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Official visits in mind
Four-star linebacker Dax Hollifield believes he’s zeroed in on the five schools that he wants to visit officially.
The longtime trio of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia Tech made the list of desired destinations, along with Florida State and Stanford.
Recently, he’s unofficially visited North Carolina and Stanford. On July 22, he’ll “probably” head back to Blacksburg for another unofficial to Virginia Tech.
The official stops tentatively have been set for the fall.
“I’m planning to take my official visit to Florida State for when they play Miami,” Hollifield said. “I want to take my official visit to Virginia Tech for when they play Clemson. All of the other games, I don’t know yet.”
The 6-foot-1, 220-pound prospect from Shelby (N.C.) High School “probably” will be ready to make a decision “by the end of the year.”
“I might commit at the Army game [Jan. 6 U.S. Army All-American Bowl], I don’t know,” Hollifield said. “But I’ll probably tell the coaching staff that I’m coming and tell my family where I’m going, but not let anybody else [know].
“But I have no clue when I’m going to announce it, definitely after I take all of my official visits, unless I have that feeling.”
According to the 247Sports composite, Hollifield is ranked as the No. 109 overall prospect in the Class of 2018. Among inside linebackers, he’s listed No. 5.
Visit almost set
Three-star safety Israel Mukuamu is planning to visit South Carolina on July 21 or 22.
Mukuamu, who transferred from Berkeley (S.C.) High School to Parkway High School (Bossier City, La.) in the winter, will return to his hometown for a commitment announcement on the 24th. He fell out of contact with the Gamecocks after moving to Louisiana, but interest recently was renewed by coach Will Muschamp.
The visit this month will be his first one to Columbia since last fall, when he was on campus for the East Carolina game on Sept. 17.
“Coach Muschamp called me a few weeks ago and told me that they really wanted me and they want me to give them a chance,” Mukuamu said. “And I’ve been talking to him ever since.”
According to the 247Sports composite, Mukuamu is ranked as the No. 40 safety in the Class of 2018. All eight picks on the 247Sports Crystal Ball are for Florida State.
Indiana and Oklahoma State also are listed as finalists.
Close to deciding
South Carolina made the top 6 for 3-star tight end Tommy Tremble, who could make a commitment before the end of the week. Georgia, Fresno State, Notre Dame, Tennessee and UCLA also made the cut.
A 2018 prospect from Norcross, Ga., the country’s No. 24 tight end is a Georgia legacy, but Notre Dame has emerged. From the outside looking in, it appears to be a two-team race between the Irish and Dawgs.
The Gamecocks hosted him for a visit in June.