Lewis picks Gamecocks over Gators, 'Noles 

August, 1, 2011
South Carolina landed its second linebacker commitment of the 2012 recruiting class with Friday's addition of middle linebacker prospect Kaiwan Lewis (Hammonton, N.J./ Saint Josephs). Lewis, 6-foot-2 and 227 pounds, is a four-star recruit and the nation's No. 8 inside linebacker.

"I picked South Carolina because they were the best fit for me," Lewis said. "After sitting down and talking with my parents and coaches I felt very comfortable in making this decision. I have a great relationship with the coaches and fit in with the players at South Carolina. I know it's a place where I can go in and compete for a spot because they have a lot of older guys."

Something else that registered for Lewis was the Gamecocks' breakthrough season in 2010 where South Carolina won the SEC East for the very first time.