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On Saturday, South Carolina extended a preferred walk-on offer to 2017 long snapper Ben Reeder, who’s from J.L. Mann High School in Greenville, S.C.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound prospect is listed as the top-ranked long snapper in the country, according to prokicker.com.
Honored to have received a PWO offer from the University of South Carolina! pic.twitter.com/HzO5XimW4c
— Ben Reeder (@ben_reeder_80) January 8, 2017
South Carolina special teams coordinator Coleman Hutzler passed along word of the opportunity in Columbia.
“He just explained to me what South Carolina does with preferred walk-ons, almost being the same thing, but paying your tuition until you’re put on scholarship,” Reeder said. “I told him I was just waiting on possible scholarships from Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.”
Reeder worked out in front of Gamecocks coaches this summer during camp. He visited again later in the summer and at the beginning of the season for the East Carolina game.
“It’s awesome,” Reeder said. “They’re definitely on the rise with all the new coaches they’ve got there and the new standard they’re setting there.”
Clemson was his team growing up, but Reeder said he’s “gotten more level over the past couple of years.”
Scholarship opportunity is the primary factor he’ll consider before reaching a decision.
“Clemson could be a preferred walk-on, Vanderbilt could be a preferred walk-on, but the three places that I might get a scholarship from are Georgia, Virginia and North Carolina,” he said.
Reeder also will consider the opportunity for playing time, and there certainly is an opportunity at South Carolina with the departure of Drew Williams, who served as the long snapper on punt team all four years and the field goal team as a junior and senior.
“Just being able to see the opportunity that’s there and, obviously, South Carolina’s snapper being a senior, there’s a good opportunity there,” Reeder said. “And just being able to have an opportunity to have a good relationship with the coaches, which I definitely do with Coach Hutzler.”
The Shrine Bowl participant received a solid scouting report from former Georgia long snapper Nathan Theus.
“Whether it’s speed or accuracy — he can compete with the best. Ben’s physical size and coachability will allow him to be very successful at the next level.”
Off to IMG
Five-star defensive end Xavier Thomas, the former No. 1-ranked prospect from the state of South Carolina in 2018, left Florence on Saturday. Thomas, who’s transferring from Wilson High School, has moved in at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Thomas previously announced that he would choose between South Carolina and Clemson. However, Josh Newberg of 247Sports reported that Thomas hasn’t closed the door on Florida State, his first offer.
FSU still in it with 5-star DE Xavier Thomas (VIP) https://t.co/RwvQ4ZbxXa
— Josh Newberg (@joshnewberg247) January 6, 2017
New IMG offer out
Four-star offensive tackle Reuben Unije tweeted on Sunday that he was offered by South Carolina. Unije, who’s listed at 6-foot-5, 303 pounds, is the No. 16-ranked offensive tackle in the Class of 2018.
Unije, who’s originally from Alpharetta, Ga., lists several SEC schools among his favorite, including Alabama, Florida and Tennessee.
South Carolina, he said, will receive a visit now that it has offered.
— I C Y❄️ (@RUnije) January 6, 2017
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