January 21, 2011 at 7:33 PM EST - Updated June 23 at 6:49 AM
COLUMBIA, SC (The Big Spur) - South Carolina and quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus wanted to sign a quarterback in the 2011 recruiting class and they got their guy on Thursday when quarterback Tanner McEvoy (Oradell, N.J./Bergen Catholic) verbally committed to the Gamecocks.
Quarterback Tanner McEvoy becomes the 29th commitment of the 2011 class for the Gamecocks.
"I told (Mangus) and (Steve Spurrier) last night," McEvoy said. "They were excited. Steve Spurrier sounded really excited over the phone. He has called back twice since then. He has just told my parents congrats and that kind of stuff."
McEvoy listed several reasons on why he will be a Gamecock.
"I feel comfortable down there," McEvoy said. "When I took my official visit down there I had a great time. I'm really close with coach Mangus. Steve Spurrier has spent a lot of time with me and I liked that. I just like the whole program from football to the academics. I like everything about it. It is a good fit for me."
Mangus was the recruiter for McEvoy and was the first coach to offer McEvoy as a quarterback.
"(Mangus) is my position coach and that was a big factor for me," McEvoy said. "He was the first one to offer me as a quarterback. We are all close with him. He talks to my parents a lot and I talk to him a lot. I'm looking forward to the next four years with him."
McEvoy's mother graduated from the University of South Carolina and he talked a little about how that played in to this decision.
"It didn't play in to it that much," McEvoy said. "She didn't say much about it. Her brother and sister went to South Carolina and they said more about it then them. I told my uncle about it and he was real excited for me."
South Carolina received another commitment from the state of New Jersey Thursday night. Four star safety Sheldon Royster (Jersey City, N.J./St Peter's Prep) committed to South Carolina shortly after McEvoy's announcement.
McEvoy finished with a message to Gamecock fans.
"I'm just real excited about this," McEvoy said. "I know they have a lot of fans and I'm real excited. I'm ready to get a national championship."