Whenever Will Muschamp lands a commitment, the South Carolina coach drops a #SpursUp on Twitter. Come take a look at SEC Country for the latest news, notes and observations on the prospects who could be the newest Gamecocks.
New 2019 offer out
South Carolina offered 2019 4-star WR Trey Knox on Monday afternoon.
I'm grateful to say I have received my third offer form the university of South Carolina pic.twitter.com/QLmFINdOA0
— Trey Knox (@Fbu1Tk) August 15, 2016
The 6-foot-4, 190-pound prospect is from Blackman High School in Murfreesboro, Tenn., the home of 2018 3-star RB Master Teague III, who also has an offer from South Carolina.
Knox entered Monday with offers from Florida and Tennessee.
Knox is the No. 84 overall prospect in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports rankings.
Official visits in mind
Devontae Shuler will take an official visit to South Carolina, according to a Monday afternoon post by Phil Kornblut via The State.
Originally from nearby Irmo High School, Shuler attends Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. As a junior, he averaged 10 points and 2.4 assists.
Shuler is the No. 72 ranked prospect in the Class of 2017, according to 247Sports’ composite.
Skinny: South Carolina, Southern Cal, Western Kentucky, Louisville and Oklahoma State are set to receive official visits. If proximity to home is a factor, the Gamecocks certainly have a leg up on the field.
No movement with Smith
Another report from Kornblut updates the latest on 4-star WR OrTre Smith, who’s set to decide Sept. 11.
South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Clemson and North Carolina remain his finalists.
“I’m talking to every coach here and there,” Smith said.
Skinny: Smart money remains on South Carolina, but Clemson is very much in the mix. A decision hasn’t been reached yet. The in-state schools are believed to have the edge over the rest of the field.
Hollifield looks ahead to fall visits
Dax Hollifield, the No. 2 inside linebacker in the class of 2018, visited South Carolina late last week to watch practice. He hopes to be back in Columbia later this fall for a game. One of the games he hopes to see is against Western Carolina.
Hollifield’s grandfather played football at Western Carolina. Since he’s from nearby Shelby, N.C., Hollifield has been to a lot of games in Cullowhee over the years. His father played at Wake Forest, so he’s been there plenty of times, too.
This fall, he’s already scheduled to travel to Virginia Tech for the Miami game Thursday, Oct. 20. Two days later, Hollifield will head to Penn State for the white out against Ohio State.
No more IMG in Georgia
One of the most highly-anticipated high school football games of the season is later this month when Grayson plays host to the IMG Academy.
Grayson, which is located in Loganville, Ga., is home to 4-star CB Jamyest Williams, who’s scheduled to announce his commitment a few hours before kickoff against IMG.
According to Will Hammock of gwinnettprepsports.com, it will be IMG’s final game against a Georgia High School Association school.
Norcross High School athletic and activities director Kirk Barton, who’s a member of the GHSA’s Executive Committee, said there’s mounting concern over the number of players recruited to IMG out of Gwinnett County high schools.
“(IMG’s) got five kids from Georgia, I know several of them, if not all of them, are from Gwinnett,” Barton said. “They can actively recruit, come up here and recruit kids. We want to protect our kids. It won’t go into effect until next year, but they won’t be able to play in the state of Georgia. Other states have already done this and we just followed suit.”
Hale McGranahan covers South Carolina athletics for SECCountry.com and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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