The heartfelt speech Mike Wyman’s mother made before he picked the Gamecocks
South Carolina’s football coaches got a 2-for-1 on wide receiver commitments a few months back.
They’ve known for a while, but the public just learned about it.
Dudley High School (NC) pass catcher Mike Wyman made his pick official on Tuesday, announcing he’d join South Carolina’s class. But he had shared the news with USC coaches Will Muschamp and Bryan McClendon much earlier.
“I told them in person when I went up on a visit to the new facility, right when it opened,” Wyman said. “That’s when I told them, that day.
“Me and (Da’Qon Stewart), we actually committed together on the same day. But I just didn’t announce mine.”
Stewart made his pledge official back on Jan. 19. He’s a three-star receiver from just down the road at North Mecklenburg High outside of Charlotte.
A little fake out
When Wyman first got to the table, he had three wristbands on: one from Oklahoma, one from UNC, one from Georgia.
All those schools had recruited him, and he said he did it just to throw people off a little. He held more than 40 total offers.
Why the pick
Wyman said the family atmosphere set South Carolina apart, a sentiment echoed by his mother, Bonnie Goods.
He noted they’d come in early, one of the first few offers he’d received, and McClendon made an impact building that bond.
“That’s been my dude since Day 1,” Wyman said. “He’s a family man. That’s one of the people that my mom trusts.”
He admitted North Carolina made a push, including under new coach Mack Brown, but that instability and South Carolina’s foundation diminished that pitch.
“I was actually considering the school,” Wyman said. “But the coaching change kind of threw it off. But South Carolina was always in the picture.”
Dudley High School wide receiver Mike Wyman is a quiet enough kid there was a little prodding needed to even get him to have the announcement ceremony held on Tuesday.
He was so soft spoken, he even had to pause for a moment, turning to someone to ask how exactly he should say it. Family, teachers and coaches kept calling him humble, talking about the village that raised him and the “yes sir, no sir,” kind of person he was.
“We always taught Mike to be, look, put people first,” his father, Mike Sr., said. “There’s a domino effect. And then you’ll come about. You’ve just got to take your time, and when it’s you’re day, it’ll come.”