USC has had a lot of success recruiting Georgia Military JC over the years and the Gamecocks are targeting OL Akeem Cooperwood (6-7 340) for the 2016 class. The Gamecocks were the first to offer Cooperwood who is a native of Knoxville and joined Bert Williams' program last season as an unattached prospect.
"He's figuring it all out to be honest with you," Williams said. "He's not ready to make any decisions or anything like that. He was pretty excited, though, when Carolina pulled the trigger. He's a good worker. He's a long kid with good size. Fluid. Can move his foot. Got good punch. He's going to be a darn good one. Carolina is the first one in, which always helps."
Others showing interest, according to Williams, include Georgia, Auburn and Tennessee. He said Cooperwood wants to visit USC this spring or summer but no date has been set. And he has a chance to be a mid-year enrollee.
Cooperwood plays offensive tackle and will have three years to play two at the next level.
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USC is already set to add DE Kalan Ritchie to the 2016 class from Georgia Military. The Gamecocks signed him out of Goose Creek and placed him at the junior college. Ritchie will also get some work at tight end this spring.
Williams could add to his program this fall Shrine Bowl receiver Eri'reon Hayes of Dillon. Hayes also signed with Old Dominion but will go to GMA if he does not qualify.