Football coaches sometimes will take a flier on a flier they see in camp. Speed opens eyes, and the most unheralded of players who burn a 40 will get attention. Such was the case last week at USC with off-the-radar WR Kylic Horton (6-4 180) of Clarendon Hall in Summerton. Horton came to the Shane Beamer camp and turned in a 4.4 time in the forty. He also posted other impressive test results. The result? An offer from Beamer and receivers coach Justin Stepp.
“The first day I tested and did well,” Horton said. “They loved my testing, all the verticals, the 40-yard dash, I ran a 4.4, and I had a 39-inch vertical. I guess they liked that. I performed well. I told Coach Stepp I was going to come back the next day. The next day I didn’t do any testing. I did the same, performed well, and then Coach Beamer came to me and presented me the offer.”
Horton, who has played eight-man football throughout his high school career, did not come to Beamer’s camp thinking he’d leave with an offer. When he got it, he wasn’t sure how to react.
“I was excited, but I didn’t really show it,” Horton said. “At the time, I couldn’t. I had to soak it up till I got home, and I was very excited. Coach Beamer said I can help the program out a lot. I think I can help the program out a lot myself.”
Horton also has offers from Gardner-Webb and Benedict. Obviously, the offer puts USC at the top of his list.
“Oh yeah, definitely,” Horton said.
He and his parents are returning to Columbia early Friday morning for an unofficial visit and more conversation with the coaches. Has the thought of committing entered his mind?
“That’s undecided,” Horton said. “I don’t know.”
Right now, Horton plans to go to Virginia Tech Thursday for a camp and to Coastal Carolina for a camp June 18th.
LB Carter Wyatt (6-2 215) of Shallotte, NC made an unofficial to USC Monday morning. USC has not offered and would like to see him work out, but he’s had hand surgery and can’t work out. There is interest both ways. Took an official to Duke last weekend.
PK Keegan Sneedon (6-4 200) of Katy, TX visited Clemson last week. He’s rated the #4 kicker nationally in the 2022 class.
2024 LB Kedrick Burley (6-2 220) of Lantana, FL visited Clemson Monday.
Mauldin CB Jeadyn Lucas visited North Carolina over the weekend and goes to Clemson this weekend.
DE Jihaad Campbell of IMG Academy will make an unofficial visit to Clemson Tuesday. He was at Florida over the weekend.
DT Travis Shaw (6-5 310) of Greensboro, NC told Deana King of Rivals he will visit North Carolina this week, Clemson this weekend and Georgia next week.
USC offered 2023 TE Preston Zinter (6-3 215) of Lawrence, MA. Notre Dame, Georgia and LSU are among his offers.
2023 DT Joel Starlings (6-5 300) of Richmond visited USC Monday.
Clemson and USC target 2023 LB Josiah Trotter of Philadelphia was offered by Ohio State.
2024 OT Kam Pringle of Woodland camped at Florida Monday and was offered. He also has camped at USC and Clemson this month.
2024 RB/LB Sammy Brown (6-1 205) of Commerce, GA will be at Clemson Thursday. He has offers from USC, Georgia, Tennessee and Georgia Tech.
6-2 MJ Collins of Westminster Catawba took an official visit to Virginia Tech over the weekend. He is scheduled for an official to Clemson June 22nd per Max Feldman. He also has been to Wake Forest, and Oklahoma has gotten involved.