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August 16, 2013
South Carolina's 2014 recruiting class grew one member stronger on Friday when College Park (Ga.) Woodward Academy athlete Terry Googer pledged to the Gamecocks.
"I'm excited to get this out of the way, especially knowing that I'm going to the school that I feel most comfortable with," Googer said. "It felt like home to me. The main thing was staying close to home because my great grandmother didn't want me to go far. I was looking out for her. I also like the system they run. The offensive system is perfect for me. That's what I wanted to hear."
The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder drew over 20 scholarship offers during the recruiting process from the likes of Arkansas, Clemson, Louisville, Miami, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, and Tennessee among others.
Googer's last visit to South Carolina was July 12. He knew after that visit where he was going.
"I knew I was going to South Carolina after the last visit I did up there," Googer said. "I went up there to look at the academic side of things and just to make sure it was going to be the perfect fit for me. I told them then I was coming. Coach (Steve) Spurrier Jr. and Coach (Lorenzo) Ward both gave me hugs and were excited."
Googer was recruited to South Carolina by defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward.
"I like Coach Ward because he doesn't beat around the bush," Googer said. "He is straight up. He told me how it is going to be. I really like him."
Googer will be coached by Spurrier Jr. once he arrives on campus.
"I think he is a very good coach," Googer said. "He tells you the bad and he tells you the good. He told me where he wants me. They want to use me a lot around the goal-line and also in the slot."
Now that he is committed, Googer said he will turn into a recruiter for the Gamecocks.
"Oh, definitely," Googer said. "Number one on the board that I'm going to try to get is Dante Sawyer. I'm going to tell him to come play the rest of the Georgia boys and get this thing done. I think we have a good shot."
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