ASHEVILLE — The Ol’ Ball Coach has left the building.
And the fallout from Steve Spurrier’s surprise retirement is that the University of South Carolina will invariably lose some football recruits from the Class of 2016.
Asheville High senior Pete Leota isn’t one of them.
Leota committed to the Gamecocks on Sept. 17 and the 6-foot-5, 306-pound Shrine Bowl lineman was adamant on Tuesday that his future still lies in Columbia, S.C.
“Hopefully I’ll get a chance to go down there at the next possible opportunity and talk to the coaches (face-to-face),” Leota said.
“I didn’t expect this, but I’m still 100 percent committed.”
Leota was supposed to be in Columbia for Saturday’s LSU-South Carolina game, but it was moved to Baton Rouge (La.) due to flooding. The Gamecocks lost, 45-24, making their record 2-4 overall and 0-4 in the Southeastern Conference. This was Spurrier’s 11th season as coach.
Leota is the only Western North Carolina senior who has been invited to the Dec. 19 Shrine Bowl in Spartanburg, S.C. He chose South Carolina over his other finalist in the recruiting process, Virginia Tech.
More on this story to come….
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