USC is scheduled to open camp this week, and if all goes well for WR Jalen Brooks (6-foot-3, 190 pounds) of Harrisburg, North Carolina, he’ll be running routes with the Gamecocks within a couple of weeks. Brooks, who played at Wingate University the last two seasons, announced a commitment to the Gamecocks Saturday morning. He was offered by Will Muschamp Friday night.
Duke and North Carolina A&T were two others he considered.
He also heard from Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina after he committed. Brooks is actually coming to Columbia from Tarleton State in Texas.
He transferred there in January, but the pandemic and family issues led him into the NCAA Transfer Portal. His former high school coach, Jason Seidel, who is now at Blythewood, made the contact with USC for him and receivers coach Joe Cox took it from there, contacting him about two and a half weeks ago.
Now that he is set with USC, Brooks’ immediate future is in the hands of the NCAA.
He has filed a waiver seeking eligibility for this coming season based on a family illness that required he move back closer to home.
If he enrolls this fall, he likely will count against the 2021 class, meaning 19 spots in that class will be taken, five by receivers.
Clemson set its sights on DT Payton Page (6-foot-4, 335 pounds) of Greensboro, North Carolina, early in the recruiting process, basically passing on every other defensive tackle available. That dedication paid off last week when Page announced a commitment to the Tigers over Tennessee and North Carolina.
Page is the only interior defensive linemen Clemson plans to take in the class. Page is rated as a 4-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite.
He’s ranked as the No. 7 defensive tackle in the country and the No. 4 prospect in North Carolina.
He might not get the chance to improve those numbers this fall. He said if North Carolina moves the season to the spring, he will go ahead and graduate as planned in December and enroll at Clemson in January.
Page had 71 tackles with 26 tackles for loss and 3 sacks. For his three seasons of high school ball, he has compiled 191 tackles, 55 tackles for loss and 13 sacks according to MaxPreps stats.
Clemson also added a big piece to the offensive line last week with a commitment from OT Dietrick Pennington (6-foot-5, 326 pounds) of Memphis.
The four-star prospect picked the Tigers over Auburn, LSU, Florida State and Georgia. Pennington is the third commitment for the offensive line and 15th overall for the class. Thirteen of the 15 commitments are rated at least as four-star prospects. Pennington had a chance to camp at Clemson last summer, and it was there he was offered by head coach Dabo Swinney.