South Carolina football landed its first pledge of its big official visit recruiting weekend Sunday afternoon when Fort Myers (Fla.) Lehigh class of 2023 four-star ATH Kelton Henderson committed to the Gamecocks.
“I committed today,” Henderson told GamecockCentral.com. “It felt like home. I could see myself playing there for four years. It’s a good environment.”
Listed as an “athlete,” the 6-foot, 180-pound Henderson is slated to play wide receiver for Justin Stepp and the Gamecocks.
The official visit to South Carolina went extremely well this weekend, which prompted Henderson to go ahead and officially jump into the Gamecocks’ 2023 class.
Said Henderson: “I got to hang out with the team, meet the players. I hung out with Coach Stepp, Coach Beamer, AB (Ahmarean Brown), and a lot more. I got to see the facility. All the food, it was so much food. Coach Stepp is a wise man, I think he knows some things he can teach me.”
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Henderson chooses South Carolina over offers from Michigan, where he was also scheduled to take an official visit, plus Miami, Florida State, Ohio State, Georgia, Tennessee, Penn State, Louisville, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Illinois and Auburn.
“A whole different dog,” Henderson answered when asked what he will bring to the program. “A leader.”
The On3 Consensus – a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies – ranks Henderson as the No. 20 athlete, No. 381 overall prospect and No. 72 state of Florida prospect in the 2023 class.
Henderson is the third public verbal commitment in the Gamecocks’ 2023 class, joining Atlanta (Ga) Pace Academy On3 four-star OL Trovon Baugh and Laurel (Md.) St. John’s three-star DB Zahbari Sandy. The Sunshine State product indicated to GamecockCentral.com that he may graduate high school in December and enroll early at South Carolina, but that his plans are not set just yet.
South Carolina football coach Shane Beamer Tweeted out a Welcome Home — his indicator of a commitment on Sunday afternoon — followed by another Tweet warning Gamecock fans to “Buckle up.”
The Gamecocks are amidst their first of two major June official visit weekends and hosted 13 official visitors on campus this weekend.