Yahoo- The Gamecocks just landed a key commitment to its Class of 2015, with Georgia defensive end Arden Key pledging his future to Steve Spurrier’s squad. The bad news? He belittled South Carolina’s academics in an underhanded way while committing, and said that was a key reason he wanted to be a Gamecock. As first reported by Palmetto Sports and brought to Prep Rally’s attention by The Big Lead, Key, a rising junior defensive end Lithonia (Ga.) High, cited USC’s coaching staff as a key reason why he committed to the Gamecocks rather than in-state power Georgia. Yet, he also said that the school’s ability to create an easy road for its athletes as a key reason why he wanted to head to Columbia. “The academic part, it’s like you have to try to fail,” Key told Palmetto Sports. That probably isn’t the best way for a young prospect to endear himself to a large body of alumni who will, in turn, spend their hard earned money to watch him play. It stands to reason that most of those fans probably spent more time ensuring that they would graduate than Key plans on doing himself. Perhaps he meant to cite South Carolina’s tutor program as the key to lifting up players’ academic performance. According to unverified reports, he took a tour of the Dodie Anderson Academic Enrichment Center while visiting the campus shortly before committing, so that actually is a distinct possibility.
In fairness, maybe he was actually talking about the university caring so much about its players that they give them extra academic help. There’s probably all kinds of resources available for student athletes on campus like tutoring, more time on their open laptop exams and signing them up for classes that don’t actually exist. Wait who am I kidding? That’s a North Carolina thing. No way any other school would sacrifice their academic integrity for a successful football program. But no matter what he actually meant I still like Arden’s style. Either he’s coming to school ready to get his fucking learn on or he’s just counting down the days until he’s draft eligible. You can’t wouldn’t blame him for being honest. After all, he ain’t come to play school.