Phil Kornblut

Newly offered receiver could commit soon

Tyshun Samuel
Tyshun Samuel

WR Tyshun Samuel of Chapman could soon be joining USC's 2014 commitment class after receiving an offer from the Gamecocks Saturday.

"I know he's super excited," Chapman coach Mark Hodge said. "I don't know his time frame and I won't be surprised or disappointed if that's what he decides to do (commit to USC). He was flattered. It's a top ten school, you can't do much better than that. He knows some kids down there and the coaches have treated him real nice."

Hodge said it's possible Samuel could make the pledge Saturday while in Columbia for the Clemson game. Or because he's still in the playoffs and he's saddled with some important school work, Samuel may hold off on the final decision for a couple of weeks.

"I'd like for him to get it down before the Shrine Bowl," Hodge said. "He hasn't had the chance to sit down with his family and discuss things. There's a lot coming at him at one time."

USC receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. recently scouted Samuel and once the Panther standout received a qualifying test score, USC decided to make the offer.

"His test score is fine and he'll be core eligible," Hodge said. "His grades are good."

And so are his receiving skills. Though he's missed the equivalent of three games this season with injuries, Samuel still has 52 catches for 927 yards and 12 touchdowns. He's also rushed for 827 yards and 12 scores, has 302 yards on returns and has 4 interceptions with 2 returned for touchdowns. Samuel scored 20 touchdowns last season.

North Carolina is the other school Samuel has had strong interest in, but the Tar Heels have not officially offered. Vanderbilt was another favored program but he's not heard much from there recently.