Phil Kornblut

Key linebacker recruit might not decide for a while, but that could favor Gamecocks

The battle rages on between South Carolina and Auburn for the heart of linebacker Desmond Tisdol of Rochelle, Georgia. Though the month long dead period put a halt to in person contact until late July, the phone calls and text messaging continue as coaches from both sides keep in touch with Tisdol on a daily basis. Right now, it does not appear a decision is imminent, and that might be in the Gamecocks’ favor.

“He told me today his plan is to commit in December and sign then,” Wilcox County coach Rob Stowe said Wednesday night. “The longer this thing goes, the better it is for South Carolina. He said he’s still leaning to Auburn, but says he’s not certain that’s his school. The longer this goes seems to favor South Carolina. Coach Hutzler wants him to official (visit) during their banquet in December. If he’s not committed to Auburn by then, I’d like South Carolina’s chances.”

Stowe said Tisdol has just a few criteria he’s using to measure the schools.

“Close proximity for his family, how he fits in with coaches and players, and the chance to win.”

Tisdol’s seven-on-seven team plays in a tournament Thursday and then next week all is dead in Georgia until after the Fourth when Tisdol will get back to his workouts. His coach said Tisdol hit his max on the squat Tuesday at 500 pounds.


Dorman 6-foot-9 forward PJ Hall said he will visit the Gamecocks on unofficially Thursday. He plans to arrive on campus around 9:30 a.m. His teammate, point guard Myles Tate, took an unofficial visit to USC last week. Wednesday Tate was offered by Butler.
Wren 2021 6-foot-5 guard Bryce McGowens made an unofficial visit to South Carolina on Wednesday.
“The facilities and campus is nice,” McGowens said. “They have not yet offered because they want to build a tight relationship before they do.”
McGowens also has visited Clemson, Xavier, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. His offers include those four along with LSU, Wichita State, TCU, Nebraska, Pitt and St. John’s.