This could be a very productive week for South Carolina as five of the Gamecocks’ remaining targets will make decisions.
Two teammates, linebacker Marcquis Roberts and tight end Rory Anderson, from Powder Springs, Ga., are expected to commit to the Gamecocks. Roberts’ only visit was to USC, and he has family in Columbia. Anderson visited Tennessee over the weekend and said he’s also considering the Vols.
Quarterback Tanner McEvoy of Oradell, N.J., visited North Carolina over the weekend. He’s picking between the Gamecocks and Tar Heels. USC recruiter G.A. Mangus met with McEvoy on Friday before he left, and the Gamecocks have been in a good position with him throughout the process. He has said he would make a commitment this week, but he may wait until next week.
Defensive back Sheldon Royster will announce his decision Thursday night between USC and Rutgers. He did not make a visit this past weekend, but Mangus did see him Friday. Royster has not indicated a favorite.
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And defensive lineman Leon Mackey of Hinds (Miss.) JC will have a decision possibly Tuesday between USC, Mississippi State, Texas Tech and Tennessee. He visited Mississippi State over the weekend. USC recruiter Lorenzo Ward is supposed to visit him Monday.
Goose Creek offensive lineman Brandon Shell, a USC commitment, also visited Alabama over the weekend. Shell had not planned to visit Alabama, but Jadeveon Clowney asked him at the Shrine Bowl to join him. Shell remains solid with his USC commitment.
USC committed defensive back Jared Henry of Jacksonville, Fla., visited Central Florida over the weekend. He plans to finalize a decision after visiting USC this weekend.
Defensive end Mason Harris of Rossville, Ga., remains committed to USC and will have his in home visit with Steve Spurrier on Monday night. Harris is scheduled to visit USC this weekend but plans to visit Miami on Jan. 28.
USC has 23 visits scheduled for this weekend, the majority being players already committed to the Gamecocks.
Uncommitted prospects who have scheduled visits with USC for this weekend include linebacker Cedric Cooper of Lithonia, Ga., defensive lineman Phillip Dukes of Manning, tight end Jerrell Adams of Scotts Branch, defensive back Ahmad Christian of Jacksonville, Fla., and quarterback Jacoby Brissett of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
While USC has focused on McEvoy as a quarterback target, the Gamecocks also remain involved with Brissett. He did not take a visit over the weekend. As for Jan. 28, Brissett is looking at Miami, Florida and Washington. Florida State also is a major player, but he won’t visit Tallahassee because he’s familiar with the program. FSU coach Jimbo Fisher has had his in-home visit with Brissett, and Brissett’s high school coach said USC’s Steve Spurrier may be in this week. Coach Jack Daniels said Brissett is interested in USC. “He’s completely wide open,” Daniels said of Brissett. Daniels said he is not sure when Brissett will make his decision.
Christian also will visit Tennessee on Jan. 28. He also is considering Auburn and Miami, two schools he’s visited unofficially. But the Gamecocks are the school to beat for Christian.
“I’m just feeling them the most right now,” said Christian, who added that he could commit on his visit. But a commitment from Christian won’t mean he’ll be on hand in the fall. He’s also a highly touted shortstop and said scouts told him he could be picked in the first five rounds of the baseball draft this summer. USC recruiter Steve Spurrier Jr. will visit with Christian on Tuesday. USC likes Christian as a cornerback, but he also can play safety.
Cooper was scheduled to visit N.C. State over the weekend. He’s been to Arkansas and is scheduled to visit Ole Miss on Jan. 28.
Jerell Adams will visit USC this weekend and decide between Clemson and the Gamecocks.
Williston-Elko linebacker Dexter Staley will enroll at Georgia Military JC in the fall, but he has scheduled to visit Georgia on Jan. 28. Staley said he remains interested in USC and would like to end up a Gamecock. He would like to visit USC this weekend, but nothing has been scheduled. Staley’s coach, Dwayne Garrick, said he doesn’t expect USC to sign Staley because of numbers, and he likely will sign with Georgia. But Garrick said once Staley goes to GMC, he could end up anywhere, including USC or Georgia, in two years.
Former USC signee linebacker Brandon Golson started classes at Louisville last week. Golson was denied admission to USC. He also visited Miami before deciding to go with Louisville.
Junior defensive end Martin Aiken (6-3, 245) of Bamberg-Erhardt landed verbal offers last week from USC and Tennessee, according to his coach, Butch Crosby. Aiken also has verbal offers from Georgia Tech and Illinois. Official offers to juniors cannot be made until September.