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South's Muldrow picks USC

Given his size, athleticism and versatility and the fact he held scholarship offers from at least nine Division I college programs, finding a home would seem to have been a major task for Edward Muldrow.

However, the rising senior at South Gwinnett believes he has found that home in both respects after giving a verbal commitment to the University of South Carolina over the weekend.

“It came down between South Carolina and Clemson,” said Muldrow, who also had offers from Arkansas, Florida State, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, North Carolina and Troy. “Out of all the schools, they both seemed like the best opportunity. But when I get to South Carolina, I know there’s only one player at the position right now. So, there will be an opportunity to play my freshman year.”

The position Muldrow has his eye on with the Gamecocks is what is termed the “Spur” linebacker position, which is described as a hybrid between a linebacker and safety position.

Different programs were looking at him for either the linebacker of safety position, and South coach John Small believes his rising senior could handle either one.

However, he also believes South Carolina’s plan for his 6-foot-4, 200-pound senior is the best one for him.

“He’s kind of a hybrid player,” Small said of Muldrow. “As big as he is and athletic as he is, he’s able to do a lot of things. He’s very versatile. I think he fits in perfectly with what South Carolina does defensively.”

Muldrow did a lot of things for South last fall, finishing fifth on the team with 60 combined tackles and assists and tied for third on the team with four sacks, plus adding an interception in helping the Comets (10-2) to the second round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs.

And he is most relieved to have accomplished his goal of making a decision before the end of the summer so he can devote his full attention to his senior season and his teammates at South.

“This (decision) takes a lot off my shoulders,” Muldrow said.