Teammates Wesley Green, Arden Key decommit from USC

dmclemore@thestate.comSeptember 22, 2013 

Class of 2015 defensive end Arden Key and Class of 2014 cornerback Wesley Green from Martin Luther King Jr. High in Lithonia, Ga.


A pair of Georgia high school teammates have decommitted from South Carolina.

Class of 2014 defensive back Wesley Green and class of 2015 defensive end Arden Key - both at Martin Luther King Jr. High in Lithonia, Ga. - have re-opened their recruitment.

"They both decided with their parents that opening up their recruitment would be best at this time," MLK coach Cortez Allen confirmed. "USC is still in consideration from my understanding."

Both committed to the Gamecocks in June, but they had not heard much from USC coaches since their pledges were made, Allen told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward, the recruiter for both prospects, was at their game this weekend.

Green is a consensus four-star prospect and was the second-highest rated prospect in South Carolina's 2014 class, according to the 247Composite ranking.

Green told 247Sports that he will take an official visit to Georgia this coming weekend. He also said he'll still consider South Carolina along with Ole Miss, LSU and Tennessee.

Green, who had committed to the Gamecocks on June 21, told 247Sports that he "jumped the gun and committed too early. I did not give everyone a fair chance, so I want to look over my options and try to take my time making a decision that is going to help my future."

Key is a four-star prospect and the fourth-best weakside defensive end in the 2015 class, according to 247Sports. The Gamecocks are not out of the picture, Key confirmed via text message.

"I decided with my parents that opening up my recruitment would be best at this time," he said. "USC is still in consideration."

Key has shown interest in Auburn and has received offers from LSU and Kentucky since his commitment to USC in June.

The moves leave the Gamecocks with 12 commitments for the upcoming class, two of them defensive backs. South Carolina remains in the mix for four-star defensive back D.J. Smith of Marietta, Ga., and three-star defensive back Kendall Randolph of Tallahassee, Fla.

Also, USC has five juniors pledged for the class of 2015.

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