USC jumped on RB/CB Kamarro Edmonds (5-11 190) of Havelock, NC very early in the recruiting process and has kept up daily contact with him. Edmonds has made multiple visits to USC with more to come. And their hard work earned the Gamecocks a place in what Edmonds calls his “Elite 8.”
“They just tell me every day to be a Gamecock,” Edmonds said. “They love my film and think I’m a great player, I’m a great athlete and they think I’m a great leader. They think I can be at their school and become a great player there. They like me for both corner and running back. They like me when I play corner because I’m very physical, and they also say I’m very versatile because I can go both ways.”
Edmonds was on hand for the Alabama game last season, a strong effort by USC but none-the-less one of the 8 losses the Gamecocks suffered. They have to overcome the stigma of a losing season in recruiting a player of Edmonds stature.
“Everybody has bad seasons you know,” Edmonds said. I love the Gamecocks. It’s a great school. I love the coaches there. I love Coach T-Rob (Travaris Robinson). I love Coach (Will) Muschamp. They text me every day. They check up on me to make sure I’m doing good in school. Make sure I’m staying out of trouble.”
The other 8 schools to make the cut with Edmonds were Wake Forest, Tennessee, Louisville, NC State, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Missouri. He wants to continue with his visits and evaluations before cutting his list again.
“Right now I’m just taking my time looking at each school,” Edmonds said. “Try to take more visits. Probably wait until my senior year to commit. Just taking it slow, not rushing anything.”
The Gamecocks have strong ties to the Havelock program. One of their all-time greats Pharoh Cooper is a Havelock grad.