Gamecocks land a corner

South Carolina secured its eighth verbal commitment of the year on Monday when Miami, Fl native and Miami Central H.S. product Thomas Finnie committed to the Gamecocks.

Shortly after his commitment Gamecock Anthem spoke with Finnie where he confirmed his commitment. "Yes I sure did. I'm a Gamecock now", said Finnie.

"I feel great!" explained Finnie. "I feel good about my commitment. I think it was a good decision for me."

When asked what where some of the things that played a large role in his decision to become a Gamecock, Finnie first mentioned his Gamecock recruiter Jeep Hunter.

"Coach Hunter is just a great person who has always been there for me", said Finnie. "Jeep has always been straight-up with me, and that's probably straight-up, one of the biggest reasons I'm a Gamecock right now."

Finnie also suggested that South Carolina's SEC membership played a large role as well.

"South Carolina playing in the SEC means a lot", said Finnie. "The SEC is where the best of the best play, and that's where I want to be."

Finnie also took time to express his feelings for South Carolina's football program, coaches, and campus.

"I just loved the school, the facilities, all the people I met, and the coaches", said Finnie. "South Carolina is the nicest campus I've ever been to."

South Carolina has long recruited the talent rich state of Florida in search of prospects that are playmakers that have been tested in some of the highest levels of high school football in the country. Players who compete in that type of environment often carry a high level of confidence in themselves and in their game.

At 5-foot10 and 165 lbs, the athletic Finnie who has been timed as fast as 4.38 in the forty yard dash, certainly doesn't lack in confidence.

"I'm an aggressive corner, I'm a speedy guy, and I'm a good cover guy who is a lockdown corner like they need", said Finnie. "I have speed, and I think I'm real physical for my size" Finnie described. "I'm not afraid to tackle anybody."

Finnie also made it clear that he expects to step right in and be a big player for the Gamecocks on defense.

"I'm looking forward to playing on the other side of Gilmore," he says. "I think the two of us could lock things down."

Finnie said he held offers from Purdue, Syracuse, FIU and UCF at the time of his commitment.

When asked how firm his commitment to the Gamecocks is, Finnie responded, "I'm 100% solid in my commitment to South Carolina. The only visits I plan on taking in the future are visits to South Carolina, because I'm all Gamecock now.

As far a Finnie's future visit plans to South Carolina are concerned he said, "I want to come up for a game or two and take my official visit to South Carolina."

Finnie also had a message for Gamecock fans as well, "I'm young and very talented, and if I get a shot to play as a freshman I'm not going to let them down", said Finnie. "I've waited all my life for this and I'm going to give all I've got."

Finnie is the Gamecocks' eighth commitment of the class of 2011 and the third commitment from the state of Florida.

For more on Finnie check out this Premium evaluation: SunStateFootball Take: Thomas Finnie.

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