SEC Country reporter Ben Wolk caught up with 4-star defensive end Curtis Fann Jr. recently, and he had some interesting things to say.
Fann, who’s ranked by the 247Sports composite as the No. 18 weakside defensive end in the Class of 2019, told Wolk that he does not have a leader. It’s been that way for much of Fann’s recruitment, even though he clearly has an affinity for the Gamecocks, especially if you follow him on Twitter.
South Carolina, along with Auburn, Florida State, Louisville, Notre Dame and LSU, are the top programs vying for the 6-foot-2, 251-pound prospect from Emanuel County Institute in Twin City, Ga. The Gamecocks and Seminoles are recruiting him the hardest.
“They offered me first,” he said of South Carolina. “Our relationship has always been good. It’s two hours away from my house, not far at all. That’s why I go so much. They offered me last year. It’s Coach [Will] Muschamp and [offensive coordinator] Coach [Bryan] McClendon.
“They need me. They want me. Coach Muschamp says he’s not going to take no for an answer.”
Official visit No. 1 is set for the end of this month. Louisville, for now, is his only official destination.
For Fann, who has no timeline for a decision, several factors will be considered as he moves through the rest of the recruiting process. The reasons are no different than many other recruits.
“I want to know they’re going to develop me right for the next level because that’s my ultimate goal,” Fann said. “I don’t want to be around someone I feel like I can’t trust or talk to about everything. I need like a family away from home — and somewhere I know I can be successful at.”
The 2019 South Carolina recruiting class currently lists a commitment from junior college defensive end Devontae Davis, the No. 13-ranked JUCO prospect in the country. Including Fann, the Gamecocks are pursuing a handful of other defensive ends, most notably 5-star Zacch Pickens, 4-star Savion Jackson (Clayton, N.C.) and 4-star Joseph Anderson (Murfreesboro, Tenn.).