It was a productive weekend for South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp and basketball coach Frank Martin.
Muschamp added a pair of commitments to his 2019 class, and Martin added a commitment and a transfer for 2018 and his first commitment for 2019.
Muschamp hosted six targets for official visits over the weekend, including previously committed defensive end Zacch Pickens, and pushed his 2019 class total to 14 with pledges from defensive end Joseph Anderson of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and linebacker Derek Boykins of Concord, N.C.
Anderson, who chose USC over Alabama and Notre Dame, said he does plan to sign and graduate early.
Boykins spent his early years living in Beaufort and the Gamecocks had been his favorite for an extended period. He chose them over offers from Clemson, Texas, A&M, Louisville, Duke, Michigan, Tennessee, N.C. State, North Carolina, Kentucky and others.
Others taking official visits to USC over the weekend were JUCO offensive lineman Anthony Whigan, defensive back Jammie Robinson, defensive end Savion Jackson and defensive lineman Travon Walker.
Robinson said he plans to visit to Michigan, Auburn, Georgia and Kentucky but no dates have been set. He plans to make his decision during his season and he will graduate early. He does not claim a leader from his top five.
Whigan is going into his second season at Lackawanna (Penn.) JC. Whigan does plan more official visits with one to Louisville next weekend and trips to Ole Miss and Penn State in December. Some of his other offers are Nebraska, Cincinnati, Pitt and N.C. State. Whigan will graduate in December and will have three years to play two.
Jackson, a native of Clayton, N.C., said the visit further cemented USC’s spot among his favorites at this point. “I took away a lot from this visit," Jackson said. "It puts them in a strong place with me, a more solid place. This visit really set them apart from some other schools and really made them stand out."
Jackson does not have other visits scheduled at this point. He plans to release a list of his top schools this summer. He has also had Virginia, Oklahoma, N.C. State, Alabama, Duke, Louisville, Ohio State, East Carolina Penn State, Florida, Auburn, Virginia Tech and Tennessee on his list.
Defensive lineman C.J. Clark of New London, N.C., did not make his official visit to USC as scheduled. He said he had to cancel due to family plans but he will reschedule. He has USC, North Carolina, N.C. State, Tennessee and Georgia on his short list.
Martin added his fourth high school recruit to his 2018 class in 6-7 Keyshawn Bryant of Winter Haven, Fla. Scouting reports on Robinson tout his overall athletic ability and high flying attacks on the rim. He averaged 22 points and eight rebounds per game last season. Some of his other reported offers were Georgia, Charlotte, Tulane, Kansas State, Memphis, Wichita State and Florida Gulf Coast. He also was getting interest from Missouri and Ole Miss.
Also joining the 2018 class, but not available to play in 2019, will be 6-4 Jair Bolden who will transfer from George Washington. Bolden took an official visit to USC Friday and Saturday. He also visited Seton Hall and San Diego after deciding to transfer in early April.
Martin landed his first commitment for the 2019 class in 6-2 Trae Hannibal of Hartsville. He made a visit on Thursday, his second visit in May, and decided the next day to move forward with his commitment. He chose the Gamecocks over Oklahoma State and the College of Charleston.
Hannibal averaged 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists per game as a junior.
Defensive back Cam'Ron Kelly of Chesapeake, Va., visited Clemson unofficially over the weekend. He plans to announce his decision Friday with Clemson, Virginia, Oklahoma and Penn State among the strong contenders.
USC receivers coach and offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon scouted WR John Metchie of Hagerstown, Md., this spring and offered him. Metchie is considering the Gamecocks for an official visit. Metchie said right now Alabama and Penn State stand out the most with him and he has set an official visit to Penn State June 8 and one to Alabama June 15. The other schools on his short list are Notre Dame, Michigan, Georgia, Kentucky, Nebraska and Tennessee.
