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 on the prospects who could be the newest Gamecocks.
S.C. Mr. Football finalists
Four-star wide receiver commitment OrTre Smith is one of five finalists for the South Carolina Mr. Football.
North Central (Kershaw) running back Cedrick Cunningham, Broome (Spartanburg) linebacker D’Marco Jackson, Greer’s Noah Hannon and Northwestern (Rock Hill) quarterback Gage Moloney are the other finalists.
The award will be announced at halftime of the North-South Football game in Myrtle Beach on Dec. 10.
Former Gamecocks Jadeveon Clowney, Stephon Gilmore and Marcus Lattimore are among the previous recipients of the award.
So far during his senior season at Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, Smith has nearly 300 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns. He’s also been named to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the Shrine Bowl.
In-state QB recaps second game at USC
Dillon (S.C.) High School quarterback Brayden Hawkins has taken a pair of visits to South Carolina this season, first for the home opener against East Carolina and again on Sunday for the Georgia game.
“It was good. I enjoyed it. I liked it a lot,” Hawkins said of the most-recent visit.
While in town, he spoke with offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Kurt Roper and running backs coach/recruiter of record Bobby Bentley.
“That’s who I’ve been talking to the most up there,” Hawkins said.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound prospect detailed his conversation with Roper.
“It was just the same stuff, how the season and everything was going. I haven’t really had a conversation with him — besides about how the season is going — since camp,” Hawkins said.
This season, he’s also visited Marshall and Wake Forest. Trips to Boston College, N.C. State, Ohio, Princeton, Purdue and Virginia Tech also are on the docket.
“The campus is close to home,” Hawkins said of South Carolina. “The environment is really good. I like coach Muschamp, coach Roper and coach Bentley. Everything really fits.”
In his first season at Dillon, the Wildcats are 5-1. But because of Hurricane Matthew, they haven’t practiced or played in more than a week.
Hawkins has completed 63 for 90 throws for 1,128 yards with 11 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He’s also rushed 6 times for 34 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Official visit set
According to a report from Phil Kornblut, 2017 shooting guard Clyde Trapp Jr. has scheduled an official visit to South Carolina for later this month.
“Coach Martin has been real interested in me,” Trapp said. “He likes me. He said I’d fit real well in the program. We talk about every day and I might get to a practice this week. The whole coaching staff really believes in me and that’s a big thing.”
Kornblut reported that Trapp has already been to Rice for an official visit. The other two have been scheduled for Missouri and Charlotte.
Former South Carolina offensive line commitment T.J. Moore also was in touch with Kornblut.
Moore said he’s still in touch with offensive line coach Shawn Elliott, who will reportedly continue to recruit the 4-star prospect from Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte, N.C.
“The process had gotten kind of crazy and I think that’s why I committed so fast and was in a hurry to get it over with,” Moore said. “This is a big decision for my life, so I’ve got to take it a day at a time and make sure I’m making the right decision.”
South Carolina hosted 2018 3-star wide receiver Darius Rush for the Georgia game on Sunday. Rush, who attends C.E. Murray High School in Greeleyville, S.C., has been to several South Carolina games with his family this season.
“I thought the (Georgia) game was good and they stayed in it,” he said. “But I didn’t really get a chance to connect with any of the coaches like I hoped.”
A quick rundown on the visits and planned visits for a few South Carolina targets:
- 2018 WR Sam James — Richmond Hill, Ga. (offered)
- Visited: Georgia Tech; scheduled: Mercer
- 2018 QB Joe Milton — Orlando, Fla. (offered)
- Visited: None; scheduled: UCF, USF
- 2018 OL/DL Maurice McIntyre
- Visited: Clemson, Duke, North Carolina; scheduled: ECU (maybe)
Wisconsin has offered 2018 linebacker Khalid Jones, a 3-star recruit from Byrnes High School in Duncan, S.C. Jones was on campus at South Carolina earlier this season for the ECU game.
Tennessee, Duke and Wake Forest have also offered.
I'm blessed to receive an offer from the University of Wisconsin. pic.twitter.com/bHc0miBh6E
— Khalid Jones (@defendtheend40) October 12, 2016
Four-star athlete Dyami Brown added another offer to his list of suitors on Wednesday when Michigan tendered an offer on Wednesday.
Brown, the No. 11-ranked athlete in the Class of 2018, also has offers from Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisville, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. The No. 8-ranked prospect in the state of North Carolina, attends West Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte.
Blessed to receive an offer from the University of Michigan pic.twitter.com/DB3iq0n45t
— Dyami Brown (@deuce2_) October 12, 2016
Wednesday: Jerry Drake Jr.