USC basketball target 6-9 Langston Wilson of Georgia Highland JC announced a commitment to Alabama Sunday afternoon. He also had on his short list Oregon, Memphis, Iona, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Penn State and Alcorn State. The Gamecocks started to recruit Wilson after new assistant coach Will Bailey joined the staff from Saint Louis. He had offered Wilson while with the Billikens and the two had developed a strong relationship. Wilson also said he liked Gamecock head coach Frank Martin. But that wasn’t enough for Martin to land his first big man for the 2021 class. Martin and his staff will continue to focus energies on 6-9 Jalen DeLoach of Atlanta. They are in the final five with him. The Gamecocks also have offered 7-0 Jonas Aidoo of Charlotte. He picked up offers last week from Kansas and Tennessee.
6-5 Bryce McGowens of Legacy Charter, formerly of Wren, and a former Florida State commitment, named his top five as Michigan, Georgia, LSU, Nebraska and Florida State.
OT Cedrick Nicely of Gainesville, GA, who had an early offer from USC, committed to Ole Miss. The Gamecocks showed a good bit of interest after making the offer, and he favored the Gamecocks in the summer. But offensive line coach Eric Wolford did not push things with Nicely and the contact faded over time.
OT Caleb Etienne of Butler County JC, KS, who had USC in his top six, named a top thre of Houston, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. He plans to announce his choice December 12th. Etienne said last week he was in regular contact with Wolford, but with only 5 spots left in the class, and with an emphasis on finding more skill position speed, the Gamecocks likely are not taking any more offensive linemen in the class. They have two committed.
WR Harrison Wallace of Pike Road, AL, who was offered by USC last week, committed to Duke.
2022 5-star SAF Kamari Wilson of IMG Academy was at the USC game vs Auburn. USC freshman DE Gilber Edmond is a former teammate. Wilson also visited USC in the summer of 2019 with his 7-on-7 team. He has offers from the Gamecocks, Clemson and most of the other Power Five programs. He has not named favorites.
Clemson target 2022 WR Caleb Burton of De Valle, TX, rated #1 WR in his class, had knee surgery Friday. He was injured in his season opening game.
USC last week was the first offer for 2023 OT Kelton Smith Jr. (6-5 305) of Columbus, GA.