2024 QB Dante Reno (6-1 215) of the Loomis Chaffee School in Connecticut is one of the two top quarterback targets USC head coach for Shane Beamer and quarterbacks coach Marcus Satterfield for the next recruiting season. Reno had made two previous stops to USC, but he spent the end of last week with Beamer, Satterfield and the players and got the complete picture on what’s happening in Columbia.
“I got to hang around with a bunch of the players. We were there for two-and-a-half days, so I got to hang around with them for a long time, and be with Coach Satterfield and Coach Beamer,” Reno said. “I just got a feel for the whole team again. This time it kind of came back down to being around the guys. I hung out with Luke Doty for a night. I stayed with him and his roommate Marshawn (Lloyd). It was really good, really beneficial for me.”
Reno has developed a tight bond with Satterfield, and a major reason he is so focused on USC as a possible landing spot is the offense Satterfield deploys.
“Marcus is going to run an NFL style offense, and it’s going to prepare me for the NFL and all the verbiage that they use in their pass game,” Reno said. “Being around (quarterback) Spencer (Rattler) again, being able to learn from him and see what he does on the field and the film room too, it was really helpful for me and my family.”
Rattler is one of the most talked about quarterbacks in the college game, and the nation will be watching this season to see if he excels with the Gamecocks, and they with him. Reno said being around Rattler last week was a great experience.
“He’s a first-class guy,” Reno said. “He’s really into his craft and he goes through a lot of the little things that he either did well or didn’t do well. I think that’s what separates him from a bunch of quarterbacks is the way that he carries himself both in the film room and in the meeting room. Even when he’s eating lunch with the players, he’ll start joking around. They have a really good culture there. I think he’s going to have a really good year and I think it’s going to be a fun time in Columbia.”
Reno came to USC after a stop at Florida, and he enjoyed meeting with Billy Napier and learning more about his plans for the Gators. After USC he went up to Clemson for a camp and to throw for quarterbacks coach Brandon Streeter, who has been recruiting him but has not offered.
“They only usually offer like two kids per class, and they recruit those kids until they go somewhere else, so they have done that in my class,” Reno said. “They’ll ride them out and see how it goes from there. Like Coach Streeter told me, if something ever happens, they are still going to recruit me regardless, so will see. I threw really well, really well.”
Reno also is good friends with Clemson freshman quarterback Cade Klubnik, whose brother played at Yale where Reno’s dad is the head coach.
Reno plans to return to the road this coming week with stops at Wake Forest, North Carolina and possibly Kentucky. He also has been to Virginia, Georgia and NC State. Some of his other offers include Cincinnati, West Virginia, Connecticut, Iowa, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Houston, Arizona, Syracuse and Louisville.
There’s been reporting that Reno was considering reclassifying for the 2023 class, but he said that is not in his plans at this point.
“As of right now, I’m staying in the ’24 class,” Reno said. “Just keep the process going and see where it goes from now. It’s speeding up a lot right now, my process, not just with South Carolina but in general. We’ll see what happens in the next couple of months.”
Last season Reno passed for 2507 yards and 27 touchdowns.