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North Carolina linebacker picking up offers, but South Carolina presence still strong

‘Come be the first, not the next,’ Muschamp tells recruits

What Will Muschamp tells the recruits on why they should come play football for South Carolina.
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Clinton, N.C. linebacker Mohamed Kaba picked up recent offers from Nebraska, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Florida, Notre Dame and Virginia. South Carolina and Clemson also are on his offer list with North Carolina, Duke, N.C. State, East Carolina, Wake Forest and Vanderbilt. He visited the Gamecocks in January and he has the Gamecocks in his top five. And he has a return visit planned.

USC linebackers coach Coleman Hutzler is in regular contact with Kaba and he said the conversations are fairly routine at this point.

“Pretty much same thing over and over. We’ve got a good relationship right now,” Kaba said. “ He likes my toughness, my speed. I really like the coaches and facilities. I’m going there next Saturday. I haven’t seen the defense yet. I’m going to watch their practice next Saturday and see everything.”

Kaba said he will visit N.C. State Friday. He has also seen North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee.

As for his top five, Kaba listed USC, North Carolina, Duke, N.C. State and Tennessee in that group. There is no leader at this point. He has set Aug. 26, after his season opening game, for making his commitment announcement.

So, with SEC and ACC teams in his top five, does conference choice made a difference? Kaba said no.

“I just grew up wanting to play football anywhere pretty much.”

He said all five schools are recruiting him with the same effort.

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