USC’s Will Muschamp got his holiday weekend off and running with a big commitment for his program. DE Zacch Pickens (6-5 270) of TL Hanna, considered by many the top prospect in the state for 2019, announced a commitment to the Gamecocks Friday night following his spring game. Clemson and Georgia were two others strong with Pickens who has offers from across the country.
Pickens had 72 tackles with 14 tackles for loss and 6 sacks last season. He can play outside or inside on the defensive line according to his coach Jeff Herron.
“I don’t think that matters,” he said. “He’s got the ability to play anywhere. He’s rare. He’s going to be successful no matter what they ask him to do in my opinion. He’s that rare combination of size, speed and quickness. Very athletic. You just don’t see many kids that big that can do some of things he can do. He’s got a burst to him you just don’t see very often. That quickness to go along with that size is what separates him from everybody.”
Pickens is considered a pass rushing terror off the edge but his coach says he has more to offer than just chasing the quarterback around.
“He plays the run very well, he’s a tough, physical kid,” Herron said. “He’s a good pass rusher but he’s skilled playing the run, too. It’s not he’s a tall or skinny kid that people can run block. He’s not. He’s very big and very physical but yet he still has that speed. I guess that’s what makes him so unique.”
Pickens is the 12th commitment for the Gamecocks’ 2019 class and he’s the fourth for the defensive line. He will not be an early graduate.
Also Friday, Emerald TE Luke Deal announced a commitment to Auburn. He chose the Tigers over his other finalists of Clemson, Michigan, Notre Dame and NC State.