The South Carolina recruiting efforts haven’t slowed down, even though the Gamecocks haven’t landed a commitment since August.
That’s not uncommon this time of year. In-season commitments are relatively rare these days.
How did Will Muschamp and the Gamecocks do with last month’s to-do list?
- Reel him in: Four-star linebacker Channing Tindall was originally scheduled to announce a commitment before the end of the month, but he pushed back his decision date because of the uncertainties in the state of Florida after Hurricane Irma.
- Build the guest list: The South Carolina coaches entertained several significant recruits for the first home game against Kentucky, including 2018 targets like Tindall, Dax Hollifield, Jaycee Horn and Rick Sandidge. A better result on the field would have made it a home run recruiting event.
- Pound the pavement: Muschamp spent a lot of Friday nights at high school football games, checking out Tindall, Sandidge and K.J. Henry.
Even though Tindall didn’t announce a commitment, it was a relatively productive month on the recruiting trail for South Carolina’s coaches.
What’s up next for Muschamp & Co.? Here’s the monthly to-do list for October:
1. Official visit weekend
Dax Hollifield will take his official visit to South Carolina this weekend for the Arkansas game. The 4-star linebacker from Shelby (N.C.) High School went to Florida State earlier this month, less than 24 hours after he played in front of South Carolina linebackers coach Coleman Hutzler. Hollifield also visited Virginia Tech unofficially this past weekend for the Clemson game.
Florida State commit Israel Mukuamu will take his second official visit that same weekend. The 3-star safety from Parkway High School in Bossier City, La. has already been to Indiana for an official. Mukuamu, who began his high school career in Moncks Corner, S.C., was first offered by South Carolina.
2. Beat Tennessee
Picking up a road win over an SEC East opponent is always a big deal, but it could mean a little bit more by the time National Signing Day rolls around in February, especially if Tennessee fires coach Butch Jones.
The Vols are on bye this week, so there’s going to be plenty of down time for the folks on Rocky Top to stew on the 41-0 home loss to Georgia, which dropped the season record to 3-2, and 0-2 in the SEC.
Horn, a 4-star cornerback from Alpharetta (Ga.) High School, committed to Tennessee during a Facebook Live episode on SEC Country, but he made it apparent that he was still available for other schools, including South Carolina. Clemson tossed its hat into the mix on Monday morning.
Junior college defensive end Dorian Gerald, who played high school ball at South Carolina’s West Florence, is scheduled to take his official visit to Columbia in November.
A change at the head coaching position in Knoxville could potentially cost the Vols at least two of their 2018 commitments. A win next weekend by the Gamecocks could help make that a greater possibility.
The implications could affect the 2019 class, which features 20 4-star prospects from the state of Tennessee, according to the 247Sports composite.
3. Schedule more visits
K.J. Henry, a 5-star defensive end from West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, N.C., used his first official visit last month when he visited Georgia for the Mississippi State game. He’ll hit up Virginia Tech on Oct. 21 for the North Carolina game, which is likely to be his second official.
Alabama, Clemson and South Carolina have yet to nail down official dates, but all three are expected to receive visits.
With things now back to normal in the state of Florida, one has to assume that Tindall is in the midst of setting up an official visit or two to the Sunshine State. Where else does he head? That remains to be seen, but Auburn, Georgia and South Carolina are also in the mix.
The Gamecocks have a few more opportunities to lure him back to campus, starting next weekend against Arkansas.
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