Whenever Will Muschamp lands a commitment, the South Carolina coach drops a #SpursUp on Twitter. Come to SEC Country for the latest news, notes and observations in South Carolina recruiting.
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The center of attention
For 3-star center Hank Manos, 2017 is off to a great start.
In February, he won an individual state wrestling title, taking home the South Carolina 4A heavyweight crown. About a month later, he announced a commitment to the Gamecocks.
“It’s great. Finally getting to work with the coaches and work with other commits, like at the SpursUp thing the other day. We worked on some team skills, got to work together, talk,” Manos said. “It was great to be out there and work with those guys.”
Manos (6-foot-4.5, 270 pounds) will graduate from Chapin (S.C.) High School in December. He hopes to convince a 3-star guard from the Atlanta area to join him in South Carolina’s 2018 haul.
“I spent a lot of time with [North Gwinnett OG] Warren Ericson,” Manos said, referring to the SpursUp event, “Got to talk to him, just see where he’s at [with] his recruiting and see where he’s leaning. I didn’t really get much but hoping to get him on board.”
The role of recruiter is a new one for Manos, who’s listed by the 247Sports composite as the No. 12 center in the Class of 2018.
“I definitely embrace it, try to get out there and talk to as many people as I can, just let them know what we’ve got going on, see if they want to join the family,” he said.
Two factors led to his pledge.
“Definitely the attitude around South Carolina,” Manos said. “It’s a football school. Everybody there knows the football team. You’re going to be a household name.
“The education factor is probably my No. 1 [priority] and South Carolina’s business school is ridiculous, so that’s what pulled me.”
Crystal Ball Eval
The second edition of SpursUp Surveillance’s evaluation is a busy one, thanks to a Monday night announcement from 2018 running back Master Teague III, who’s approaching a decision.
Here are the latest selections for the 247Sports Crystal Ball.
Auburn (3): Teague — Smart War Eagle calls.
Georgia (2): Teague — Zamir White contingency picks?
South Carolina was one of two schools to offer 2020 running back Mecose Todd (Villa Rica, Ga.) on Tuesday morning.
Alabama also tendered the 6-foot, 200-pound prospect. Memphis, Tennessee and Rutgers have also offered.
The Gamecocks also extended an offer to Aidan Robbins, a 2019 prospect from Louisville, Ky. The 6-3, 205-pound recruit has one other Power 5 offer right now: Louisville.
South Carolina running backs coach Bobby Bentley offered him at the position.
Lance Robinson, a 2018 safety from New Orleans, also landed an offer from the Gamecocks. He’s ranked as the No. 75 safety in the Class of 2018.