The expected pledge by T.J. Brunson to South Carolina was part of a pretty typical mid-January, pre-NSD day on the recruiting trail for the Gamecocks. There are a couple of players that we are keeping on commitment watch that we want to touch on before moving forward:
--Kiel Pollard, the Arkansas commit, had a "good" visit to the Carolina campus this past weekend. He did confirm with The State that he had no further visits pending and should decide on the Gamecocks and the Razorbacks at some point in time. While he didn't give a date, an end-of-week pledge wouldn't surprise us.
--Jamil Dukes is another strong possibility for the Gamecocks. Although he had been mulling a visit to Alabama as recently as a few weeks ago, nothing has appeared to have materialized on that front. That's good news for the Gamecocks as they look to add his services for the upcoming season.
--The Gamecocks did extend an offer to a current junior: Emmanuel McNeil, a 6'3", 280-pound defensive tackle from Central Gwinnett High School outside of Atlanta, Georgia. McNeil is not currently ranked by any of the major recruiting services but does hold offers from Florida, Florida State, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Mississippi State, Ohio State, and Wake Forest. (Of note: his favorite team as a kid was Clemson.)
--Current offensive line commit Sadarius Hutcherson (Huntingdon (Tenn.)) added an offer yesterday, this one from Illinois. That makes eight thus far. Hutcherson is currently set to take official visits to Arizona State this coming weekend and to Memphis the weekend of the 29th, so we'll see if he squeezes time in with the Illini before NSD rolls around.
Blessed to receive an offer from the University of Illinois!! pic.twitter.com/v83WsJMlmd— Sadarius Hutcherson (@Sadarius_51) January 18, 2016
--In home-visit: Will Muschamp was in Metarie, LA to check on big-time corner Kristian Fulton. Fulton, who has visits to Arkansas (22nd) and Florida (29th), also hosted Gators head coach Jim McElwain; however, NOLA.com reports that LSU (who he visited this past weekend) is his leader. Rivals ranks Fulton as the nation's #58 player in the class of 2016, while 247 has him as a five-star recruit and as the #2 CB in the country. McIlwain also stopped by to see Stephon Taylor, a top DT who will visit on the weekend of the 29th.