Gamecocks offer athletic DB

Gamecocks offer athletic DB

Safety Ra'Chard Pippens was a little-known DB from Ola HS (McDonough, Ga.) until he wowed onlookers at the Scout Showcase in late January when he posted top times in nearly every category. It was only a matter of time before the 6-1, 181-pound prospect picked up his first offer. And Monday that happened when defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward and the Gamecocks pulled the trigger.

Pippens burst onto the recruiting radar at the Scout Showcase when he posted a 4.40-second forty-yard dash, a 10-6 broad jump and a 42.5-inch vertical leap.

Saturday, Pippens took in his first junior day and Monday he picked up his first college scholarship.

"It was great talking to my position coach and viewing the football facilities," Pippens said of his visit to South Carolina. "Their football facilities seem to be top of the line and they really seem to care about their football players. No offer (at the time), but I still felt really good about the visit. It was my first Junior Day and I had a great time."

On the visit, Pippens dropped his highlight video and transcript off with defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward. It didn't take long for Ward to respond.

"Coach Ward called my coach this morning and offered me," Pippens said. "He said the offer is in the mail. I am very excited about the offer and looking forward to talking to Coach Ward about how they can use me."

Pippens is looking forward to learning more about the South Carolina program.

"They seem to have a great football program and academic support," he said.

He also says he wants to see what else is out there before making a decision.

"Since this is my first offer I do want to see if get any other offers," he says. "I will not draw out the offers. I will commit once I decide where I want to be for four years playing football and getting my degree."

Pippens doesn't claim a leader, but it is believed that Georgia, Georgia Tech, Alabama and South Carolina are the teams to beat for the athletic prospect.

"Right now I only have one offer so I need to see if any more are going to come," he says.

Pippens plays cornerback in high school, and while he could play the position in college, he is likely a free safety.

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