OL Trai Jones (6-2 270) of Abbeville was not high up on Will Muschamp’s wish list prior to his performance in camp Saturday. But after after watching Jones blaze thru a 40-yard dash, and excel in some other drills, Muschamp moved as fast as the big man did with an offer. And Jones responded by becoming the Gamecocks’ fifth commitment of the weekend, the fourth that’s gone public.
“Today I did pretty good at camp, had a nice 40 time (4.69) , nice shuttle time, and it grew from there,” Jones said. “Coach (Eric) Wolford and I have known each other since last summer and he kind of likes me. Coach Muschamp didn’t know me all that well and he came running over there to me. We went to his office and my parents came. He said I had a great day and he said I’m exactly what he needs for the team to get better. It’s my dream school ever since I was a little boy. At first I didn’t say anything. I talked to my parents. My family are all die-hard Gamecock fans. I still can’t believe it. I believe it’s fate.”
Abbeville coach Jamie Nickles said he Gamecocks scouted Jones in the spring and that’s when they started to show interest in his big man. And he knew when he got the chance to show off his skills in camp he would impress all who watched.
“He’s really strong,” Nickles said. “He plays tackle for us and we run the outside zone so much, he does such a good job of sealing the edge. Coach (Coleman) Hutzler actually game to one of our spring practices and noticed his athleticism and wanted to get him to camp. He could play some defensive line as well. I think the sky’s the limit for him. He’s young for his age. I think his upside is what Carolina saw.”
Jones also holds offers from Appalachian State, Army, Connecticut, Western Carolina, Furman, Coastal Carolina and others. Although he is a 3-year starter at tackle for Abbeville, Jones said the Gamecocks plan to use him at guard and center. He feels can eventually contribute in a big way on the offensive line.
“I think I have great feet and a strong upper body,” he said. “I think I’m a good teammate. I get along with people well and I think I’ll fit in with them.”
Jones gives the Gamecocks an even dozen commitments for the 2020 class and the fourth for the offensive line.