One of the top recruits in the house for the USC spring game Saturday night was the Gamecocks’ top quarterback target in the 2023 class Dylan Lonergan of Snellville, GA. Lonergan has made multiple visits to see Shane Beamer and quarterbacks coach Marcus Satterfield. Saturday night, along with his dad former Penn State quarterback Dan Lonergan, Dylan got the chance to see the newly retooled offense directed by transfer quarterback Spencer Rattler.
“It was fantastic. Lot of energy at the spring game,” Dan Lonergan said. “I think the way the offense has come around, just from last year given some additional weapons, particularly at quarterback, it’s made a huge difference. It was just a fun place to be around and making a lot of progress.”
Rattler is the key to that offensive progress. He’s athletic with a strong arm, quick release and excellent mobility. Dan Lonergan watched closely and saw a lot of his son in Rattler’s playing style.
“There are a lot of similarities,” Lonergan said. “The quick release, the strong arm, accuracy, good lower body movement, I think those are all characteristics that are commonplace. Those are things that are important to that offense, and both exhibit in a big way.”
The Lonergans, of course, had the chance to visit again with Beamer and Satterfield and talk about the future.
“Their message has always been consistent,” Lonergan said. “Dylan is a priority and they think he’ll fit in well. Coach Satterfield’s offense is very pro-oriented, the opportunity to develop within the system and be a part of something special that has an opportunity to be successful is kind of the key ingredient. That message has been consistent for quite some time.”
Dylan Lonergan is also a big-time baseball prospect, and right now baseball is first on his agenda. The regular season is about to end, and then come the playoffs. After that, it’s spring football practice. And then Lonergan will take his official visits before coming to a decision.
“Ultimately, it’s try to get to the decision by the end of the summer before football starts,” Dan Lonergan said. “We just want to make sure we touch all bases. We’ll narrow it down to at least five and go from there. Got a pretty good idea (on official visits), not definitive yet. I think over the next week or two, Dylan will probably get that settled in his mind. I would suspect Carolina would definitely be one of them.”
Dan Lonergan said some other schools showing strong interest at this point in his son include Stanford, Alabama, Ohio State and Florida.