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Four-star WR update
Four-star wide receiver Josh Vann (Tucker, Ga.) has close to 15 offers from across the SEC and Big Ten, but he’s visited only two schools: South Carolina and Georgia.
During a recent interview with SEC Country, Vann said the Gamecocks and Dawgs will “most likely” be his finalists when he makes a decision about his college future. However, he wants to see more schools before reaching that conclusion.
LSU, Florida and Tennessee have invited him to attend camp. A trip north to see Michigan and Michigan State also could be in the cards this summer.
“All this [attention] is new, so I’m just trying to get used to it, like everybody else,” Vann said.
He added, “I’m just getting through it. I’m not trying to get a big head, like talk about it too much, so I just wait and wait, talk to my family and then make a final decision.”
That answer could come as early as this summer, but Vann, who’s ranked by the 247Sports composite as the No. 42 wide receiver in the Class of 2018, might take it all the way to signing day.
Vann is experiencing the recruiting process with several of his teammates from Tucker High School, including 4-star 2018 offensive lineman Dylan Wonnum.
“It’s good. You can ask them, so since it’s new for me, I can always ask them, what should I do,” Vann said. “And they’ll tell me [what] they’ve been going through, so it’s kind of good knowing that you have other people, so everybody won’t just be focused on you and have all the attention on you.”
The 5-foot-10.5, 175-pound wide receiver caught 63 passes for 1,286 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2016.
In the on again, off again recruiting war with Duke, David Cutcliffe & Co. took the battle for 2018 wide receiver Dennis Smith. There’s a little sting to this for South Carolina one since Smith’s an in-state guy (Gaffney), kind of like last year’s result with safety Lummie Young (Anderson-Westside).
Aside from maybe the timing, Smith’s commitment to Duke isn’t a complete surprise.
He was scheduled to attend the SpursUp recruiting event a few weeks ago, but nixed those plans at the last minute after suffering an injury earlier that week. The visit could have helped swing momentum in South Carolina’s direction, but there’s no telling how much it would have made a difference, especially if Smith’s intent on leaving the state.
Clemson offered Smith, but it stands to reason that there were a few more names ahead of his on their board.
South Carolina, along with a handful of others, survived Tyler Shough’s first visit to Michigan. The 3-star quarterback, who’s a heavy lean to Michigan, according to the 247Sports crystal ball, was in Ann Arbor this past weekend, but didn’t make a commitment.
This spring, Shough (6-4.5, 187) has emerged as one of the top pro-style quarterback targets in country, reeling in offers from Alabama, Florida State and Georgia. In April, he made the cross-country trip from Chandler, Ariz. to South Carolina.
“I felt really welcome there,” he told SEC Country after the visit. “Being able to talk with both Coach Muschamp and [offensive coordinator Kurt] Roper for a pretty good amount of time and talk about how I would fit with them, what they’re looking for and what they like about me.”
Michigan, the team he rooted for as a kid, offered about 24 hours later.
Though the Wolverines already have a commitment in place from Joe Milton, they’re also interested in Shough.
South Carolina, of course, remains in pursuit of 4-star Dakereon Joyner, who will announce his decision on Father’s Day, to honor his late dad.
Last Thursday, the Gamecocks offered 3-star Jack Plummer, a 6-foot-5, 185-pound prospect from Gilbert, Ariz., who is the son of former Arizona State star QB Jake Plummer.
— Kereon Joyner (@Cant_StopCinco) May 14, 2017
On Friday, South Carolina offered Alex Huntley, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound 2020 defensive lineman from Hammond High School in Columbia, where he’s teammates with Jackson Muschamp, the coach’s son.
“I have been following Coach Muschamp since he was at Florida so I have so much respect for him,” Huntley told Lou Bezjak of The State. “I’m just so grateful to him, my family and coaches at Hammond.”
Earlier that day, Sharone Wright Jr., a 3-star point guard from West Florence (S.C.) High School closed the door on his recruitment with a commitment to Wake Forest.
Frank Martin and the South Carolina basketball staff were busy this weekend, hosting Wright State graduate transfer Mark Alstork.
— Mark Alstork (@Mark_Alstork) May 14, 2017