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Longtime South Carolina commit wants family to ‘fall in love’ with USC on visit

How South Carolina approaches recruiting offensive linemen

South Carolina Gamecocks football offensive line coach Eric Wolford explains the
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Miami offensive lineman Issiah Walker, who now checks in at 6-foot-4, 302 pounds, has been in the South Carolina camp as a commitment for over a year. And while he measures his commitment strength at “90 percent”, he does not foresee his official visit this weekend as the time to make it 100 percent. But he does see it as a chance for his parents to see what he saw in the Gamecocks’ program in his previous two visits.

“This visit is mostly about my parents,” Walker said. “I really want my parents to kind of fall in love with the place. I’ve already seen what I want to see last summer when I went up there. It’s more about my parents right now to see if they have a good relationship with the coaches.”

That relationship with the coaches is something that’s very important to Walker. It’s one of the primary reasons he committed to the Gamecocks when he did. It would take that some kind of comfort level somewhere else for Walker to decide not to stick with his commitment.

“I’d have to feel really comfortable at a school,” he said. “That’s one thing with South Carolina, I feel comfortable at that school. That’s really why I committed. I really love the school and I feel comfortable with the coaches and the school. If another school has that, then maybe, but other that, no school has gotten to that point.”

Walker said USC offensive line coach Eric Wolford was down to see him during spring practice and he’s been in regular contact with him, plus he also hears from Will Muschamp.

Walker has no other official visits set at this point but he plans to set one with LSU. He said Miami, Florida, Florida State, Penn State and Kentucky are others hot after him. He wants to take other official visits and said he won’t finalize a decision until after his senior season.

Notes:

Woodbridge, Virginia offensive guard Vershon Lee has set an official visit with USC for June 7 according to a story published by 247Sports. He also set a visit with Pitt for June 14.

Miami defensive end commitment Tre’von Riggins of St. Petersburg will visit USC unofficially June 7. That’s one start on a week long trip that will also include stops to Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Florida State.

USC offered 2021 linebacker Branden Jennings of Jacksonville, Florida.
The Gamecocks offered 2021 offensive lineman Tanner Bivins of Norcross, Ga.
Tallahassee tight end Sage Ennis visited Florida State again Wednesday and plans to be back for another visit there next week. Also next week he will attend a Clemson camp hoping to land an offer from the Tigers. He has been to Clemson unofficially. He also has a USC offer and visited there in January. Ennis plans a decision soon.
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