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August 11, 2014

Gamecocks land kicker

South Carolina special teams coach Joe Robinson had not yet had the opportunity to scholarship a kicker right out of high school during his tenure at South Carolina.

Until now.

On Monday, Robinson reached out to a prospect that he's had his eye on for some time, and one that's right in the Gamecocks' back yard. It took just a matter of time for Columbia (S.C.) A.C. Flora's Joseph Charlton to pull the trigger on a commitment.

"Joe Rob messaged me on Twitter and told me to call him," Charlton told GamecockCentral.com. "We talked for a little bit about stuff and he offered me a full ride to Carolina. I talked to my parents about it and my trainer and I told my parents it's really what I wanted to do. I've always loved Carolina. I called him and told him I accepted his offer."

The 6-foot-5, 180-pounder has a good rapport with Robinson, as he's been in camp with him previously.

Charlton brings a big leg to the field and could make an early impact trying to send some kickoffs into the end zone next season.

"He said hopefully when I get there I'll start at kickoffs. That's my major strength by far," he explained. "Then it would be my punting and then field goals."

The pledge ensures that the local product can stay close to home to play for a team that he's always wanted to play for at the next level.

"South Carolina's my home team," he said. "I've grown up supporting the Gamecocks and just love them."

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