#STRecruiting: #Gamecocks top ’23 QB target has busy Saturday visit

Dylan Lonergan

2023 QB Dylan Lonergan (6-2 197) is the one Shane Beamer and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Marcus Satterfield want the most as the quarterback in their 2023 recruiting class. They have made that point repeatedly to Lonergan, and it was definitely reemphasized Saturday when he attended the junior day. Lonergan had visited USC before in June and for a couple of games this past season, so he already had a good feel for the program before Saturday’s meetings.

“I’ve mainly seen everything on the football side, but I got to sit down and talk with Coach Satterfield, so it was great to get to know him a little better.  We mainly talked about the offense, ran through some plays, watched some film.  I really like it.  I think it’s a good pro-style offense that will get me developed for the next level.”

Lonergan also had some face-to-face time with Beamer.

“He said it was great having me there, and I look forward to building my relationship with him,” said Lonergan who obviously watched what Beamer did this past season with great interest. “You could tell the players were buying into what the coaches were doing and it was really good to see.”

USC has made it clear to Lonergan that he’s their top choice at quarterback for 2023. Lonergan has let Beamer and Satterfield know they are major players for him.

“They’ve always been high (on his list) and they are definitely still there,” Lonergan said.  “Nothing’s changed.  I wouldn’t say a leader yet, but they are definitely one of the top schools.” Ohio State, he said, is the only other school to tell him he’s their top quarterback target for the class.

Lonergan also is a pitching prospect and wants to play both sports in college. He was 7-1 with an ERA around 1.00 last season. While in Columbia, he met up with baseball coach Mark Kingston.

“Love the coaches, the facilities are nice, and the stadium is great,” Lonergan said.  “He said I will be able to come and contribute early hopefully, and obviously work that around football.” And Beamer has told him that won’t be an issue. “He says he’d be flexible with it. Obviously, I’d come to as much football as I can, but when I have to pitch then he said I’m going to go pitch.”

Lonergan will visit Georgia Tech Sunday and Stanford next weekend. He also plans to visit some schools in March he hasn’t seen in a while. He will take an official visit to USC in June or July and plans to make his decision around mid-summer.

According to MaxPreps, last season Lonergan passed for 3392 yards, completing 63% of his passes, with 32 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. For his career, he’s passed for 6239 yards, 57 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. He’s also rushed for 993 yards and 16 touchdowns.

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