DE Demarcus Smith (6-4 262) of Birmingham wants to make his college commitment before the start of his season in September, so the end of this month looks like a doable timeline for him. Smith is still working with the short list of USC, Virginia Tech, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Kansas.
Tracy Rocker, who first recruited Smith while he was at Tennessee, has been the Gamecocks lead recruiter, though Will Muschamp and Bobby Bentley are also keeping in touch. Smith said he hears from the Gamecocks every day.
“We talk about how I can fit into South Carolina’s defensive scheme and how dominant I would be up front,” Smith said. “I’m a speed rusher. I come off the ball quick. And I’m long.”
Smith added that while he doesn’t have a clear favorite at this point, he likes what he’s hearing from the Gamecocks and he has a good feeling for them.
“I love the vibes from the coaches I’m getting,” Smith said. “It’s a family vibe. I love it.”
Smith has not yet been rated in the 247Sports system, and Rivals ranked him the #37 prospect in Alabama.