The NCAA recruiting calendar says the spring evaluation period is over, but the evaluating is far from finished for Will Muschamp and his staff.
The just-concluded evaluation period allowed South Carolina’s assistant coaches to go to a prospect’s school and gauge such qualities as character and transcripts. Now the action comes to USC in a series of on-campus camps.
Hundreds will participate, with many of those from the 2018, 2019 and 2020 classes getting a closer look from USC coaches. The camp setting helps measure four critical factors that are important to Muschamp:
▪ work ethic
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▪ football intelligence
“When you’re able to find those four things out, you find a lot out a player,” Muschamp said. “It does nothing but help you eliminate mistakes in the recruiting process.”
Camp season kicks off Saturday at the Gamecocks’ practice fields, with 10 days geared toward high-school athletes. Most of the schedule falls in June, with a single camp day in July.
Twenty-two of the Gamecocks’ 24 signees for 2017 were seen in one of USC’s camps, a fact Muschamp touts to show the importance of working out a young man in person.
“There’s no doubt this is a huge part of what we do,” Muschamp said.
Muschamp camp schedule
▪ June 3: Specialist camp, and a one-day high school camp
▪ June 7: One-day high school camp
▪ June 8: One-day high school camp
▪ June 9: OL / DL camp
▪ June 10: OL / DL camp
▪ June 12-14: Youth camp
▪ June 14: One-day high school camp
▪ June 15: One-day high school camp
▪ June 16: Elite QB camp, and a one-day high school camp
▪ June 17: One-day high school camp
▪ July 21: One-day high school camp