SAF Nick Emmanwori (6-4 195) of Irmo has become a big target for USC coach Shane Beamer since receiving an offer last Friday following an impressive camp showing. Wednesday Emmanwori returned to USC for an unofficial visit with his family in tow. He was naturally excited when he got the offer, and the visit validated those feelings.
“I went there with my mom, my dad and my older brother who plays at Wofford,” Emmanwori said. “It was great. We met the coaching staff for a second time. You know a second impression is always better than the first one. My parents met the coaching staff. They were warm to my parents. We went around the campus. We saw the stadium and the facilities again. We went to Shane Beamer’s office and sat down, and with my parents, we had a good talk. And went to an academic meeting.”
Emmanwori said the conversation with Beamer was not so much a pitch to get him to commit, but rather insight on his plans for the program.
“He was talking about his journey from where all he has coached previously,” Emmanwori said. “He was talking about how South Carolina use to be a winning school when he was with the staff. He’s come back, and his quest is to do it again.”
USC is the only major offer for Emmanwori at this point. He also has Charlotte, Georgia Southern and Richmond, and he’s been hearing from Wake Forest. He wants to wait until later in the summer on a commitment, but right now he’s the Gamecocks to lose.
“We are still in a good place with South Carolina,” Emmanwori said. “The visit probably helped even more. My parents are on board, things are looking good. I didn’t commit yet, but they are still my number one school. I feel like the coaching staff is really amazing. What they see in me, what they think they can do with me, if I can do that, it could be great. That’s what’s really important to me, a good coaching staff.”
Emmanwori doesn’t have any other travel plans set for June, saying the only other place he may go is to North Carolina for a camp at the end of the month. He’s looking at late July or early August on making a commitment.
Clemson target CB Toriano Pride (5-11 172) of St. Louis plans to announce his college decision Friday. Pride has not publicized a time for his announcement. He was at the Clemson Elite Retreat last weekend. He has taken official visits to Ohio State and Oregon this month and is scheduled for an official visit to Auburn next weekend.
USC offered 2024 DE Alexander Cunningham (6-6 260) of Johns Creek, GA. Florida State, Georgia, Arkansas and UCF also have offered.
Emerald DT Robby Harrison was offered by Georgia after camp Thursday.
CB Jaeden Gould (6-2 190) of Oradell, NJ, who had a Clemson offer, will announce Sunday between Penn State and Southern Cal.
DT Franklin Richardson (6-4 290) of Gettysburg, PA committed to Coastal Carolina.
2023 QB Aliam Appler of Dutch Fork is camping the next three days at Toledo, Appalachian State and Vanderbilt.
2023 6-8 TJ Power of Worcester, MA was offered by USC. Boston College, Miami, Providence, Iowa and Penn State are some of his other offers.
USC offered 2023 6-6 Jakwon Moore of Burgaw, NC. LSU, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest are some other offers.