Dutchtown's Cushenberry commits to South Carolina

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Dutchtown offensive tackle Lloyd Cushenberry is set to be the fifth Griffin to play in the SEC in recent years. Photo by DKMoon Photography.

Chalk another one up for the SEC.

With Dutchtown offensive tackle Lloyd Cushenberry's recent commitment to South Carolina, he is set to become yet another Griffin to play in college football's premier conference.

The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Cushenberry has seen plenty of attention ever since last season.

Overall, he has collected 14 scholarship offers. In addition to the Gamecocks, he has heard from Colorado State, UL-Moroe, Purdue and many others.

However, after visiting the South Carolina campus during the summer, Cushenberry knew that Columbia was where he wanted to be.

"I went there in June. Camp was great," Cushenberry said. "Everything around campus was just perfect. It's a great program and a great place to get my education."

With his commitment, he will become the fifth Griffin to play for an SEC school in recent years. He joins Eddie Lacy (Alabama), Eric Reid (LSU), Landon Collins (Alabama) and Shelby Chrisy (Mississippi State).

Cushenberry is also set to play for Steve Spurrier, a college football legend that has won more than 200 games, six SEC titles and one national championship with Florida back in 1996.

"He's a great coach, and I can't wait to play for him," Cushenberry said.

It was a big decision for the senior, but it was a decision he knew he needed to make before the 2015 season began.

"This was the main reason I wanted to get this part out of the way early, so I could focus on my grades and my team," Cushenberry said. "We want to get to that ultimate goal--which is a state championship, and I wanted to focus on that."

Now, with the often stressful recruiting process out of the way, he can focus on enjoying his senior season and trying to get the program back on a winning track.

"It's really crazy because it seems like it was just yesterday when I was a freshman, but I'm hoping we can do some big things this year and get that state championship," Cushenberry said.

The Griffins are hungry after taking an uncharacteristic losing season on the chin in 2014.

Dutchtown went just 4-6 in the regular season and was then bounced by Barbe in the opening round of the playoffs.

The Griffins have lost many key players from last year's squad, but veterans like Cushenberry are highly motivated to turn things around and get back to competing for the District 5-5A championship.

Cushenberry has plenty of physical tools that will help him be successful this season and when he does go on to play for South Carolina.

"I think I'm pretty athletic," Cushenberry said. "I'm gonna listen, I'm gonna work hard every day and I'm gonna do everything I can to help my team win."

Cushenberry and the Griffins will officially begin the 2015 season on Sept. 4, when they host Lutcher.