 2008 season, and Chisolm is looking forward to contributing on USC's defensive line in the coming years, potentially both as a defensive end and a defensive tackle.

"I like their defense, and I think I can make a difference. I can come off the edge or even bust up the middle. Coach Lawing said he likes my speed and my hard play," he said. "I'll probably be an all around player on that defensive line. It all depends on how big I get and how fast I grow."

When asked what Gamecock fans can expect to see from him on the gridiron during his time at Carolina, Chisolm replied that he is a complete player who plays with a non-stop motor.

"I'm a hard nosed player who never gives up and goes hard to the end. I'm big, fast, and strong."

Chisolm, who said he also strongly considered NC State, Clemson, and Florida State, has some academic question marks heading into his final semester of high school. However, he says he is making strides in the classroom and believes he is on track to qualify.

"Everything is going real well in the classroom. I'm getting good grades and taking tutoring everyday after school. I'm making sure everything gets done."

If Chisolm does not qualify out of high school, South Carolina would place him at a prep school or junior college.

Chisolm, who is widely considered to be one of the most athletic defensive linemen in the southeast, unfortunately tore his ACL during his senior season. However, he says his rehab is going very well.

"My rehab is coming real good. I'm back on my feet, and I'm doing a little jogging. It's actually coming back quicker than I thought it would. I'm coming back strong."

The athletic lowcountry standout closed by passing on a message to Gamecock Nation, hoping to ease doubts about his academic status and his injured knee.

"I will be ready, I will be ready."

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