Former Shrine Bowl wide receiver Casey Gladney (6-2 185) of Copiah-Lincoln Junior College (Miss.) did not get strong interest from USC during his senior season at Columbia High, but now the Gamecocks are taking a closer look and may come through with an offer in the near future.
Gladney had a sensational senior season with the Caps in 2011, catching 70 passes for 1,300 yards and 19 touchdowns. And he averaged 36 yards per punt return. He had offers from Alabama, Texas Tech, Tennessee, Cincinnati and Kentucky.
Gladney committed to Alabama in June of 2011 but eventually signed with Texas Tech and Tommy Tuberville. He did not qualify and that led him to junior college, where this season he caught 60 passes with 8 going for touchdowns. He averaged 108 receiving yards per game.
Gladney later switched his pledge to Cincinnati when Tuberville went there. The Bearcats remain his favorite but he will take an official visit to Cal on Jan. 31.
Never miss a local story.
He also talked with USC recruiter GA Mangus earlier this week and he's expecting Mangus to come down for a visit.
"I'm just waiting on him to contact me and waiting on that offer," Gladney said. "He said they are looking at my tape. He said with a junior college player they've got to get everything cleared and he said he'd get back to me."
And Gladney is hoping for that offer.
"I'm very interested in possibly coming back to Columbia. Cincinnati is still my favorite. I'm just waiting to see how everything else goes. But an offer would put USC right up there with Cincinnati."
Gladney, a four star prospect according to 247Sports, said he's on track to graduate in May and he has three years to play two.
South Carolina already has three receivers committed in the class of 2014.