* The No. 11 recruit in the Class of 2021 announced his commitment on Wednesday
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South Carolina has had a knack for enticing blue-chip field athletes to its men's and women's programs in recent years.
The previous signing class alone -- the Class of 2020 -- had three incredible field athletes, including the likes of Jackson Marseille, a 7-foot-plus high jumper from Florida; Christian Lewis, a 24-plus long jumper from Kentucky; and Synclair Savage, 19-foot plus female athlete from Georgia.
Then Wednesday happened.
The Gamecocks received a massive commitment from MileSplit No. 11 ranked Jaden Price-Whitehead.
The Upper Dublin (PA) senior is arguably the top long jump athlete in the country for the 2021 season, and among the best two-way horizontal jump athletes in the United States -- Johnny Brackins and Floyd Witaker are also highly coveted prospects.
Price-Whitehead hit a US No. 1 mark of 25-feet for the long jump indoors in February, along with two other marks over 24 feet across the season. He also captured two marks over 47-feet for the triple jump for good measure.
Of 11 athletes who had combined performances over 70 feet this past indoor season in those two events, Price-Whitehead's 72-10.25 was second-best overall among athletes in the United States.
In 2019, he posted outdoor sophomore bests of 24-0.5 and 47-1.75, respectively, which finished as the No. 2 wind-legal and the No. 12 all conditions mark for the sophomore class. On top of that, he also ran a wind-aided effort of 10.75 seconds in the 100m, and another aided 22.28 in the 200m.
Of course, we'll never know just what kind of statement Price-Whitehead could have made this past outdoor season.
No athlete in the United States was afforded much after March, when all state athletic associations put a halt to track and field competition.
While a fair amount of track athletes were able to find races and put quality times down, field athletes mostly bided their time with the hopes that a new -- and safe -- season would emerge in 2021.
Price-Whitehead was one such athlete who fit into that category.
But that didn't put a damper on the Pennsylvanian athlete's recruitment. He was recruited by North Carolina, Baylor, Arizona State, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Cornell.