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More on the newest CB offer
Three-star cornerback Christopher Smith picked up a South Carolina offer on Saturday while he was on campus for the Missouri game.
Muschamp and Travaris Robinson had a sit-down with Smith before kickoff and told him of the offer.
“They let me know that they like the way I played and the style I played with,” Smith said. “They also let me know how I could fit into their scheme and what they like to run. They feel like I could be a great addition in the future.”
The 6-foot, 165-pound junior from Hapeville Charter in Atlanta is the No. 40-ranked cornerback in the Class of 2018. He’s also listed as the No. 30 overall prospect in the state of Georgia.
Auburn, Georgia, and Georgia Tech have also hosted him on their campuses this fall.
“The (South Carolina) visit was great,” Smith said. “I had a good time there and I hope to be back. I can also say the same about the environment.”
Before the season’s over, he’ll head to N.C. State and Vanderbilt.
The official visitor
Three-star linebacker commitment Eldridge Thompson was on campus last weekend for his official visit, which he said was a “good” experience.
Thompson, who’s originally from Memphis, Tenn., is currently enrolled at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas, the same school that produced South Carolina defensive backs JaMarcus King and Steven Montac.
Sidelined with a shoulder injury since the first game of the season, Thompson will have three years of eligibility when he arrives in Columbia for good in January.
“Everything was really the same,” he said of the message from the Gamecocks coaches. “Just saying how excited and ready (they are) for me to get there.”
The hoops signing period
On Wednesday, the NCAA’s early signing period opens, and two of South Carolina’s targets are scheduled to announce their decisions.
Lower Richland (Hopkins, S.C.) High School guard Clyde Trapp Jr. is down to South Carolina, Clemson, Rice and Charlotte. Lou Bezjak of The State newspaper reported that Trapp will announce his decision at 2 p.m.
Last weekend, Trapp took his official visit to Clemson. South Carolina hosted him last month for an official.
“The visit to Clemson went great,” he said. “This will probably be the hardest, but most important, decision in my life.”
As a junior, he averaged 13 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game.
According to a Phil Kornblut’s interview with Art Alvarez, Felipe Haase will make his announcement around noon.
Alvarez, the 3-star power forward’s AAU coach, said South Carolina, Purdue, Missouri and Pittsburgh are the finalists. The Gamecocks hosted him for an official visit this past weekend.
“There was a whole bunch of stuff that we wanted to ask and make sure those issues were explained to him,” Alvarez said. “We thought that Frank did a good job explaining those issues to him. One of those was playing time. The other was how does he fit in their system and that kind of stuff.
Unless otherwise indicated, all rankings and ratings are based on the 247Sports composite.