Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good in recruiting.
In South Carolina's case, the Gamecock's good season thus far helped them get in the running for four-star defensive lineman Kelsey Griffin of Hoschton, Ga., and a little bit of luck helped them gain his commitment Wednesday morning.
USC was always in the running for Griffin, but according to his coach, the proximity to Athens was a big reason he wanted to go to Georgia and announced a commitment to the Bulldogs last month. Georgia, of course, did not take the pledge reportedly because they did not feel he was a fit for their 3-4 defense.
Mill Creek coach Shannon Jarvis said Wednesday there's no such issue for Griffin at USC.
"This is a great fit for Kelsey," Jarvis said. "He has tremendous respect for Coach [Brad] Lawing. His attributes are perfect for what USC does. His skills project so well within their scheme."
This season Griffin has 42 tackles with two sacks and two quarterback hurries. His coach took him to USC for the spring game, and Griffin and his father returned to Columbia for the Georgia game last Saturday.
"Kelsey has liked South Carolina from the beginning," the coach said. "This is not a case where he didn't like it from the beginning. He feels very blessed. His recruiting is officially closed. He did not want to go back through the process."
Griffin is USC's 21st commitment and the first interior defensive lineman.