O’Donnell Fortune of Sumter on his commitment to USC

CB O’Donnell Fortune (6-1 170 of Sumter Friday afternoon announced a commitment to USC following his camp participation from which he earned an offer from Will Muschamp. The Gamecocks had been recruiting O’Donnell for several months and waited until Friday to spring the good news of an offer on him. And he wasted little time in jumping on board.

“It means a lot, it’s an honor,” Fortune said.  “I’ve wanted to play for USC since I was little, so it’s an honor. And it’s close to home.”

“I think he had a pretty good idea,” said Sumter High coach Mark Barnes. “Two months ago if South Carolina had offered I don’t think he would have entertained anybody else. I think deep down inside he wanted to go to South Carolina. I figured when they pulled the triggered he would pull the trigger right back at them.”

Fortune also has offers from Syracuse, Virginia, UCF, Colorado, Kansas and others.

Last season he recorded nearly 40 tackles and is coach estimated he had 5 interceptions. And Barnes said its Fortune’s ability to cover that makes him stand out.

“I think he’s a rare combination for a high school kid with good height and long arms,” Barnes said. “He has played press man, half coverage, quarters, he’s played a lot of coverages. He has great ball skills. Coach Muschamp loves to play man coverage and loves to tackle people and I think O’Donnell can do all those things. He’s got good hip flexibility and he’s able to change directions quickly, and he has long arms. And he is willing to be physical and tackle people. He is good in the run game. He has phenomenal ball skills. He also is a punt return and kick return guy.”

Fortune agrees that his physical nature at corner will fit in perfectly with how Will Muschamp likes to play his corners.

“Their coaches have a mindset like I have a mindset, and it works both ways,” he said. “I’m their guy.  That’s my game right there.  Hitting and ball-hawking.”

O’Donnell also has played safety in his career but the Gamecocks see him as a cornerback. He is the 9th commitment for the Gamecocks’ 2020 class and the first for the secondary.