#STRecruiting Notebook 7-20

Michael Mincey

USC is still in touch with LB Michael Mincey (6-1 210) of Waycross, GA. Mincey said he exchanged text messages with Will Muschamp. The Gamecocks first noticed Mincey while recruiting current linebacker Ernest Jones from Waycross. He said Muschamp likes how he’s an old-school linebacker and likes to hit. Mincey visited for the Florida game last season and returned for a junior day, and he said the Gamecocks want him to return for an official visit. Nothing has been scheduled. Mincey said the Gamecocks are second on his list right now behind Vanderbilt. He also likes Kentucky. Some of his other offers are Florida State, Mississippi State and Kansas. Mincey said he was going to announce a commitment Friday but because he’s only been able to visit USC and Kentucky, he’s going to wait. Last season he had 120 tackles and 5 sacks.

USC remains the favorite of CB Dontae Balfour (6-2 170) of Starke, FL despite an offer last week from Ole Miss. Balfour said he talks with player personnel assistant Nate Hammett regularly and the Gamecocks remain real tight with him. He also has offers from Virginia, Coastal Carolina, Austin Peay, Georgia State, FIU, Akron and Tennessee State.

USC offered 2022 DT Christen Miller (6-5 285) of Ellenwood, GA. He’s rated a 4-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite and the #15 defensive tackle in the 2022 class nationally. Some of his other offers are Georgia, Florida, LSU, Florida State, Colorado, Virginia Tech, Auburn, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, Arkansas and Kentucky.

USC offered 2022 DE Joshua White (6-4 240) of Decatur, GA. He also lists offers from Georgia Tech, Florida, East Carolina, Nebraska and Ole Miss.

USC offered 2023 QB Dylan Lonergan (6-1 195) of Snellville, GA. Some other reported offers are Auburn, Penn State, Tennessee, LSU and Georgia Tech.

2022 OL/DL Nicholas Williams of Fox Creek was offered by Mississippi State. Some of his other offers are NC State, Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, Penn State, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia Tech.

USC picked up a commitment in late June from 2022 3B Ethan Petry of Land O’ Lakes, FL.

SS Tyler Zedalis (6-2 190) of Charlotte committed to USC for 2023 class.

Clemson target 6-11 Jonas Aidoo of Charlotte was offered by Virginia Tech and Providence.

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