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Visiting this weekend
Once again, the South Carolina coaches will have a busy weekend entertaining key recruits from the 2018 cycle.
Four-star outside linebacker Quin Williams, 3-star cornerback Christopher Smith and 3-star offensive tackle Maxwell Iyama are all confirmed as guests this week.
Williams, who’s from Morgan County High School (Madison, Ga.), is a former high school teammate of South Carolina freshman defensive end M.J. Webb. Williams (6-foot-3, 230 pounds) will be joined by 2019 safety/outside linebacker Jordan Huff (6-2, 180). They’ll visit Thursday.
Their coach, Bill Malone, recently told SEC Country that South Carolina is among the hottest in pursuit of Williams, the No. 10 overall 2018 prospect from the state of Georgia, according to Rivals.
“We’ve known (defensive line coach) Lance (Thompson) for four years now and they’re real high on Quin,” Malone said. “In fact, they called me a couple or three weeks ago and said, ‘What do we have to do? Let’s see if we can get this kid here.’”
Smith, the No. 37 overall cornerback in 2018 according to 247Sports composite rankings, attends Hapeville Charter in Atlanta. Smith (6-0, 165) visited South Carolina in the fall and picked up an offer. His offer list, which has grown dramatically since then, includes Alabama and Georgia.
Iyama is a 6-foot-5, 300-pound prospect from Siegel High School in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The in-state Vols are the perceived favorite, but South Carolina certainly is in the mix.
They’ll visit on Saturday.
First offer, first contact
Last week, Thompson reached out to 2019 defensive lineman Latrell Jean to let him know he had an offer.
After they connected on Twitter, Thompson passed along word to the prospect from Lakeland (Fla.) High School. Not only was it his first offer, but it was the first contact of any sort Jean (6-2, 235) had with a college recruiter.
“(Thompson) texted me, saying he saw my tape and he liked it, and he told me I have a scholarship,” Jean said.
Offer No. 1 is a big deal for any prospect, much less one whose recruitment went from 0 to 100 within a matter of moments.
“It’s very cool, because I’ve been dreaming about this since I was a kid,” Jean said. “Having my first offer is a big deal for me. I’m really happy to have this offer.”
Moving forward, Jean hopes to hear from Florida State, Clemson, Ohio State, Alabama and Ole Miss.
“I really don’t know a lot, because I haven’t visited there,” he said of South Carolina. “I would like to take a visit there and learn more about them.”
Visits for Sandidge
Next month, 4-star defensive tackle Rick Sandidge will swing through the Sunshine State, to visit the Big 3 programs: Florida, Florida State and Miami.
North Carolina last hosted the Concord (N.C.) High School prospect, who’s ranked as the No. 6 defensive tackle in the Class of 2018 by247 Sports composite rankings.
Sandidge is “not sure” about a time frame to narrow down his list or make a decision. As is the case with 4-star linebacker Dax Hollifield, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia Tech are the primary contenders.
Offers on Tuesday
South Carolina offered at least two more prospects from the 2018 cycle on Tuesday: 3-star wide receiver Kam Scott and 3-star tight end John FitzPatrick.
Scott, a 6-foot-2, 160-pound prospect from Manvel, Texas, has offers from Baylor and SMU, among others.
FitzPatrick, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound prospect from Atlanta, lists offers from Arizona State, N.C. State and Oregon.