High school phenom Stephen Garcia announced Thursday that he's heading to South Carolina next year, giving the Gamecocks another high-profile prospect in what¹s shaping up to be a stellar recruiting class.
Garcia, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound quarterback out of Tampa, Fla., was rated the third-best dual QB in the nation, the ninth-best prospect in Florida and the No. 57 prospect in the country. A stellar athlete running and passing, Garcia chose the Gamecocks over Ole Miss and Oklahoma.
Garcia finished his high school career with over 8,000 passing yards, the third-best career total in state history. He threw for over 2,700 yards and 29 touchdowns this season with only five interceptions, also rushing 111 times for 391 yards and six TDs.
The decision gave USC coach Steve Spurrier another prize to the class of 2007, which he's said many times should be one of the best the Gamecocks have ever had. Garcia, a four-star recruit (out of five) by Rivals.com, became the sixth four-star player among the 17 who have given verbal commitments to play for the Gamecocks.
Garcia also has a close friendship with four-star wide receiver Mark Barnes, an in-state talent from Columbia's Richland Northeast High School. Barnes has said before that Garcia and he could be considered a package deal when it came to picking colleges and said he will make his announcement after the Dec. 16 Shrine Bowl.
Spurrier is not allowed to talk about any specific recruits until he has a signed letter-of-intent. National Signing Day is Feb. 7.