Phil Kornblut

Miami tight end feeling he’s No. 1 player on Gamecocks’ board

South Carolina has offered several tight end prospects in the 2020 class and one the Gamecocks are pushing hard for is Diego Lamonica (6-foot-5, 227 pounds) of Miami. Lamonica, whose mother is a former Gamecock cheerleader, has set his first official visit and it will be to USC on June 15. The Gamecocks offered Lamonica in April and Gamecock tight ends coach Bobby Bentley, who has been his recruiter, has made a strong argument for him to join him in Columbia.

“I’m the number one tight end on their board and they are very interested and can’t wait to get me up there,” Lamonica said. “I want to see it it’s a place where I could see myself for three or four years. And I want to interact with the coaches and stuff like that.”

Lamonica has not set any other official visits at this point. However, he will be at Clemson for a camp June 4-6. This will be his third visit to Clemson, the last one coming for the spring game. The Tigers haven’t offered but are very interested, and the camp will be an opportunity to earn an offer from tight ends coach and recruiter Danny Pearman.

“He’s been telling me to get ready for the camp,” Lamonica said. He also plans to go to a camp at LSU this summer.

Lamonica recently added offers from Maryland, Georgia Tech and UNLV. Some of his other offers are Oregon, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Virginia, UCF, Syracuse, Indiana and South Florida. He said 6-7 schools are sticking out in his mind but he’s not ready to publicize a short list at this point.

He does not have a timeline for a decision and he will not graduate early.

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