Safety Paxton Schrimsher of Athens, Ala., announced Tuesday on Twitter that he has verbally committed to Southern Miss.
Schrimsher is a 6-foot-3, 217-pound safety and one of the more highly rated commitments so far for the Golden Eagles. He is rated a three-star prospect by GoldenEaglePride.com.
He could easily shift to linebacker at that size.
Schrimsher picks USM over UAB, Memphis, Arkansas State, Middle Tennessee and South Alabama.
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USM has 13 verbal commitments so far, including a couple of local prospects in Gulfport receiver Jonathan Nance and Pascagoula defensive tackle Jauan Collins.