Josh Vann only took recruiting visits to three schools, and those trips made his choice an easy one.
“He grew up a Georgia kid, and I thought he’d go to Georgia,” said Bryan Lamar, Vann’s coach at Tucker High School in Northeast Atlanta. “Georgia offered him and recruited him hard, but he just liked South Carolina more for whatever reason.”
Here’s the reason the four-star wide receiver picked the Gamecocks over the home state Bulldogs: “My parents didn’t know anything about the recruiting process, and I didn’t either. When Georgia was there, I was pretty happy. When we went up there, it was pretty good, but when we went to South Carolina, it was a whole different feeling. It was a more comfortable feeling. My parents enjoyed it.
"My mom told me she felt like she was on vacation every time she went down there. If you got your mom saying that, then, hey, that’s pretty much all I need,” Vann said.
The recruiting trips to Athens and Columbia felt completely different to Vann, who enrolled this month at USC.
“It was more than just football every time we went (to South Carolina). It was activities every time we went up there,” Vann said. “Every time we went to Georgia, it was more of a serious note, like, ‘This is what we’re going to have to do. Getting drafted.’ Ain’t nothing wrong with that, but get to know me first. I liked (South Carolina). My parents loved it. That’s how that went.”
On one unofficial visit to South Carolina, Vann rode golf carts, played basketball, participated in rock climbing and played dodge ball with the Gamecocks coaching staff. Head coach Will Muschamp “is pretty all right” at dodge ball, Vann reported.
“He moves pretty slow, but he was dodging some,” said Vann, who also made a visit to Kansas State. “I think he got me out one time. He got lucky on that one.”
Vann recently had shoulder surgery but expects to be ready to compete when the Gamecocks' fall practice begins in August.