DT Felix Hixon of Jackson, GA took a personal visit to USC Monday and part of Tuesday, the first time he’d had a chance to see the campus and Columbia in person. Hixon visited with his parents. They toured the city and the campus, including a stop by some of the football facilities for a closer look.
“It was real good. I enjoyed going around the campus,” Hixon said. “Of course, I couldn’t go in any of the facilities and do anything with that, but I enjoyed my time in the city. What really stood out was the stadium itself. Coming into the town, you can see it and it’s like one of the biggest things there. We couldn’t go into the indoor facility, but we saw it. That’s a big indoor facility. And even though you are in South Carolina, it almost feels like a Florida kind of vibe.”
Prior to the visit, all Hixon had seen of USC were pictures. He said the in-person experience was bit as good as those pictures depicted.
“I’d seen the pictures and all, but actually being there, it actually really felt good,” Hixon said. “I actually loved it. I loved the atmosphere. It matches up with the pictures I saw.”
Defensive line coach Jimmy Lindsey is pursuing Hixon for the Gamecocks. He couldn’t see him in person on the visit, but he did hit him up on the phone after he left the campus and completed his visit.
“He was telling me how good the atmosphere was, and how they treated him since he was new,” Hixon said. “When I went there, I was like, I could see why it did. It was cool. I liked it.”
Hixon said he’ll make a return visit, on his own, to USC in June. He doesn’t plan to take his official visit with the Gamecocks until the season. Currently he has official visits set for Georgia Tech and Virginia in June. He also has Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Georgia, Louisville, Arkansas and Wisconsin on his short list
- USC offered SAF Peyton Williams (6-0 180) of Rockwall, TX. Michigan State and Maryland also have offered.
- USC offered 2023 LB Tackett Curtis (6-2 195) of Many, LA. He’s rated a four-star in the 247Sports Composite and is ranked the #3 outside linebacker nationally in his class. He was first team All-State last season and the 2A Defensive Player of the Year. He had 92 tackles and 4 interceptions in helping his team win a state championship. Curtis also has offers from LSU, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Miami, Iowa State, Auburn, Michigan, Georgia, Penn State, Oregon, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Southern Cal and Ole Miss
- Clemson made the final six with 5-star SAF Jacoby Mathews (6-1 204) of Ponchatoula, LA. He also has LSU, Florida, Arizona State, Southern Cal and Texas on his list. Mathews is rated the #2 safety nationally in the 2022 class in the 247Sports Composite. He also played quarterback last season and had over 1500 yards and accounted for 23 touchdowns.
- 5-10 Fah’Mir Ali is transferring from Radford to the College of Charleston.