South Carolina football recruiting: 4-star safety Antoine Wilder commits to Gamecocks

Sep 28, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; A South Carolina Gamecocks helmet sits on the field before the game against the UCF Knights at Bright House Networks Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 28, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; A South Carolina Gamecocks helmet sits on the field before the game against the UCF Knights at Bright House Networks Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports /
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After picking up a commitment from 4-star offensive tackle Austin Clark on Thursday, the South Carolina Gamecocks landed another big commitment on Friday when 4-star safety Antoine Wilder gave his pledge to the Gamecocks.

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“Coach [defensive backs coach Grady] Brown, he’s like a father-figure,” Wilder said via Wes Mitchell of 24/7 Sports. “He’s loyal. He’s not going to sugarcoat nothing. He’s not just going to tell you you’re the best. He’s going to tell you what you’re good at and what you’re not good at. It’s got the family environment. The coaches showed me love. They’ve been top 10 the last three years and you can’t beat that. They’re bound for a championship. And my bro (Arden Key) is committed to.”

He’s also happy to have the process over with.

“It felt great,” Wilder said. “I don’t have to go through all those questions anymore about when you’re going to commit and everyone telling me to go to the SEC (laughs) all on Twitter. But I don’t really Tweet that much. That’s all Arden — he’s my publicist. (laughs) ”

The 5’11, 175-pound Wilder is from Atlanta, Georgia and attends the Hapeville Charter Career Academy. He is ranked as the country’s 18th-best safety prospect, the 32nd-best overall prospect from the state of Georgia and the 315th-best overall prospect in the class of 2015, according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings.

Wilder also holds an offer from the Mississippi State Bulldogs and has interest from a few of the power programs in the state.

Wilder becomes the 14th commitment for the Gamecocks’ 2015 recruiting class, which now ranks sixth nationally.

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