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For Muschamp, the son of a high school football coach, hitting the road to go watch high school football games isn’t really work.
How does the saying go?
It’s not really work if you love what you do. That applies to Muschamp and recruiting.
“I love high school football and I love going to high school games with the band and all the stuff that goes on,” Muschamp said. “But I think it’s good to promote high school football in our state.”
On Friday, Muschamp made several stops in the Upstate. He was spotted at the Boiling Springs/T.L. Hanna game that night, after making appearances at Woodmont and Westside earlier that day.
“We have great coaches in our state. We have great players in our state. I had a blast Friday night. I enjoy getting to do that,” Muschamp said. “I think it’s important as anything, I like evaluating players and being able to evaluate them in a game-setting situation. I love doing that.”
Thursday night’s game at Vanderbilt afford Muschamp the opportunity to get back out on the road. He plans to make a few more in-season recruiting stops.
“In the open week, obviously, we’ll be out Thursday and Friday,” he said. “There’s a couple of home game situations, because we do all of work at the stadium on Friday morning, because we’re practicing in the morning (that’s) when we do all of our walk-throughs. We’re done Friday morning with some of our stuff, so there will be some Friday nights that I go out.”
Muschamp was originally slated to see 5-star DE Xavier Thomas on Friday night, but rain moved Wilson’s game at Conway to Thursday night. That, of course, was the same night as South Carolina’s opener against Vanderbilt.
Thomas was also scheduled to take his first visit to Auburn on Saturday night for the Clemson game, but those plans fell through because of the heavy rain. He is expected to return to Columbia next weekend for South Carolina’s home opener against East Carolina.
More weekend reviews
Uncooperative weather in the state forced several South Carolina high school football games to Thursday night and Saturday afternoon.
Below are a few more stats from Saturday’s action:
- QB Jay Urich had a 10-yard touchdown run in Wren’s loss to Powdersville
- TE Will Reigster had 2 catches for 16 yards in Chapin’s win over Irmo
- WR Shi Smith had 3 catches for 37 yards and 3 carries for 25 yards in Union County’s win
- DE Tyreek Johnson blocked a punt in Lakewood’s loss to Manning
- DB Jaylin Dickerson had a 53-yard touchdown catch and over 100 yards receiving in Pinecrest’s win over Wedding ton
- Other standout performances were detailed in Saturday’s edition of SpursUp Surveillance
Off the board
Chris Whittaker, a defensive end target from Chaminade-Madonna High School in Hollywood, Fla., committed to UCF on Saturday.
— ChrisO̥ͦV̥ͦO̥ͦWhitt (@Chriswhitt_99) September 4, 2016
With a recent commitment from 4-star M.J. Webb and priority prospects Brad Johnson and Matthew Butler still up for grabs, we’re not so sure that South Carolina really was an option for Whittaker. At least not right now.
Hale McGranahan covers South Carolina athletics for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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