Alshon Jeffery is one step closer to making it to South Carolina's campus on time, but the wide receiver from Calhoun County still has work to do before joining the Gamecocks' football team.
Jeffery's standardized test score is now acceptable, sources said Monday, but he still needs an 'A' in an online course to secure his eligibility for the fall.
Jeffery is finishing that course this week, so the Gamecocks should know something by the end of the week. If he scores that 'A', he would be allowed to enroll immediately.
The 6-foot-3 recruit from St. Matthews made big waves when he picked the local USC over the one in Los Angeles. It was the kind of move that South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier wants to see more of from in-state prospects.
Jeffery's choice didn't thrill another school. According to an ESPN report earlier in the year, after learning of his decision, first-year Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin told Jeffery he'd wind up "pumping gas" like other in-state players that wind up at USC.
Kiffin has denied ever saying that, but Jeffery and those in Calhoun County never strongly refuted anything.
Jeffery struggled each time with the SAT to force the need for the additional grade to boost his transcript.
Jeffery had 1,650 combined receiving yards in his junior and senior years. He was the 99th overall prospect in the country, according to Rivals.
He was selected to play in South Carolina's Shrine Bowl and in the national Under Armour All-American Game in Orlando, Fla.
The Gamecocks are already aware of a few other recruits that won't immediately make it to school.
Duane Chisholm, a defensive lineman from Beaufort, will enroll in either a prep school or a junior college.
Rock Hill receiver Charles Holmes will go the junior college route. Columbia safety Chris Payne will go to a prep school for a semester.
Georgia Military offensive linemen Steven Singleton and Kevious Watkins still aren't shoo-ins to qualify, despite coming from a junior college.
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