South Carolina football fans had their eye on three flip targets in over the past two months.
Southern Cal commitment Kameryn Fountain (4-star defensive end from Georgia), Tennessee pledge Braylon Staley (4-star wide receiver from in-state), and Kentucky-bound Quaysheed Scott (4-star defensive back from in-state) got a lot of local attention as players who might end up with the Gamecocks.
However, another flip target has emerged over the last month or so.
Texas A&M commitment Debron Gatling started flirting with several other teams, including the South Carolina football program. The wavering from Gatling seemed to grow exponentially when head coach Jimbo Fisher, offensive coordinator Bobby Petrino, and wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig departed the Texas A&M program.
On Monday, Gatling made the move that most who follow recruiting thought that he might, decommitting from the Aggies.
Gatling is a former 4-star receiver who has seen his recruiting ranking dip a bit recently. He is still a very promising prospect, however, as he is a very impressive athlete.
As a player, Gatling’s straight-line speed (4.47 laser time) and impressive start-and-stop acceleration are real weapons in the vertical passing game, and his ability to time his jumps perfectly allows him to have success high-pointing the football without being a huge body (6’1″ and 190 pounds). He is also a good route runner who leaves defenders behind with crisp double moves.
Gatling plays defensive back, as well, but his collegiate future is as a wide receiver.
South Carolina football is not the only program vying for Gatling’s services. Florida, Nebraska, Ohio State, and Louisville are also some of his favorites among his 44 offers.
Already named an Under Armour All-American, the Alpharetta, Georgia native recently was honored as the Region 6-AAAAAAA Player of the Year in the state of Georgia after a big year for Milton High School.
Gatling and Milton will face off in the Georgia state championship against South Carolina football commitment Wendell Gregory (4-star EDGE/Linebacker) and the Walton Raiders.
You can watch some of his film here.