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.
Resetting the 2017 wide receiver situation
The biggest Tuesday news not related to Hurricane Matthew was the de-commitment by 3-star wide receiver Shawn Smith, who announced his decision around lunchtime on Twitter.
With Smith no longer on board, it makes more room for a bigger-bodied wide receiver, something that’s been in short supply at South Carolina over the last few years.
Before Smith’s de-commitment, he and 2017 commitment Shi Smith would have given the 2017 Gamecocks six scholarship wide receivers shorter than 6-feet tall.
The number of wide receivers 6-feet and over currently sits at six. That, of course, includes 2017 commitment OrTre Smith, former quarterback Lorenzo Nunez and Deebo Samuel, who’s listed at 6-feet.
One might presume that South Carolina’s next 2017 wide receiver take will be over 72 inches high. The most logical candidates are Chad Terrell (6-3) and Stephen Guidry (6-4).
Before going in further with Guidry, a former South Carolina commit who recently de-committed from LSU, it’s worth noting that the Gamecocks coaches haven’t had any contact anytime recently.
There’s been no contact since the de-commitment from South Carolina, which happened on April 29. And there hasn’t been any since his change of plans for LSU.
Guidry, however, told SEC Country that South Carolina remains under consideration. The 3-star prospect from Hinds Community College is listed as the No. 2 JUCO wide receiver in the country.
Terrell is very much in play. N.C. State and Oregon, along with South Carolina, are the finalists.
It’s been more than a month since his official visit to Oregon and he doesn’t have any plans to return. Terrell does not have plans to see South Carolina or N.C. State, but proximity makes it a little easier to travel from Dallas, Ga. to Columbia, S.C. or Raleigh, N.C.
The 3-star prospect is ranked as the No. 59 wide receiver in the class of 2017.
Go east, Matthew
There are plenty of reasons why Muschamp would prefer to see Hurricane Matthew keep moving east.
For starters, Muschamp was ready to settle in at home for the month of October. Now the Gamecocks road-heavy start to the season could pick up an additional road trip if SEC officials elect to move the game away from Columbia.
Losing a home game against Georgia would erase an opportunity to show recruits what a night inside Williams-Brice Stadium feels like.
Plus, games against top-tier opponents like Georgia have a better shot at attracting more recruits, especially since the in-state rival is away. Then again, rain, or even the threat of rain could prevent some potential visitors from even showing up.
More from the other Matthew
This is Matthew Butler we’re talking about here, the 3-star defensive lineman from Garner (N.C.) High School who was on campus Saturday for the Texas A&M game.
During the game, Butler kept a close eye on Marquavius Lewis, because the South Carolina coaches told him that’s the sort of role they have in mind, if he picks them over Tennessee, N.C. State, Duke and Penn State.
“I’m about (Lewis’) size now and if it were my decision, I would kind of try to stay this size coming into college,” Butler said. “I saw him make some plays and do his job. I saw he was lined up in different defenses.”
As was written in this space on Monday, Butler no longer plans to announce his decision this month.
Unless otherwise indicated, all rankings and ratings are based on the 247Sports composite.