South Carolina quarterback commitment Brandon McIlwain of Newtown, Pennsylvania, is not considering abandoning the ship. If anything, he’s more solid with the Gamecocks than ever before.
McIlwain said he’s looking at making his official visit with the Gamecocks for the Clemson weekend and that it will be his only official visit. McIlwain is, of course, keeping a close watch on his future team and is a little more forgiving than some fans.
“It’s tough when your guy can’t stay healthy and you’re switching quarterbacks,” McIlwain said. “It’s hard to get in a true rhythm. But I think they are figuring stuff out.”
McIlwain remains confident that Steve Spurrier has not lost his offensive touch and will have the Gamecocks offense humming once again this season.
“I have no doubts,” he said. “Coach Spurrier is such an awesome offensive mind. He’s known for that. And the recruiting class they are building, we’re going to have some amazing athletes, so we’ll be good.”
McIlwain said he’s been in touch with a few of the Gamecocks’ recruiting targets like Pete Leota, John Simpson and Kelvin Harmon. McIlwain also is a pro baseball prospect. He had said he would enroll at USC in January, thus taking himself out of the 2016 baseball draft. But right now, he’s not 100 percent certain he will enroll early.
“I have the potential to have all my credits done, but I’m still going to talk it over with my family to make sure it’s the best decision for all of us,” McIlwain said. “It’s not a definite (enrolling early), but I’m pretty sure.”
McIlwain reiterated that he is planning to enroll at USC to play both football and baseball.
Leota, a 6-5, 307-pound offensive lineman from Asheville, North Carolina, announced Thursday a commitment to USC, choosing the Gamecocks over Virginia Tech.
“It’s because it’s in the SEC,” Leota said. “Because of the coaches. I felt at home when I was down there.”
Leota also had offers from North Carolina, Virginia, Boston College, Wake Forest and East Carolina. Leota is USC’s 16th commitment for the 2016 class and the fourth offensive lineman.
In other recruiting news:
Defensive end Jachai Polite of Daytona Beach, Florida, has not taken any unofficial visits for games yet but said he plans to visit USC, Tennessee, Miami, Auburn and Florida. Polite said USC recruiter Steve Spurrier Jr. is in touch daily with messages and is recruiting him hard.
Polite has never been to USC, but he has seen Miami and Florida in the past. He said Miami is also making a strong push for him, as are all the schools on his short list. He doesn’t have a favorite and won’t make a decision until after the season.
Wide receiver Diondre Overton of Greensboro, North Carolina, remains a highly coveted prospect by Clemson and several others. He has been to N.C. State and East Carolina for games and plans to take several other unofficial visits this season, including one to Clemson for the Notre Dame game Oct. 3. He’s also going back to Tennessee for a game at some point. Overton has not set any official visits and is waiting to see if he gets any more offers that interest him. If not, he’ll set them with his top five of Clemson, Tennessee, North Carolina, N.C. State and Nebraska.
Former Clemson commitment, linebacker Rahshaun Smith, has set an official visit to Oregon for this week.
Athlete Stephen Davis Jr. of Dutch Fork went back onto the recruiting market earlier this month with his decommitment from Auburn. He is now focused on five schools — Auburn, Clemson, USC, Florida State and Georgia, with no current favorite.
Former Byrnes defensive back DJ Henderson of Dodge City (Kansas) JC was offered last week by Tennessee. He also has offers from Utah State, Colorado State, UAB and North Texas.
Emerald defensive back KJ Chamberlain committed to Appalachian State last week.
USC 2017 QB target Jake Fromm of Warner Robins, Georgia, visited Alabama on Saturday. He was at USC for the Kentucky game.
2017 QB Chase Brice of Loganville, Georgia, plans to make a return trip to Clemson for the Notre Dame game. He was at Georgia on Saturday and recently visited Michigan State. He’s also planning to visit Kentucky, Alabama and Florida State this season.
2018 LB Xavier Thomas of Wilson visited USC for the Kentucky game. He plans to attend the Notre Dame at Clemson game and then will re-evaluate his favorites list.
USC coaches Frank Martin and Matt Figger met with 6-10 center Sedee Keita of Philadelphia last week at his school in Putnam, Connecticut, and were able to get the big man scheduled for an official visit for next month.
“They told me I’m a good fit and want me to take an official,” Keita said. “Coach Martin talked to me about having coached Michael Beasley and the big men he’s coached at South Carolina.” Keita has been to USC before attending some football games last year while living in Greenville. He also plans to take official visits to Providence and Temple. He’s not sure when he’ll make his decision.
Santee native and former Lake Marion two-sport standout 6-6 De’Riante Jenkins, who now attends Hargrave Prep, Virginia, abruptly ended his recruiting Saturday with a commitment to VCU, according to multiple reports. Jenkins took official visits to VCU and Tennessee earlier this month. He was scheduled to visit Rutgers next weekend and Clemson on Oct. 3. Jenkins also considered USC, LSU and Georgia Tech.