It's Friday, so let's end the week with some legitimate South Carolina Gamecocks recruiting news...and some not-so-legitimate news.
--Phil Kornblut at SportsTalk reports that 2016 four-star TE Naseir Upshur will indeed visit Carolina this weekend. He will be at Florida State today before stopping by Columbia tomorrow and staying overnight on the way back home to Philadelphia with some of his family members. Upshur, as we and others have reported, was supposed to be committing tomorrow before deciding to hold off until the season's over. Upshur and Gamecocks commit Brandon McIlwain have been in conversation throughout their respective recruiting processes, and the two will undoubtedly be continuing that conversation throughout the weekend. (Also bear in mind that Upshur is from the same high school as current tailback David Williams.) The team will be looking to add a little depth to their TE stable with the graduation of Jerell Adams after this year.
--So it turned out to be an interesting Thursday for Gamecocks fans on the recruiting front. We heard of a commitment from 2016 Louisiana OL Lloyd Cushenberry, who I had the chance to reach out to last night after he announced his pledge to South Carolina. Moments later, Asheville (N.C.) OL Pete Leota announced that he had committed as well.
Problem was, it wasn't him. Long story short, the Leota imposter's account was suspended and it was confirmed that the real Leota hadn't committed after all.
--The Gamecocks extended an offer to big-time 2017 four-star OT Adrian Ealy from Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab School. If the high school name sounds familiar, it's where current Gamecock commit Tre Jackson attended. Jackson will no doubt be working his former teammate, who holds an in-state offer from LSU - to go along with ones from Florida, Florida State, Mississippi State and Texas. Rivals has him as the country's #10 OT in his class and #103 in the country among all juniors.
--Keep a eye out for this kid's name in the next couple of years: 2018 offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer, who was offered by the Gamecocks on Wednesday. Salyer is a guard from Pace Academy in Atlanta and also holds offers from Arkansas, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia and Tennessee, to name a few.
--Rahshaun Smith, the top ILB prospect in the country, announced his decommitment from Clemson yesterday. Smith holds an offer from the Gamecocks but isn't expected to commit to Carolina.