South Carolina Football: 4-star quarterback target makes commitment

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South Carolina football fans are understandably very excited about the future of the quarterback position in Columbia.

The Gamecocks have a big-time talent in true freshman LaNorris Sellers who appears to be the quarterback-in-waiting behind Spencer Rattler, and 4-star Dante Reno is committed in the 2024 class. In the Gamecocks’ class of 2026, 4-star Landon Duckworth is among the best in the nation and a top-50 prospect in his class.

Like most programs, USC seems to have a plan to take a quarterback in each signing class, so the Gamecocks are still in pursuit of their 2025 signal-caller. Ohio native Ryan Montgomery has put the Gamecocks in his top-5 (along with Florida, Georgia, Penn State, and Michigan), and several other elite talents in the ’25 cycle are seriously considering the program, as well.

4-star dual-threat quarterback Deuce Knight is one of the players Gamecock offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains targeted as a priority in the ’25 class. South Carolina football was called the “dream school” for Knight back in May. A Mississippi native, Knight has skyrocketed up the recruiting rankings in recent months and is approaching 5-star territory.

While the Gamecocks appeared to be strong players for Knight for a while, he had recently started showing more partiality toward some more traditional powerhouse programs.

On Monday, the big-armed lefty quarterback followed that trend when he announced his commitment to head to South Bend, Indiana to play for Marcus Freeman and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

It just wasn’t in the cards for the Gamecocks to land Knight, though Carolina fans should feel confident in Loggains’ ability to get another top option on board.

With Sellers, Reno, and Duckworth in the fold, a quarterback is not a desperate need in the class of 2025.

However, because it is the most important position in the game of football, every program, including the Gamecocks, wants to have as many opportunities to find “the guy” at the position as they can possibly have. Fans can expect Loggains and USC to continue pursuing intensely Montgomery and other targets.

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