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.
Zion Williamson update
The summer recruiting period is alive in well for college basketball coaches. On Thursday, Lou Bezjak with The State newspaper caught up with 5-star small forward Zion Williamson, who was playing in the adidas Uprising event in Spartanburg, S.C.
“Clemson and South Carolina text every day and are recruiting me hard,” Williamson said. “The Final Four run was great for South Carolina, but in the end, I’ve got to look at players at my position and coaching style.”
Williamson, a 2018 prospect from Spartanburg Day School, told reporters on Thursday that he plans to take official visits to Arizona, Kansas and UCLA.
According to the 247Sports composite, the 6-foot-7 Williamson is ranked as the No. 2 overall prospect in the country.
Still in mind
Three-star tackle Jerome Carvin (Cordova, Tenn.) told Phil Kornblut this week that he’s keeping an eye on South Carolina.
“I’m looking to take more visits in upcoming weeks,” Carvin said. “I’m going to try to get back up to South Carolina soon, Alabama, try to get to Michigan and Memphis probably will be ones I go to.”
All four, plus a dozen other schools, have offered Carvin, who’s ranked as the No. 30 tackle in the Class of 2018.
“They’re just checking on me to make sure I’m good,” Carvin said of the Gamecocks. “They are just telling me to keep them in mind and that I have a chance to play early there. I’m definitely interested. My cousin played for coach Muschamp and always said good things about him.”
Crystal Ball Eval
Prediction on the 247Sports Crystal Ball have been made for several South Carolina recruits. As usual, SEC Country weighs in below with some analysis.
- 4-star WR Matthew Hill: Yep.
- 4-star S Trey Dean: Two picks were made for the in-state Dawgs, which put an end to the Texas trend. While it’s tough to say which one wins out on July 31, South Carolina’s chances still don’t seem to be all that favorable.
- 3-star S Israel Mukuamu: The run on picks for Florida State has ended. Just as was noted earlier the week, Mukuamu has a visit to South Carolina on the docket for next week. Ultimately, that could play a big factor in his decision on July 24.
- 4-star LB Dax Hollifield: Did he wear UNC gloves to The Opening in Charlotte? Yes. Did he recently visit for their showcase camp event? Sure. But his recruitment isn’t finished. Hollifield’s mind changes regularly, so to peg one school as the favorite, for now, is premature. But seven selections have been made for the Tar Heels since Wednesday night.
- 3-star ATH Bryce Thompson: Smart money is on South Carolina for the former Virginia Tech commitment.