Wide receiver Josh Vann of Tucker, Ga., is stuck on South Carolina and Georgia.
He will pick one of those SEC East rivals and is looking at the second week of his season for doing so. His decision has gone back and forth between the two, though he has been holding with the Gamecocks as his favorite for several weeks now. The question for Will Muschamp is: Can he hold that position with Vann to the finish line?
“I feel like I’m getting closer, probably two games in, I feel like that’s when I’ll commit or go public,” Vann said. “I feel like South Carolina is in front. I have a deep feel about them. At the same time, it would be hard to turn down the home team.”
Vann said both teams are in regular contact with him, with Georgia a little more aggressive than the Gamecocks. But, he said, that’s by design.
“South Carolina told me from day one that they wouldn’t be hitting me up every day, and I kind of like that,” he said. “I hear from them every so often. Coach Muschamp, he hits me up every once in a while. It’s not an everyday thing. Georgia hits me up almost like every day now. I feel like that’s kind of weird. They weren’t hitting me up like they do now until I came back from The Opening. They want me bad so they hit me up like almost every day.”
Vann last visited USC for the prospects cookout in late July, and he has had the Gamecocks at the top of his list since that weekend.
▪ Offensive lineman Jerome Carvin of Cordova, Tenn., talked with USC recruiters Eric Wolford and Bobby Bentley on Wednesday and remains interested in the Gamecocks. He’s decided on three of his official visits to Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi State. USC is still under consideration.
▪ One time USC DB target Trey Dean of Hampton, Ga., committed to Tennessee.
▪ USC offered former LSU DB Saivion Smith, now at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Smith signed with the Tigers for the 2016 class and recorded 4 tackles and 2 passes broken up in limited action as a freshman. He left LSU in June and transferred to the junior college. By playing this season, he will have three years to play two at his next stop.
▪ Outfielder Joel Brewer (6-2 195) of Tampa committed to USC baseball for the 2018 class.
▪ Frank Martin and USC are scheduled to host for an official visit this weekend 6-foot-3 Randy Onwuasor, a grad transfer from Southern Utah who was fifth in the country in scoring last season. He was scheduled to visit Gonzaga Tuesday and is also scheduled to visit LSU Aug. 8.