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Elmore talks official
Minnesota transfer defensive end Gaelin Elmore has official visits to Arizona and South Carolina under his belt. Up next is his trip to Houston this weekend. East Carolina is on deck after that.
Gamecocks defensive tackle Taylor Stallworth served as the host for Elmore (6-foot-6, 275 pounds), who arrived early Monday morning and stayed until Tuesday.
“I liked it a lot,” Elmore said. “I’ve never been to S.C., so it was dope. Great people and great facilities.”
The coaching staff certainly made a good impression.
“They’re super chill and personable,” Elmore said. “Obviously, (they) have a lot of experience as well. Just overall good people.”
For now, there are no plans for another visit or a timeline for a decision.
More QB developments
South Carolina has long been considered the front-runner for 4-star quarterback Dakereon Joyner (6-2, 200). After Virginia Tech landed its second 2018 quarterback commitment, N.C. State emerged as the biggest threat.
Last week, the Wolfpack picked up a quarterback commitment from 3-star prospect Devin Leary (Sicklerville, N.J.). An industry source indicated that he might be their only take at the position in 2018.
On Thursday, Phil Kormblut reported that Joyner listed a top 2 of South Carolina and N.C. State.
“I trust Muschamp and (offensive coordinator Kurt) Roper because their relationship with my coaches is pretty strong and I know they won’t let me down,” Joyner said. “It’s the same with N.C. State because we have alumni, so I’d say it’s kind of even, but it’s kind of different from home state and out of state.”
Joyner, who attends Fort Dorchester High School (North Charleston, S.C.), will announce his decision on Father’s Day.
Four-star quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who visited South Carolina earlier this week, announced a top 3 that did not include the Gamecocks.
Michigan, UCLA and North Carolina made the cut for the 2018 prospect from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas.
The evaluation period begins
Saturday marks the first day of the spring evaluation period, which runs through the end of May.
According to ncaa.org, colleges are permitted to send coaches on the road to “use one evaluation to assess the prospective student-athlete’s athletics ability and one evaluation to assess the prospective student-athlete’s academic qualifications during this evaluation period.”
Over the next several weeks, expect plenty of movement by the Gamecocks coaches as they look to fill out the 2018 class and start to hone in on more 2019 recruits.
Change is coming
On Friday, the Division I Council will vote on several proposals that could bring about significant changes to NCAA recruiting policy.
ESPN staff writer Mitch Sherman detailed what’s on the docket.
Perhaps the most pressing issues, as they relate to South Carolina, are the potential reduction of summer camps, early official visits, 10th assistant coach and scholarship limitations.