South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp and his staff hosted several prime prospects for a cookout in Columbia this weekend, and besides flipping burgers, Muschamp scored a pair of commitments for his offense: wide receiver Shawn Smith (6-0, 170) of Brunswick, Ga., and running back Kyshaun Bryan (5-10, 190) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The two commitments give USC nine for the 2017 class.
Other offers for Smith include Auburn, Duke, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Kentucky, Mississippi State and West Virginia. Last season, he called Georgia his favorite, but earlier this year he named Miami his leader. He visited there and Georgia this year, and he also went to Alabama for the spring game.
Last season, Smith had 33 catches for 315 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 509 yards and seven touchdowns. He’s the lone receiver commitment in the class now that Stephen Guidry has decommitted.
Bryan also has offers from Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Duke, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Virginia Tech.
Saturday was his second visit to USC in two months after coming in for the junior day in March. He also went to junior days at Miami and Florida State and was at Florida State’s spring game. In fact, he has made three visits each to Miami and Florida State. But Bryan said after his second USC visit, it felt like the right place for him.
“It feels like home honestly,” Bryan said. “Right when I stepped on campus a couple of weeks ago I had that feeling, so I see myself going in there as a freshman competing.”
Last season, Bryan rushed for 646 yards and seven touchdowns. He had 824 rushing yards and seven scores as a sophomore. He’s the first running back to commit to the Gamecocks for 2017. And as for concerns that Bryan might crack under the recruiting pressure from Miami and Florida State, he said not to worry.
“I am fully committed on South Carolina,” he said.
College of Charleston’s Sunday matchup against Hofstra in Hempstead, N.Y., was canceled due to unplayable weather conditions. There is no set plan for rescheduling the game.
The Cougars (30-21, 8-9), who defeated the Pride twice on Saturday, next host Colonial Athletic Association rival Drexel starting Friday for senior weekend at Patriots Point.