When a major program loses a key recruit, Rivals.com takes a look at how big of a blow it is to the respective school, analyzing it from a local and national level. To quantify the “sting” of each decommitment, we assign a score from 1 to 10, with one being no big deal and 10 being a catastrophic hit.
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Anthony Rose was the first commitment for new South Carolina coach Shane Beamer and it was a big pledge in South Florida as Beamer and his staff look to rebuild the Gamecocks into SEC contenders.
Rose is a four-star safety from Hallandale, Fla., which is loaded with top players this recruiting cycle. At the time, Rose picked the Gamecocks over Penn State and Arizona.
But Rose’s commitment lasted only a few months. Wednesday, he reopened his recruitment and will look nationally for another home.
The Hallandale standout said he’s open to all schools that are “showing love,” and Rose said Maryland, Penn State, Arizona State, LSU and Wake Forest have all been reaching out so far.
Two of his teammates – both defensive backs as well at Hallandale – Alfonzo Allen and Jaylin Marshall – are already committed to the Sun Devils.
“Rose was technically Shane Beamer‘s first 2022 verbal commitment, since inherited pledge Gunner Stockton eventually moved on and cast his lot with UGA. Rose is a rangy defensive back with physical tools, and there’s a good argument that the secondary is South Carolina’s biggest need in the 2022 class.
“However, the Gamecocks still have a good shot to sign a quality class at defensive back, with numerous high-level talents already set for official visits in June. It also has to be considered that Rose is a South Florida prospect who hasn’t been able to visit anywhere in well over a year and made an early pledge.
“The fact that it’s not a huge shock and came early in the process lessens the potential impact for the coaching staff in Columbia, particularly if a quality class at this position is inked by next February.” – Chris Clark, GamecockCentral.com
Sting Factor: 5
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“June is going to be a wild month, with almost every prospect in the country taking visits and there will inevitably be a bunch of decommitments, but this is less than ideal for Beamer, position coach Torrian Gray and South Carolina’s recruiting class, which is looking to build something special early on.
“Rose is from South Florida, a talent pool that can be tapped by the Gamecocks with some luck, and there are other top players at Hallandale, but it doesn’t look like it was meant to be. If the Gamecocks can land some high-quality defensive backs – and that is still expected – then everything should be fine.
“After flipping Donovan Westmoreland from Georgia, there was some momentum but the Rose decommitment does slow that down. June is coming and it’s going to be a huge month for the Gamecocks, but they would be in a better situation with Rose in the class.” – Adam Gorney, national recruiting director
Sting Factor: 6