South Carolina football: Antario Brown commits to Gamecocks

The South Carolina football team picked up its 16th commitment of the 2021 class on Wednesday.

Savannah (Ga.) running back Antario Brown committed to the South Carolina football program on Wednesday, becoming the 16th member of the Gamecocks’ class for 2021. Brown is rated by 247Sports as a three-star prospect, and the 38th best player in the state of Georgia.

Brown becomes the eighth player in the class to have ties to the Peach State, and is the second prospect that projects to play at the tailback position. He chose the Gamecocks over offers from North Carolina State, West Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

It looks as though the Hokies were the other finalist for his services, though the Gamecocks seemed to lead this race from the start. Brown’s primary recruiter was new running backs coach Des Kitchings.

South Carolina initially offered back in early May, and the back remained a priority throughout the summer. And the same could be said for Brown, who visited campus on his own, due to official visits being shut down amid Coronavirus, and kept close contact with coaches through virtual visits.

At 5-11, 210 pounds, he’s a load to get on the ground. As a junior last season, he rushed for more than 1,000 yards in just seven games. He possesses speed and power, and could provide a nice 1-2 punch with classmate Caleb McDowell, who committed back in July.

With the pledge, the South Carolina recruiting class moves up to 34th nationally, between Rutgers and Georgia Tech. With 16 players now in the boat, the class is just about full. The Gamecocks will have their chances to snag the last few commits over the coming months.