USC already has one junior college offensive tackle commitment from Isaiah Jatta, and they remain in contact with another they have offered, Elijah Philippe (6-7 300) of Lackawanna JC, PA. The Gamecocks offered Philippe in May after recruiter Pete Lembo went by the school and offensive line coach Greg Adkins later reviewed his film.
“We talk often,” Philippe said. “They send me stuff about the program, stuff they are doing there. Pictures of the stadium, the facilities, amazing programs they have, stuff like that. They keep me in the loop. I talked with Coach Adkins on the phone.”
Philippe said he also has offers from Virginia Tech, Florida State and Old Dominion and he is also hearing from them. Syracuse has also been in touch.
Philippe said he has been talking with Adkins about an official visit and they are looking at the last weekend in July for that.
“I’m feeling great towards them,” Philippe said of the Gamecocks. “They were my first offer. It’s an SEC school. I like what the coaches put out. I’d say it’s too soon to call them my favorite, but they are up there.”
Philippe, who plays left tackle at Lackawanna, is on track to graduate in December and will have three years to play two at the next level.