South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp had a super recruiting weekend and he’s hoping to carry that momentum over to this week with the final two prospects on his board.
Muschamp literally beefed up his offensive line for 2018 and ’19 with commitments from a pair of heavily recruited prospects — Dylan Wonnum (6-5, 290) of Tucker, Ga., for the 2018 class; and Vincent Murphy (6-4, 260) of Fort Lauderdale for the 2019 class.
Wonnum will join his brother, rising redshirt junior defensive end DJ Wonnum, with the Gamecocks this season. He chose USC over Tennessee and Auburn and should see early playing time.
“He’s very talented,” said Tucker coach Bryan Lamar. “He can be very physical and nasty. He’s very athletic and loves to get out and run. And he comes off the ball well. He loves to win against the guy on the other side of the ball. He’s got some of that dog in him.”
Murphy visited USC for the junior day in January and returned Saturday for another visit during which he made his commitment. He chose the Gamecocks over offers from Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Georgia Tech, Texas and others.
Muschamp also added to his 2019 class last week wide receiver Jamario Holley (5-10, 165) of Northwestern. He had 75 catches for 1178 yards and 18 touchdowns last season.
“He has the ability to catch the ball wherever it’s thrown,” said Northwestern coach James Martin said. “It doesn’t matter. His hands are awesome. And he has the ability to get open in one on one situations.”
USC has 23 signees and commitments for 2018 heading into Wednesday, which is National Signing Day. USC's class is ranked 17th by ESPN, 18th by Rivals and 19th in the 247Sports composite ranking.
USC lost a commitment from the class last week when OL LaMarius Benson of Covington, Ga., decommitted and committed to Central Florida the next day.
“It’s all a business, I ain’t mad at nobody,” Benson said. “It’s a lot of stuff behind what made me decommit. A person would not just decommit for no reason but I want to keep that on the down low. I didn’t feel wanted by South Carolina.”
Muschamp’s remaining targets are DL John Mincey of Homerville, Ga., and DL Rick Sandidge of Concord, N.C. USC coaches Lance Thompson and Travaris Robinson saw Mincey on Friday and he talked on the phone with Muschamp. He is choosing between the Gamecocks and Tennessee.
Clinch County High assistant coach Don Tison, who has worked closely with Mincey on recruiting, said USC would be a good place for him.
“I feel like South Carolina is very much like south Georgia. I think Muschamp and his staff are going to recruit a lot of the same type of kids that are real similar to John, the small town, south Georgia, country, quiet, not big city kids,” Tison said. “I just feel like John would thrive in that environment more than he would in other environments. Feel like he fits in there but it’s his decision and I’ll support him wherever he goes.”
Saturday afternoon Muschamp and his defensive assistants got the final home visit with Sandidge. He is down to the Gamecocks and Georgia. Kirby Smart and assistants were in earlier in the week.
Concord coach Glenn Padgett said his star is facing a tough decision. “For Georgia, one, they played for the national championship, they do a good job and they have really built that program. At the same time, you look at South Carolina and they are appealing because they’ve built their program, and he feels like he’s really a priority for then, he’s a focal point for them. I think that’s true, too."
Sandidge will announce Wednesday at 1:45 p.m.
WR Warren Thompson of Seffner, Fla., last week committed to Florida State over USC.
Clemson goes into signing week with a chance to make some noise of its own. The Tigers are hoping to sign WR Justyn Ross of Phenix City, Ala., OL Richard Gouraige of Tampa, DB Trevon Flowers of Tucker, Ga., DB Mario Goodrich of Lees Summit, Missourie, DB Leon O’Neal of Cypress Springs, Tex., and DB Patrick Surtain of Plantation, Fla.
Ross is down to Clemson, Auburn and Alabama. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney made his in-home visit last week hoping to convince Ross he can be the next great receiver in the Tigers’ offense. But, Alabama and Auburn have been making their own similar arguments.
“We do have two great programs in-state but everybody is different,” said Central High coach Jamey Dubose. “Jameis Winston was one of the last to leave the state. It comes down to a family decision and where they feel comfortable.”
Ross will announce Wednesday on ESPN2 at 1:15 p.m.
Gouraige has been a Florida commitment but he took an official visit to Auburn over the weekend. He visited Clemson, Ole Miss and Florida last month. He will choose from the Tigers, Florida and Auburn on Wednesday at 2:45 p.m.
Flowers made an official visit to Clemson Thursday and Friday and one to Tennessee over the weekend. He’s also considering Kentucky with which he signed a baseball letter of intent in November but was later released from that. Flowers is a middle infielder for baseball and a safety for football.
Goodrich is a former Nebraska commitment but is choosing from Clemson, Georgia and LSU. He took his official visit to Clemson the last weekend in January and Swinney was in last Monday for his in home.
“He’ll fit in good with everything they want to do,” said his assistant coach, Limbo Parks. “He’s confident he can play in it. He liked everything about Coach Venables and Coach Reed.” Georgia got the last in-person visit on Thursday. He plans to announce his choice Wednesday morning.
Surtain is considered a long shot for the Tigers. He took an official visit to Miami over the weekend. He also visited Clemson, Ohio State, LSU and Alabama. He will announce Wednesday at 10 a.m. on ESPNU.
Clemson has tried to get back in the picture with LB Dax Hollifield of Shelby, N.C. The Tigers were his first offer but later moved on from him and he has been focused on Virginia Tech, Stanford and North Carolina.
Clemson also offered a grayshirt opportunity to Conway LB Jaylen Moody. He took an official visit to Alabama over the weekend and has also visited Arkansas, Ole Miss and Georgia State.
Clemson has 15 players in its 2018 class. All signed in December and enrolled in January. The class is ranked 6th by ESPN, 8th in the 247Sports composite ranking and 14th by Rivals.
DB Von Ramsey of Greenwood and DE Palmer Story of Daniel committed to The Citadel.
Rock Hill OL Devin Cannon committed to Catawba College.
QB Savion Watson of Chesterfield, DE Chance Miller of Northwestern, Conway DL Malik Morant and Newberry High RB Amir Abrams committed to Newberry.
Newberry High QB Tyriq Goodman committed to Coastal Carolina.
Emerald RB/DB Treshawn Chamberlain committed to Rice.
Spartanburg LB Connor Shugart committed to North Greenville. He had considered a preferred walk-on offer from USC.