USC has lost one of its junior college commitments in LB Davon Durant, and the Gamecocks are going to have to fend off a pair of SEC West rivals to hold on to one of the two remaining junior college commitments in the class.
DE Marquavius Lewis of Hutchinson JC, who like Durant is a native of Greenwood, has been a Gamecock commit since July 27th. He said the commitment remains firm but he's getting a strong pull from LSU, and Auburn also remains in the picture.
"I recently talked to LSU," Lewis said. "They are going to come at me hard. They said they had a need for someone with some experience because they are about to lose two ends this year."
Lewis has not visited any schools this season because of his season but said he will take one to LSU if he gets the opportunity. "I'm going to check it out and see if what they are offering is better than what South Carolina is offering."
But right now, USC is still in the driver's seat with the commitment.
"No other school has made me change my mind right now so it (the commitment) is pretty strong," Lewis said.
He talked to USC recruiter Deke Adams last week and Adams was also out to visit him a couple of weeks ago.
"He just let me know how big of a need they have (for defensive ends)," Lewis said.
Lewis said he's also talking to Auburn practically on a weekly basis. He visited there last summer but has not scheduled an official visit yet. Lewis took his official visit to USC last summer.
Hutchinson is ranked 4th in the country this week and Lewis is 5th on the team in total tackles with 47 including 17 for loss. He also has 10 sacks and 12 quarterback pressures.