VIDEO: Spartanburg’s Tavien Feaster wins Mr. Football
There was a good bit of talent on the field at Williams-Brice Stadium at around 1 p.m. Thursday.
Greer quarterback Raheim Jeter was throwing in 7-on-7 action to receiver Jaleel Skinner, who both have Gamecocks offers. Waiting their turn were four-stat USC QB commit Luke Doty, and Myers Park (N.C) stars Drake Maye and Muhsin Muhammad III.
But Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp, flanked by assistant Kyle Krantz, zeroed in on someone not playing. The went to Tavien Feaster.
The former Clemson running back was with the 7-on-7 team from his high school, Spartanburg. He announced plans to grad transfer earlier this offseason.
The Gamecocks have offered, and Virginia Tech is also reportedly involved.
Feaster is expected to finish up classes and graduate during the summer.
Feaster ran for 1,330 yards and 15 touchdowns in his three seasons at Clemson. His best year was 2017, when he posted 669 at 6.3 yards per carry. Coming out of Spartanburg High School, he was the No. 29 player in the country in his class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings that factor in all recruiting networks. He was named the state’s Mr. Football after the 2015 season.
The Gamecocks currently have no open spaces in their 2019 class, having signed the full 25 players that can be counted toward it. They would, however, be able to add a player in August and count him toward the 2020 25-man initial scholarship limit.
Muschamp is set to return three of his top four rushers from each of the past two seasons. But from the group of A.J. Turner, Rico Dowdle and Mon Denson, no player has stepped up and taken control of the top running back spot. All three ran for between 294 and 654 yards last season.
Other camp notes:
▪ It was almost a given the No. 1 recruit in the 2020 recruiting class would be at South Carolina on Thursday. Columbia’s Hammond High School was playing in South Carolina’s 7-on-7 tournament, which all but assured defensive lineman Jordan Burch would be on campus.
But the No. 4 player in the 247 2021 class rankings was also working out.
Miami’s Booker T. Washington high school was in town, and it brought Donell Harris, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound pass rusher. He’s a top-5 player in his class, and came to Columbia a Miami commit. During the lineman camp, Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp came by and chatted with him a bit.
During his time at USC, Harris decommtted from Miami.
▪ On the subject of Booker T. Washington, nearly South Carolina’s entire offensive staff was there to watch the Tornadoes go against Spartanburg. During the game, Will Muschamp pulled aside four-star receiver Jacorey Brooks, the No. 160 player in his class. Muschamp appeared to be motioning for Brooks to come see him in the football operations building at some point.
▪ The Booker T. Washington group also included defensive tackle Anthony Hundley, a Miami commit and a high three-star prospect, and linebacker Tramel Logan, a player with mostly good mid-major and low Power 5 offers.
▪ Also in the building was Micah Morris, a 6-foot-4, 316-pound defensive tackle out of Camden, Georgia. Muschamp spoke to him as well.
Morris is the No. 47 player in the 2021 rankings.
▪ Booker T. Washington won the 7-on-7 tournament, topping fellow Miami school Hialeah, which featured wide receiver DeCarlo Donaldson. He picked up a USC offer today.