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4-Star Defensive Tackle Darius Whitfield Commits To South Carolina Despite Spurrier 'Resignation'

Steve Spurrier's abrupt "resignation" from South Carolina has rocked the world of Gamecocks athletics, and as expected, it has had early negative impact in recruiting. Not all is lost for USC, however. Shortly before Spurrier's press conference began, four-star defensive tackle Darius Whitfield announced his commitment to the Gamecocks.

Whitfield, a four-star via Rivalsand ESPN, discussed his decision with

It is a special day for Darius because it would have been Darryl "Tang" Casher's birthday. Casher died in a shooting outside a Mobile nightclub on Sept. 11, 2011. He planned this day as his commitment date in the summer.

"I think of my cousin every day," he told "All I could do when I walked out of (St. Paul's) coach (Steve) Mask's office after I made my decision was smile and just look up and tell Darryl that I did it. It's a big relief."

South Carolina offensive line and co-offensive coordinator Shawn Elliott was expected to be named interim coach in Spurrier's absence Tuesday. Whitfield said he would keep an eye on the coaching situation but is "100 percent" committed to the Gamecocks at this point. He said he was committing to the school, not the coach.

USC's coaching future is very uncertain, so Gamecock fans should be very happy to hear the "committing to the school" line. He holds offers from Florida, Florida State, LSU, Missouri, and numerous others.