With the quiet period well underway (which prohibits coaches from visiting a prospect’s high school or visiting him outside of high school), recruits are starting to set up their unofficial visits and make their way to college campuses. South Carolina is set to get several of those visits today during today’s one-day camp, and that list includes Georgia safety Michael Carter II and Florida WR/ATH Jordan Pouncey.
But the big fish - the name that’s probably getting the most attention - is stud WR/ATH OrTre Smith. The rising senior was over at Georgia yesterday and will be making his way to Carolina today, as per Phil Kornblut over at SportsTalk.
If the Gamecocks are able to land Smith (and right now, it appears to be a two horse race between them and Clemson), it will have big-time ramifications when it comes to other top high schoolers inside the borders considering their college destinations. Smith’s publicly said that the vibe when he visited the school in the past (during Steve Spurrier’s tenure) was good, but under Will Muschamp, the feel was a lot "different" and there was a "better atmosphere" than before.
Smith, Carter and Pouncey are hardly the only players camping with the Gamecocks tomorrow. Upstate safety Jay Dendy will be in the house, as well as South Florida RB Shaun Shivers - a strong West Virginia lean - and his high school teammate at Chaminade-Madonna, DE Chris Whittaker, who is trending to Notre Dame.
Could Dakereon Joyner’s cousin play a role his college decision?
Dakereon Joyner camped with South Carolina this past weekend. But did we get a peek at what could factor into his final decision, which won't come for a while?
The tweet Joyner quoted references his cousin and teammate, Adonicas Sanders, who is going into his senior season this fall. Sanders will be camping at South Carolina this summer, and it’s fair to expect that the staff will be working him heavily if it means that they have a good chance to land Joyner next year.
Baseball was the main order of business for Gamecocks fans, but that didn't mean the staff wasn’t active over the weekend.
—Atlanta-area 2019 ATH Jalyn "Flash" Phillips was offered by Carolina on Saturday. Phillips is set to attend a satellite camp later this week in his hometown of Lawrenceville, with Urban Meyer among those in attendance to work the event.
—Demarcus Gregory, a rising junior in-state wideout, grabbed his first SEC offer (ninth overall), courtesy of the Gamecocks on Saturday. Gregory plays for Byrnes High in Spartanburg - where Bobby Bentley won 119 games and four straight state titles - and will certainly be listening to what the Gamecocks have to say as a result.