Earlier in the week, there were several reports that four-star junior college defensive end Darrius Caldwell committed to the South Carolina Gamecocks. On Wednesday, it became official. The 6’6, 240-pound Caldwell, who attended Mays High School in Atlanta, Georgia, spent the last two seasons Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, Mississippi.
Caldwell originally signed with Illinois two years ago before transferring to Pearl River.
Wes Mitchell of 24/7 Sports has the scoop.
Caldwell was recruited to the Gamecocks by defensive line coach Deke Adams, who met with him Wednesday and informed the former Mays High School standout that the Gamecocks would accept his commitment.
It was previously reported elsewhere that Caldwell had already committed to the Gamecocks, but it wasn’t considered official until Wednesday.
Caldwell is considered the 42nd overall junior college prospect according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings. He is viewed as the top JUCO weakside defensive end and the ninth JUCO best player in the state of Mississippi.
The Gamecocks hope Caldwell gives them the instant impact they need to help replace stars Jadeveon Clowney and Chaz Sutton.