South Carolina made some noise on signing day last week with the addition of two major targets to the 2019 signing class.
The Gamecocks added defensive lineman Jaquaze Sorrells of Winter Park, Fla., and safety Jammie Robinson of Leesburg, Ga., on Wednesday, beating strong competition for both to wrap up at consensus top 20 class with 23 signees.
One longtime commitment, defensive lineman Jahkeem Green of Sumter and Highland (Kan.) Junior College, did not sign last week because he still has academic work to complete. If he improves his academic status enough, it’s possible Green could join the Gamecocks in August.
Clemson missed on its top signing day target in running back Jerrion Ealy of Jackson, Miss/, but did add Dorman offensive lineman Mason Trotter as a grayshirt. The Tigers have 29 in a class that finished as a consensus top 10 in the rankings.
Here’s the latest grades for Clemson's and USC's 2019 classes by the major recruiting networks:
Rivals — Clemson 9, USC 17
ESPN — Clemson 10, USC 17
247Sports — Clemson 10, USC 18
Want a look ahead to the 2020 class and current rankings? The 247 composite currently has Clemson at No. 5 and USC at No. 18.
USC target offensive lineman Avery Jernigan of Blackshear, Ga., committed to Auburn. He visited USC for the junior day in January. Another USC target, wide receiver Ze’Vian Capers of Alpharetta, Ga., committed to Arkansas.
USC offered defensive back Art Green of St. Louis and Hutchinson JC. As a freshman last season he had six interceptions. He also was offered by Houston.
USC also offered offensive lineman Blake Hundley of Clarksville, Tenn., and cornerback Rashad Battle of Fairburn, Ga.
For the 2021 class, USC offered wide receiver Semaj James of Tallahassee and offensive lineman Colby Smith of Wentworth, N.C.
Offensive lineman Briggs Kearse of Barnwell was offered by Georgia State. He plans to visit Wofford, Georgia State and Furman this month. Clemson and USC were by his school to check on him. He plans to visit Clemson later this month or in March.
Hammond defensive end Jordan Burch was offered by Alabama football, according to his AAU basketball coach.
Defensive back Brandon Higgs of Hillcrest picked up his first offer from Miami of Ohio.
USC offensive line coach Eric Wolford sees an opportunity to grab a big offensive tackle in Jazston Turnetine (6-8, 340) of Ellenwood, Ga. and Hutchinson JC. Wolford and the Gamecocks are the first offer for Turnetine.
Turnetine said he is on track to graduate in December and he’ll have three years to play two at the next level. He said USC would be a fine place to do that.
“I’d love to go there,” Turnetine said. "They need a tackle. I can live in a comfortable place. The coaching staff is great."
Hammond School defensive tackle Alex Huntley doesn’t plan to make a decision until sometime during his senior season. Between now and then, he plans to make some more visits. He has been to USC and Georgia and will be going to a junior day at Oklahoma.
Huntley was at USC last month for their big junior day gathering. He toured the new operations building and liked it all.
“What really stood out to me was how crazy that weight room was. It was a really nice weight room,” Huntley said. “That’s my home away from home. If I’m not at home, I’m at school or the weight room.”
Offensive lineman Seth McLaughlin of Buford, Ga., has set his focus on five schools: Clemson, USC, Alabama, Oklahoma and Michigan. He has taken recent unofficial visits to Oklahoma and Alabama and plans to get to the others again.
Muschamp sees a recruiting footprint that is growing for his program. South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina always will be the base, but in 2019 Muschamp pulled a quarterback from California and a cornerback from Texas. Muschamp is eyeing a 2021 linebacker from Honolulu in Mason Tufaga. The Gamecocks offered last week, the first program east of the Rockies to do so.
“To be real honest with you, I know nothing about South Carolina,” Tufaga said. “But what stands out most to me is coach Hutzler (linebacker coach). He sees something in me and believes that I can get the job done all though he hasn’t seen me in person.”
Tufaga also has offers from Hawaii, Oregon, Oregon State, Southern Cal and Utah. It’s early in the process for Tufaga and South Carolina is a long way from home, but he’s by no means discounting that offer. “I take all offers into consideration, whatever benefits my family and my future,” he said. ” For sure, I’m going to keep all my options open.”
Defensive end Bryan Bresee of Damascus, Md., was back at Clemson in late January for a second look at the Tigers. His first visit was for the USC game in November.
Bresee is regarded by some as the top player in the 2020 class and the chance to join the national champions is a strong lure. He is also being recruited by Alabama, Georgia, Penn State and Ohio State.
One other in-state signing of note last week was S.C. State getting former Dillon quarterback Avery McCall. McCall is the only quarterback in state history to win four state championships. He began his college career at Coastal Carolina before transferring to Highland JC, where last season he passed for 1,176 yards and 11 touchdowns with 4 interceptions.