There’s a lot of USC vs NC State activity this recruiting season. Sunday QB Dakereon Joyner of Fort Dorchester announced he had picked the Gamecocks over the Wolfpack. This week, maybe Tuesday or Wednesday, DE Dantrell Barkley of Kannapolis, NC and Independence JC, KS plans to make his commitment announcement. He visited USC earlier this month and is scheduled to visit NC State this Saturday.
DE Jabari Ellis, a Lake Marion product, also visited USC earlier this month and he was at NC State Saturday. He said his decision is down to those two and he will announce on July 4th in Orangeburg. He’s had USC as his favorite but after his visit to State, Ellis now has the Gamecocks and Wolfpack in a dead heat.
“Overall, it was a great visit,” Ellis said of his time in Raleigh. “The thing that really stood out the most I’d say is as soon as I got on campus they took me straight to the academic center. That was pretty neat. The second thing was probably the strength coach. He really stood out to me.”
State’s defensive line depth chart for 2018 also stood out to Ellis. He sees plenty of opportunities for early playing time.
“They’ve got four guys for sure that’s not going to be there when I graduate. That’s big,” he said. “They’re known. Their defensive line is getting looks across the country. That’s big.”
Ellis said he’s in the process of evaluating both schools at this point and he has been in touch with USC. Will Muschamp, he said, sends him a text every day and he’s talked with defensive line coach Lance Thompson. Ellis said he’s visited USC three times since being offered in February and doesn’t feel the need for another visit before making his decision.