TE Michael Trigg (6-4 200) of Lake Wales, FL has a heavy offer load at this point. He counts close to 30 tenders including one from USC. Trigg does not carry a rating yet from either 247Sports or Rivals, but that hasn’t cooled the recruiting interest. And Saturday he, his father and his trainer spent the day at USC meeting with Will Muschamp, his recruiter Travaris Robinson and the Gamecocks new tight ends coach Joe Cox.
“I thought it was really good, very informational, thought coach Muschamp said a lot of good things. I’ll definitely go back,” Trigg said. “Coach Muschamp said to be selfish, make this decision based on what you think, not what anybody else thinks. I thought that was one of the more important things of the trip, when he said that.”
The Gamecocks are coming off a 4-8 season but to a new recruit, they don’t look like a losing program, not with their new facilities and new enthusiasm built around the arrival of new offensive coordinator Mike Bobo.
“I feel like it’s going in the upward direction to be honest with you,” Trigg said. “I don’t think it’s going down with the facilities and everything that’s going on around the campus.”
Trigg, who was born in Fort Valley, GA is that hybrid tight end-receiver, a player who can attach to the line and chip a defense end going out, or split out and run a route. He and Cox talked about that concept and how it would be applied in his case.
“They said I would be like a flex tight end,” Trigg said. “Since I’m more athletic than most tight ends, I’d be able to put my hand in the dirt and also play wide receiver. He (Cox) was just telling me how they run the system and how the system could fit me. I feel it will fit perfectly with what they are trying to do with the program.”
Trigg also counts offers from Tennessee, Florida State, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, LSU, Miami, Michigan, USF, West Virginia and Notre Dame among others. Because of basketball, he has not planned any other visits. The one to USC will be his only one for a while, and that’s good for the Gamecocks.
“I don’t have like a top school right now but I know that South Carolina is a place like home,” Trigg said.
Trigg is not sure when he’ll make his decision, possibly before his season or it could come afterwards. He will not graduate early and he’s not sure about early signing.
According to MaxPreps stats, Trigg was an offensive stat-sheet stuffer last season. He had 82 catches for 1232 yards and 16 touchdowns, passed for 242 yards and 2 touchdowns and rushed for 196 yards and 5 scores. As a sophomore he had 30 catches for 473 yards and 8 touchdowns.