Phil Kornblut

Persistence pays off with USC offer for South Aiken athlete

Tancey Richardson
Tancey Richardson

Athlete Tancey Richardson of South Aiken made two unofficial visits to South Carolina last month without landing an offer. But camp visits Saturday and Monday did the trick as Richardson picked up an offer from the Gamecocks on Monday afternoon.

“They liked that I came out hard and focused and ready to compete,” Richardson said. “It’s a big one. Super excited. I went through all my drills hard and did good in one-on-ones and a wide receiver and defensive back.”

Richardson spent most of his time working in the secondary.

“They love me at DB,” he said. Coach Muschamp and Coach T-Rob love me. They are going to recruit me hard.”

Richardson also has major offers from Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Colorado State and Coastal Carolina. The USC offer, however, certainly is a game changer and renews his interest in the Gamecocks.

“You know, that they believed in me after seeing me at Saturday camp to give me another chance, it’s really a blessing,” Richardson said. “It has me thinking a lot but I’m going to wait before I make any commitment and talk with my coaches. I’m not close yet, not yet. I haven’t thought about committing yet.”

Richardson will continue with some camps and visits this summer. He is scheduled to go to Mississippi State June 14 and Kentucky July 11.

News and notes

▪  USC coach Will Muschamp and some of his staff spent Sunday at Jones County Junior College (Miss.) working a satellite camp that included players at Jones and high school prospects from the area. USC DE commitment Javon Kinlaw is going into his first season at Jones and got a chance to show Muschamp how much he’s developed. Also working out for the Gamecocks was DB Javien Hamilton. “It went great I think I impressed them with my abilities.”

▪  USC has offered Jones DB Johnathan Abram, a former cornerback at Georgia who transferred after his freshman season. The Gamecocks offered Abram’s younger brother Aaron on Sunday at the camp. Aaron is an athlete from Hattiesburg, Miss.

▪  Other Jones prospects USC checked out Sunday included LB Cannon Gibbs, DE Tramond Lofton and DE Marques Ford. “They liked what they saw,” Gibbs said. “We have a lot of players that they are interested in. As of right now, they aren’t taking an inside backer from JUCO, but we will keep in touch. I believe they are coming to our second game of the season to see us play.”

▪  DL Neil Farrell of Mobile, Ala., was at USC’s camp over the weekend. “Atmosphere and coaches were great. It was great to be there.” Farrell also has offers from Clemson, Auburn, Kentucky, Michigan, LSU, Florida, Mississippi State and others. He is going to a camp at Alabama Tuesday.

▪  DE Tre Lawson of North Augusta said he continues to favor USC at this point but is not ready to make a final decision and commitment. “I’m probably going to do it going into my senior season so I can focus on football and my grades,” he said. “ I haven’t really been talking to them (USC) as much but we definitely stay in contact. I have a little more thinking to do.” Most recently Lawson said he’s been hearing a good deal from Tennessee and Florida State. He said he will make another visit to USC this summer.

▪  Former USC basketball guard Marcus Stroman said over the weekend he has not decided where he will continue his career. Stroman has two years of eligibility for his next stop.