USC is scheduled to welcome 13 recruiting targets to campus this weekend for official visits, and one of the big men on the campus will be OT Oluwatosin “Tree” Babalade (6-5 296) of Hyattsville, MD. He comes from famed Dematha High School, alma mater of Gamecock running back Marshawn Lloyd.
This will be the second visit to USC for Babalade. He was in for the weekend of the spring game, and he took in a lot that weekend about the school and the football program. This weekend is about relaxing with the other recruits and growing closer with head coach Shane Beamer and offensive line coach Greg Adkins.
“I don’t really need to see anything. I’ve already seen everything I wanted to see,” Babalade said. “I mean, it is a great time in person, so I’m just going to bring the same energy again. I talk to Coach Beamer every once in a while. I talk to Coach Adkins all the time. Just the love I’m getting from them is amazing.”
Beamer and Adkins have kept up their recruiting efforts with Babalade, and those efforts haven’t gone unnoticed.
“Them reaching out to me means a lot,” Babalade said. “They’ve just been boosting my confidence, telling me I can do it. There’s times I doubt myself, but they’ve been in my corner helping me out.”
Babalade has taken an official visit to North Carolina. He is scheduled to visit Ohio State and Rutgers the next two weekends, and he also plans to visit Maryland. Going into this weekend, the Gamecocks sit in a good place with the big tackle.
“They are definitely on the top,” Babalade said. “It’s a great, amazing vibe since one of my friends (SAF Zahbari Sandy) just committed there. First is UNC, because that was my first visit, and I liked the impression they gave to me. I would say UNC first and then see how South Carolina goes.”
As for when a decision might come about, Babalade is thinking sooner rather than later.
“I was thinking about waiting until August, but it’s going to be soon. I can feel it.”
Babalade will be joined on his visit by his mother and uncle.