#STRecruiting: Durojaiye still working on visit plans with #Gamecocks

Tomiwa Durojaiye

USC has around 20 official visits scheduled for the month of June, and likely will add more. The Gamecocks will also have numerous official visits during the month. A visit of some sort will be made by DE Tomiwa Durojaiye (6-5 255) of Middletown, DE. He’s become a prime target for the Gamecocks with defensive line coach Jimmy Lindsey, area recruiter Pete Lembo and personnel director Taylor Edwards in touch with him regularly.

“I’m talking to somebody from South Carolina every other day or every three days,” Durojaiye said.  “It’s either coach Lindsey, coach Edwards sends me some texts, and coach Lembo is the recruiter for my area and he reaches out of lot.  Those are the three main guys but then you might have someone on the staff just reach out here and there.  The whole staff wrote me personal letters, and it was obvious everybody on the staff took their time to write a letter.  That meant a lot to me.”

Durojaiye was in for the spring game but, of course, could not have contact with coaches. He plans to meet them for the first time in June, but is not yet sure of the details.

“I can’t confirm yet, but most likely,” Durojaiye said of an official visit with the Gamecocks.  “I’m just taking it slowly over the next week to evaluate how I feel and talk to my parents.  That’s how I’ll determine if I’m there.  But I’m definitely coming up to South Carolina this summer.  I haven’t really touch based on if it will be unofficial or official yet.”  

Durojaiye recently named a final eight of USC, Northwestern, Georgia Tech, West Virginia, Michigan, Arkansas, Iowa and Duke.

“Those were the schools from all my offers where I felt I could be developed best at both on and off the field,” Durojaiye said.  “I felt like with those schools I would have an opportunity to make an impact early, have an opportunity to play as a freshman, something I’m really high on being able to do.  Education-wise, they were the schools that have a lot to offer.  They can put me in good positions outside of football.  I’m interested in studying business, and between my eight schools, I felt like all of them could really help me both in my major and what I can do as a football player.”

Durojaiye has set officials to Georgia Tech June 18th and Arkansas June 25th. He is looking at the start of his fall practice August 17th for making a commitment. If not then, he said his first game September 10th would be the date.

Other Notes:

USC target OT Jacob Allen of Princeton, NJ committed to Rutgers.

USC offered 2023 LB Josiah Trotter (6-2 225) of Philadelphia. He’s a four-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite and ranked #5 nationally among inside linebackers. He’s the son of former NFL star LB Jeremiah Trotter, and his brother, Jeremiah Jr., is a freshman linebacker at Clemson. Other offers include Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Cincinnati, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oregon, Maryland, Marshall, Syracuse and Penn State.

USC offered 2023 QB Eli Holstein (6-3 212) of Zachary, LA. He’s rated as a four-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite and ranked the #6 pro-style quarterback nationally in his class. Some other offers are LSU, Penn State, Georgia, Auburn, Purdue, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Utah, Arizona State, Texas A&M, Louisville and Colorado.

USC offered 2023 LB Grayson Howard (6-3 205) of Jacksonville, FL. He’s rated a 4-star by 247Sports and ranked 14th nationally among outside linebackers. He had 118 tackles and 3. 5 tackles for loss last season. Some other offers are Texas A&M, Georgia Tech, Arkansas, Ole Miss and Virginia Tech.

USC offered 2023 five-star OT Kadyn Proctor (6-7 300) of Des Moines, IA. He’s ranked the #2 OT nationally in the 247Sports Composite. He carries a national offer list.

Clemson target SAF Sherrod Covil of Chesapeake, VA was offered by Miami. He has plans to visit Clemson unofficially June 11th.

2023 QB Judah Holtzclaw (6-6 230) of Westerville, OH plans to camp at Clemson June 3rd. He also plans stops at Georgia, SMU, TCU, Houston and Toledo. He’s rated a 3-star in the 247Sports Composite.

2023 four-star DE Luke Montgomery (6-5 260) of Findlay, OH, plans to visit Clemson June 15th. He also plays offensive tackle.

Hartsville LB Bailey Carraway signed this week with Coastal Carolina.

USC offered 6-8 Jaret Valencia of Colombia. He attends school in Legacy, TX. He’s rated a three-star in the 247Sports Composite and the #33 power forward nationally. He also has offers from Creighton, Houston, Rutgers, San Diego State, North Texas, Washington State and Mississippi State.

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