WR Rico Powers (6-2 181), a native of Savannah who attends Hapeville Charter outside of Atlanta, announced a commitment to USC Tuesday morning giving the Gamecocks three receivers in their 2020 class. Powers took an unofficial visit to Columbia last Saturday for the Alabama game and following that visit said he was closing in on his final decision. Arkansas and Nebraska were the other two programs involved with Powers at the end.
USC has been working Powers for an extended period and he made multiple visits to the school. He visited for the spring game and returned for a camp session in June. He said the Gamecocks see him simply as a receiver who can make things happen.
“They think I’m a playmaker,” Powers said. “They want me there. I’m very excited about that. I know he (WR coach Bryan McClendon) really wants me and wants to coach me. I’m not really looking for the school, I’m looking for the school that chooses me. I love the way they are showing how much they want me.”
Powers also looked offers from Tennessee, Oregon, NC State and Virginia before moving towards the Gamecocks. He gives the Gamecocks a total of 21 newcomers counting in the 2020 class at this point, a figure that includes three transfers.
Last season he had 17 catches for 552 yards and 6 touchdowns.