Phil Kornblut

Newberry’s Yafari Werts awaits word from Gamecocks

Newberry standout Yafari Werts visited South Carolina last weekend.
Newberry standout Yafari Werts visited South Carolina last weekend. Special to the State

Shrine Bowl athlete Yafari Werts of Newberry made an official visit to South Carolina last weekend.

He would have liked for the Gamecocks to offer him then so he could have clarity from their standpoint, but Will Muschamp wasn’t ready to do so.

Werts is committed to Georgia Southern and will visit North Carolina this weekend, but an offer from the Gamecocks could be a game-changer for him. He hopes to know on that, one way or the other, by Wednesday.

“I liked it. I got a good vibe from the coaches,” Werts said. “My mom liked it, especially it being close to home. I talked a lot to Coach Elliott and Coach McClendon and T-Rob (Travaris Robinson). Coach Muschamp said he has to honor some of the other scholarships of the past staff but should let me know something by Wednesday.”

A USC offer would be exciting for Werts, but he doesn’t think he would jump right up and commit.

“That’s the thing, I might give it a day or two to think it over,” he said. “I don’t want to be just another guy on the roster. I’m willing to redshirt, but I want the ball in my hands. If that’s not something they see in me, then Carolina’s not the place for me.”

Georgia Southern was in his home Monday night, and Appalachian State is coming in on Tuesday. Werts said he remains committed to Georgia Southern.