Phil Kornblut

In-state defensive lineman seeing the family, off-field aspects of Gamecocks football

Hillcrest 2021 defensive end Aces Scott (6-foot-4 185) attended South Carolina recruiting event Saturday. Scott is just getting started in the recruiting process so the visit allowed him to get a feel for what’s ahead for him as more schools become interested. And he liked what he saw with the Gamecocks and how they interacted with him.

“First thing is that USC’s got something bigger than football going on, it’s more like a family thing,” Scott said. They just don’t prepare you for football, they make sure that your going to be a great person outside of football. USC is a great school and the visit was great. I got to meet the head coach and some other coaches along with some of the great players they have here.”

Scott said this first visit for him with USC was more of a get to know you exercise and less about recruiting and a possible offer.

“Is was just the basics, how they do their recruiting, what they are looking for in a player, the everyday schedule for the players and a little bit more about the school and the programs they have here.”

Scott said USC coaches plan to scout him next month during his spring practices.


The Gamecocks offered 2021 offensive lineman Jaleel Davis (6-foot-5, 297 pounds) of Rockingham, N.C. That’s his first reported offer. He visited USC Saturday.

USC offered 2023 RB/LB Tony Mitchell of Huntsville, Alabama.

Hoganville, Georgia tailback Tank Bigsby made another unofficial visit to South Carolina on Saturday.

Atlanta defensive back Rashad Battle of Atlanta visited South Carolina on Saturday.

Kernersville, North Carolina 2021 defensive end Jahvaree Ritzie visited South Carolina on Saturday.
Kernersville, North Carolina 2021 linebacker Raneiria Dillworth visited USC on Saturday.

Fort Valley, Georgia 2021 offensive lineman Terrence Ferguson visited the Gamecocks on Saturday.
The Gamecocks offered offensive lineman Kobe Baynes (6-foot-4, 272 pounds) of Jacksonville. Among his other offers are Florida State, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati and Boston College. He recently visited Virginia Tech, Ole Miss and UCF.
Alabama offered USC target 6-foot-5 Earl Timberlake of Washington, DC according to Stockrisers.