Phil Kornblut

‘South Carolina is a great place’: O-line target updates recruiting timeline

Offensive lineman Kobe Baynes of Jacksonville, Florida, took an official visit to South Carolina in April, and that led to an offer from the Gamecocks.

USC offensive line coach Eric Wilford likes Baynes as a guard and a center, and he has Baynes on speed dial.

“Me and Coach Wolf have been talking on the phone a lot,” Baynes said. “Me and Coach Muschamp, we’ve also been talking too. They just keep reassuring me that South Carolina is a great place. From my perspective, I’ve seen that. South Carolina is a great place. The coaches there all have experience. It’s a great place.”

Baynes is in the final stages of his high school’s spring practices, with the spring game next week. He said Wolford has been by his school but he wasn’t there and didn’t see him on that visit. He has met with coaches from Florida State and LSU.

Baynes said he’s not added any offers. Others on his list are Florida State, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Boston College, Cincinnati and Virginia Tech. He also has not scheduled any more visits but does plan to return to USC for a game this season.

Baynes said he’d like to make his decision within two months. Though he’s not claiming a favorite, he said USC sits in a good place with him. He said he hears regularly from Gamecock quarterback commitment Luke Doty.


Basketball prospect Terrance Williams (6-6) of Washington, DC, cut his list to a final seven of USC, NC State, DePaul, Virginia, Stanford, Georgetown and Notre Dame.

USC offered 2021 TE Nick Elksnis (6-5 220) of Jacksonville.

Conway DL and USC target Tonka Hemingway was offered by Vanderbilt.

USC offered 2022 CB Marquis Killebrew of Snellville, Georgia.

USC LB target Desmond Tisdol of Rochelle, Georgia, was offered by Georgia Tech.

USC DE target Reggie Grimes was offered by Nebraska.

Cheraw WR Jalen Coit was offered by Louisville.