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Will Muschamp (left) welcomes Tyreek Johnson (right) to campus in January.

South Carolina recruiting mailbag: 2018 signing class updates

Hale McGranahan

We are tackling the best question supplied by South Carolina recruiting fans each day. If you’d like to submit one, tweet to Hale McGranahan here.

Welcome to Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.

@tansan22 asks … K.J. Henry’s dad, we hiring him?

I haven’t been told no. Haven’t been told yes.

But I don’t think so. To me, it’s kind of a shame this got blown up like it did this week, because I don’t really think that it’s in the works, and it’s not like this is a new development. Henry’s said all along that if one of his top schools hires his dad, then he’d be more likely to sign with them.

I could be totally wrong, but I just don’t see it happening.

@FeatheredWarrior asks … Can you list out the commitments or possibly commitments gained that are directly attributable to instability at other programs?

Israel Mukuamu, a former Florida State commitment, is the only one who’s committed.

Asante Samuel, a 4-star cornerback who’s still committed to the Seminoles, could sort of fall into that category, if he de-commits and jumps on board with the Gamecocks. But the key difference there is he’s remained committed to the new staff.

Like Samuel, 3-star linebacker Rosendo Louis is still committed to Florida State. He’ll make a final decision next week, before enrolling in January.

Four-star cornerback Jaycee Horn is another, though his commitment to Tennessee may not have stuck, even if Butch Jones and his staff were retained.

@donchambers82 asks … You think we can flip the LB from FSU?

That’s Louis, who was just mentioned above.

Absolutely. The timing’s in South Carolina’s favor and Travaris Robinson has certainly played a big part in keeping the Gamecocks in the mix.

@DHannum8 asks … What are your opinions on Tyreek Johnson? With the 8-10 recruits we are close to signing this year, tough to justify spot?

If they weren’t going to bring him in with 2018, it would have already happened by now.

No. 1: I like his quickness for a guy his size, which was around 6-foot-4, 245 pounds during his senior season. I think he’ll take on some more weight and probably slide inside to play tackle. To me, Johnson is one of those potential upside, under-the-radar in-state guys that Muschamp & Co. have could developed into a good player.

I’m really curious to see how ready he is to play when he shows up in January, after greyshirting this year.

To answer question No. 2, no. I thought he was a good prospect in the 2017 class. I certainly think he could have collected a few more offers had he not firmly committed in the spring of his junior year.

@scott_higg asks … Top 3 recruiting coaches on SC’s staff?

Will Muschamp, Travaris Robinson and Bryan McClendon

Check out previous editions of the Gamecocks question of the day.