Tapley discusses status of USC commitment

Raines (Jacksonville, FL) wide receiver Sean Tapley has been softly committed to South Carolina since last fall, but the athletic Sunshine State pass-catcher is keeping his options open and is giving other suitors a fair chance to recruit him. GamecockAnthem.com recently caught up with Tapley for an interview, and he discussed the status of his USC commitment and much more.

The 6-0, 175 pound wide receiver, who flew beneath the proverbial recruiting radar for much of his early high school career, broke onto the scene as one of the top overall performers at South Carolina's summer prospect camp last year, and he has steadily seen his recruiting stock rise since that time.

The Gamecocks were the first school to step forward with an offer, but Purdue, Illinois, Miami, and FIU have all jumped into the mix in recent months. According to Tapley, he is also receiving interest from LSU, Alabama, Tennessee, and Florida.

With the new schools pursuing him, Tapley maintains that he is still committed to South Carolina but is admittedly open to letting other programs recruit him.

"It's a pretty soft commitment. I'd say it's about 60-percent," said Tapley of his pledge to the Gamecocks. "South Carolina has a good atmosphere and a good coaching staff. I felt like I was at home when I was there. I just want to make sure it's the right place for me."

The home state Florida Gators, Tapley's childhood favorite, have kept in touch with him but are not likely to offer. Thus, he is currently most focused on three other schools and is looking forward to seeing what they have to offer compared to South Carolina.

"Miami, Purdue, and I'd say Alabama are the schools I'm looking at the most other than South Carolina."

Tapley described what stands out to him about the Hurricanes, Boilermakers, and Crimson Tide.

Miami - "It's a pretty good school. I don't know too much about their coaching staff yet, but coach (Clint) Hurtt is a good coach. He's my recruiter. I know they run a pro style offense."

Purdue - "They've got a pretty good offensive scheme. I know they throw the ball a lot."

Alabama - "I like the way they run their offense, period."

While other schools are giving their best sales pitch to the talented wide receiver, Tapley's South Carolina recruiter Steve Spurrier Jr. is keeping in close touch with him in an effort to keep the Gamecocks fresh on his mind.

"I keep in touch with (Coach Spurrier Jr.)," noted Tapley. "He's telling me to keep up my good work with my grades and to keep South Carolina on my mind."

Don't expect Tapley to put an end to the recruiting process anytime soon, as he plans to weigh his options all the way until signing day before coming to a final decision. When that time comes, he knows a few key factors that he'll look for to help him feel comfortable with his college destination.

"I'm gonna wait until signing day," he stated. "I'm going to look at the program overall, the depth chart, and how close it is to home."

Tapley, who impressed on the combine circuit this spring, was recently rated by Scout.com - Florida as the No. 35 overall prospect in the Sunshine State this recruiting cycle. The following is their evaluation of Tapley:

A very talented wide receiver with a lot of polish, Tapley simply knows how to run routes and find the openings in opposing defenses. He's not flashy but he can flat out get the job done. He attacks the ball well, runs pretty well, and has a tremendous feel for the game.

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