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WR Recruit With Scholarship Offers From Power Five Schools To Walk On At South Carolina

Austin Connor, a three-star wide receiver from Irmo, South Carolina, will play for his home-state Gamecocks, and he's sacrificing some big opportunities to do so.

247Sports ranks Connor as the No. 118 player in the country, and lists offers from Duke, Georgia, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech...and South Carolina, which makes this all a bit confusing.

This is college football recruiting, so of course things aren't simple. Some of those offers may have been conditional, or spots may have filled up.

That was the case with his offer from the Gamecocks, according to The State:

Connor announced on Twitter that he will be heading to USC and will walk on. He will report to school June 20. In January, he said the Gamecocks might a possibility as a walk-on for football and to run track.

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Connor received an offer from Hawaii in April and plenty of offers in the spring of his junior year. Virginia Tech was the first school to offer Connor and the Gamecocks were next. He said he thought about committing to USC and then Virginia Tech in the summer but Connor said both schools were full as far as receivers.

Either way, he is a Gamecock now, and he's not going to cost Will Muschamp's staff a valuable scholarship this fall.

His full note on Twitter:

"I want to first thank God for his many blessings and the opportunity to play football. I also owe a big thank you to my family for their continuous support through my high school football career and to my coaches for helping shape me into the athlete I am today. I am proud to say I will be continuing my academic career and paying the game I love for the years to come as a Gamecock."

Connor, who reportedly has a 4.3 GPA, is ranked No. 825 in the class of 2017. That puts him ahead of seven of South Carolina's other class of 2017 high school commits. Not bad for a June walk-on addition.

[The State]