Running back/linebacker Len’Neth Whitehead of Athens, Georgia, canceled his weekend official visit to Wisconsin and is set to announce his decision Friday on Twitter, according to his coach Josh Alexander.
Alexander said South Carolina remains high up on his list, and Tennessee and Georgia remain in the picture. He took official visits to USC and Tennessee and has been to Georgia unofficially.
Whitehead has said the Gamecocks have given him the option of playing either position with them, and he has been leaning towards playing running back if he joins the Gamecocks.
Interest continues to grow in USC target running back Rashad Amos of Tyrone, Georgia, who decommitted from Western Kentucky after receiving a USC offer. He has added offers from NC State and Boise State. He visited USC for the Vanderbilt game and the relationship with the Gamecocks is evolving.
“They told me that they liked my film and they’ve got some backs leaving that are seniors and they’re looking for somebody to fill their spot next year,” Amos said. “I talked to (South Carolina coach Will) Muschamp and the running backs coach. They told me they liked my film and I spent the day there, watched the game and looked around.
“I love South Carolina. They called me and said they wanted to offer me. They feel like I was a guy that can play there.”
Amos also has visited Maryland, Wake Forest and Western Kentucky. He will visit Tennessee at the end of the month after getting an invitation from the Vols’ staff. However, his visit to USC put the Gamecocks in a good position for him.
“Out of all the schools that I’ve been to, South Carolina had a good vibe to it,” Amos said. “I liked the energy they had. They were very engaged with all the recruits that came and they talked to all of us one on one, and I liked that about them. I liked the environment that they had at the game. I like South Carolina, it’s a good school.”
Amos said he will return to USC for an official visit, probably the weekend of Dec. 13. He is planning to sign in December, but he might wait until February since he’s not graduating early. Some of his other offers are from Maryland, East Carolina, Coastal Carolina and South Alabama.
Amos did not know his senior stats, but he said he rushed for 1,136 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior.
“Every coach I talked to feels like I’m an every-down back, I have the size to be a strength back,” he said. “I can play with power, some explosiveness and some breakaway speed.”
2021 offensive lineman Micah Morris (6-foot-4, 316 pounds) is one of the most sought after offensive tackles in the nation for the 2021 recruiting class.
His offers are national, but his interest is largely focused on the Southeast at this point, and that includes USC and Clemson. He has visited both schools this season.
The USC visit was the more recent. He went for the Vanderbilt game.
“I’ve been there multiple times, twice over the summer for a camp and a junior day,” Morris said of USC. “It was a great environment and great to be back on campus and feel the energy from the crowd and the camaraderie between the players.
“South Carolina was the first school to offer me so we’ve had the longest relationship than any other school that I’ve been in contact with or that has shown interest in me. The bond has been there and I feel like we are definitely close.”
Morris had hoped to visit Clemson last summer, but he couldn’t get a date together that coincided with coach Dabo Swinney being in town, so he made his first visit there for a game last month.
He feels like it was worth the wait.
“I was glad I was able to get up there for my first visit to Clemson,” he said. “It looks amazing on TV and once you get there it’s even better. I was happy I was finally able to get up there.”
Much like his view of USC’s offensive line and Wolford, Morris also has been impressed by the work of Clemson’s group under coach Robbie Caldwell.
“You have to have a great offensive line to hold up against all the different types of defensive lines that you see throughout the season,” Morris said. “To be able to hold up and go undefeated, it’s just amazing.”
Morris has also been to Georgia and Florida, and he planned to be at Alabama this past Saturday. He will go to Auburn for the Iron Bowl. Morris will announce a top six in the coming weeks as he moves toward his announcement on his father’s birthday, Dec. 17.
“South Carolina and Clemson are definitely top schools on my list right now,” Morris said.
As for what he’ll be looking for in his eventual choice?
“No. 1 is academics, what a degree from that school can do for me in life. No. 2 has to be the fit and the vibe that I feel while I’m there. If I don’t feel it too good while I’m there or if I don’t feel I can fit in, then I can’t see myself going there. Definitely the coaches and can they get the best out of their players at all times.
“The camaraderie between the players. And fan support, it’s a big thing to me. I’ve always wanted to go to a team that has fans that are loyal no matter what the team is looking like at that moment.”
Morris said he plans to major in criminal justice.
One of the top 2021 prospects in the state, Greer offensive lineman Jaydon Collins (6-foot-6, 260 pounds) made an unofficial visit to USC for the Vanderbilt game. The Gamecocks are in the evaluation process with Collins and the visit was a step forward for him in starting to build a relationship.
“USC was awesome,” Collins said. “The crowd was crazy and the facilities were amazing. I liked it a lot. “I got to talk to coach (Marcus) Lattimore and he said that I looked good.”
Duke, Syracuse, Louisville, Wake Forest, Appalachian State and Old Dominion are early offers for Collins. He also has visited Duke, North Carolina, Louisville, Georgia, Wake Forest and Old Dominion. Clemson also is showing interest.
“I went to a Clemson prospect camp in June and worked with the offensive line coach (Robbie) Caldwell. He was awesome and told my parents and I that they would be watching and recruiting me like crazy. Mostly all of the recruiters and coaches I have talked to have all said that they like how athletic I am and how I can bend at the height and size that I am.”
Collins planned to be at NC State this past Saturday for the Clemson game.
2021 tight end Miles Campbell (6-foot-3, 220 pounds) of Douglasville, Georgia, has offers from Michigan, Kansas, Nebraska, NC State, Georgia Tech, Louisville and Colorado. USC may not be too far away from joining that list. Campbell made his first visit to see the Gamecocks against Vanderbilt at the invitation of tight ends coach Bobby Bentley.