Sometimes a commitment lasts for an extended period of high school football and then a four or five–year college career. Other times – and admittedly more rarely – it lasts about three months. That is what has happened here as Shane Beamer and the South Carolina Gamecocks have become the school of choice for Griffin (Griffin, GA) High School outside linebacker Donovan Westmoreland.
By Steve Wright
This is a change of heart from Westmoreland after he initially announced his commitment to Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs earlier this year.
Westmoreland is a 3-star recruit per the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He is the No. 390 player nationally, the number 30 outside linebacker, and the No. 37 player in Georgia in the class of 2022. The 247 recruiting staff have him ranked higher, with their grades giving him a 4-star ranking as the No. 224 player in the class, the No. 18 outside linebacker, and the No. 22 player in Georgia.
In the video below you can see the traits that make Westmoreland a highly rated prospect. The 6-foot-1, 200 pounder played both outside linebacker and defensive end as a junior, using his quickness and explosive first step to be a constant force in the pass rush game. The first play of the video shows the rangy Westmoreland slice past two would-be blockers with both his footwork and an impressive swim move to knock away the offensive tackle, before forcing a fumble and making a potentially game-changing play. It is that impact that the South Carolina coaches love from Westmoreland as a player able to do something a little bit different from the norm.
Further plays show Westmoreland rushing from both edges, being able to rush out of both a standing stance and from a three-point position, and showing an impressive combination of power and speed for his frame. He is going to be one to watch as hybrid defender moving forward depending on where his weight finalizes at the college level.