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Hollifield called it
Right after South Carolina beat Marquette on Friday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, 4-star linebacker Dax Hollifield tweeted his prediction for the Gamecocks’ game against Duke on Sunday. He hit the nail on the head.
“I watched them play Marquette and I was like, dang, they’re good. They play really, really hard. I was like, I think they’re going to get Duke in foul trouble (by) just playing really hard. It’s what they did,” Hollifield said. “And they were playing in Greenville. How far is it away, like an hour-and-a-half from Columbia? Like, two hours. That’s like a home game for them.
“Me and my brother were talking about it and I was like, yeah, I think they’re going to beat them. I mean, it happened. I got famous on Twitter.”
South Carolina recruiting fans already know all about Hollifield, who also plays basketball for his dad, Aubrey, at Shelby (N.C.) High School. The Hollifields were in Columbia during the day on Friday, for another visit with the Gamecocks football coaches.
“Watching practice, I went around the campus, I saw the whole campus, talked to the coaches,” the younger Hollifield said. “It was really for my mom. She’d never been down there, so she wanted to go down there, look at everything, see how it was. She enjoyed it.”
His mom had already visited North Carolina and Virginia Tech, two more schools that are receiving serious consideration from the No. 4 inside linebacker in the Class of 2018 (247Sports composite).
Hollifield (6-foot-1, 220 pounds) also got an in-depth look at the Gamecocks depth chart. That’s a big deal, because he wants to have an opportunity to see the field as quickly as possible.
With Skai Moore sitting out practice because of an ankle injury, South Carolina was down to two scholarship linebackers during the workout on Friday.
“I never knew that and I actually believe them now when they say they’re not that deep at all, like how they need to have linebackers,” Hollifield said.
Moore, one of the top tacklers in program history, spent time chatting with Hollifield.
“We were just talking back and forth, how it was down there, not much really,” Hollifield said.
Later this spring, he’ll visit Alabama and LSU. Trips to Florida State and Florida also are on the docket. A trip to Stanford is in the works as well and so are return trips to Notre Dame and Tennessee.
Hollifield will visit South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia Tech again, too.
“I’m getting close now,” he said. “I’m sort of getting a picture for what are the best places for me, just for me and how I fit into their system.”
A decision could be made as early as the fall.
Gilmore 2.0 visits
The Gilmore brothers were also in Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday for the South Carolina scrimmage.
Stephon, now a member of the New England Patriots, was a star cornerback for the Gamecocks after his stellar career at South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, S.C. His younger brother, Steven Jr., is a 3-star 2018 cornerback.
The younger of the two brothers has offers from South Carolina, Georgia and East Carolina. On Saturday, Steven Jr. (5-9, 152) met with Gamecocks coaches.
“Just them stating that they are turning their program around and moving forward towards success and the opportunity of playing right now,” he said, when asked about the coaches’s message.
Big-time DT returns
Three-star defensive tackle Darnell Jefferies (Covington, Ga.) returned to South Carolina on Saturday, about two weeks after he first visited and landed an offer.
“This visit was more about seeing the practice and talking to players,” he said. “It was really good. (The) coaches were good and the players really gave me some good feedback on everything.
“Then (Jamyest) Williams was there and he seemed like it was the perfect place for him, so it was really good this weekend.”
Jefferies (6-4, 280) is the No. 31-ranked defensive tackle in the Class of 2018.
“Relationships stood out most this time, as it was really a big part of my return visit,” he said. “(The) coaches were good and let me know they really want me to be a Gamecock, and the door is always open for me.”
Four-star quarterback Dakereon Joyner (North Charleston, S.C.) tweeted that he will visit N.C. State this weekend. The Wolfpack are perceived to be the greatest threat to South Carolina.
Junior college tight end Dominick Anderson posted a Top 6 around midnight, but the post was later deleted. South Carolina and Alabama included by the Arizona Western Community College prospect, who’s entering his sophomore season.
He later posted another tweet about his future.
SEC, Pac12, Big10, has been my plan since a knee high ??
— Dominick Anderson ? (@TheRealYungDom) March 21, 2017