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.
Rangy safety to know
During next week’s Muschamp Camp session, 2018 safety Israel Mukuamu, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound prospect from Berkeley High School (Moncks Corner, S.C.), will visit South Carolina.
Mukuamu was last on campus in June for the Gamecocks second high school 7-on-7 tournament. Berkeley, led by 2017 QB Darius Douglas, won the event.
Tennessee, Clemson and N.C. State also hosted him for their prospect camps.
On Tuesday, South Carolina will host Mukuamu and Douglas, who could already be in the conversation as the state’s No. 2 quarterback in 2017.
“I’m just looking for the coaching staff to look at my talent and just see that I can be a player there,” Mukuamu said.
Not counting the 7-on-7 tournament, his last visit to South Carolina was during spring practice.
“When we were in the players’ meeting and how the players were fired up about practice – they had a scrimmage that day … the facilities were very nice,” Mukuamu said.
As a sophomore, he had 52 tackles and four interceptions.
Skinny: After Clemson’s up-close look earlier this summer, sources indicated that the Tigers are waiting to see if he’s able add more size. His listed weight might be a bit generous, but Mukuamu should approach eventually hit the 200-pound mark. We’ll see next week if his current build scares off South Carolina. Since Muschamp is so eager to jump on in-state talent, it would be a bit of a surprise if Mukuamu leaves Columbia without an offer.
More cookout guests
Here’s a quick run-down of the non-committed prospects confirmed by SEC Country as guests for the cookout next Saturday:
- 2017 LB Sherrod Greene (Rocky Mount, N.C.)
- 2017 DL M.J. Webb (Madison, Ga.)
- 2018 QB Dakereon Joyner (North Charleston, S.C.)
- 2018 LB Dax Hollifield (Shelby, N.C.)
- 2018 RB Master Teague III (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)
- 2019 WR Jacoby Pinckney (Roebuck, S.C.)
Several of South Carolina’s 2017 commitments have confirmed their visit plans:
- LB Davonne Bowen (Piedmont, S.C.)
- OT Summie Carlay (Laurens, S.C.)
- OT Eric Douglas (Charlotte, N.C.)
- LB Eldridge Thompson (Memphis, Tenn.)
- QB Jay Urich (Piedmont, S.C.)
Skinny: As is the case with any reported recruiting news, all information is subject to change. Neither of the above lists is an official count. However, South Carolina’s coaches will have a solid group of visitors on campus for next weekend’s event.
Two-way lineman visits from North Carolina
Maurice McIntyre is an intriguing prospect in the Class of 2018 at 6-foot-3 and 280 pounds from Northside High School in Jacksonville, N.C. South Carolina hosted him earlier this year for junior day and again in June for Muschamp Camp.
McIntyre opted to work out at defensive tackle with assistant coach Lance Thompson.
“I thought it was a good experience. I learned a lot. All the stuff we did before the stretching, that was something I could go back tell my teammates about,” he said. “Coach Thompson, he taught me some good techniques for defense that I can also bring back to my teammates. Overall, I liked the camp. It was pretty good.”
The Gamecocks didn’t offer.
“They told me they were going to keep a close eye on me,” McIntyre said. “They said they liked me and they like me on both sides, but they want to see where I evaluate (best) at.”
Skinny: Duke has already offered McIntyre, who could have a higher ceiling as an offensive guard. That being said, he’s halfway into his high school career. McIntrye’s work as a junior should provide better insight where he’s best suited to play at the next level.
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