Defensive back Johnathan Abram of Jones County Junior College in Mississippi began his college career in the SEC at Georgia and appears destined to continue it in the same league following a one season stopover in junior college. Abram said USC, Alabama, Tennessee and LSU are the four schools working the hardest to gain his affection.
The South Carolina basketball coaching staff spent a lot of time watching point guard C.J. Roberts of North Richland, Texas at the various stops this summer and they'll get a chance to see him up close and personal soon because he plans to take an unofficial visit with the Gamecocks in the near future.
South Carolina has positioned itself well with a number or prospects who are still mulling over decisions. One of those is defensive back T.J. Carter (5-foot-11, 175 pounds) of Nashville. His offers include USC, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Memphis, Louisville, Mississippi State and Cincinnati.
Xavier Thomas has moved to the top of the national recruiting rankings. The Wilson High School defensive end and South Carolina football target was named as the No. 1 prospect in the ESPN 300 for Class of 2018, released Thursday.
Defensive back Michael Nesbitt of Lauderdale Lakes, Florida recently dropped a top 10 of South Carolina, LSU, West Virginia, Central Florida, Auburn, Arkansas, Maryland, Louisville, Kentucky and Pittsburgh. He also has a Florida State offer and is drawing interest from Florida and Miami.
Pendleton DE Brad Johnson said he had a good time when visiting Columbia, but is still considering Michigan State, Notre Dame and Mississippi State in his recruitment. Miami’s Naytron Culpepper has USC in his top seven, along with Michigan State, Utah, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Arkansas and Louisville.
For the second time this weekend, the South Carolina football team added a commitment for 2017. This time it was linebacker Sherrod Greene out of Rocky Mount, North Carolina. The 6-foot-1, 225 pound, 3-star prospect confirmed his commitment soon after Will Muschamp tweeted a #SpursUp.
Defensive back Trajan Bandy of Miami, a former Oklahoma commitment, visited South Carolina on Saturday and has the Gamecocks in his lead group. Defensive end M.J. Webb of Madison, Georgia was not able to make it to South Carolina Saturday as planned because of the death of his uncle.
Defensive back Jamyest Williams of Loganville, Georgia got a double dose of cookouts, games and recruiting this weekend as he hit up the social events at Clemson and South Carolina. Williams has the two in his top five along with Ohio State, Georgia and Tennessee.
Wide receiver Chad Terrell of Dallas, Georgia made it in for South Carolina’s recruiting day Saturday and the experience left him thinking one thing: the Gamecocks are his favorite at this point, though he’s not ready to make the final decision.
Wando wide receiver OrTre Smith was at Clemson on Friday and South Carolina on Saturday, his latest visit to the two schools most likely to figure the strongest in his decision. Georgia, North Carolina and Florida are still heavily involved. Smith remains on track at this point to announce on Sept. 11, his birthday, though he’s kept open the possibility of delaying that if he’s not ready.
Offensive lineman T.J. Moore is back to a two-team decision after his visit to South Carolina Saturday. In late June, he was going to make the call for either USC or Tennessee, but a month later, he also had N.C. State and North Carolina on his list, plus he was waiting on an offer from Alabama.
South Carolina was already a factor with defensive end Matthew Butler of Garner, N.C., prior to Saturday’s prospect recruiting and fun day, but the Gamecocks are even more embedded in his thoughts now.