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Freedom's Vershon Lee paves the way for the running game against Stonewall Jackson on Friday, August 31, 2018.

Freedom High School offensive lineman Vershon Lee announced Tuesday his commitment to South Carolina. 

The rising senior had 18 offers and took official visits to South Carolina the weekend of June 7 and to Pittsburgh the weekend of June 15. His decision marks the third straight year a local offensive lineman has committed to the SEC school.

Jesus Gibbs, a 2018 Potomac graduate, was the first followed by Jakai Moore, a 2019 Patriot graduate. Gibbs has since transferred to Towson and Moore is an incoming freshman for the Gamecocks. 

Lee is also South Carolina's fifth offensive lineman commitment for the class of 2020. 

Coming into the 2018 season, Lee had no offers. But interest picked up as Freedom marched to the Class 6 state final. He started at left tackle for the Eagles.

Virginia Tech was the first school to offer Lee on Nov. 8.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Lee carries over a 3.0 grade point average and is a two-sport athlete. He was second-team all-state in football and first-team all-district in basketball.

He is rated the No. 18 player in Virginia by and the third Prince William County player from the class of 2020 to commit to a Division I football program. The others are Woodbridge linebacker Antoine Sampah (LSU) and Woodbridge lineman Reuben Adams Jr. (Penn State). 

David Fawcett is the sports editor for Reach him at

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