"We're going to take our talents to South Carolina, baby." Anderson, Roberts commit to USC
January 19, 2011 at 4:48 PM EST - Updated June 23 at 6:33 AM
POWDER SPRINGS, GA (The Big Spur) - A pair of high school teammates finally made their decision official and for four more years, tight end Rory Anderson and linebacker Marquis Roberts will don the same jersey. Both players verbally committed to South Carolina in a ceremony in the McEachern High School weight room on Thursday morning.
The duo becomes commitments 27 and 28 in the class of 2011. Anderson is the second tight end to commit in the class joining Drew Owens (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) while Roberts is the third player listed as a linebacker commitment. Other linebackers committed to the Gamecocks are Edward Muldrow (Snellville, Ga./South Gwinnett), Jordan Montgomery (Groveland, Fla./South Lake), and Angelo Watley (Suwanee, Ga./Peachtree Ridge).
Roberts was the first to set up his commitment date and Anderson, after meeting with Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley earlier on Wednesday morning, decided to join his teammate.
Both players have had South Carolina as their leader throughout much of the process and it just felt right to go ahead and pull the trigger.
"The facilities, coaches, and it's real close to home," Roberts said. "I have some family that's right down the street. Coach Mangus is a real good dude. He knows what he's talking about and he's a real good coach. I can tell. I've talked to coach Ellis, coach Ward, all of them."
Roberts is a three-star prospect by 247Sports and holds an 83 rating. At 6-foot, 204 pounds, Roberts projects as an outside linebacker for the Gamecocks.
"I just went with my gut feeling," Anderson said. "It was either Tennessee or South Carolina and at the end of the day, South Carolina came out on top. Coach Mangus and I have been in contact a long time. I was already interested in the school before they offered. We built a strong relationship and I've been in contact with him as much as possible. He's made me feel real comfortable with South Carolina."
Anderson, who took an official visit to Tennessee last weekend, is a three-star prospect and holds an 86 rating from 247Sports. He is ranked as the No. 34 tight end in the country and held offers from the Volunteers, Illinois, Mississippi, Mississippi State, and others.
Quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus was the recruiter of record for both players. Mangus currently has five commitments in the class – defensive end/linebacker Mason Harris, wide receiver Damiere Byrd, and offensive lineman Kyle Harris. He is also the recruiter of record for safety Sheldon Royster and quarterback Tanner McEvoy, both of whom are expected to commit to the Gamecocks on Thursday.
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