South Carolina coaches have busy weekend hosting major recruits
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It was a busy recruiting weekend for South Carolina. On Friday, Gamecocks coaches hosted two of the country’s top middle linebackers: Dax Hollifield and Rosendo Louis.
Hollifield, a 4-star prospect from Shelby (N.C.) High School, is the No. 4 inside linebacker in the Class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Louis, a 3-star prospect from Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High School, is ranked No. 19 at the position.
Love how them Gamecocks made me feel like home today‼️?
— Rosendo Louis (@RJ_DREAMCHASER) March 18, 2017
Hollifield (6-1, 220) has visited South Carolina several times since he was in last summer for Muschamp Camp and received an offer. On Friday, his coach, Lance Ware, was one of the featured speakers at the Gamecocks’ coaches clinic.
Louis (6-1, 225) arrived on Friday and stuck around through Saturday to watch the scrimmage that morning.
Alabama, LSU, North Carolina, Stanford and Virginia Tech are several of the schools also receiving consideration from Hollifield. Georgia, LSU and Miami have offered Louis.
South Carolina also hosted Keiondre Jones, 247Sports’ top-rated offensive guard in the Class of 2019. Jones (6-3, 265) is a 4-star recruit out of Callaway High School in Hogansville, Ga.
— © (@keiondrejones) March 17, 2017
Most of the major programs in the region have offered, including Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Florida.
Several prospects visited on Saturday for the scrimmage, including 3-star offensive line commitment LaMarius Benson, 3-star defensive tackle Darnell Jefferies, 3-star cornerback Steven Gilmore Jr., center Hank Manos and 2019 quarterback Davis Beville.
Benson (6-3, 330) is the most recent 2018 commitment for the Gamecocks. The No. 66-ranked defensive tackle in the Class of 2018 will play offensive guard for South Carolina. Benson attends Eastside High School in Covington, Ga.
Jefferies, who trains with Benson at Team 3 Sports, attends Newton High School in Covington, Ga. The No. 31 defensive tackle has several sizable offers, including Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and Georgia.
— Team 3 Sports (@Team3Sports) March 18, 2017
“They were very competitive,” Jefferies told Phil Kornblut about the scrimmage. “I talked briefly with coach Muschamp and (defensive line) coach Lance (Thompson). They were just saying to come back to camp and come back as many times as I want to visit to get a better relationship with them.”
Gilmore (5-9, 152) is the No. 14 overall prospect from the state of South Carolina in 2018. He attends South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, where his brother, Stephon, played before attending South Carolina and moving on to the NFL.
Manos (6-4, 275) returned from Chapin (S.C.) High School for the first time since his visit in February to watch offseason workouts.
“My parents got an opportunity to visit with (offensive line) coach (Eric) Wolford and coach Muschamp,” Manos said during an interview with Kornblut. “We were able to get a campus tour and meet with the academic folks which was really helpful. They emphasized that they really want me at Carolina. They feel like I am a perfect fit for what they are trying to build on the O-line.”
On Sunday, 4-star running back Master Teague III (5-10.5, 210) released a list of 12 schools that are still receiving consideration. South Carolina, of course, was one of them.
The Blackman High School (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) prospect told SEC Country what he’ll be considering as he moves into the next phase of his recruitment.
“We look forward to seeing how each school develops their players off the field and outside of the classroom,” Teague said. “We want to know the type of culture of development does the player experience. We will also look at roster beyond the running back position and continued plans for me as a running back.
“We will also look to see which coaches are likely not to change. Also the running back position itself, more in depth.”
Trips to Auburn, Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia and Tennessee are on deck this spring.
Other offers out
Two in-state targets picked up offers over the weekend.
Three-star wide receiver Sam Pinckney (Greenwood) added LSU. Three-star defensive end/linebacker Eli Adams (Rock Hill) was offered by N.C. State.
Pinckney’s offer sheet also includes Florida State and South Carolina. Along with South Carolina, East Carolina and Maryland have offered Adams.