Versatile OL Trovon Baugh (6-4 315) of Atlanta became the second public commitment for the 2023 USC football recruiting class. Baugh revealed his decision in a Twitter post. He chose the Gamecocks from a final five that also included Arkansas, LSU, North Carolina and NC State.
Gamecock offensive line coach Greg Adkins started to recruit Baugh last September. He visited for a practice in March and the spring game in April, and he saw and heard plenty from those visits to be convinced USC was where he wanted to call home.
“It’s a good staff with a high-powered offense that’s fast and physical,” Baugh said. “They are a program that’s always been there for me, showing the love from the coaches to the recruiting staff. They’ve supported me. I think the bond I created with everybody has been a major part, too.”
That bond is especially strong with Beamer. Early in the recruiting process, Baugh met with Beamer on a video call, and he was pretty much won over at that point.
“Coach Beamer, his vision is in the right place for South Carolina,” Baugh said. “I know Coach Beamer will be successful. We talk a lot and I told him whatever happens, it’s all right. I said whatever you do, you’re going to be OK. I have a lot of faith in Coach Beamer and the staff there.”
Baugh already has the size and physicality to play early with the Gamecocks. He believes a little coaching under Adkins will have him ready to go in his freshman season of 2023.
“I see myself fitting in as somebody that can come in and help early,” Baugh said. “I can play guard and center. With a lot of guys leaving, I feel I can really help, just hop in and make an impact and help the team get to where they want to be.”
Baugh said he will only take one official visit now that he’s committed, and that’s scheduled for USC June 24th. He had also scheduled an official to North Carolina for June 17th.