Running back Michel Dukes of First Baptist recently announced he will concentrate on football in college and not pursue basketball as well. As a result, he’s ended his AAU basketball participation for the summer. His latest offer was from Temple, his 13th, and he said Auburn and Duke are new schools showing interest.
Dukes plans to take an unofficial visit to USC this month and also one to Clemson. He also plans to camp at Clemson. He said he does not have a top group and won’t form one until after he takes some visits. Some other offers are Wake Forest, Indiana, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Arkansas, East Carolina, Coastal Carolina and Oregon.
The battle between Clemson and N.C. State, and to a lesser extent a few others, rages on for defensive back Shyheim Battle of Rocky Mount, N.C. The Tigers continue to hold the edge at this point as Battle begins a string of unofficial visits in June. Battle said Tennessee and Virginia Tech currently are 3-4 on his list behind Clemson and NC State. He plans to visit Clemson, North Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio State, Virginia Tech and N.C. State unofficially this summer. He has not scheduled any official visits. Battle will sign in December and will be an early graduate.
Defensive back Dequanteous Watts of Atlanta visited Clemson last week and is hopeful of an offer from the Tigers. His most recent offers were from Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Georgia Southern and Western Kentucky. He also holds offers from Boston College, Virginia, Georgia Tech, West Virginia, Temple and others. He said he’ll take upcoming visits to Ole Miss, Tennessee, Michigan State and Ohio State among others. He’s also been contacted by USC.
Clemson and USC recently joined the offer parade for offensive lineman Hunter Rayburn of Pensacola, Fla. Clemson had earlier offered his teammate offensive lineman Adrian Medley and the two of them plan to visit the Tigers this month. Rayburn said the schools standing out with him at this point are Clemson, Florida, Texas A&M, Auburn, Mississippi State and Central Florida but he said he’s still “pretty much wide open.”
Offensive lineman Warren McClendon of Brunswick, Ga., told Rivals that USC and Georgia are his top two ahead of Florida, Auburn and Tennessee. He will visit all this summer and plans to make a decision early in the season.
Wide receiver Keveon Mullins of Memphis plans to make USC one of his stops this summer according to Rivals. He’s a former Memphis commitment.
Clemson is in the final four with defensive end Ruke Orhorhoro of River Rouge, MI. The others are Michigan, Kentucky and Indiana.
Clemson is in the top five with defensive back Jalyn Phillips of Lawrenceville, Ga. The others are Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Southern Cal.
USC is in the top eight with running back Tahj Gary of Atlanta. The others are Purdue, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Arkansas, North Carolina, Boston College and Kentucky.
Linembacker Spencer Lytle of Bellflower, Calif., said he will visit Clemson again unofficially June 11-12. He first visited in April. He has official visits set with Wisconsin and Notre Dame. He recently was offered by Auburn.
Josiah James (6-6) of Porter-Gaud recently received an offer from Georgetown. The Hoyas join USC, Clemson, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Duke, Michigan State, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Oklahoma on his list.
The Gamecocks and Tigers are doing their best to make sure this national prospect doesn’t leave the state.
“They are having similar messages where they feel he’s a high priority,” said Porter-Gaud coach John Pearson. “They feel like he’s a kid that can come to their school and give a boost to their program, be one of those in-state faithful school kids. They view him as important to the program.”
James has not made any recent visits because of his AAU schedule and his commitment to USA Basketball that could run through June 17th. And Pearson does not expect him to shorten his list until after the July evaluation period.
Brandon Stone (6-11) is continuing with his AAU season through the end of this month after deciding to stay in the 2019 class. USC has been one of his top schools throughout and the Gamecocks remain on the list. His last visit to USC was for the Vanderbilt football game. He has an official visit to Penn State set for September and is also looking at Auburn and USC for visits. Those are his top three at this point.
D.J. Burns (6-9) of York Prep committed to Tennessee over USC.
Michael Marsh (6-8 )of Gray Collegiate committed to S.C. State.