News broke on Monday night that South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier would be retiring, effective immediately. The news didn’t take long to spread over social media. While some recruits chose not make any comments on the situation, others took to Twitter to voice their opinions.
The biggest reaction came from four-star linebacker P.J. Blue, who decommitted shortly after the news first came out. Blue, from Montgomery, Alabama, was one of only six four-star prospects in South Carolina’s recruiting class. With his departure, the Gamecocks are down to 15 commitments, including two who are ranked in the ESPN 300. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound prospect tweeted his decision.
After talking it over with my family I have decided to decommit from the University of South Carolina.
— P.J. BLUE... (@Ocho_Blu8) October 13, 2015
Unlike Blue, four-star athlete Tre Jackson said he remains solid in his commitment to the Gamecocks.
“Of course it’s a big loss,” Jackson said. “He was a coaching legend no matter what school he coached at, but South Carolina has to move forward. I’m still 100 percent committed to South Carolina.”
Four-star running back commit Bryan Edwards released a short statement on Twitter that explains he remains committed to the Gamecocks, but he will be contemplating his future in the upcoming days.
What I have to say about the situation. pic.twitter.com/Qnor3RxoF6
— Bryan Edwards (@Edwards_Bryan4) October 13, 2015
Recent three-star South Carolina wide receiver commit Kelvin Harmon also tweeted support for the school he committed to less than two weeks ago.
I understand about coach Spurrier, all respect for him but I didn't chose South Carolina for him, still content with my decision #WeCocky 🐔
— Kelvin #⃣9⃣ (@Wide_Receiver9) October 13, 2015
While some of the South Carolina commits tweeted their thoughts on the big news, another commit, Marlon Character, was not quite ready to say anything publicly yet. Character has visited Auburn on a few occasions this year and the Tigers could now be in a good position to flip the three-star safety.