Chance to play early lured Lammons

CorrespondentFebruary 5, 2014 

Chris Lammons

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Plantation (Fla.) High School cornerback Chris Lammons is one of the more reserve high-profile recruits you’ll find. He rarely grants interviews and he doesn’t talk up his recruitment on Twitter.

Since decommitting from Florida in early January, Lammons has remained mum on who leads between South Carolina and Wisconsin. National Signing Day was the time to break the silence.

Lammons signed a National Letter of Intent with South Carolina on Wednesday at his high school’s media center in front of over 100 teammates and family members.

He struggled with the decision up until the 11th hour.

“It took till this morning to really sit down and think about where I was going,” says Lammons, who also plays quarterback and returns kicks and punts at Plantation. “South Carolina and Wisconsin both were bumping heads all week. This morning I was just like, ‘I’m going to go with this one.’

“I could start, play early, and I feel comfortable there.”

Lammons contacted Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier over the phone to notify him of the good news.

Spurrier’s recruiting pitch was the need at cornerback.

Both starting cornerbacks are gone from last year’s South Carolina secondary, so the opportunity is there for the taking for Lammons. That, and playing at a school much closer to home than Madison, Wisc., impacted his decision.

Although he had been to campus before, his official visit over to Columbia two weeks ago also helped.

“When I found out it was pretty cool, it was pretty chill, I felt like it would be a good place to be,” Lammons said. “It was just pieces to the puzzle that I hadn’t found out yet [before the visit].”

Lammons plays both sides of the ball for Plantation. As a quarterback, he threw for approximately 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns while running for another 900 yards and seven touchdowns. With how many reps he was getting at quarterback due to team need, he only played sparingly on defense, registering 30 tackles, eight pass breakups, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and two interceptions (one for a touchdown).

Lammons won’t be playing offense in college, but he has been told that he will compete for kick and punt return reps.

Spurrier will add him to a secondary where he’ll be joined by three other defensive back commits, including fellow South Floridian Al Harris Jr., who played at Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas. The two schools, which are district rivals, are a mere 15-minute drive away.

“It’s pretty good. Two dudes from down here, going up there to play together,” Lammons says. “He’s pretty cool people. We played against him two times… He’s a good player.”

South Carolina began heating up in the race for Lammons’ services with his decommitment from Florida.

The flip came shortly after five-star CB Jalen Tabor from Washington, D.C., committed to the Gators, but Lammons says Tabor’s decision wasn’t the key.

He was considering decommitting before the development with Tabor because Vernon Hargreaves III locks up one corner spot and the Gators ended up with four other defensive backs in their class.

“Someone wasn’t going to be happy,” he said.

Now Lammons will find his happiness competing for a cornerback spot with USC and getting a shot at the Gators every season.

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