Tonka Hemingway

DE Tonka Hemingway of Conway grew up 15 miles from the beach and in a city that sits on the Waccamaw River. Yet, until Saturday he had never been on a boat. With Will Muschamp as his pilot, Hemingway got his first ever boat ride when he and the other recruits in for the weekend visited Muschamp’s Lake Murray house. It was part of a weekend full of highlights for Hemingway.

“It went good. I really enjoyed Coach Muschamp and the crew,” Hemingway said. “Just the atmosphere, and how the coaches are without being on the field. They are the same in private as they are on the field. I like how they talk to the players (on the field) and explain everything in detail. They feel like I can do many things and help the team out in many ways.”

Hemingway said the thought of committing has not yet crossed his mind, but he said the Gamecocks “are in a good place” with him. “I know how they feel about me.” Freshman defensive end Zacch Pickens was his player host.

Hemingway said he will be taking some other visits with Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest the likely stops. He wants to make his commitment announcement the week of his team’s first game, and that is set for August 23rd at North Myrtle Beach.