Conway DT Tonka Hemingway (6-3 255) Thursday announced a commitment to USC giving Will Muschamp his sixth in-state recruit out of 15 high school pledges in the 2020 class.
Hemingway had more than 20 major offers and he cut his list to USC, Duke and North Carolina. New USC defensive line coach John Scott quickly went to work on Hemingway after joining the Gamecock staff in December. Hemingway visited USC for a spring practice in March and got the chance to see Scott work his players.
“I liked how they practice and how it was up-tempo and how they compete every play,” Hemingway said. “They got after it every play. I liked how Coach Scott talked with the guys and helped out. And he said he liked how I can play inside and out.”
Hemingway also took an official visit to USC in June and he got the chance to see the other side of the coaches, what they’re like away from football. And he liked what he saw.
“Just the atmosphere, and how the coaches are without being on the field,” Hemingway said. “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 is a very athletic defensive linemen who can play over center are against guards, and can also slide out and play defensive end. He also plays basketball and baseball for the Tigers. Hemingway is the 18th newcomer that counts for the Gamecocks’ 2020 class and the third defensive tackle.
His brother, wide receiver Junior Hemingway, played at Michigan and in the NFL.