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He’s committed to an SEC school. After official visit, ‘South Carolina at the top’

‘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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What Will Muschamp tells the recruits on why they should come play football for South Carolina.

Wide receiver Ze’Vian Capers of Alpharetta, Georgia, committed to Arkansas in February but has kept an open relationship with other programs, including South Carolina.

Over the weekend Capers took an official visit with the Gamecocks along with his parents and two siblings. He has not renounced his commitment to Arkansas but said Sunday night the visit with the Gamecocks was good enough to move them back to the front of his list.

“I’ve always felt that family environment in Columbia, and I got that feeling again,” Capers said. “Coach [Will] Muschamp and coach [Bryan] McClendon treat me like I’m already on campus. They treat me like I’m one of the players already on the team. We enjoyed ourselves very much. It kind of opened up my eyes a little bit because South Carolina has always been that top school. This visit opened up my eyes and I saw that South Carolina could be a future home for me and my family. As of right now, I would put South Carolina at the top right, number one, as of right now.”

This was Capers’ fourth visit to USC since September. He’s gotten a good education from McClendon on how he would be used in the offense and he’s convinced he would flourish.

“Coach McClendon told me that I’m a guy that’s very versatile and he can put me in multiple positions and create matchups. That’s what he really likes about my game,” Capers said.  “He said I will be lethal in their offense.”

Capers said he plans more official visits to Tennessee and Arkansas and other unofficial visits to USC, Florida and Georgia. No dates have been set. He’s expecting McClendon to visit him Wednesday or Thursday to take in a spring practice.

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