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After sharing on Tuesday which 2018 prospects would have Crystal Ball picks for South Carolina, it’s time to dive into which ones are borderline, truly up in the air or worse.
Close to South Carolina?
The first group includes 2018 prospects who could be close to committing but for whom we’re not quite comfortable enough to make a prediction — even though South Carolina’s been mentioned as a favorite.
- 3-star S Jonathan Gipson (Hoschton, Ga.)
- 4-star CB Jaycee Horn (Alpharetta, Ga.)
Of all the names you’ll see in this story, Gipson seems the most likely to commit to South Carolina. At least that’s how it looks from this perspective. He was on campus last weekend and up next is a trip to Indiana. A decision could come before the end of July.
Horn, who has eschewed plans to announce in mid-July, now has a list of finalists of South Carolina, Alabama and now Tennessee. A decision could be reached before the start of his senior season.
Who the heck really knows?
One is the ultimate wild-card. Another could be close to committing to South Carolina, but it’s a tough read. The third changes his mind almost daily. Then there are the unknowns.
- 4-star S Trey Dean (Hampton, Ga.)
- 3-star OG Jovaughn Gwyn (Charlotte, N.C.)
- 4-star LB Dax Hollifield (Shelby, N.C.)
- 3-star S Jermaine McMillan (Miami, Fla.)
- 3-star TE James Mitchell (Big Stone Gap, Va.)
During the last few weeks, there have been several plot twists for Dean, who told folks in the spring that South Carolina was his favorite. There is no telling what route he’ll take, though Alabama seems to be the current trend. And apparently, a July 31 announcement is no longer happening.
Gwyn appears to be down to the Gamecocks and two other schools: Duke and N.C. State. If you’re the type who loves offensive linemen who avoid the spotlight, this is your man. Making contact with Gwyn is no easy feat.
Earlier this year, Hollifield made it clear that his favorite school can change at a moment’s notice, though North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia Tech have long been considered his mostly likely options. Florida State and Stanford are firmly in the mix, too. The Army All-American Bowl has been targeted as an announcement date.
McMillan includes South Carolina in his top 5 and he’s looking to make a commitment before the start of his senior season at Booker T. Washington High School.
Mitchell also recently included South Carolina in a top 5 with Duke, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
Probably not South Carolina
For some reason or another — some reasons more tangible than others — it just feels as if these guys will not end up at South Carolina (even though you’ll probably still read about them in this space):
- 5-star DE K.J. Henry (Clemmons, N.C.)
- 3-star DE Kingsley Enagbare (Atlanta)
- 3-star LB Rosendo Louis (Deerfield Beach, Fla.)
- 4-star S C.J. Smith (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
The obligatory cover my back-side line will not be included in this section.
Other Crystal Ball picks
The NFL is a copycat league. One might use the same adjective to describe some of the selections made on the 247Sports Crystal Ball.
These SpursUp Surveillance picks would fall into the follow-the-leader category:
- 4-star ATH Matthew Hill (Snellville, Ga.) — Auburn
- 4-star DT Alim McNeill (Raleigh, N.C.) — N.C. State
- 4-star OG Tank Jenkins (Montgomery, Ala.) — Louisville
- 3-star TE Tommy Tremble (Atlanta) — Notre Dame
- 3-star TE Dominick Wood-Anderson (JUCO) — Alabama