Thomas Brown expects more from Gamecocks backs, explains philosophy
The running back prospects board at South Carolina grew by two Wednesday with more offers extended by Thomas Brown. One went to former Tennessee commitment Ebony Jackson (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) of Marietta, Georgia. The Gamecocks joined the likes of Alabama, Tennessee, Maryland, Ole Miss and West Virginia on his offer list. They also offered Marvin Scott out of Florida.
The Gamecocks have some work to do to become a major factor in his decision.
“I don’t really know a lot about South Carolina but I have been to one of their games and I loved the experience,” Jackson said. “It was amazing. They have been recruiting me for a little while now but Coach Brown made it official over the phone. He texted me telling me he had good news for me, so I was excited to hear about that, and he said they would like to offer me. They like that I can get out at wide out and make plays, and I can catch the ball out of the back field very well and move very fast for a 6’1 running back. It was nice, though, getting the offer, very nice to add them on my list and I will definitely be looking out for them a lot more.”
Jackson visited Tennessee in early April and committed while on that visit. He decommitted last week. He also has visited Georgia and Georgia Tech thus far this recruiting season and he said he plans to get back to USC. He also said the Alabama offer really stands out with him at this point.
“That’s like a dream,” said Jackson who is the 5A Georgia state champion in the 100 and 200 meters.
The other offer was handed out to Marvin Scott (5-9 203) of Port Orange, FL. Like Jackson, Scott has a multitude of major offers including Alabama, Florida State, Kentucky, Duke, Wake Forest, Boston College, Miami, North Carolina, Michigan, Nebraska, Tennessee, UCF, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
“What I like about South Carolina is it’s a great school and has a great program,” Scott said. “I had a talk with Coach Brown. He is definitely a great person and I feel like I can trust him. He said I would fit into the playing style and offense. He likes my speed, strength and balance.”
Brown has developed a good relationship with Scott to the point he plans to set an official visit with the Gamecocks.
“I think that it’s a great program,” he said. “I will be visiting. I don’t really have any that stand out, they all stand out. I’m hoping to visit South Carolina on an official.”
Scott has visited unofficially Florida, UCF and FIU.