CE Murray wide receiver Darius Rush (6-2 180) committed to USC Monday, giving Will Muschamp his first pledge from a member of the 2018 class. Rush was in Columbia Saturday for the Gamecocks junior day. He was leaning strongly towards a commitment going into the visit and firmed up his plans with Muschamp Monday.
"I'm really excited right now," Rush said. "I knew going in to Saturday that I wanted to be a Gamecock. Then hearing how Coach Muschamp feels about me and his plan for me really confirmed everything. I want to be a playmaker at wide receiver. I'm going to come in and learn as much as I can and work hard to be good at it. I spend time all over the field now, so the coaches think I have a lot of upside once I get a chance to focus on one position."
Rush was offered by Muschamp last month. He also had offers from Old Dominion, SC State, Charlotte and Miami of Ohio.
Last season Rush had 1,243 all-purpose yards and 18 total touchdowns for CE Murray. He rushed for 612 yards and 12 scores and caught 14 passes for 228 yards and three touchdowns. He had 36 tackles and two interceptions on defense.
Rush actually gives the Gamecocks two commitments for the 2018 class joining 2017 holdover DE Tyreek Johnson.
**Story by Phil Kornblut/photo by Allen Sharpe**