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Crootin’ Notebook: Interview with 4-star 2019 DB Jaylen McCollough; Ernest Jones to announce commitment

The latest South Carolina football recruiting news, including an interview with Jaylen McCollough and an update on linebacker target Ernest Jones.

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Late Wednesday afternoon, South Carolina joined the ever-growing list of Power-5 schools to offer Powder Springs, GA prospect Jaylen McCollough. Ranked by 247 Sports as the No. 3 safety in the 2019 class, McCollough already has a group of suitors including Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Michigan and Georgia, among others.

The sophomore standout does not seem to be phased by the early attention.

“Everyone is equal as of right now,” McCollough said. “My recruiting process is still very young, so a lot can happen.”

On the football field, McCollough prides himself on his ability to contribute in every phase of the game.

“I love contact, but I’m a versatile athlete. I can play anywhere on the field and my football IQ is very high. I’m physical and I play fast.”

At the next level, though, McCollough expects he will spend the majority of his time on defense.

“More than likely [I will play] defensive back. Anywhere in the secondary.”

Where that will be is anyone’s guess right now, including McCollough’s, but he does know what he is looking for in a college.

“Tradition. The coaches and people have to feel right and the school just has to be like a second home.”

And of course, McCollough had some kind words for Gamecock nation.

“Thanks for the love you show, continue to be excited and continue to show love. Spurs Up.”

Ernest Jones will announce commitment decision at 7 PM EST

Three-star outside linebacker Ernest Jones of Waycross, GA will announce his college decision at 7 p.m. this evening at a commitment party with family and friends. The Big Spur reported that Jones is a favorite among USC coaches, who think highly of his actions both on and off the field.

South Carolina and Duke are thought to be his top choices, with Georgia Tech also strongly in the mix.