Three-star safety Jonathan Gipson will announce a commitment at 3 p.m. on Monday. South Carolina, Tennessee and Indiana are his finalists.
According to Rivals, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Gipson is ranked as the No. 42 safety in Class of 2018.
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Gipson, a Hoschton, Ga., native who visited last weekend for the Spurs Up recruiting event, has been to South Carolina at least four visits.
Earlier this year, after he watched spring practice, Gipson told SEC Country that coach Will Muschamp could play him all over the Gamecocks secondary.
“I was talking to coach Muschamp and he feels like I’m a good corner, but he thinks I can be the best safety that comes through South Carolina,” Gipson said. “He also made a statement that I’m probably the best player in the 2018 class.”
South Carolina currently has one defensive back committed for 2018: 3-star safety R.J. Roderick. The Gamecock are pursuing a few others, including 4-star cornerback Jaycee Horn (Alpharetta, Ga.) and 3-star cornerback Steven Gilmore Jr. (Rock Hill, S.C.).
The South Carolina pitch
For 4-star linebacker Channing Tindall, his decision comes down to one … decision: Stay close to home or leave.
On the surface, it’s that simple.
Tindall’s high school, Spring Valley, is about 20 miles from South Carolina’s Williams-Brice Stadium. But several of the Gamecocks’ SEC rivals are recruiting the heck out of the No. 12 outside linebacker in the Class of 2018.
Auburn, Florida, Florida State and Georgia are the primary schools looking to displace South Carolina from his top spot.
The Gamecocks want him to “be the first, not the next.”
“You can stay home and be the first, represent your hometown, change the culture and be the first or you can go to another school and just do what some players have already done in the past, so that’s their big message that I take close to heart,” Tindall said.
A decision will be reached before the end of September, though he’s yet to nail down a specific date.
Until then, will he stay or will he go?
“I can do both, to be honest,” Tindall said. “I say it comes to mind, but I really just want to go somewhere that I’m just going to make it to the next level, or be successful if I don’t make it to the next level, because football doesn’t last forever.”