Highly recruited defensive end K.J. Henry was in Columbia over the weekend to visit with the Gamecocks.
Henry, of Clemmons, N.C., has already visited Georgia, Virginia Tech and Clemson. He will still visit Alabama on a date to be determined.
“It was another great weekend,” Henry said. “My family had a good time. Putting a win on top of it makes the weekend even better. Obviously they are playing very well.”
Henry has been a recruiting priority of USC head coach Will Muschamp. Henry said he got one-on-one time with Muschamp over the weekend. “Coach Muschamp, the best relationship I have with a head coach is with him. We just built more upon the opportunities that’s being projected to me as far as what South Carolina has to offer. The opportunity to compete, play, to start and to help the program.
"They have great athletes but at the same time they are a very young team so I would be competing with guys a year or two ahead of me.” Henry said he also got more insight into the specific plan Muschamp has in mind for him.
“I’ve known that they would be using me in the “Buck” position, which is their versatile guy, standing up in the 3-4 and in the 4-3 they’d have my hand in the dirt, which is where I see myself being,” he said.
Henry has set Dec. 20 for his announcement.
USC was a late entry into the recruiting sweepstakes for defensive end Jarrett Jackson of West Palm Beach, Fla., so the Gamecocks used the official visit with Jackson over the weekend to try to make up some ground on Louisville, the school to which Jackson has been committed since August.
Jackson said he remains a Cardinal commitment and is continuing with the process, but the Gamecocks gave him something more to consider.
“They were telling me their need for me and how I could come in and make a big impact right away,” he said. “They told me how much they want me and want to develop me for the next level. I think it’s a great program and I think they are going great things. I wouldn’t be shocked to see them in the top four in these next few years.”
Jackson has official visits set with Pitt and Louisville in December. He said he will also take official visits to Florida State and Texas. After his visits he will declare his final decision. Jackson will be an early enrollee.
Also taking an official visit with the Gamecocks over the weekend was defensive back Saivion Smith of Mississippi Gulf Coastal JC. The former LSU cornerback also has visited Alabama officially and has had Ole Miss and Mississippi State on his short list.
Among the players making unofficial visits to USC Saturday were OL Dylan Wonnum of Atlanta; 2019 DL Howard Lee of Baldwin, FL; 2019 DB Quinton Newsome of Suwanee, GA; 2020 LB Antoine Sampah of Woodbridge, VA; 2020 DB Miles Brooks and 2020 DB Fred Davis of Jacksonville, both of whom received offers; 2020 RB Max McClendon, son of former Gator RB Willie McClendon and 2021 QB Ridge Jacobs whose grandfather player at USC, also of Jacksonville.
Clemson did not have any official visits over the weekend for the Florida State game, but the Tigers have several set for this weekend when they play The Citadel. Among the top prospects in for unofficial visits were DB Quindarious Monday of Atlanta; 2019 DE Curtis Fann Jr. of Twin Cities, GA; 2019 LB Drake Thomas of Wake Forest, NC; GA; Florida commit 2019 DL Jaquaze Sorrells of Largo, FL; 2020 RB Kimani Vidal of Atlanta
Defensive back Tyreke Johnson of Jacksonville reaffirmed his plans for an official visit to Clemson this weekend. He has been to Ohio State and UCLA. He plans to announce on Dec. 3.
Clemson offensive line target Cade Mays made an official visit to Ohio State over the weekend. He will visit Clemson this weekend and will also take officials to Tennessee, Georgia and Notre Dame. Mays decommitted from Tennessee last week.
USC target defensive end Dorian Gerald of College of the Canyons JC in California decommitted from Tennessee Sunday. He is scheduled for his USC official visit this weekend when the Gamecocks play Wofford. He also has Tennessee, Louisville and Texas A&M set for visits.
Spring Valley linebacker Channing Tindall remains one of the top uncommitted players in the country. He said the three main schools he’s looking at now are USC, Georgia and Florida and he won’t make his decision until the end of the year.
