For Harrison’s Lorenzo Nunez it was a nice problem to have. Nunez, a rising senior, has chosen to play his college football for Spurrier at the University of South Carolina.
While his Harrison stats last fall weren’t overly impressive, Nunez was still ranked as the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback in the nation by 247Sports, and he had offers from 14 Division I schools. Nunez committed to South Carolina over other finalists Ohio State and North Carolina State.
Nunez couldn’t be reached for comment but he tweeted, “A huge thanks to all the schools that recruited me and all the fans that supported me. I am committing to the University of South Carolina.”
“A lot of it had to do with location,” Harrison coach Matt Dickmann said. “He wanted to go somewhere close so his parents can come see him play.”
Nunez also received offers from Arizona State, Boston College, Clemson, Kentucky, Charlotte, Maryland, Miami, Nebraska, Texas A&M and Tennessee.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound junior signal caller had more success as a scrambler — he runs a 4.55 in the 40-yard dash — but Dickmann said he has had a solid spring throwing the ball. But if he has one major strength, according to scout.com, his mobility is his best trait and he can use his athleticism to extend plays.
He rushed for 786 yards and seven touchdown and threw for 1,148 yards and five touchdowns last fall in leading Harrison to a 5-5 record. Nunez had seven interceptions on the year but four of those came in one game.
His development at Harrison has been hindered by playing for three different coaches in as many years and having to learn three different offenses. However, Dickmann is expecting big things from Nunez now that he is better versed in his system.
“One year, he’s learning a certain offense, then the next year, he’s learning another and then another,” Dickmann said. “But he’s had a really good spring.”
Following a slow start, Harrison put itself in position to make the playoffs and needed a win over Marietta in the regular season finale to qualify. But Harrison came up short, despite Nunez rushing for 166 yards and a touchdown while throwing for 74 yards.
Other highlights included 251 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns in Harrison’s 42-17 win over South Cobb. He had a 35-yard touchdown pass and an 8-yard touchdown run in a 38-7 win over Kennesaw Mountain.
Nunez continues a Cobb County pipeline to Columbia. After his senior year he will join McEachern’s Darrius English and Marquis Roberts and Walton’s D.J. Smith as Gamecock teammates who were recruited by former Walton quarterback, and current South Carolina assistant coach G.A. Mangus.
Former Lassiter defensive back Garrett Shank is also a member of the Gamecocks after earning a spot as a walk-on.