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June 20, 2011

English Commits To USC

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USC quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus reeled in a pair of prospects from McEachern High in Powder Springs, Georgia in the 2011 recruiting cycle.

Now he has another one, 2012 defensive lineman Darius English.

Th 6-foot-6, 215-pounder actually pledged to the Gamecocks over the weekend after taking part in South Carolina's OL/DL camp, but kept things quiet until today.

"I committed when I went down there Saturday," he told GamecockCentral.com after going public. "I just wanted to talk things over with my family before I let the media know. It's a great school. I can see them winning a national championship in the future I have two teammates down there and great coaches."

English, who also had offers from Arkansas (his runner-up), Auburn, North Carolina, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Miss. St., and others totaling thirteen in all, credited Mangus as doing an outstanding job during his recruitment."

I talked to Coach Mangus more than I talked to any other coach from any other school," he explained. "He really just stayed close and always checked in on me to see how I was doing."

English recapped his performance at camp on Saturday and also talked about working under his future position coach, Brad Lawing.

"I did good down there. Coach Lawing, he's a great coach that really knows what he's doing. I know that he's going to teach me a lot of stuff that will make me a better player."

English also is aware of Carolina's talented group of recent and current defensive linemen, a group he is eager to join.

"They have a great defensive line. Cliff Matthews got drafted in this year's draft, and Devin Taylor should get drafted really high for next year. Coach Lawing does a great job of coaching."

His decision behind him, English can focus on his senior season. He hopes to make an impact once he arrives in Columbia.

"My goal for when I get there is to get stronger, put on a couple more pounds and when I'm ready to get on the field."

For more inside notes about English's commitment, click here.

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