It isn't too far from home, it's in the SEC and it just felt right.

After visiting South Carolina and landing a scholarship offer this past weekend, Quandeski Whitlow didn't have to wait long to know that's where he wanted to be. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound defensive end from Opelika High School verbally committed to South Carolina over scholarship offers from Kentucky, Mississippi State and Miami.

"I enjoyed everything," Whitlow said. "I considered myself being a Gamecock and I felt the people made me feel at home. It makes me feel like I'm in Alabama...nothing better than that.

"My mother and I talked about it yesterday and half of today. I did research on coach (Steve) Spurrier and he seems like a great man. I just locked it in as that's where I want to be."

Whitlow called South Carolina linebackers coach Kirk Botkin Monday afternoon to deliver the good news. He heard some yelling on the other side of the phone after saying he wanted to be a Gamecock. Botkin had recruited Whitlow for more than a year and worked him out during camp drills this past weekend.

Kentucky finished second for the talented defensive end, losing out in a proximity battle to South Carolina. Whitlow had a good relationship with Kentucky defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley, but a closer drive to South Carolina proved to be a big difference.