Georgia Military College defensive lineman Jabari Ellis has been favoring South Carolina over a field that primarily consists of N.C. State and Colorado at this point. Saturday he was in Columbia and gave Will Muschamp a further look at his skills as he worked out at Muschamp’s first camp of the summer.
“The thing that stood out the most was the one-on-one I had with Coach Muschamp and Coach Thompson,” Ellis said. “I knew I was a top prospect on their board but just to hear it from Coach Muschamp saying they wanted this amount of guys to come in for the class of 2018, and of the JUCO players I’m No. 1, that meant a lot.”
Ellis said he went through agility drills, the 40 shuttle and the broad jump. Ellis said he knew he wasn’t committing Saturday because he’s waiting until the end of July.
“They asked about it,” Ellis said. “They want me to. but it’s not like they are pressuring me. They said, ‘take your time, we do want you, but don’t take too much time.’ They made a little joke there.”
Ellis said USC still leads but he wants to visit NC State next weekend before clarifying things in his mind. He also plans to visit Colorado later in the month.
Irmo defensive end Trajan Jeffcoat of Irmo attended the USC camp Saturday in hopes of landing an offer from Will Muschamp. Jeffcoat felt he performed well, but Muschamp wants to see some of his senior film before moving on him.
“He said everything that I’m showing now, he wants me to translate it on film,” Jeffcoat said. “They are saying me now and me last year are two different people. They are way more interested in the person that I’m showing now. All they want me to do is take that to next year on film. I’m optimistic but a little disappointed. I think I performed extremely well. I was really hurt when they didn’t offer me, but they said it’s a long process.”
Jeffcoat said he might go to Clemson on Wednesday for a camp but he also has some ACT study work scheduled for that day. Jeffcoat has a Missouri offer and hears from the Tigers daily. He said Maryland appears close on an offer. He also has offers from Colorado State, Indiana and Middle Tennessee State.