With the dead period behind us (read this from SBN’s recruiting analyst Bud Elliott if you aren’t 100% sure what that is) and the dust settling after SEC Media Days, Will Muschamp and the staff will begin to get things rolling as recruits prepare to take unofficial visits and meet with prospective coaches this summer. In the coming weeks, closer to the season, targets will set official visits and prepare to make their final decisions.
Gamecock pledge Mathis gets B1G offer
Although Lakeland (Fla.) cornerback Damarri Mathis committed to South Carolina about a month ago, he is still drawing interest from other programs. The latest school to offer him is Minnesota, who did so on Wednesday.
Mathis now holds a total of 17 offers. It might be difficult to see the Golden Gophers coming out on top at the end, so unless some substantial news comes down the pike or a late offer drops, he may remain a Gamecocks commit up to National Signing Day. We’ll see what happens, though.
Ga. cornerback picks up offer
The Gamecocks dipped into Georgia to offer a cornerback from the Atlanta area. Shakur Brown, a 6’, 180-pound senior out of Woodland High School in Stockbridge, announced the news of his latest offer yesterday. That came shortly after another SEC offer, this time from Tennessee. That makes three SEC offers for Brown (the other from Kentucky); Colorado State, Marshall and West Virginia are among a few notable ones. While not holding a ranking on 247 or Rivals, Scout rates Brown as a three-star and the 98th-ranked CB in the class of 2017.
—Gamecocks target Anthony McFarland announced on Twitter that he has set his official visit dates. South Carolina isn’t expected to be in the running when it’s all said and done: McFarland told al.com that Alabama is in front right now.