#STRecruiting Notebook 9-24

USC is set for its biggest recruiting weekend of the season to date with the Kentucky game being the prime attraction for the recruits. Shane Beamer pointed his staff’s recruiting efforts toward this weekend knowing the game will be against a quality SEC opponent, Williams-Brice Stadium will be full and loud, and it’s a game they can win. There will be three official visitors this weekend and a myriad of unofficial visitors spanning the 2022-2024 classes.

WR Antonio Williams of Dutch Fork will make the short drive over to campus sometime Friday night following his team’s game with Dutch Fork. Williams is one of the most coveted players left on the Gamecock’s board. Beamer and receivers coach Josh Stepp have worked him diligently over the months and have the Gamecocks locked in a battle with Ole Miss. Williams will take an official visit there in October. He is also planning an official visit to Auburn for the Alabama game in November. Clemson also remains a factor, but the Tigers have not yet offered.

DT Jamari Lyons (6-4 277) of Melbourne, FL also will be in Columbia this weekend for his official visit. Defensive line coach Jimmy Lindsey has been the front man for the Gamecocks with Lyons. He will choose either USC or Florida when he makes his commitment announcement on October 6th. He took an official visit to Florida in June, and he’s made multiple unofficial visits to Gainesville. He also visited USC unofficially in June.

The third official visitor for USC this weekend will be LB Jaishawn Barham (6-3 230) of Baltimore. He visited USC unofficially in June and the interest between the two has remained strong. He took an official visit to Penn State last weekend. Barham named a top 12 in June of USC, Penn State, Maryland, West Virginia, Ole Miss, Southern Cal, Tennessee, Georgia, Michigan, Kentucky, Notre Dame and Florida. He’s not publicly narrowed his list from those 12.

A large number of top prospects in the state this week tweeted their intention to be in Columbia Saturday night. Some of those include 2024 QB Jadyn Davis of Catawba Ridge, 2023 QB Raheim Jeter of Spartanburg, 2023 DT Eamon Smalls of Beaufort, 2024 WR Cortez Lane of Camden, 2024 OT Kim Pringle of Woodland, 2023 RB Jshawn Anderson of Hartsville, 2024 QB Jayden Bradford of Chapin and 2024 QB Taiden Mines of Lexington.

2023 OT Monroe Freeling of Oceanside Collegiate, who visited North Carolina last weekend, told the Tar Heel-centric website InsideCarolina that he tentatively plans to be at USC Saturday night. He is going to Notre Dame October 2nd and is working on dates with Clemson and Georgia.

There’s also been reporting that 2023 OT Markee Anderson of Dorman will visit USC Saturday night, but he has not confirmed those plans publicly. Anderson visited USC for the Eastern Illinois game. The Gamecocks were the first to offer him last September.

Among some of the top out of state prospects who have publicized travel plans to Columbia are WR Dane Key of Lexington, KY, LB Grayson Howard of Jacksonville, 2023 OT Lance Williams of Alcoa, TN, 2023 DT Stephen Johnson of Fayetteville, GA, 2023 QB Dylan Lonergan of Snellville, GA and 2023 LB Troy Ford Jr. of Savannah.

USC target DE James Pearce of Charlotte was offered by Georgia.

Clemson target 6-9 Chauncey Wiggins of Loganville, GA plans to his commitment Friday morning at 10:15. Georgia, USF, Maryland and NC State are the others he’s considering. He was at NC State last weekend and Clemson the weekend prior.

6-8 Elijah Saunders of Phoenix said today he has cancelled his official visit to USC for this weekend and will choose from Miami, Notre Dame and San Diego State.

USC offered 6-7 Keyshawn Hall of Cleveland. He attends The Skill Factory Prep in Atlanta. Illinois also recently offered. He also has East Carolina and Duquesne offers among others.

Clemson offered 2023 6-10 Xavier Booker of Indianapolis. Indiana, Illinois and Louisville also are among his offers.

RHP Connor McCreery (6-6 205) of Williston Park, NY committed to USC. He attends P27 Academy in Lexington. Perfect Game had this scouting report on McCreery:

XL frame with long, athletic build and room to physically mature. Primary right-handed pitcher with huge projection and quick arm stroke. Quicker windup with coiled leg lift and late hand break. Tends to land slightly cross-body, adding to deception from a smooth three-quarters arm slot. Commands both sides of the plate with lively fastball to his arm side, while mixing in a well-tunneled slider with hard biting horizontal tilt. Slider has real swing-and-miss potential. Fastball worked in the mid-80s with late arm side run, topping out at 89 mph. High upside with projectable frame and more velocity in the tank as he makes slight mechanical adjustments. Right-handed hitter that hits from an upright, even stance, toe-tap trigger and slightly elongated swing path.

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