Whenever Will Muschamp lands a commitment, the South Carolina coach drops a #SpursUp on Twitter. Come to SEC Country for the latest news, notes and observations on the prospects who could be the newest Gamecocks.
More on Jaylan Foster
Coming out of Byrnes High School in Duncan, S.C., Jaylan Foster picked up offers from Charleston Southern, The Citadel, Coastal Carolina, Eastern Michigan, Elon, Liberty and South Carolina State.
The former 2-star recruit signed with Gardner-Webb, where he was named Big South Freshman of the Year, but his sights were set on playing college football at the highest level. On Christmas Day, Foster made that dream come true, announcing he would transfer to South Carolina.
Foster will join the team in January as a walk-on cornerback.
“I’ve always been interested in playing at the University of South Carolina,” he said. “Unfortunately, I wasn’t recruited by the coaching staff that was there previously, but coach (Bobby) Bentley coached me in high school. … I’m just fortunate enough to have the opportunity.”
Quarterback Jake Bentley and wide receiver Chavis Dawkins, both of whom Foster grew up with, served as the conduits for communication.
“I just let them know to tell the coaching staff that I would be interested in trying to make that move,” Foster said. “And it all worked out well.”
As a freshman at Gardner-Webb, Foster had 45 tackles and 5 interceptions.
“That was my main goal as a freshman, to prove that I was able to play at the college level at (cornerback),” he said. “A lot of people didn’t think I could play at the position because I’d just moved there full time.
“I just wanted to show everybody that I was capable of doing it and I was ready to compete at the highest level.”
Foster split time between cornerback and wide receiver during his career at Byrnes. As a senior, he had 30 tackles with 2 interceptions and caught 28 passes for 471 yards and 7 touchdowns.
“I really wasn’t focusing on corner, at one point in time. I had the receiver mindset. Senior year it set in that corner was where I was going to make the money at,” Foster said.
Though he’s joining the team as a walk-on, Foster hopes to be on scholarship by the fall. He’ll be eligible to play in 2018.
And he’s certainly excited about the direction Muschamp has the Gamecocks headed.
“That’s one thing I told the coaching staff. That’s what made my decision very easy because I see the way (Muschamp) is taking the program,” Foster said. “A lot of young talent. With this coaching staff, I think the sky’s the limit. I mean, we can go as far as the college playoffs. If we put our mind to it, that’s how good I think this team could be.”
Decision day for Corker
Three-star cornerback Yusuf Corker is scheduled to announce his commitment at 12:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday. South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Michigan State are his finalists.
Commitment & Birthday on the same day ??!!!!! pic.twitter.com/Hdep5FuZVT
— yusuf corker (@YCorker) December 24, 2016
Corker, a 2017 prospect from Woodland High School in Stockbridge, Ga., is expected to announce for Tennessee.
The latest on Culpepper
Three-star safety Naytron Culpepper told gridironnow.com last week that South Carolina is still one of his “top schools.” Mississippi State, Maryland and Michigan State are also in the mix.
“Those are the top schools right now that I have been communicating with,” he said. “I’m also starting to communicate with Kentucky as well.”