USC Thursday offered three-star RB Ke’Travion Hargrove (5-11 185) of Ruston, LA, and the offer came after some very quick recruiting work. Hargrove committed earlier this month to his hometown Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, coached by former Gamecock offensive coordinator Skip Holtz. USC recruiter Tracy Rocker and running backs coach Des Kitchings are the ones who made the first contact for the Gamecocks with Hargrove earlier this week.
“I just started talking with them yesterday (Wednesday) I want to say,” Hargrove said. “Somebody texted me on Twitter and was like what’s up, this is so and so and so and so, and I said yeah. After awhile, they just called me out of nowhere and offered me today (Thursday). I’m extremely excited. It’s a blessing come true for my first SEC school. I’m just excited, really, don’t know what to do. I don’t know what they are trying to do (as a program), but I do know a little bit about South Carolina because I do watch football. I don’t know how they are trying to build it. I don’t know how they work.”
Hargrove rushed for 1537 yards and 20 touchdowns last season. He also had 17 catches for 460 yards and 6 touchdowns. Hargrove said Kitchings, and other recruiters, likes the way he can motor.
“He likes my speed,” Hargrove said. “I hear a lot about my speed. I think it’s a surprise how fast I am. What’s a typical 40 speed? I just line up and go. Like a 4.5.”
USC is the only SEC offer at this point for Hargrove, though he said he does hear from LSU, but he has other Power Five offers from Oklahoma State, Baylor, Boston College and Michigan State. Plus, he has Houston and Louisiana offers. He is far from ready to close down his recruiting.
“My recruiting is open, like I’m still listening,” Hargrove said. “La-Tech, they are my hometown team. I visited at La-Tech, it was a prospect day. I’ve already seen their facilities, but I haven’t seen anybody else’s. That’s why I’m still open.”
Hargrove listed his top schools at this point as USC, Louisiana Tech, Baylor, Oklahoma State and Michigan State. He said he’d like to visit USC and LSU once he can get back on the road.
In the 247Sports Composite, Hargrove is ranked the #33 running back prospect in the country, and the #15 prospect in Louisiana.