WR Simeon Price (6-0 204) of Pensacola, FL became the second 2021 commitment to USC to decommit in as many weeks since the firing of Will Muschamp as head coach. Last week another receiver, Rodarius Thomas, announced he was backing off is pledge. In the case of Price, he’s still keeping the Gamecocks on his short list. He just wants to see what happens with the coaching search and with some other opportunities coming his way.
“Before I put it on Twitter, I called coach (Bobby) Bentley to talk for a little bit,” Price said. “I told him about the uncertainty I had with who they may bring in and how long it may take. I just wanted to open things up and make sure I’m analyzing all my options moving forward.”
What concerns Price about the Gamecocks’ future, who will be the new coach and when will he be hired, is no doubt shared with others in the ’21 class who are uncertain about their future plans. Price said Bentley couldn’t give him any hard and fast answers on the who or the when.
“He said maybe a couple of weeks. He didn’t tell me an accurate timeline because he didn’t know, and that’s totally understandable,” Price said. “He just said as soon as they get one, he would let me know. And he let me know my offer is still on the table with South Carolina.”
Price will have plenty of good opportunities to choose from as he moves forward with the process. It wasn’t long after word leaked out that Muschamp was fired on November 15th that other schools starting reaching out to Price, who this season played receiver, running back, safety and corner.
“Almost immediately when the news came out that coach Muschamp had been fired, Mississippi State immediately texted me, and Tennessee and Georgia Tech among others,” Price said. “Clemson, I’ve talked to coach (Mike) Reed, their corners coach a little bit. It would be an avenue to pursue. Obviously, any school that comes your direction is a blessing. With everything that’s going on right now, I’m just grateful to even have offers. He just told me at my size and tackling ability that I would be able to fit in with their program.”
Price said the schools he’s hearing from most regularly at this point are USC, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Mississippi State. He also has offers from Louisville, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech, Arkansas, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Michigan State and Indiana.
Price, who also runs tracks, said he will not sign until February. His decommitment leaves the Gamecocks with 14 new commitments for the 2021 class. Four transfers who are on the team this season also count in the class meaning 18 of the 25 spots are accounted for.