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Gamecocks get big-time offensive help

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The South Carolina Gamecocks aren't going to a bowl this year mainly because their offense could get going all season. They just helped address that with their latest commitment.
"I committed tonight," said Montclair, N.J. wide receiver Derrick Harper of his verbal to the Gamecocks. "I really can't think of a better fit for me than South Carolina. I loved it there on my visit."
Harper visited the Gamecocks a few weeks back and talked it over with his family and coach.
"I have family down there and my family in New Jersey was talking about moving down there even before I started looking at them," he said. "I also like the opportunity there. The atmosphere, the coaches and they need wide receivers a lot."
Harper was going to take official visits to Pitt, Maryland and Boston College, but those are off now.
"I'm done," said the 6-foot-2, 181-pounder. "I got so tired of the process and all the phone calls and I really like coach (Dave) DeGuglielmo and coach (Joker) Phillips down there. I feel at home already."
Harper's team is in the state finals next weekend. He missed a few games this year with an ankle injury, but his return to the offense has sparked his team. He averages around six catches and 100 yards-per-game.
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