South Carolina continues to recruit the state’s top wide receiver for the 2015 class.
Unless something changes, however, Dorman receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside has his heart set on sticking with his commitment to Stanford, he said this week during Shrine Bowl preparations.
He heard from the Gamecocks as recently as Saturday.
“They just basically say, ‘We’ve got a spot for you,’ ” he said. “It’s good to have an open opportunity in case something goes wrong. I haven’t been admitted yet [to Stanford]. I feel like once I get admitted I’ll probably shut the door on everybody.”
Never miss a local story.
Stanford has a process where its commitments know before National Signing Day whether or not they’re admitted to school, and Arcega-Whiteside could get official word as early as this month.
“I definitely feel good about it,” he said. “They said I’m in good standing. I’m just hoping to get the news soon.”
Arcega-Whiteside was named the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year and was a finalist for the Mr. Football award. As a senior he had 108 receptions for 1,824 yards and 20 touchdowns.
He is a three-star prospect and the state’s No. 11 prospect and top wide receiver for 2015, according to the 247Sports Composite ranking.
The Gamecocks recruited Arcega-Whiteside early in the process, then backed off after receiving commitments from Jalen Christian (Damascus, Md.); Dexter Neal (Stone Mountain, Ga.); Jerad Washington (Jacksonville, Fla.); and Michael Bowman (Havelock, N.C.).
USC and Bowman parted ways in September as he was facing theft charges related to a summer job. The Gamecocks then reopened communication with Arcega-Whiteside, who had committed to Stanford in July.
USC has not officially offered a scholarship, he said.
The Gamecocks have since added receiver Christian Owens (Griffin, Ga.) to the fold and are still talking with WR-DB Denzel Johnson of A.C. Flora High in Columbia.