USC is on the board with its first football commitment for the 2020 class in running back Mecose Todd (6-foot, 200 pounds) of Villa Rica, Ga, and it didn’t take Todd long on Saturday to decide the Gamecock program was a fit for him.
His unofficial visit was his first ever visit with the Gamecocks and Will Muschamp and company quickly won his favor.
“They really treated me like family. I felt home,” Todd said. “The thing about South Carolina is, they are different from other colleges. Other colleges want to win and care more about football. South Carolina cares about about you as a person and what you are going to do in life. They just care about you as a person instead of a football player. They don’t look at you as a football player. They look at you as a person.”
USC running backs coach Bobby Bentley has been the Gamecocks’ lead recruiter with Todd but on his visit he also got personal time with Gamecock great Marcus Lattimore who recently joined the staff.
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“To listen to his story, it really made a big impact on me,” he said. “South Carolina is a place that’s special. Listening to his story and how he couldn’t play football anymore, he told me education will be most everything in life because that’s what’s going to help you after football. It really touched me.”
Todd said he’s primarily a power running back with good speed and he rushed for over 850 yards and 25 touchdowns last season at Carrollton High School, just up in the road from Villa Rica where he will play this season. But his conversation Saturday with Muschamp didn’t dwell on his football skills.
“They said they like me because when they asked my former high school and my high school I go to now about me and they said I’m a great person, and they said that’s what really stood out about me to them.” Todd said. “They said the skills are going to come but they just like my personality and how I carry myself.”
Todd has plenty of other major offers from the likes of Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Auburn, North Carolina and others. He does not plan to sign until February of 2020 and he understands things for him can change in the recruiting game.
“I’m going to leave my recruitment open because it is two years, it is a long time,” he said. “I’m going to leave my recruitment open but as of right now I’m committed to South Carolina.”
Todd said he plans to take a visit to Florida soon.
▪ Seth McLaughlin, a 2020 offensive lineman from Buford, Ga., was offered by South Carolina.
▪ USC offered Sanford, N.C., 2020 defensive end Desmond Evans.
▪ Buford, Ga., 2020 defensive back Jalen Huff was offered by the Gamecocks.
▪ Miamis defensive end Samuel Brooks announced Saturday he is down to USC and Miami with his decision.
▪ Wide receiver Deshon Stoudemire of Stone Mountain, Ga., was among the visitors at South Carolina on Saturday.
▪ Canton, Ga., 2020 offensive lineman John Williamson visited the Gamecocks on Saturday.
▪ 2020 offensive lineamn Mitchell Mayes of Raleigh plans to visit USC on Saturday.