He did not visit anywhere this past weekend. He took an unofficial visit to Georgia for the USC game.
“I grew up a Georgia fan, not a South Carolina fan, and the coaching staff (at Georgia) is what really impressed me,” Tindall said. “Everything that they said they are going to do, even before the season they have done, and they show proof which is really impressive to me.”
Asked if Georgia is his favorite, Tindall replied, “Just going to have to wait and see what happens."
Defensive lineman Rick Sandidge of Concord, N.C., also stayed home Saturday. He has seen USC play four times this season, twice in Columbia, and has also been to Virginia Tech and Georgia for games. It’s possible he’ll see the Gamecocks for a fifth time for the Clemson game.
Offensive lineman Jerome Carvin of Cordova, Tenn., went to UCLA over the weekend and also has taken officials to Tennessee and Mississippi State. He will visit Memphis this weekend. That leaves one official visit for Carvin and USC offensive line coach Eric Wolford is doing his best to convince him to spend that weekend in Columbia.
“It’s really between them, Indiana and Texas A&M,” Carvin said. “I think they are trying to set it up for Dec. 15. I think a lot of the offensive line commits are coming in that weekend. I hear from them a lot, Coach Wolf. He’s saying they are low on numbers on the offensive line.”
Defensive end Jamarcus Chatman of Rome, Ga., is the latest in a growing line of Tennessee commitments to decide to look around at options. And USC is one of the schools on his interest list. He has been talking to defensive line coach Lance Thompson and they are working on a date for a visit. Chatman said he’s also talking with Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Florida, Syracuse and Baylor this time around.
Defensive back Divaad Wilson of Miami said he’s not heard much from USC since his official visit in late October. Wilson has been committed to Florida and is holding to that right now despite the upheaval in the program. Wilson will take an official visit to Alabama this weekend and to Florida the following weekend.
Clemson is in the final five with defensive back Kelvin Joseph of Baton Rouge. He is a former LSU commitment. The others on his short list are Alabama, Florida State, Georgia and LSU. He is slated for an official visit to Clemson this weekend.
Offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer of Atlanta is down to Clemson and Georgia. He will take his official to Clemson this weekend. Salyer has set Dec. 15 for his announcement.
USC offered 2019 OL Caedan Wallace of Princeton, NJ. He also has offers from Virginia Tech, Virginia, Rutgers, Penn State, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Minnesota, Maryland and Florida State.
The early signing period for college basketball started last Wednesday and ends this Wednesday, and Clemson will sign at least three prospects in 6-7 Hunter Tyson of Monroe, N.C., 6-5 John Newman III of Greensboro, N.C., and 6-11 Trey Jemison of Hoover, Ala.
Jemison was the most recent commitment for the Tigers, making his pledge late last month. He chose Clemson over offers from Georgia Tech, Alabama, Auburn, Harvard, Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt and Texas A&M.
Trey McGowens (6-3), the former Wren High star who reclassified for the 2019 class and enrolled at Hargrave Prep, Va., for this season, took an official visit to Clemson over the weekend. He said the idea of going back into the 2018 class has been discussed with the Tigers, who offered him in late October.
“We’re really just trying to get a better feel for each other to see if it’s the best move for me.” McGowens is being recruited by Brad Brownell as a point guard.
McGowens also holds offers from Kansas State, Wofford, College of Charleston, New Mexico, Rice, Charlotte, Ole Miss, South Florida, VCU, N.C. State and St. John’s. He said he also wants to visit Virginia soon.
There are no public commitments for the USC men at this point. One possibility is 6-10 Kaosi Ezeagu of GTA Prep in Canada. He unofficially visited with his team late last month and USC has been up to see him multiple times.
The USC women landed a commitment from 6-1 Victaria Saxton of Rome, Ga. She’s the eighth-ranked forward in the country by ESPN. She gives Dawn Staley two for the 2018 class, joining 5-6 Destanni Henderson of Lehigh Acres, Fla.