PC 4 star safety P.J. Blue de-commits from S. Carolina

PC 4 star safety P.J. Blue de-commits from S. Carolina

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PC 4 star safety P.J. Blue de-commits from S. Carolina

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Park Crossing safety P.J. Blue (#8) as Park Crossing takes on Carver on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery.

Park Crossing safety P.J. Blue (#8) as Park Crossing takes on Carver on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery.

Park Crossing’s 4-star safety P.J. Blue announced his decision to de-commit from South Carolina.

The announcement comes shortly after news broke of South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier retiring, but that’s not the only reason.

“A lot of people said they could see it coming, but I really thought he was going to stay. It was real surprising to me,” Blue said. “It wasn’t just the fact that he left, I had been thinking about de-committing. But they’re still one of my top schools. I’m still considering them. I’m still going to take my official (visit) and all that. I just felt like I needed to reopen my recruitment.”

Blue committed to South Carolina on July 25, saying one of the reasons he chose the Gamecocks was because they preferred him at safety instead of linebacker.

Now his short list includes Clemson, Tennessee and Kentucky. However, he did say he was “open now.”

“It’s not mainly about playing safety, it’s about finding a system that fits me,” Blue said. “I’m not necessarily a straight-up linebacker, I’m not necessarily a safety. In some defenses I can play either one. It’s just about finding a defense that suits me.”

Park Crossing’s P.J. Blue commits to South Carolina

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound senior is the No. 8 rated player in the state for the 2016 class on 247 Sports. Blue has 53 tackles, six passes defended and one interception for the Thunderbirds.

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