South Carolina is in the final cut for College of the Canyons defensive end Dorian Gerald, who released his top 12 schools Wednesday.
The Gamecocks were in the list along Texas A&M, Alabama, Florida State, Florida, Oklahoma, Louisville, Syracuse, Georgia, Tennessee, N.C. State and LSU. Gerald, who played at West Florence, didn’t list a favorite but said he plans to visit USC in the coming week.
Gerald told Phil Kornblut that USC remains in regular contact with him and he’s getting even more attention from head coach Will Muschamp.
"Me and Coach Muschamp have been talking more than anything right now," he said. "I have to say he talks to me more than Coach Thompson. I feel like Coach Muschamp is way more involved. Coach Thompson still talks to me but Coach Muschamp probably talks to me every single day. It lets me see that they are really interested. It definitely does show me he’s really definitely interested and wants me to come to South Carolina. He loves me and really wants me at South Carolina. I’m a priority for him, probably the number one priority on the defensive side of the ball. That’s what he’s telling me everyday, they need me at South Carolina."
Gerald, 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive end, has one more season at College of the Canyons in California. He will graduate in December.
Last season, Gerald led College of the Canyons and the conference with 12 sacks and was second on the team with 54 tackles, including 24 for loss. He was a first-team all-Southern California Football Association selection.
Gerald had 13 sacks his senior year at West Florence and was a North-South selection.