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Crootin’ Notebook: South Carolina hosts their last recruiting weekend of the summer

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The latest Gamecocks football recruiting news, including a look at the prospects who will be in Columbia for Will Muschamp’s last showing of the summer.

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In their last big recruiting event of the summer, Will Muschamp and the rest of South Carolina Gamecocks football staff will be aiming to leave lasting impressions on a number of high-profile prospects.

The Friday festivities are already underway, with the coaches leading recruits through drills in an intense camp setting. Saturday will be a little more relaxed at the SpursUp cookout, which is meant to simply be a day of fun and relationship building between prospects, commits and players.

Key attendees

Some of the bigger names visiting Columbia this weekend are linebackers Dax Hollifield and Channing Tindall, wide-receiver Josh Vann and defensive tackle Rick Sandidge. All are top priorities for the current class.

Vann’s visit is of especial importance, as this will likely be his final college visit before he makes a decision sometime in August. He has been back and forth between South Carolina and Georgia for a while now and will have been on both campuses three times after this weekend. He seems to have a pattern of leaving each campus with that team leading, so USC may have lucked out getting the last visit.

The Gamecocks will also be hoping to make a strong impression on safety Israel Mukuamu. The three-star prospect is scheduled to decide on July 24th between Florida State, Indiana, Oklahoma and USC. Right now it’s everyone chasing FSU, but a lot tends to change when recruits get on campus. It’s fitting that South Carolina will have the last opportunity to sway Mukuamu, as they were the first to offer him last summer.

A few other attendees worth mentioning are three-star defensive backs Steven Gilmore and Bryce Thompson, three-star defensive end Kingsley Enagbare and four-star defensive tackle Jordan Davis. Gilmore and Thompson are both USC-leans who will be announcing in the next two months. Enagbare and Davis are two guys the Gamecocks are on the fringes with right now, but I could see the staff making a stronger push for them in the coming months.

From the class of 2019, running back Kendrell Flowers, wide receiver Jamario Holley, defensive end Zacch Pickens, offensive guard Keiondre Jones and athlete J.R. Walker are a few names to keep an eye on. Flowers is an Irmo product whose name I keep seeing brought up as a potential national prospect, while Pickens and Holley are already two of the top players in South Carolina at their respective positions.

Notable absentees

4-star cornerback Jaycee Horn and 4-star offensive tackle Dylan Wonnum are two recruits Muschamp would have undoubtedly liked to get to Columbia.

Horn is visiting Tennessee this weekend to check out campus. There were some rumors that he would also make it Alabama, but those turned out to be untrue. It’s unclear why Wonnum was not able to attend, but he gets to Columbia fairly often to visit his brother Dennis. He’s also expected to take some official visits and South Carolina should be one of them.

Commit watch

We’re more likely to see a slew of offers go out this weekend than a slew of commits, but three-star wide receiver Tyquan Johnson could be one to pull the trigger. He said in an interview with Phil Kornblut earlier this week that, “It’s a chance,” but his family had to see the campus and meet the coaches first.


Below is the complete list of recruits from the 2018 and 2019 classes who have confirmed that they will be in Columbia this weekend. All star rankings are per 247Sports Composite and bold font indicates a current commit.

Friday Camp

Dax Hollifield | 4-star ILB | 2018

Josh Vann | 4-star WR | 2018

Rick Sandidge | 4-star DT | 2018

Israel Mukuamu | 3-star S | 2018

Bryce Thompson | 3-star WR/DB | 2018

Griffin O’Connor | 3-star QB | 2018

Kingsley Enagbare | 3-star SDE | 2018

RJ Roderick | 3-star S | 2018

Darius Rush | 3-star WR | 2018

Ernest Jones | 3-star OLB | 2018

Lavonte Valentine | 3-star RB | 2018

Jaydon Brunson | 2-star CB | 2018

Antonio Anderson | WDE | 2018

Jamario Holley | 4-star WR | 2019

Davis Beville | QB | 2019

DJ Chisolm | ATH | 2019

Storm Duck | CB | 2019

Kendrell Flowers | RB | 2019

Derrian Brown | RB | 2019

Jamious Griffin | RB | 2019

Tysheik Galloway | DT | 2019

Ahdarrious Gee | ILB | 2019

Jalen Perry | CB | 2019

Mario Kendricks | SDE | 2019

Zonovan Knight | RB | 2019

Reece McIntyre | OT | 2019

Harry Miller | OT | 2019

Carlantre Morrison | ATH | 2019

Dervon Pesnell | WR | 2019

Jammie Robinson | ATH | 2019

Dariyan Wiley | ATH | 2019

Deonte Stanley | ATH | 2019

Saturday Spurs Up Day

Channing Tindall | 4-star OLB | 2018

Jordan Davis | 4-star DT | 2018

Rick Sandidge | 4-star DT | 2018

Josh Vann | 4-star WR | 2018

Dakereon Joyner | 4-star DUAL QB | 2018

Dantrell Barkley | 3-star DT | 2018

Lamarius Benson | 3-star OT | 2018

Wyatt Campbell | 3-star OT | 2018

Jesus Gibbs | 3-star OT | 2018

Steven Gilmore | 3-star CB | 2018

Jonathon Gipson | 3-star CB | 2018

JaKorey Hawkins | 3-star CB | 2018

Tyquan Johnson | 3-star WR | 2018

Ernest Jones | 3-star OLB | 2018

Hank Manos | 3-star C | 2018

Raiqwon O’Neal | 3-star DL | 2018

RJ Roderick | 3-star S | 2018

Darius Rush | 3-star WR | 2018

Bryce Thomspon | 3-star WR/DB | 2018

Lavonte Valentine | 3-star RB | 2018

Zacch Pickens | 5-star DE | 2019

Keiondre Jones | 4-star OG | 2019

J.R. Walker | 4-star ATH | 2019

Andrew Booth | CB | 2019

Ahdarrious Gee | ILB | 2019

Kamren McCray | OT | 2019

Jalen Perry | CB | 2019

Jammie Robinson | ATH | 2019

Traveon Freshwater | OLB | 2019