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On Thursday, 4-star inside linebacker Dax Hollifield told Matt Connolly from The State newspaper that he heard from coach Will Muschamp immediately after his Sunday afternoon message to linebacker recruits.
“He texted me right after that and said, ‘That one’s for you.’ That’s their message right now is: come here if you want to play early,” Hollifield said. “I want to play. That’s what I want to do. That’s my main criteria when I’m looking at a college, that and education, but I want to play. I’m going to be happy if I’m playing.”
Hollifield (6-foot-1, 220 pounds) is ranked as the No. 5 inside linebacker in the Class of 2018. South Carolina is one of his five finalists, alongside North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Florida State and Stanford.
The Gamecocks, Tar Heels and Hokies were in the original lead group before it expanded to five. Hollifield is scheduled to take an official visit to Tallahassee for Florida State’s game against Miami. The other four are also expected to receive official visits before he reaches a decision.
There is no firm date, but Hollifield has considered announcing his commitment at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Recent odds would have North Carolina as the favorite, but Hollifield has admitted in the past that he’s susceptible to changing a leader at any point, whether it’s after a particularly enjoyable conversation with a coach or another good unofficial visit. Or just because it’s Friday.
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Three-star small forward Aaron Nesmith is close to setting up an official visit to South Carolina. The 6-5, 190-pound 2018 prospect from Charleston-Porter Gaud told Phil Kornblut that he’s headed to Vanderbilt for one this weekend.
Gamecocks coach Frank Martin is in regular contact with Nesmith, who’s ranked by the 247Sports composite as the No. 3 overall prospect from the state of South Carolina.
“He texts me a good bit and he always tells me the plan he has for me and the goals he thinks I can accomplish,” he said. “I enjoy texting Coach Martin and talking to him. He’s a joy to talk to. I can’t wait to get back on campus at South Carolina and talk to him in person once again.”
Nesmith is reportedly eyeing a weekend in August or early September to visit South Carolina.
Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh and Texas A&M have also offered.