The recruiting story on Dutch Fork ATH Bryce Thompson as it pertains to USC has not yet been totally written, but the end apparently is near. Gamecock Central’s Wes Mitchell reported Thompson, who has been committed to the Gamecocks since December but has remained unsigned, would not be signed by Will Muschamp for the 2018 class. Later, Lou Bezjak of The State reached Thompson and was told he would be meeting with USC defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson on Friday. He said he also spoke with Muschamp this week. Tennessee, Louisville and Marshall also have shown interest in Thompson who was a standout receiver and defensive back for the Silver Foxes. Thompson told Bezjak he hopes to have his future plans settled in the next couple of days.
DB Lannden Zanders of Shelby, NC made visits to USC and Clemson earlier in the week. “The visit to South Carolina was good,” Zanders said. ‘I took a tour of the campus and saw the facilities. I talked to the head coach and he said that they’re gonna recruit me hard.” USC has not yet offered. “Clemson was great,” he said. “I talked to coach Dabo. He talked about me and how much they needed me. I watched practice and saw how the coaches interacted with the players. I’ll be going back for the spring game.” Clemson has offered along with Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, East Carolina and others.
DL James Middleton of Fort Dorchester and Jones County JC, MS said USC coach Will Muschamp has been checking up on him with his coach, and the reports to the Gamecock head coach have been favorable. “”I’m doing good, getting back in shape. Started back running but I’m not 100%.” Middleton suffered a broken leg late last season for the Patriots and has been rehabbing. He enrolled at Jones in January and plans to get out in May of 2019. “I know what I have to do to get where I need to go…get my grades back up.” Middleton, who visited USC in December, said he’s still locked in on the Gamecocks as long as they want him.
USC Gamecocks make the cut from 44 offers to 14 with DB Chris Steele of Bellflower, CA. He visited USC last weekend. He plans to cut his list in half this summer. Also making the cut…Alabama, Cal, Florida, Louisville, LSU, Miami, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M and Southern Cal.
USC offered 2020 DE Kedrick Bingley-Jones of Kannapolis, NC. He also has offers from Duke, Wake Forest and Virginia.
Dorman WR Jacoby Pinckney plans to visit Oklahoma this weekend. He has an offer from the Sooners as well as Syracuse, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Indiana, Florida, Georgia and Virginia Tech. USC offered early but has not had further contact.
6-9 DJ Burns of York Prep was visited last week by USC assistant coach Perry Clark. “He is always checking on me,” Burns said. He’s also had recent contact from Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia Tech, College of Charleston and Ohio State. Burns will be with his AAU team this weekend in Augusta.
Clemson offered 2020 6-5 Earl Timberlake of Dematha Catholic in Hyattsville, MD according to the Washington Post. Some of his other offers are Maryland, Kansas State, Georgetown, Penn State and Providence.