Running back Caleb Johnson (5-foot-9, 210 pounds) of Cordova, Tenn., visited South Carolina last season for the Western Carolina game and met up with running backs coach and recruiter Bobby Bentley. A few weeks later, Johnson said he was given a verbal offer from Bentley which he hopes will become an official offer when he attends a camp in Columbia the first week of June.
"He said he wanted to see me again in person and have me go out for some reps," Johnson said. "He said I had good footwork and he said I should fit well in their offensive scheme. I loved the environment there. It felt like a family, somewhere I can see myself in the future being there."
Johnson said he liked the looks of the Gamecock offense and can succeed in the I-formation or the spread. The game he attended was the one Rico Dowdle rushed for 226 yards.
"If Rico Dowdle can do it," he said, "I can do it."
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Johnson said he last talked with Bentley about a month ago.
"I think they are still interested, I haven't heard anything else differently," he said. "I'm just going with the flow until something else changes."
Johnson is going to Mississippi State for a junior day Feb. 18. He's also talking with Kentucky, Arkansas and Memphis.
Last season Johnson was a semifinalist for a Mr. Football Award in Tennessee. He rushed for 2,098 yards and 24 touchdowns.