South Carolina football fans can thank the manager of popular Five Points establishment Yesterdays for helping them land Bergen Catholic (N.J.) quarterback Tanner McEvoy.
Though USC assistant G.A. Mangus was the lead recruiter of the 6-foot-5, 210-pounder, his connections to Columbia played a role in his decision.
His uncle and aunt on his mother’s side, John and Laura Fassett, live in Columbia and attended USC. McEvoy’s mother also spent several years studying at USC. John is a manager at Yesterdays Restaurant and Tavern, which was been a Five Points staple since the mid-1970s.
“I’ve never been through anything like this and I’m just on the periphery of it,” John Fassett said of the recruitment. “They came down this past weekend for the basketball game. They were relieved it was all over and just needed to blow off some steam.”
Perhaps it was fitting that McEvoy ended up with the Gamecocks, who he selected over North Carolina. His family has been making regular trips to the Palmetto State for decades. His grandparents once lived in Hilton Head, and his grandmother still lives in that area.
Though the Fassetts have not attended as many football games as they did years ago, they now have a reason to again become regulars.
“We’re still trying to get a handle on it,” John said. “It’s still amazing. When they got here this weekend, they went to the bookstore to buy Carolina gear since not everybody had some. Tanner actually didn’t have any. I just remember looking at him and thinking, ‘If he ends up at the starting quarterback in two or three years, I don’t know if my feet will be touching the ground.’”