Once Lorenzo Nunez landed his scholarship offer from South Carolina in late March, N.C. State and Ohio State had an uphill battle ahead of them.
This evening, the Georgia native did what most expected him to do since he landed that SEC offer–he committed to the Gamecocks. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound dual threat signal caller is rated a four-star prospect and the No. 8 dual-threat QB in the nation. He has many similarities with Connor Shaw, the highly productive South Carolina QB of the last few years.
Nunez is considered the No. 199 prospect in the nation by the 247Sports.com composite ranking. He has been timed at 4.55 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
Nunez may be coming to campus at the right time. Dylan Thompson will start this fall, his senior year. The only experience behind Thompson is Brendan Nosovitch, who threw three passes last fall as a redshirt freshman. Connor Mitch and walk-on Perry Orth are also expected to compete for the backup job. The Gamecocks also signed Michael Scarneccia in February, but he may have been signed more for depth reasons than to truly compete for the starting job as early as 2015. But if Nunez opts to be on campus early, in Jan. 2015, he could be in the mix to win the starting job as a true freshman next spring. Nosovitch and Mitch were both Parade All Americans, but they won’t have much more experience by the time Nunez arrives.
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings for high school prospects.