Phil Kornblut

Receiver’s first official visit is to USC. He leaves with Gamecocks among top schools

Wide receiver Deajaun McDougle of Deerfield Beach, Florida, took his first official visit over the weekend to South Carolina, and the Gamecocks further cemented their place in his mind as one of his top schools.

McDougle (5-10, 175) already had USC on his short list with Ohio State, Purdue, Oregon and Maryland. He wants to take more official visits, but this one gave him something to compare everyone else with.

“It went great,” McDougle said. “The atmosphere and the guys and the teammates — everybody was real with me 100 percent, me and my family.”

McDougle had the chance to talk with Will Muschamp and Bryan McClendon about their plans for him should he choose USC, and the point made was that he has a chance to catch passes with the Gamecocks.

“They told me I would have a chance to play,” McDougle said. “I told them I wanted to come in and make an impact, and they said I had a good chance for that. That’s exactly what me and my family are looking for in a school, for me to come in and play. I believe I can play anywhere I go. I don’t feel that I have to wait and play, though I still want to learn.”

McDougle said he left things with Muschamp and McClendon in a positive light in terms of where the Gamecocks stand with him after the visit.

“They will definitely be in my top five when I come out with one,” he said. “I have to take my four other official visits and see how that goes.” He has not yet decided on his other official visits.

Last season McDougle had 65 catches for 856 yards and 8 touchdowns.

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