The moment Mike Wyman committed to South Carolina football
Here’s this blue chip recruit, at the center for a ceremony for him, all cameras pointed his way, and then he pops up and ducks behind a backdrop. He emerged moments later with a pair of chairs to add to the cluster already filled with family.
He wanted an aunt and a grandma to be up there as well with him when he picked the Gamecocks.
“It’s a blessing to be here, but without them people, I wouldn’t be here,” Wyman said. “I wouldn’t be the man I am today without them.
“I had to get chairs for them myself, just show them appreciation.”
Around his Tuesday afternoon announcement at Dudley High School, the word folks kept using was “humble.” As in, the Gamecocks are getting a humble, soft-spoken kid as well as a big, fast pass catcher.
He was even so soft-spoken, he forgot how he wanted to make the announcement just as the moment came.
He rolled into the event with three wristbands — Oklahoma, North Carolina and Georgia. It was all to throw people off. He’d picked South Carolina a long time before, giving his pledge weeks ago.
The Gamecocks were after him early, and that meant a lot.
“Coach BMac (Bryan McClendon) and Coach (Will) Muschamp, they have been recruiting me since day one,” Wyman said. “And they are in the SEC, and playing in the SEC is kind of a big deal.”
Wyman also had SEC offers from Florida, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Georgia, LSU and Auburn. Much of the ACC also offered including North Carolina and Duke.
The 6-foot-4, 195-pound receiver is the No. 139 player nationally in the 247Sports Composite rankings that factor in all networks. That puts him as the No. 7 player in North Carolina and No. 24 wide receiver in the country.
South Carolina’s in-progress 2020 class has five members. He is the second receiver in the group, joining Da’Qon Stewart.
“Great talent,” Dudley coach Stephen Davis said. “He’s just got to stay humble, continue to work hard and not get distracted. If he would do those things, the sky would be the limit. He’s got great speed, great hands, ball skills.”
Wyman was the top pass catcher for a run-heavy Dudley attack. He caught 46 passes for 664 yards and five touchdowns last season. He had more than double the catches of the next-most productive receiver.
He visited the Gamecocks for their spring game April 6 and didn’t make it to North Carolina’s game last weekend.
Now he sees big things for the group he’s joining.
“Shoot, I see us definitely bringing the program from where they’ve got it at now to another level,” he said.
Wyman also has been to North Carolina, Georgia and Auburn. He plans for a return visit to the Gamecocks on April 27 and an official visit May 31. But despite the commitment and the strong feel for the Gamecocks, Wyman said his commitment does not end his recruiting activities.
“I wouldn’t say I’m shutting things down but there are four other schools, maybe three other schools, that I’m still interested in. I’ll be taking my officials,” Wyman said.
The Gamecocks have done well pulling in blue-chip wide receivers in the past few years.
He becomes the sixth four-star receiver to join the group since Will Muschamp’s staff arrived and the second-highest rated. The rest:
▪ Bryan Edwards: No. 217 player in the 2016 class
▪ OrTre Smith: No. 127 player in the 2017 class
▪ Shi Smith: No. 226 player in the 2018 class
▪ Josh Vann: No. 146 player in the 2018 class
▪ Keveon Mullins: No. 315 player in the 2019 class
SOUTH CAROLINA CLASS OF 2020 COMMITS
Luke Doty, QB (Myrtle Beach HS, SC)
Da’Qon Stewart, ATH, (North Mecklenburg HS, NC)
Tyshawn Wannamaker OL (Calhoun County HS, SC)
Issiah Walker, OL (Norland HS, Fla.)
Mike Wyman, WR, (Greensboro Dudley HS, NC)