‘We got better today’: Muschamp recaps the Gamecocks’ 2019 signing class
South Carolina football picked up a commitment for the class of 2019 on Monday from a son of a Hall Famer.
Cornerback Shilo Sanders of Trinity Christian High School in Texas committed to USC in an announcement on Instagram. Shilo is the son of Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders, who played 14 seasons in the NFL with five teams and is an analyst for the NFL Network.
Shilo plays the same position as his father and wore his dad’s No. 21 in high school. He is the second son of an NFL veteran the Gamecocks have landed in the last few years. Cornerback Jaycee Horn, son of former Saints receiver Joe Horn, was a starter as a freshman this season for the Gamecocks.
The 6-foot Sanders picked the Gamecocks over Florida State, Michigan State Nebraska and Colorado State. He took official visits to South Carolina and Colorado State.
“Overall the visit was amazing, it was just great and we loved it,” Sanders told Phil Kornblut after his October visit. “I didn’t do much with the players but we watched the game. The crowd was crazy. The crowd was lit. We got a chance to see the campus and facilities and the facilities were great. What really caught my attention was the indoor facility. That was amazing.”
Sanders is the 21st commitment for South Carolina in the class of 2019 and the third defensive back, joining Westwood’s Cam Smith and John Dixon out of Tampa, Fla. USC is losing five defensive backs this season, including three starters.
USC coach Will Muschamp and defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson handled Sanders’ recruiting.
“The good thing about coach T-Rob is that he will play to his corners’ strengths,” Sanders said in October. “Like me, being a great press man corner, he will have me in press a lot. He’s a coach who likes playing to your strength.”
247Sports ranks Sanders as a three-star prospect and 61st-best cornerback in the country and he was selected to play in the Under Armour All-American game. This season, he played cornerback, receiver, punted and returned kicks for Trinity Christian, which went 14-0 and won the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Division II state championship.
Sanders led the Tigers with five interceptions to go along with 19 tackles. On offense, he had 13 catches for 199 yards and three touchdowns.
Sanders averaged 22 yards on punt returns and 11.8 on kickoff returns. He returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.