Looking for the next Hayden Hurst, USC Saturday gained a tight end with a lot of promise in Nick Muse (6-foot-5, 235 pounds), a native of Belmont, North Carolina, who is transferring after two seasons at William & Mary. Muse won’t arrive until August so his scholarship will count on the 2020 class giving the Gamecocks 15 pledges for the class. Muse said one of his high school coaches contacted Gamecocks’ tight ends coach Bobby Bentley about his plans to transfer up to a major program, and Bentley had him in for a closeup look in camp Wednesday. He impressed Bentley and Will Muschamp and was offered, and Saturday he made his commitment known.
CB Dominick Hill (6-foot-2, 185 pounds) of Orlando, Florida, committed to USC last week. Hill had long ago named the Gamecocks the team to beat and said Will Muschamp and his staff were “still at the top” and “strengthened their position” after his last visit to campus. Last season
Hill had 40 tackles and he broke up 10 passes. Hill also received scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Miami, North Carolina, Missouri among others, before settling on his commitment to the Gamecocks.
USC added what is likely the final piece to its 2020 offensive line haul with a commitment last week from Vershon Lee (6-foot-3, 290 pounds) of Woodbridge, Virginia.
He picked the Gamecocks over Pitt, and considered NC State, West Virginia and Wake Forest in his final short group. Lee took official visits to USC and Pitt. He had a good feeling about the Gamecocks after his visit.
Long time Florida State fan TE Sage Ennis (6-foot-4, 225 pounds) of Tallahassee, Florida, camped at Clemson earlier this month, earned an offer from the Tigers, and that changed his entire approach to his recruiting. Florida State is in rebuild mode, and Clemson is on top of the college football mountain. That was too much for Ennis to ignore and last week he committed to the Tigers, their first tight end for the 2020 class and the 18th commitment overall. He announced his decision after completing a week-long trip to schools with some of his teammates. The trip gave Ennis more time to think about his decision, and more examples of major programs to compare against Clemson. He picked up an offer from Penn State on the trip. Ennis also had offers from USC, Maryland, West Virginia, Miami, NC State, Louisville, Cincinnati, UCF, Rutgers and others.
WR Deajaun McDougle of Deerfield Beach, Florida, took his first official visit over the weekend to USC and the Gamecocks further cemented their place in his mind as one of his top schools. He already had USC on his short list with Ohio State, Purdue, Oregon and Maryland. He wants to take more official visits but this one gave him something to compare everyone else with. McDougle had the chance to talk with Will Muschamp and Bryan McClendon about their plans for him should he choose USC, and the point made was he has a chance to catch passes with the Gamecocks. McDougle said he left things with Muschamp and McClendon in a positive light in terms of where the Gamecocks stand with him after the visit. He has not yet decided on his other official visits.
CB Joey Hunter of Tyrone, Georgia, took his official visit to USC over the weekend. He has the Gamecocks in his top 7 and will announce July 2. The other schools are Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Boston College, Pitt and Texas A&M.
Conway DE Tonka Hemingway took an official visit to North Carolina over the weekend. He’s also taken an official visit to USC and he also plans to visit Duke and Wake Forest.
Some other scheduled official visits of note this past weekend: USC target DE Myles Murphy to North Carolina; USC target SAF Ja’Qurious Conley to Tennessee; Clemson target LB Justin Flowe to Texas; USC target DE Kedrick Bingley-Jones to Ohio State; Clemson target LB Phillip Webb to LSU.
USC possesses one of the top punters in the country for the 2019 season in Joseph Charlton. Besides him, there is no other scholarship punter in the program. Saturday, the Gamecocks took a step to resolve that by offering Kai Kroeger (6-foot-3, 190 pounds) of Lake Forest, Illinois. Kroeger is rated the No. 2 punter nationally in the 2020 class by Kohl’s Professional Camps. USC head coach Will Muschamp and special-teams coordinator Coleman Hutzler no doubt were impressed by his performance in camp on Saturday. The Gamecocks are the first to offer Kroeger, so that does give them a leg up on the competition. Saturday’s camp visit was Kroeger’s second visit to USC. He also was in unofficially in late March. He also has camped at Penn State and Texas A&M and will camp at Wisconsin Sunday. He’s also taken visits to Penn State, LSU, Iowa, Syracuse, Indiana, Illinois, Louisville and Minnesota. The left-footed punter does not have a timetable on a decision.
OL Issiah Walker of Miami continues to stick with his long standing commitment to USC. Since he made his pledge over a year ago, Walker has continued to draw major recruiting interest, especially from the Florida schools. He visited Miami twice last week alone. He’s also been to Florida, Florida State and UCF.
Yet, his commitment to the Gamecocks remains firm. Walker was back at USC over the weekend to participate in Saturday’s camp and to just visit with everyone again. Walker has kept Gamecock fans on edge with his visits to other programs. But he said the Gamecock coaches understand what he’s doing and haven’t asked him to stop. The Florida schools have tried their best to convince Walker to stay in-state, but at this point, that’s not his plan.
RB Daniyel Ngata of Folsom, California, is the brother of Clemson freshman receiver Joseph Ngata. A running back/slot back prospect in the 2020 class, he has a Clemson offer.