Phil Kornblut

In-state, blue chip lineman sets South Carolina visit for later in the week

Grainger, Hemingway react to Conway’s win over Hartsville

Conway quarterback Darren Grainger and defensive lineman Tonka Hemingway speak after the Tigers moved to 4-0 on the season.
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Conway quarterback Darren Grainger and defensive lineman Tonka Hemingway speak after the Tigers moved to 4-0 on the season.

South Carolina and North Carolina are two of the leading contenders for Conway defensive lineman Tonka Hemingway, and he’s going to see both places this week. He actually was in Chapel Hill on Monday for an unofficial visit with the Tar Heels. And he has set his official visit to USC for this weekend.

Hemingway said he enjoyed the visit to North Carolina and several things about the programming impressed him.

“The coaching staff, the environment, the new things being built and all that,” Hemingway said, adding that he feels a lot of pull from the Tar Heels.

Hemingway said he talked Sunday night with the Gamecocks. His parents will join him on his visit this weekend.

Hemingway said after he takes his official visit to USC, he plans to take an unofficial visit to Vanderbilt on a date to be determined. He also plans to take official visits to Duke, Wake Forest, North Carolina and Vanderbilt.

A silent commit?

Monday night, a tight end prospect looking at South Carolina said he was informed by Gamecocks tight ends coach Bobby Bentley that the Gamecocks had offered another tight end and that player had committed. A second source also said the Gamecocks picked up a tight end commitment.

As of Monday night, there had been no Spurs Up twitter commitment alert from Will Muschamp.

Reggie Grimes, a tight end/defensive end made his official visit to USC last weekend but is not expected to make a decision until later in the year. Florida commit Jaheim Bell, who could poetenitally play the position, was also in for a visit. This weekend tight end Eric Shaw is scheduled for an official visit to USC. Another tight end, Diego Lamonica, had planned an official visit to South Carolina for this weekend but is planning to go to Vanderbilt instead.


South Aiken tight end Jesse Sanders received a preferred walk-on offer from USC Monday night. He was in camp last week.

Gamecocks offensive line target Josh Braun of Live Oak, Florida committed to Georgia. He took an official visit to USC earlier this month.
Byrnes running back Rahjai Harris will be at Georgia Tuesday. He picked up a Tennessee offer over the weekend.