Phil Kornblut

After visit, Gamecocks now the only team that could flip Alabama commit

South Carolina got a little bit tighter with cornerback Jahquez Robinson of Jacksonville, Florida during his official visit over the weekend. Robinson has been an Alabama commitment and he said he remains pledged, but he’s now just down to the Crimson Tide and the Gamecocks. Florida, LSU and Oklahoma were others he had been considering. He said his options now are to stick with Alabama are flip to USC at some point. This visit gave him much more to thing about regarding the Gamecocks.

“Things went pretty well,” Robinson said. “I got to talk to coach Muschamp one-on-one with my family. And also I got to talk to T-Rob (Travaris Robinson) a lot and spend a lot of quality time with him and his family. I got to see the campus again and tour the facilities. Coach Muschamp basically said the same things to me. I can come in and compete early. He gave me the Vernon Hargreave situation when he was at Florida. He was telling that they are in a rebuilding stage and they are getting a couple of high end D-linemen that my dad asked about, so they are going to rush the passer. So, the object now is to be able to come in and be able to compete with the corners they have now, and they’ll probably move Israel (Mukuamu) back to safety, and then a corner spot and the nickel spot will be open. So he said I could come in and compete for a spot right now.”

Robinson and his parents arrived in Columbia around 4 a.m. Saturday morning. They went over to Williams-Brice later in the morning to watch the Florida game. That gave him a chance to watch the secondary and defense closely.

“I feel like they played well for the most part,” Robinson said. “Israel made some pretty big plays and so did Jaycee (Horn). All in all, I think the DBs played pretty well. The defensive line was getting penetration.”

Robinson said he spent the entire weekend talking with the Gamecocks’ Travaris Robinson and he certainly gets the feeling from how the staff has been recruiting him that they want him badly in Columbia.

“Definitely,” he said. “They been sending me like letters every day. I’ve gotten handwritten letters from the whole staff like four times in the past three weeks. They have really been prioritizing me. I was the only one for an official visit this weekend so I got to spend time with the whole staff. They really laid the red carpet out for me and I really appreciate.”

And now, Robinson has his decision down to the Gamecocks and Alabama. A rebuilding situation versus a national championship tradition. The Gamecocks still have work to do.

“Since they came on recruiting me, they’ve always been a top two, top three team for me,” Robinson said. “It’s kind of hard seeing how they don’t win every game, and then see how they are going to fit you into rebuilding. I’m still focused on Alabama but I would say they are definitely top two with me. It’s kind of hard to push over Alabama, especially with my family knowing what Alabama can do for me. I’ve got to talk it over with my family. That’s what it’s going to come down to, how they feel about it.”

Robinson will play his final game of the season this Friday since his team won’t make the playoffs. He plans to visit Alabama again for the LSU game and will also take an official visit with the Crimson Tide. He said from those visits he’ll be able to decide whether to stick with Alabama or go with the Gamecocks.

Notes:

Carrollton, Georgia 2021 right-handed pitcher Samuel Simpson (6-foot-1, 160 pounds) committed to South Carolina on Sunday night. He also plays 3B. He was in for a visit Sunday to watch the Gamecocks scrimmage Georgia Tech. Perfect Game scouted Simpson earlier this year and issued this report: Recorded a 7.05 second 60-yard dash time. Athletic build with a good amount of projection and lots of room to fill out. Primary third baseman who fields out in front and has some carry across. Deeper arm stroke with arm strength recorded up to 85 mph. Accurate across the diamond with light footwork and smoothness to the round. Secondary righthanded pitcher with a high three-quarters arm slot and gains velocity with confidence. Ball comes out of the hand well with an easy arm stroke. Good spin on the slurvy slider and threw it for strikes. Flashed a changeup. Lefthanded hitter with a slightly open stance, high hand set, and a high back elbow. Looseness throughout with quickness to hands. Gets closed at contact and has loft to the swing. Swing projects for power at maturity.

South Carolina defensive end target Reggie Grimes of Brentwood, Tennessee took an official visit to Oklahoma over the weekend. He also has taken official visits to USC, Alabama and Tennessee and is scheduled for Florida State Nov. 2.

Nashville 2021 cornerback Kolby Phillips and 2022 offensive lineman Camron Gann of Powell, Tennessee confirmed they were in for unofficial visits with USC Saturday. Both have USC offers.

South Carolina was the first to offer 2021 offensive lineman Cedrick Nicely (6-foot-4, 305 pounds) of Gainesville, Georgia and 2023 running back Justice Haynes of Alpharetta, Georgia. He’s also a baseball prospect. Both visited for the Florida game.

The Gamecocks on Saturday also offered 2022 RB/QB Emmanuel Henderson of Hartford, Alabama. He was in for the Florida game.

Greenville 2022 6-foot-8 forward Perry Smith Jr. of Legacy Early College visited USC Saturday.

Irmo 2022 point guard Dylan Williams attended South Carolina basketball practice Saturday morning. He has an offer from High Point.

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