A fifth and sixth decommitment from the USC 2021 football class hit on Wednesday. The first came when DE George Wilson (6-5 211) of Virginia Beach, VA announced on Twitter his plans to move on. Wilson committed to the Gamecocks on July 12th picking them over his other finalists Penn State and Arizona State. At that time, Wilson also held offers from North Carolina, Oregon, Wake Forest, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Indiana, Michigan State, Marshall, Connecticut and Syracuse. Wilson is rated a four-star and is ranked the #9 prospect in Virginia. There was no season there this fall. His junior season Wilson had 12 sacks. His decommitment reduces the Gamecocks’ 2021 class to 11 commitments. Plus, there are four spots taken by transfers who are playing this season.
The second decommitment came Wednesday night from LB Trenilyas Tatum of Jonesboro, GA who also announced a commitment to Georgia Tech. He had committed to the Gamecocks on April 30th over other offers from Louisville, Arkansas, Maryland, Oklahoma, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Michigan State and Minnesota. Tatum missed all of this season after having knee surgery in March, but he had a junior season of 91 tackles with 31 tackles for loss and 14 sacks.
DE Byron Young (6-3 240) of Georgia Military JC and Carvers Bay, but now living in Columbus, GA, said he’s been hearing from USC defensive ends coach Mike Peterson since the Will Muschamp firing. “He’s been giving me updates on what’s going on and said they’ll keep giving me updates. They’re getting a new coach and staff and I don’t know how that will work in my favor. I’m not leaning towards them too much. I’ve put my focus on Tennessee, Auburn, Florida State, Missouri and Mississippi State.” Young visited Auburn a couple of weeks ago on his own just to look around. Young will be signing on December 16th so he’s thinking of making his decision about a week prior. Young said he would be open to talking to the new Gamecock coach if he’s hired before his makes his decision. He picked up offers from Ole Miss and Appalachian State this week.
2022 WR Marcus Peterson (6-4 200) of Lake City, FL was offered by #Gamecocks. He is rated a three-star and #62 in Florida. Some other offers are Miami, Georgia Tech, Arkansas and Boston College.
USC is the first program to offer 2022 OT JaDarious Lee (6-4 307) of Nashville.
2022 QB Quinn Ewers of Southlake, TX committed to Ohio State. He was originally committed to Texas. Clemson also showed some interest.
2022 WR Caleb Burton of De Valle, TX, who was a Clemson target, committed to Ohio State. He’s rated the top receiver prospect nationally in the 2022 class.
2022 CB Jaheim Singletary of Jacksonville, who has Clemson in his top 9, plans to announce his commitment on January 2nd. He was just offered by Ohio State, so the Buckeyes were a late addition to his list. The others are on there are Auburn, Georgia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Florida, Miami and LSU.
USC and Clemson target 2022 DE Jihaad Campbell of Sicklerville, NJ was offered by Ohio State.
CB Dontae Balfour of Starke, FL named a top five of USC, Auburn, Missouri, Ole Miss and Tulane.
Hartsville native RB Tiyon Evans of Hutchinson JC, KS recommits to Tennessee. He committed the first time to the Vols in April and decommitted in September.
AC Flora QB Ethan Beamish committed to Limestone.
OT Mason Harrington of Hammond School committed to Wofford.
DE/TE Chase Simmons of North Myrtle Beach committed to Coastal Carolina.
2022 6-9 Jai Smith of Syracuse, who attends school in Raleigh, has offers from USC and Clemson. He said he’s thinking about cutting his list in the near future. He said USC, Clemson, Kansas, Tennessee, Memphis, Wake Forest and NC State are some of the schools he likes a good bit at this point. “Great programs, great coaches,” Smith said about the Gamecocks and Tigers. “I’m looking for a family team, a brotherhood.”
2022 6-7 Kaleb Banks of Fayetteville, GA was offered by Clemson. He’s rated the #20 PF nationally and #2 prospect in Georgia. He also has offers from Georgia, Xavier, Georgia Tech and Mississippi State among others.