North Myrtle Beach DE Chase Simmons (6-4 250) said he will not be officially signing with Coastal Carolina Wednesday because he has a blue shirt offer, meaning his scholarship there would come from the 2022 class. Simmons said he’s talked with new USC coach Shane Beamer, and also is hearing from USC linebackers coach Rod Wilson, and he’s under consideration for an offer from the Gamecocks. He also has offers from Georgia State, VMI, Charlotte, Furman, Akron and Kent State. Simmons said he remains “stuck on Coastal” right now. He likes the program and the fact it’s close to home. He’s also hearing from Tennessee, Ole Miss and Auburn. Simmons had around 50 tackles and 11 sacks this season.
DE Byron Young of Georgia Military JC and Carvers Bay tells us he still hasn’t decided if he will sign Wednesday, if he’s not feeling it with one school, he’ll wait until next week. He said Tennessee is #1 with him right now but he’s talking with USC coach Shane Beamer about every other day and that’s put the Gamecocks in play. Auburn also has been strong with him but the Malzahn firing affects his thinking there. Florida State and Mississippi State are the other two on his short list.
DE Deonte Anderson of Fort Meade, FL, who has had USC on his short list of schools, said he’s not been contacted by new coach Shane Beamer or any of the Gamecock coaches in a long time. He said Mississippi State is pushing hardest for him right now with UCF also showing a lot of interest. Georgia Tech, Nebraska and Penn State also are on his short list. He does not expect to sign on Wednesday.
DE Elijah Davis of Wagener-Salley is talking with East Mississippi JC and Iowa Western JC. He will not sign Wednesday.
USC commitment OT JonDarius Morgan of Birmingham said this afternoon he will not sign until February. He said he is “mostly” firm with the Gamecocks but other schools have been talking to his coach.
USC commitment WR O’Mega Blake, who originally said he would not sign Wednesday, announced Monday he will sign Wednesday.
Per The State, USC commitment TJ Sanders does not plan to sign Wednesday.
USC has some interest in Georgia Tech transfer WR Ahmarean Brown (5-10 170). The sophomore from Tampa caught 32 passes for 579 yards and 8 TDs in 2 seasons with Tech. USF also is interested.
DE Korey Foreman of Corona, CA cut his list again, and Clemson is still on it. He also has Georgia, LSU, Alabama and Southern Cal on the list.
2022 4-star WR Amarion Brown (6-3 180) of Stuart, FL named a top 10 of USC, Miami, Florida State, Oregon, Pitt, Virginia Tech, Florida, Auburn, Mississippi State and Rutgers. In 2019 he had 30 catches for 450 yards and 4 touchdowns.
USC is included in the top 12 with 2022 SAF Tre Donaldson (6-2 190) of Tallahassee. The others are Georgia, Alabama, Louisville, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Miami, Florida State, Oregon Kentucky, Auburn and Florida.
First Baptist LB Mikey Blandin committed to The Citadel.
2022 LHP Tristan Smith (6-2 200) of Boiling Springs committed to Clemson.