Defensive back Troy Young of Mobile, Ala., picked up an offer from South Carolina earlier this month, and he’s very interested in what the Gamecocks have to offer.
USC defensive coordinator and secondary coach Travaris Robinson contacted Young (6-1, 193) about the offer after reviewing his film, and Young got the feeling Robinson liked him a lot as a safety. And he likes Robinson and the Gamecocks.
“South Carolina is at the top of my list,” Young said. “Coach T-Rob likes how I come to the ball, how I move, my backpedaling. He said he was watching my film and wanted to offer me. The way Coach T-Rob was talking I feel like I have a chance to play there and make plays. That’s what I want when I go to college, to feel like I’m at home and to have a chance to make plays.”
While Young is high on the Gamecocks, he’s not calling anyone a leader right now. He’s taking several visits this summer and is just coming off a trip to California. He also plans to get to USC, Alabama, Auburn, NC State, UCF and Arizona.
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He’d like to make his decision before the season. Some of his offers are USC, Mississippi State, NC State, Arizona, UCF, Louisiana Tech, UAB, Bowling Green and Toledo.
Last season Young had 60 tackles and 2 interceptions for Mobile Christian School. He also plays running back and had 2,000 all-purpose yards. He was named all-state.
▪ Offensive lineman TJ Moore of Charlotte said last week he would announce a commitment Monday. USC and Tennessee were his two favorites with NC State and North Carolina also in the mix. Moore also was waiting on an offer from Alabama, an offer that would give him something else to consider, but as of the end of the week that offered had not been extended.
▪ Defensive end DeAndre Johnson of Miami revealed his favorites and USC, which at one time was among his favorites, is no longer. This is no surprise since Johnson said last week he had not heard from the Gamecocks in several weeks. His favorites now are Tennessee, Cal, West Virginia, Maryland, Mississippi State and Auburn.