South Carolina may not know who its head coach will be next season, but it’s attempting to keep its recruiting class intact.
Gamecocks athletic director Ray Tanner has reached out to commits in the Class of 2016 and urged them to hold to their pledges, according to The State’s Phil Kornblut.
Two commits — offensive lineman Lloyd Cushenberry and quarterback Brandon McIlwain — confirmed to The State they had received phone calls from Tanner asking as much. Cushenberry said the university aims to make a decision on its next coach sometime in the next three weeks.
“He was just saying they’ll be trying to make a decision in probably about three weeks and he hopes I stick with them, but still keep my options open and make the best decision for me,” Cushenberry said. “I think I’ve built a good relationship with some of the coaches, like coach (Joe) Robinson, and I would like to be there with him. But we’ll just see whoever they bring in. I am committed, but keeping my options open, just seeing what goes on.”
Cushenberry added he plans to set an official visit to South Carolina, but no date has been determined.
McIlwain was supposed to make his official visit to South Carolina next week for the finale against Clemson, but he has pushed it to December. He plans to enroll at the university in January pending approval from his school district.