South Carolina-turned-UGA commit considers Saturday’s game

South Carolina has invited one of UGA’s top recruits, Chauncey Rivers, to attend this weekend’s home game against the Bulldogs.

While the 4-star linebacker from Stephenson High School would like to see UGA play in person, he’s just not sure it’s the right thing to do.

And there’s a good reason for his hesitation: Rivers flipped his commitment from South Carolina to UGA last February.

“I don’t know yet, I’ve just got to figure out if I want to make my way up to South Carolina or not,” Rivers told the AJC on Sunday night. “I’m not trying to make anybody think I’m still considering South Carolina or anything like that.”

Even though UGA’s 2015 class has risen to No. 4 in the rankings with much higher profile defensive recruits since February, some think the Rivers was pivotal in creating much-needed momentum for the Bulldogs on the recruiting trail.

For the record, Rivers said that there are no hard feelings between him and the South Carolina coaches about the switch. He said he hears from Gamecocks defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward every few weeks.

“They just tell me if I change my mind, they still want me back,” Rivers said. “But I’m 100 percent with Georgia.”

Rivers also hears from many other colleges, including Clemson and Florida. He would like to take a few official visits to enjoy the recruiting process. “I haven’t finalized my officials,” he said. “Two others I know for sure are Clemson and Auburn, along with Georgia.”

The 6-foot-2, 247-pounder has five sacks this season for Stephenson. He is projected to play outside linebacker or defensive end at UGA, but is athletic enough to help the Bulldogs at middle linebacker or even tight end. He’s rated as the state’s No. 14 overall prospect.

“At Georgia, I will play whichever position will get me on the field the fastest,” he said. “It doesn’t matter. I can play it all. Whatever will help us win.”

Watch Chauncey’s AJC Super 11 video below:

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