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Decision timeline set
On the surface, it would appear to be a foregone conclusion that South Carolina is set to land 4-star athlete Keveon Mullins, who had an individual workout for offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon during Muschamp Camp.
Mullins, a former Memphis commitment from that city’s Whitehaven High School, is ranked by the 247Sports composite as the No. 19 athlete in the Class of 2019. The Gamecocks are recruiting him as a wide receiver.
“I love the coaches and how they said they would use me,” Mullins told SportsTalkSC’sPhil Kornblut. “The lead is very big. They’re No. 1. There’s one thing I like about it, that they have a lot of receivers and start as freshmen. That’s something I would like to do, go in and play as a freshman.
“And I love that my position coach is the offensive coordinator and he calls the plays. That’s a good thing, that your position coach calls plays.”
Mullins (6-3, 210) will announce his commitment next week during the Rivals Five-Star Challenge. He recently listed a top 4 of Georgia, Louisville, Memphis and South Carolina.
The Rivals Five-Star Challenge runs from June 27-29.
Later this summer
Three-star cornerback Cam Smith (Blythewood, S.C.) wants to announce a commitment on Aug. 17, the first game of his senior season at Westwood High School. Smith, who moved to Maryland when he was 14, spent the last couple of seasons playing for Fort Meade (Md.) High School.
The 6-foot-1, 170-pound prospect is rated by 247Sports as a 4-star and ranked No. 33 among cornerbacks in the Class of 2019. Over the last few weeks, he’s collected several significant offers, a couple of which are thought to be legit contenders.
Across the industry, South Carolina is perceived as the team to beat, in part because of the affinity he’s expressed for his hometown team. After the Gamecocks offered earlier this month, Smith told SEC Country that it “means the world.”
“Because that’s where I wanted to go to as a kid. That’s who I grew up rooting for and I’ve always been a Gamecock,” Smith said.
That was before he returned to Tennessee for another visit and scooped up an offer from Georgia while visiting for camp. South Carolina, of course, had him back on campus last week when Westwood participated in the Gamecocks’ second 7-on-7 tournament of the month.
Smith has been invited to Texas for The Opening, which could boost his recruiting profile. The Opening Finals begin June 30 and run until July 3.
Over the next month or so, Smith will consider several factors before he reaches a decision on his commitment.
“A home atmosphere, feeling [at home],” Smith said. “The business school rank, how many people they produce out of their business school.”
South Carolina would gain at least two more Crystal Ball selections if SpursUp Surveillance had access to the feature. Mullins and Smith are both — for now — expected to land in the Gamecocks’ 2019 class, which currently ranks No. 7 in the country, according to the 247Sports composite.
If he joins, Mullins would be the No. 4-ranked prospect in South Carolina’s haul. Fellow wide receiver Jamario Holley (Rock Hill, S.C.) would be one spot behind Mullins.
Smith is among several defensive back prospects considering the Gamecocks.
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