Oscar Delp made a commitment to the Georgia Bulldogs on Wednesday, sitting just inches from a University of South Carolina graduate.
That graduate was his mother, Mary, who offered a stamp of approval for Oscar’s decision while still sharing her feelings for Shane Beamer and USC.
“I’m very excited for his choice,” she said. “I think UGA is where he belongs.
“My heart struggles because I love coach Beamer and I love my Gamecocks,” she continued. “I’ll just kind of be torn.”
The four-star tight end prospect picked UGA over South Carolina, Clemson and Michigan at a ceremony at West Forsyth High School..
“I feel at home there. It was a gut feeling and a perfect fit,” said Delp, a 6-foot-5, 220 pound tight end ranked by the 247Sports Composite as the No. 3 prospect nationally at his position.
Delp’s grandparents live in the Columbia area, and he visited South Carolina on Oct. 2 for the Gamecocks’ 23-14 victory over Troy.
Though he acknowledged Wednesday that he’s known he was going to commit to UGA for some time, he has publicly said positive things about the Gamecocks throughout the recruiting process.
“It was awesome,” Delp said after his USC trip. “The fans were insane. People stopped me left and right. They had my name painted on some kids in the student section, so it was crazy. I definitely felt the love. I had a good time, it was a lot of fun.”
South Carolina still has no tight ends committed for the 2022 class.
Current South Carolina players made a final push for Delp during Tuesday press conferences. Fifth-year tight end Nick Muse made his plea for Delp after fielding questions from reporters.
“Oscar Delp, please join us,” Muse said as he stepped away from the lectern.
Instead, Delp will head to Athens and join the home-state Bulldogs. And his mom is OK with that.
“I could not be more happy,” Mary Delp said. “I agree with him. It’s felt like home since the beginning of the recruiting process. The coaches, the recruiting staff, everyone there — it was almost never a question that he should be anywhere else.”