Whenever Will Muschamp lands a commitment, the South Carolina coach drops a #SpursUp on Twitter. Come to SEC Country for the latest news, notes and observations in South Carolina recruiting.
Weekend guest list
There are more names to add to the initial list of confirmed guests at South Carolina this weekend. The list was released earlier this week. Here’s our up-to-date rundown:
- 2018 LB Dax Hollifield (Shelby, N.C.)
- 2018 ATH Bryce Thompson (Irmo, S.C.)
- 2018 S Israel Mukuamu (Bossier City, La.)
- 2018 S RJ Roderick – committed
- 2018 RB Lavonte Valentine – committed
- 2019 CB Jammie Robinson (Cordele, Ga.)
- 2019 LB Ahdarrious Gee (Cordele, Ga.)
- 2019 QB Davis Beville (Greenville, S.C.)
- 2019 DT Tysheik Galloway (Honea Path, S.C.)
- 2019 CB Carlantre Morrison (Moncks Corner, S.C.)
- 2019 ATH D.J. Chisolm (Moncks Corner, S.C.)
- 2019 WR Dervon Pesnell (Moncks Corner, S.C.)
- 2020 CB Jalen Huff (Athens, Ga.)
- Gee, Robinson, Roderick, Thompson
- 2018 DT Rick Sandidge (Concord, N.C.)
- 2018 WR Josh Vann (Tucker, Ga.)
- 2018 DL Raiqwon O’Neal (Conway, S.C.)
- 2018 WR Tyquan Johnson (Sylvania, Ga.)
- 2019 OT Kamren McCray (Moncks Corner, S.C.)
- 2018 LB Ernest Jones IV – committed
- 2018 QB Dakereon Joyner – committed
- 2018 OT Wyatt Campbell – committed
- 2018 C Hank Manos – committed
Stay or go?
If Channing Tindall’s heart is where his home is, Will Muschamp is going to be one happy fella.
Tindall, a 4-star linebacker from Columbia Spring Valley High School, which is about a 30-minute ride from Williams-Brice Stadium, is among the priority recruits in the Class of 2018 for Muschamp and the Gamecocks staff.
“This is home for me,” Tindall said. “I’ve been going to games here since I was a little kid. My mother graduated from USC, so it’s kind of like tradition.”
Several rival SEC programs are also vying for his commitment, including Auburn, Florida and Georgia. This weekend, he’ll visit Florida and Florida State.
“I haven’t been to Florida State yet, so I’m just trying to see everything about Florida State. But Florida, I’m going to the Friday Night Lights,” Tindall said. “I’m still trying to get that 1-on-1 with the coaches, to see who I best fit with, coaching-wise.”
Georgia hosted Tindall for a camp workout last Saturday. On Sunday, after stopping by South Carolina’s indoor facility for a non-recruiting event, he was expected to go meet with the coaches before heading back to the northeast side of town.
Auburn’s recruiting efforts are being headed up by assistant coach Travis Williams, a former Spring Valley linebacker who played for the Tigers.
At various points in Tindall’s recruitment, the Dawgs and Tigers have been considered the biggest threats to the Gamecocks. Even though South Carolina has been named the leader, Tindall isn’t ready to make a commitment.
The goal is to have a decision in place before the end of September. In the meantime, several factors will be considered.
“First, I look at the coaching staff,” Tindall said. “Then, once I look at the coaching staff, I look at the environment. Is that where I really want to live? It’s not just a 4-year decision, it’s a 40-year decision.
“Then I look at academics. I want to major in medical kinesiology. Just see how that would fit for me in college.”
Is staying home important?
“It’s where I best fit.’