#STRecruiting: OT Ryan Brubaker reviews his official visit with the #Gamecocks

Ryan Brubaker

One of the most highly regarded prospects among the official visitors at USC last weekend was OT Ryan Brubaker (6-6 280) of Stevens, PA. He is a four-star prospect and is ranked the #24 offensive tackle in his class and the #7 prospect in his state. He has narrowed his decision to USC, Penn State (where his father played), Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Stanford.

Along with USC, Brubaker also has taken official visits to Stanford and Penn State. He will take his official visit to Tennessee this weekend and then one to Vanderbilt the last weekend in June. He plans a decision in July.

Here’s Brubaker’s review of his two days with the Gamecocks:

“We got a driving tour of the city of Columbia, and that night we had dinner with the coaches, shake hands and exchange hugs and all that good stuff.  Enjoyed the evening with my player-host and some teammates of his.  Had a great time.  Saturday was filled with the usual stuff…photo shoot, campus tour, academics.  Really the meat and potatoes of the visit.  Great day.  We had dinner that evening at Williams-Brice Stadium and had the chance to check out the stadium.  Enjoyed my time that evening with the players out in Columbia.”

His thoughts on the facilities, the city of Columbia and the USC campus:

“The facilities are still relatively new and really nice.  While they are farther from campus than most schools, there’s also that flexibility to expand, which is nice.  They’re not exactly landlocked.  We enjoyed the facilities.  The city itself, while we were taking our campus tour, we were impressed by the fact there wasn’t a lot of city noise.  When we were in the middle of campus, it was very easy to forget that we were in the capital of South Carolina.  It was very nice, very serene.”

On his conversation with offensive line coach Greg Adkins:

“His big point was South Carolina is in need of a lot of offensive tackles.  His point was, they have a lot of great players there, the problem is they are all center guards. He said they have a few true tackles, but most are guards playing tackle. So, they’re trying to get real tackle types.  The opportunity to play pretty early, he was drawing it up on how he saw things going.  He said there’s a very real opportunity to be in contention for a starting spot after a redshirt year.  It’s kind of crazy that an SEC program like that is thin at tackle.  I think he said he had four true tackle types, and a lot of them are older guys who are going to be a year or two after I would get there.”

On what he heard from head coach Shane Beamer in their sit-down meeting:

“Coach Beamer’s big point was South Carolina has history of achieving and being successful, but he said South Carolina has never won an SEC, never won a national championship.  In a good way, to us recruits, it’s still an open door.  His pitch was there’s still history to be written.  It’s not one of those been there, done that already and blend into the pages of South Carolina football history.  It was definitely a message of rebuilding, regrowth, and his big thing was he doesn’t need to be going to the transfer portal to try to pick up as many athletes as he can.  He said the talent and ability is in the building, it just hasn’t been realized yet.  It just hasn’t been properly trained and realized to the extent that it should be.  That was a big message from him.”

On where USC stands with him after the official visit:

“We were certainly impressed with them.  There’s great people there.  There’s definitely that southern charm and hospitality in the city and on campus.  That doesn’t end with the staff.  It’s really hard to put a finger on anything at this point when I still have two visits left.  To make a decision at this point as to who are the leaders and who is doing better, for me at least, it’s not an option, because I haven’t seen all that there is yet.  We’ve walked away from every visit feeling pretty good about each school.  That’s no different for South Carolina.  They did a great job, but Stanford and Penn State, the two other visits I have taken before South Carolina, also did a phenomenal job with theirs.  I’m sure that’s going to be no different for Tennessee and Vanderbilt.  It’s definitely not time to make a decision. That’s going to come in the first few weeks of July, and then we’ll see.”  

Other Notes:

DT Travis Shaw of Greensboro, NC named a top four of Clemson, North Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina A&T. He visited Clemson and North Carolina last week.

Clemson target DE Jihaad Campbell visited Rutgers Tuesday.

2023 DE Ashton Porter (6-4 235) of Cypress, TX visited Clemson Monday.

USC target WR Addison Copeland of Buffalo committed to Pitt. He took an official visit there over the weekend. He was scheduled for an official visit to USC this weekend.

2023 LB Whit Weeks (6-2 190) of Watkinsville, GA,. who was offered by USC under Will Muschamp, was offered by Shane Beamer.

Daniel QB Trent Pearman, son of Clemson staffer Danny Pearman, was given a PWO offer by Alabama.

DE Ja’Maurion Frankin (6-5 230) of Lake City was offered by East Carolina.

DE Kaseem Vauls of Palmetto Prep, formerly of Irmo, was offered by Alabama A&M.

USC offered 2023 6-0 Trevor Smith of Newport News, VA. He also has offers from Florida, Georgetown, Virginia Tech, Old Dominion, Saint Louis, Oral Roberts and VCU.

2023 6-10 Brandon White of Spencer, NC was offered by USC. Louisville, Wake Forest, Pitt, Maryland, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech and NC State are some other offers.

2023 6-7 Wesley Tubbs of Charlotte was offered by USC. Cincinnati, USF and Texas A&M are other offers.

2023 6-7 Kaleb Glenn of Louisville was offered by USC. He’s rated a four-star and ranked the #9 small forward nationally and the #1 prospect in Kentucky for his class in the 247Sports Composite. Indiana, Xavier, Louisville, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Arizona State and Iowa State are among his offers.

2023 6-7 Gregory Jackson of Ridge View was offered Tuesday by North Carolina, NC State, Tennessee, Maryland, LSU and the College of Charleston.

2023 6-8 Brandon Gardner of Gray Collegiate was offered by Kansas, Auburn, Maryland and Memphis Tuesday.

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