Phil Kornblut

After losing out on NC defensive end, Gamecocks turn to Greenback, Tenn. pass rusher

‘Come be the first, not the next,’ Muschamp tells recruits

What Will Muschamp tells the recruits on why they should come play football for South Carolina.
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What Will Muschamp tells the recruits on why they should come play football for South Carolina.

South Carolina missed earlier this week on top defensive end target Myles Murphy of Greensboro, North Carolina, but another of the Gamecocks’ top targets at defensive end, Derrell Bailey (6-5 246) of Greenback, Tennessee, has set a visit for later this month. And he plans to make his decision a few days after that visit.

Bailey is a heavily offered prospect with more than 33 offers to his credit. USC made its offer in May. Since then, Bailey said he’s talked with head coach Will Muschamp and defensive line coach John Scott.

“I’ve only talked to him (Muschamp) like twice, and he just said he likes my burst and and how long I am and all that,” Bailey said. At this point, he’s not sure which defensive end position he would play at USC.

This will be his first visit to USC. He has visited Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Kentucky, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Liberty and Virginia. As he makes the visit to USC and compares it to others, Bailey has a simple approach to deciding on a school.

“Just something that feels like home,” Bailey said.

Aiding USC in that category is the presence of freshman defensive end Joseph Anderson. Bailey and Anderson are close friends, and its primarily because of Anderson that Bailey had interest in the Gamecocks and reached out to them in the spring. The Gamecocks followed up and Scott checked up on him with a school visit and soon after the offer came.

It won’t take long for Bailey to make a decision following the USC visit. He said he plans to announce once between July 27 and the first of August. So, does the fact he’s visiting the Gamecocks so close to his decision work in their favor?

“It’s a good chance,” Bailey said. “I feel pretty good about them.”

Bailey, who had 188 tackles and 14 sacks last season, will be joined on the visit by his coach.

In early June, Bailey published a top 12 of USC, Mississippi State, Oregon, LSU, Florida, Georgia Tech, Cincinnati, Virginia Tech, Purdue, Oklahoma, Virginia and Arkansas.

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