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South Carolina commits add offers
Four-star quarterback Ryan Hilinski isn’t the only 2019 South Carolina commit who has picked up more offers in recent weeks. With two weeks left in the current evaluation period, there’s a good chance others will be received before the start of summer.
Middle Tennessee appears to be most recent, now that an offers has been floated to 3-star tight end KeShawn Toney, who’s from Williston-Elko High School in Williston, S.C.
Three-star tackle Jaylen Nichols (Myers Park/Charlotte, N.C.) has flown a little under the radar since committing to South Carolina in December. That’s certainly OK with offensive line coach Eric Wolford, who’s intent on turning Nichols into a top-flight player on that line of scrimmage. Some schools have recruited Nichols as a defensive lineman.
Jahkeem Green, the No. 1-ranked junior college defensive tackle in the country, has picked up offers from Georgia and Alabama. The Crimson Tide were first, on May 2. The Bulldogs made their tender on Monday.
Green, who graduated from Sumter (S.C.) High School, is a sophomore at Highland Community College in Kansas. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound prospect is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 11 overall JUCO player in the Class of 2019.
Late last week, 3-star defensive end Rodricus Fitten picked up an offer from Nebraska. Fitten (6-3, 235) is the No. 30-ranked weakside defensive end in the country. The Washington (Atlanta) High School senior profiles at the Buck position for the Gamecocks, where he would be a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker.
Lead group, as expected
On Tuesday night, 4-star safety Jaylen McCollough announced a final 4, which included South Carolina and three other SEC schools that were projected to be among his favorites: Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee.
McCollough, who’s being recruited by the Gamecocks as a safety and/or running back, told Phil Kornblut of SportsTalkSC that defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson recently stopped by Hillgrove High School in Powder Springs, Ga.
“They are preaching how I’m a high priority target for this 2019 class,” McCollough said.
The 6-foot, 194-pound player is the No. 100-ranked prospect in the class, according to the 247Sports composite. He said he plans to visit his four finalists this summer and again officially in the fall before deciding where he’ll commit.
At the end of the Monday night interview with Hilinski, SEC Country asked about his efforts to recruit 4-star cornerback Chris Steele to join him with the Gamecocks. Hilinski, of course, plays at Orange (Calif.) Lutheran and Steele goes to St. John Bosco in Bellflower, Calif.
On the field, they’re rivals. Away from it, they’re buddies. And Hilinski has been pretty clear about his plan to get Steele to join him at South Carolina.
“I actually saw him the other day at a passing tournament out here in California and he’s doing great,” Hilinski said. “I mean, he looks better than he did last year, which is kind of hard for a corner to do, of his stature. But he’s doing great.
“I talked to him about South Carolina a little bit and he’s seriously thinking about it. He’s just grinding like I am, but just working to get better every day at whatever he can do, and he knows that when he’s doing that everything else will come along with it”
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