DT TJ Searcy of Thomaston, GA has been on the road this week. He started out in middle Tennessee with a visit to Vanderbilt on Wednesday, which he said he liked very much, more than he thought he would. He then headed east on I-40 to hit up Tennessee today. After his stop in Knoxville, he’ll continue east to Columbia where he plans to visit the Gamecocks on Saturday for their spring game.
It will be his first visit of the spring with USC and it will give him the chance to catch up with head coach Shane Beamer and defensive ends coach Sterling Lucas who is handling his recruiting. .
“I’ve been talking to South Carolina a lot actually,” Searcy said. “Me and Coach Lucas stay in contact. It’s been like a consistent relationship I’m building with him. Coach Beamer writes at least once a week. On this next visit, I want to talk to some of the players to see what they think about Coach Lucas and the direction of the program. He’s pretty young, so he knows a lot of the stuff that I’m going through right now. We can relate on a lot of stuff.”
Beamer and Lucas are making a strong pitch to Searcy and are hoping he sees what they’ve been able to do in their shot time in Columbia.
“They are saying the program is on the rise,” Searcy said. “All they need is a few more key players, and they want the right players. They don’t just want somebody who is just a football player. They want somebody who is going to act right.”
Clemson also remains a factor for Searcy. He visited there March 5th and has scheduled an official visit with the Tigers for June 3rd. He’s in regular contact with defensive ends coach Lemanski Hall.
“He always lets me know how great of a program it is,” Searcy said. “He just says he can develop me. He sees a lot of potential in me.”
Along with USC and Clemson, Searcy named Florida, Florida State, Tennessee, Georgia and Vanderbilt as schools standing out with him at this point. He would like to make his decision before his season if he can.