Friday afternoon USC helped its secondary with a commitment from CB O’Donnell Fortune of Sumter. Friday night the Gamecocks added some much needed size to the defensive front with a commitment from DT Makius Scott (6-4 290) of Gainesville, GA. He’s the 10th commitment for the 2020 class and the first for the defensive line.
USC recruiter Coleman Hutzler had been working Scott for an extended period and he brought him for camp on Friday. Scott showed out for Hutzler and the coaches but didn’t let them know his plans right away.
“He camped there and he was supposed to leave and go to Virginia Tech tomorrow, and I got a call from Virginia Tech that he canceled, so I figured that was coming,” Webb said. “I talked to Coleman (Hutzler) and he said he had a tremendous camp and did an excellent job and felt like things were moving in the right direction. He left camp without committing, and I guess things must have turned.”
Turned in a good way for the Gamecocks who put a lot of time and effort into this recruiting battle that also included Syracuse, Memphis, Louisville, Wake Forest, East Carolina and others.
“They have done a tremendous job in recruiting him,” Webb said. “The think Makius said to me probably a fews ago everytime he goes to Columbia it feels like Gainesville, GA and that’s a big deal to him. He feels real comfortable with them and they did real good job of coming to the school and visiting every time that they could. They did their homework visiting with the teachers at the school and did a great job of evaluating him not only as a player but as a student.”
Scott will play inside for the Gamecocks according to his coach, and he will do more than just eat up space and blockers.
“He’s not your typical big-body guy,” he said. “He’s athletic enough to make plays and sack the quarterback from the inside position because of athletic he is and how quick he is. Pass rush skills, he does a really good job with his hands. He’s not just a big body that can take up space, he’s a big body who is very athletic who can make plays from that position.”
Scott also plays basketball and throws the shot and discus in track.