ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - College Park (Ga.) Banneker four-star safety Chaz Elder had to wait until the third quarter of the Under Armour All-America Game to make his commitment, but waiting was nothing new for the 6-foot-2, 180-pound defensive back.
"I almost committed in August," Elder said. "The last four months it has been a battle between Georgia and South Carolina."
As for his decision to pledge to Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks. That took a lot of pressure off his shoulders.
"It was a big relief," Elder said. "I love those guys down there. I feel comfortable down there."
The No. 22 player in the Peach State pointed out a few of the reasons why he is taking his game to Columbia, South Carolina.
"I like the defense that they run," Elder said. "Coach (Lorenzo) Ward, he is a cool guy. I like him a lot. He is the defensive coordinator so that was a big plus."
With his decision to delay his announcement from before the season to the first of the new year, Elder got to see how his future team performed on the field. The results - 11-2 and a bowl victory over Nebraska - definitely drove home the point that he wanted to be a Gamecock.
"Their winning seasons definitely helped," Elder added. "I like that."
Elder, who chose South Carolina over Georgia and Vanderbilt, says his recruitment is now over and he is focused on the next stop in his football career, at South Carolina.
"There is a lot I like about it," Elder said. "I just feel completely comfortable there."