Recruiting: Operating again decommits from Gamecocks citing ‘unexpected circumstances’ | Sports activities
Speedy operating again Antario Brown of Savannah, who picked up his first provide from South Carolina final summer time and dedicated in August, introduced a decommitment from the Gamecocks’ 2021 class on Twitter Sunday.
Brown cited “unexpected circumstances” for his determination to again out of his dedication. Brown’s defection leaves the Gamecocks with 16 commitments in a category anticipated to quantity 21. It additionally leaves the Gamecocks with only one operating again dedication within the class, Caleb McDowell of Leesburg, Ga.
Brown picked the Gamecocks in August over Virginia Tech. He additionally had provides from West Virginia, N.C. State and Savannah State. Brown performed in seven video games final season and rushed for 1,008 yards. He additionally had 500 yards receiving.
One-time USC goal defensive finish Demarcus Smith of Birmingham decommitted from Ole Miss. He named a high six of USC, Nebraska, Kansas, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Mississippi State as a part of his decommitment announcement.
Tracy Rocker, who first recruited Smith whereas he was at Tennessee, has been the Gamecocks’ lead recruiter, although Will Muschamp and Bobby Bentley are additionally holding in contact. He has not but visited USC.
Two-sport standout Keon Coleman of Opelousas, La., who dedicated to Kansas in July, has decommitted. Coleman is a large receiver and extremely regarded capturing guard. His last three on the time of his dedication have been USC, Oklahoma and Kansas, and he had a bevy of different provides.
Coleman is now open for all events, and the Gamecocks have been again in contact.
“We’ve nonetheless been involved,” Coleman mentioned. “I’ve been speaking to Coach (Joe) Cox and Coach (Mike) Bobo. They mentioned they want an electrical playmaker. They’ve a shot at getting me. Everyone has an opportunity. I wouldn’t say there’s actually a bunch, I’m simply giving all people their identical probability.”
A few of Coleman’s different provides are Florida State, Michigan State and Mississippi State. He mentioned he desires to go to extra colleges earlier than he makes one other dedication, so he’s not planning to signal till February.
Coleman is also a big-time basketball prospect who averaged 26 factors per sport final season. He plans to play each sports activities in faculty and has talked with Gamecock basketball coach Frank Martin about that. However he mentioned his determination will probably be primarily based extra on the soccer facet of issues in comparison with basketball.
USC on Thursday landed a dedication from large receiver Rodarius Thomas of Eufaula, ala. the second receiver from Alabama to decide to the Gamecocks for the 2021 class and the fifth receiver within the class.
Thomas was supplied final month by the Gamecocks, the primary Energy 5 program to take action, and so they instantly moved to the entrance in his recruiting competitors.
Thomas additionally has provides from Coastal Carolina, Austin Peay, Missouri State, North Alabama, South Alabama, Tennessee Tech, Tennessee State and Western Kentucky.
USC missed on tight finish goal Michael Trigg of Tampa, who on Sunday introduced a dedication to Southern Cal.
One other USC goal, linebacker Chase Hattley of Cary, N.C., introduced a dedication to N.C. State final week. Oklahoma was the opposite faculty on his quick checklist.
Defensive ends Ian Mathews (6-5, 270) of Columbus, Ga., has emerged as a serious prospect with SEC and ACC provides, and USC is without doubt one of the colleges to leap into the fray. Mississippi State was the primary large faculty to step up in September. Subsequent got here provides from Duke, Virginia Tech, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, USC, Florida State and, most lately, Vanderbilt.
Defensive ends Deonte Anderson of Fort Meade, Fla., has held a proposal from USC since March. Many extra main provides have are available since then, together with one from Illinois final weekend. The Gamecocks have been a continuing with him, nonetheless, and he continues to carry them in excessive regard.
“They’re high of the checklist on my charts, for proper now, at the moment,” Anderson mentioned. “I like the way in which their teaching employees has recruited me with quite a lot of vitality, and the way they deal with their gamers. I’ve additionally bought Mississippi State, UCF and all the opposite ones. They’re the current ones I talked to.”
Anderson is coming off a season of 40 tackles and 14 sacks. He’s rated as a 3-star within the 247Sports Composite and ranked twenty fifth nationally amongst weakside defensive ends.
Cornerback Dontae Balfour of Starke, Fla., mentioned USC and Ole Miss stay his high two at this level and he’s actively listening to from each. He’s additionally listening to from Western Kentucky, Tulane, Georgia State and Coastal Carolina. Balfour mentioned he’ll wait till the early signing day in December to announce his determination. This season Balfour mentioned he has 2 interceptions and about 40 tackles.
Clemson is in high eight with 2022 cornerback Jaheim Singletary of Jacksonville. The others are Florida, Miami, LSU, Georgia, Auburn, Tennessee and Oklahoma. He mentioned he’ll announce Jan. 1.
Large receiver Caleb Burton of De Valle, Tex., a 5-star recruit within the Class of 2022, included Clemson in his high 12. Burton is taken into account the highest receiver nationally within the ’22 class. The remainder of his high 12 is made up of Florida, Ohio State, Texas, Oklahoma, LSU, Oregon, Alabama, Stanford, Southern Cal, Auburn and Georgia. Final season Burton had 51 catches for 882 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Clemson basketball coach Brad Brownell scored one other spectacular recruiting victory Friday night time when 6-6 two-guard Lucas Taylor of Wake Forest, N.C., introduced a dedication to the Tigers. Taylor picked Clemson over Marquette, Wisconsin, Davidson and Cincinnati. He’s the third dedication for Brownell’s 2021 recruiting class.
Taylor averaged 21 factors, 6 rebounds and a pair of assists per sport final season. He’s ranked because the No. 36 capturing guard prospect within the nation within the 247Sports Composite, and the No. 7 prospect in North Carolina. The Tigers even have commitments from 6-3 Joshua Beadle and 6-8 Ian Schieffelin.
Jalen DeLoach (6-9) of Atlanta is working off a brief checklist of USC, Georgia, Kansas State, Texas Southern, VCU and Ole Miss. He mentioned all the faculties are in common contact, and specifically, USC is continually in his hear with head coach Frank Martin and assistant Will Bailey main the dialog.
“I’m speaking to Coach Bailey and Coach Martin virtually every single day. We’re constructing a great basis for our relationship. It’s going effectively,” DeLoach mentioned.
DeLoach is listed as a 3-star prospect and the No. 20 prospect in Georgia within the 247Sports Composite. Final season he averaged 18 factors, 12 rebounds and three blocks per sport.
Clemson landed a dedication from 2023 catcher Ty Marshall of Brookland-Cayce.
USC decide up a dedication from 2025 outfiler/lefthanded pitcher Cannon Golden of Buford, Ga.