Junior Day Recap
Havelock (N.C.) 2014 four-star running back Derrell Scott has South Carolina at the top of his list.
I spoke with multiple sources inside the program following the junior day event who believe this was easily the best group of prospects South Carolina has ever hosted at a junior day event. There were over 40 players on campus and only about five of those didn’t already have offers before today’s event. That gives you an idea of the head start the staff has gotten on the underclassmen and also speaks to the quality of the players they had in attendance.
I’m told there was a ton of excitement among the players at various points in the day, especially when they were in the locker room trying on jerseys. Coach Spurrier spent a significant amount of time speaking with various recruits and Ray Tanner also spoke to the group as a whole.
The players also broke into position meetings with their potential position coaches, watched highlight tapes and toured the facilities. There haven’t been any commitments as of yet, but it appears the Gamecocks strengthened their positions with several talented players.
One player South Carolina reportedly made a good impression on is Havelock (N.C.) four-star running back Derrell Scott, who is the nation’s top all-purpose back in the nation in the 2014 class. He came into the visit with the Gamecocks on top but his recruiter Brad Lawing recently departed for Florida. Lawing’s replacement, Deke Adams, has taken over Scott’s recruitment and I hear Scott likes Adams’ style. Scott left campus with South Carolina clearly at the top of his list and I’m not sure there’s a close second at this stage.
Adams was also by Havelock last week to see Gamecock commitments Pharoh Cooper and Kendal Vickers. The plan for Vickers remains to same, with Fork Union being his most likely destination.
The same can be said for the Palmetto State’s No. 1 player in the class of 2014 - Gaffney wide receiver Shaq Davidson. At this stage of the process the 6-foot, 180 pounder is all but committed to the Gamecocks and his junior day experience only furthered their lead.
Down to the Wire
Signing day is two days away and South Carolina continues to pursue a handful of prospects. Daphne (Ala.) Bayside Academy three-star linebacker Jonathan Walton has told the staffs from his two finalists what his current plan is, which is to sign with South Carolina. However, he has not made a public announcement and the Auburn staff plans to work him down to the wire to convince him to stay in state. The Gamecock staff will also stay in constant contact with Walton, as unlimited phone calls are permitted between now and Wednesday.
Daphne (Ala.) Bayside Academy linebacker Jonathan Walton is still being wooed by Auburn despite telling their staff he was signing with South Carolina.
Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School four-star linebacker Skai Moore plans a signing day announcement with South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Rutgers as his finalists. While he has played his cards close to the vest as of late, there is still optimism within the Gamecock camp that he will sign with them.
Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic four-star defensive tackle Keith Bryant will likely be a busy man between now and Wednesday afternoon. He’s down to South Carolina, Florida State and Miami, and there has been reason for optimism within all three camps in recent days. The Gamecock staff had the final in-home visit with Bryant and his family, and it went extremely well according to sources. Whether it was enough to seal the deal remains to be seen. This one will go down to the wire and it’s possible he won’t make a true decision until Wednesday, even though he says he already knows where he’s going.
While Florida State sources reportedly still believe Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast linebacker Tyrell Lyons will sign with them on Wednesday, neither Lyons nor his family has made any public comment in recent days. He’s another player the Gamecock staff will stay in touch with over the next couple of days.