QB Dylan Lonergan (6-2 215) of Snellville, GA has made several recruiting visits to USC. He made his final one last weekend as one of the 13 official visitors Shane Beamer welcomed to hang out with his extended football family. Lonergan has grown close to Beamer and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Marcus Satterfield through the recruiting process, and he and his family got more of that family feeling from Beamer and Satterfield.
“I think it was very positive,” Dylan’s father Dan Lonergan said. “Coach Beamer and Coach Satterfield, the staff did a great job. It was a really good group of kids they brought in. Obviously, they’ve been pretty successful with a few commitments already that I saw. I thought they did a great job, rolled out the red carpet for the group. I know Dylan really enjoyed the experience. He’s been around the staff a lot, but he got an opportunity to really get to know some of the other recruits, and also his player-host was Braden Davis, so he got to meet a number of the players as well.”
Dan Lonergan said he and his son did not go into the official visit looking to turn over new rocks of insight and information on the program. They could wright a book about what Beamer has done there, and what he plans to do in the future with his son. The official visit was more about confirming everything they had learned about the Gamecocks.
“I think it was just reaffirmation of what we already knew, and more of an opportunity to meet recruits and existing players,” Dan Lonergan said. “That was kind of the biggest take away from the weekend. In terms of setting a date (July 5th announcement), he had intended to do it late June, early July. We had talked about that for the last month, and he just thought it would be good to put a date to it. It just happens to be his uncle’s birthday, so I thought that was a cool date for him.”
Dylan Lonergan also is a big-time baseball prospect and is expected to be a high draft pick next summer. He plans to play both sports in college. He has met in the past with USC coach Mark Kingston, but they did not have the time to get over to baseball last weekend.
The Lonergans are in North Carolina this week for baseball. They were in Raleigh Monday night and will be in Cary at the Team USC facility the rest of the week. They will then head to West Palm Beach, FL for more baseball before the final official visit to Stanford June 24th.
The decision is down to USC, Stanford and Alabama. They took an official visit to Alabama June 3rd and continue to hear from the staff there.
“It’s been great. They’ve been fantastic as well,” Dan Lonergan said. “Really good feedback. They’ve been terrific as well.”
Ohio State and Florida were also heavily involved with Lonergan, but he won’t have time for official visits to either prior to his announcement. He did have a multi-day official visit to Ohio State in April, but without the official visit the Buckeyes will not be a factor in the final decision.