Phil Kornblut

What former Tennessee wide receiver commit is hearing from the Gamecocks

Highlights from Rock Hill’s blowout of Hough in WRHI Football City USA Kickoff

Rock Hill put 38 points on Hough in the second scrimmage of the WRHI Football City USA Kickoff on Aug. 11, 2017 in Rock Hill.
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Rock Hill put 38 points on Hough in the second scrimmage of the WRHI Football City USA Kickoff on Aug. 11, 2017 in Rock Hill.
Wide receiver Antonio Barber, the former Rock Hill standout who now lives in Cornelius, N.C., has seen recruiters from several programs come by to check out his spring practice. Alabama and Oregon were in Monday. Last week it was Texas A&M, Duke, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, West Virginia, Illinois and Cincinnati.


Barber said he heard from South Carolina recruiter Bobby Bentley on Monday and he’s expecting him to visit this week. Barber decommitted from Tennessee in March and USC was one of the programs to get back in touch with him. The Gamecocks have not yet formally offered but Barber said there is interest based on what he was hearing from Bentley.


“He was saying that Coach BMac (Bryan McClendon) loves you, Coach (Will) Muschamp, he loves you,” Barber said. It’s at the point now that they want to see if they have a chance in the race. Our relationship kind of fell off and they just want to know if they are going to have a shot.”



Barber said the Gamecocks will have a shot if they offer, and an offer would lead to an official visit.



“With the bloodline I have there and all the connections I have there, I’m pretty sure, as soon as they offer, I’ll probably take my official there,” he said. His family members who played at USC include Jadeveon Clowney, Tony Watkins and the Dixons of Rock Hill.



Barber plans an official visit to Syracuse in late July. He’s also planning one with NC State and is talking with Ole Miss regarding an official visit as well. He plans to release a top five the end of May and have a decision in August.
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