In a Monday night South Carolina recruiting update on 4-star quarterback Ryan Hilinski, Gamecocks fans had reason to be concerned for a while but then were reassured.
Hilinski’s first Twitter post of the day was assumed to be a response to news of a South Carolina offer to 2019 4-star quarterback Dwan Mathis, who is committed to Michigan State. That tweet is shown below.
Hmmm… I don’t like it. 😑
— Big Bo (@ryan_hilinski) May 14, 2018
Just before 8 p.m. in Columbia, S.C., Hilinski spoke with SEC Country about that news, along with a few other topics related to his recruitment from Orange (Calif.) Lutheran High School.
“That’s the crazy part, actually,” he said of the Gamecocks’ offer to Mathis. “I didn’t get anything from those coaches. I saw the offer over Twitter, and I was kind of like, OK, you offered a couple of kids in my class and I didn’t hear that you were going to offer them.
“It’s kind of weird to me, just seeing that and not hearing from the coaches, because I know when I got offers from other schools, I called them before I posted them, so I thought it would maybe be a two-way street. It’s just a little weird in my book, that’s all.”
Just after 11 p.m., Hilinski wrote another tweet, which is posted below.
Don’t worry. 🤙🏻🐔
— Big Bo (@ryan_hilinski) May 15, 2018
The second tweet indicates that Hilinski now has had an opportunity to get back on the same page as the South Carolina football coaching staff. One might assume he will continue to help recruit 4-star cornerback Chris Steele, another top prospect from California who is looking to take another visit to South Carolina before announcing where he’s committed.
During the SEC Country phone call earlier that night, Hilinski did not sound overly upset. He was measured with his answers but sounded like a guy who genuinely wanted to know if there was anything he might need to worry about, or even second-guess. There was some concern, but it appeared that it was mostly as a result of the lack of communication before Mathis was offered.
Hilinski believes he has been loyal with his commitment to the Gamecocks, especially with the way he’s handled some of the offers from UCLA, Ohio State and LSU. Because he told the coaches about those three offers before posting them to Twitter, he thought it was only right for him to get a similar sort of heads-up.
As it relates to the offer to Mathis, from South Carolina’s perspective, know this: Not all scholarship offers are created equal. Some are made for various reasons, like trying to get a prospect to campus for camp.