It might not be out of the question to expect at least a couple of commitments during and after the South Carolina Gamecocks' pool party/cookout for current recruits this Friday. One name that might be among them is Lithonia (Ga.) DE Jordan Smith. Smith, considered a heavy Gamecocks lean, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tuesday night that South Carolina is higher on his list because...
"Georgia wants me to play outside linebacker and South Carolina wants me to play defensive end, as opposed to linebacker..."
Smith says he wants to commit while he's on campus of the school of his choice. Besides this past week's visit to UGA's Dawg Night, the only other school he has been to this summer is South Carolina. He's going back there this week.
Smith also stated that he'd take the remainder of his visits during the summer even if he did commit on Friday, which ties into his one-to-three week timeframe he put out a few days back. He is a three-star recruit at Rivals and a four-star at 247Sports, holding offers from a host of schools like Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Ole Miss, Ohio State and Tennessee.
--Another name that is out there that's set to attend the cookout and pool party on Friday is South Pointe (S.C.) 2016 ATH Chris Smith. Smith, who's received just one major offer, is also very likely to pledge.
"It depends on how the visit goes," Smith said. "If the visit is what I expect it to be, then yeah..."
He said he's not really thinking about any other schools right now. "It's kind of close to home and it probably will be best for the family...(Steve Spurrier Jr.) was basically telling me with my skill of play I can come up (to South Carolina) and play offense or defense because when I get the all in my hands I can turn a bad play to a good play."
Smith, a two-star on Rivals, again has only one major offer (South Carolina) and the pull to play SEC football looks like it will be the deciding factor. Air Force, Charlotte, Miami (Oh.) and Old Dominion are his only other FBS offers.
--Also heading into town this weekend: Deon Edwards, a safety from Lake Minneola (Fla.). Arkansas, Louisville, Mizzou and N.C. State are among the offers for the three-star senior-to-be.
--Turning the page to the '17s, a name starting to getting a lot of buzz is another Georgia product, Houston County QB Jake Fromm. Fromm is set to visit the Gamecocks this week, and his numbers tell you why he's getting a lot of looks: 3,629 yards passing as a sophomore (tops in the state), 31 touchdowns (seventh) and just five interceptions. Fromm has double digit offers with Alabama, Ole Miss and Vandy among them, and if the staff can land him, that will make a four star quarterback in three straight recruiting cycles (Lorenzo Nunez from the 2015 class and Brandon McIlwain next year).