Multi-talented Jaheim Bell of Valdosta, GA remains a prime USC target for the 2020 class. And the Gamecocks have worked their way into a position of prominence with him according to his coach. In fact, the Gamecocks sit in the pole position at this point for the former Florida commitment. He made his official visit to USC in June and returned for an unofficial visit for the Alabama game. Those visits and the recruiting efforts of Bobby Bentley and Will Muschamp have made the Gamecocks the team to beat for Bell who can play tight end or wide receiver.
“I think he’s been leaning hard to South Carolina for a long time,” Valdosta coach Alan Rodemaker said. “Bobby Bentley has done a great job recruiting him and Muschamp has been down here a couple of times. Bentley has been an excellent recruiter. He’s been all over him since day one.”
Certainly the Gamecocks would love to have Bell jump in the boat with the 2020 class and announce a commitment. Rodemaker said he doesn’t talk recruiting much with Bell and isn’t deep into his business, but he doesn’t since that a final decision is imminent.
“I don’t know what his plans are but I think it’s probably going to be December (before a decision),” the coach said. “He’s going to end up doing what he wants to do. I think South Carolina is in the lead but I can’t tell you that for sure. I think it’s going to go right to December and he’s probably going to be one of those guys with 3-5 hats and play the shell game. We don’t talk about it. He’s a Wildcat right now, that’s all I’m worried about. That other stuff kind of gets in my way. We want our kids going off but in the end I don’t talk to them every day about it.”
Rodemaker said Bell did not visit Florida or Florida State last weekend as had been forecast in some recruiting website stories. He has also taken an official visit to Oklahoma and has said he will take an official visit to Virginia Tech November 11th. He’s also had Tennessee high up on his list.