USC head coach Shane Beamer along with assistants Clayton White and Marcus Satterfield made their in-home visit with LB Stone Blanton of Madison, MS earlier this week. The Gamecocks have made a hard push for Blanton trying to overcome the home-state advantage enjoyed by his other two favorites, Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Blanton said distance will not be a factor in his decision next week, and that’s good news for Beamer and company who continue to impress Blanton.
“It was amazing,” Blanton said of the visit. “That coaching staff is about as good as it gets. They are great people and great coaches as well. We’ve had a phenomenal time getting to know them and their families. Them flying down here met a whole lot to me and my family.”
As for the meeting, Blanton said there really wasn’t anything new the coaches could share with him. It was more of a chance for the Gamecock coaches to further enhance their relationship with the family.
“We’ve talked a bunch,” Blanton said. “It’s been a relationship that’s developed over the past year, so we’ve covered just about everything.”
Mississippi State defensive coordinator Zach Arnette is scheduled to visit Blanton in his home Thursday, and that will do it for the in-home visits. As for this weekend, Blanton is considering taking a visit to one of his final three.
Blanton said he remains up in the air between the three and he doesn’t expect to announce anything prior to Signing Day Wednesday.