#STRecruiting Notebook 12-16

The list of weekend visitors for USC has been updated to include JUCO DT Elijah Davis, Oklahoma State transfer RB Dominic Richardson, Yale transfer OL Nick Gargiulo, 2024 WR Mazeo Bennett and 2024 OT Blake Franks of Greenville, 2024 OL Josiah Thompson of Dillon, 2024 OL Kam Pringle of Woodland, and 2024 LB Wendell Gregory of Marietta, GA.

Transferring Newberry RB Mario Anderson Jr. said he will visit USC for bowl practice Friday. He’s been talking with RB coach Montario Hardesty and an offer is possible. He’s been offered by Tennessee State and Tarleton State and plans to visit those two officially in January at this point. He will transfer to his new school in January. Anderson was named a D2 All American after rushing for 1560 yards and 19 touchdowns. The Summerville native has two years of eligibility remaining.

TE Reid Mikeska (6-6 233) of Cypress, TX said he will take an official visit to USC this weekend. He has been committed to Miami, and once was committed to Clemson. He also visited USC in March.

Arkansas transfer TE Trey Knox (6-5 245) also is expected to be in Columbia this weekend for an official visit. Knox spent four seasons in Fayetteville and thus has prior relationships with Gamecocks receivers coach Justin Stepp and offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains. In 45 career games with the Razorbacks Knox caught 81 passes for 892 yards and 9 touchdowns.

Also scheduled for an official visit to USC this weekend is Maryland transfer TE CJ Dippre (6-5 250). He visited Alabama last weekend and has also picked up offers from Nebraska, Rutgers, Illinois, Syracuse, Ole Miss, NC State and West Virginia since entering the portal. This season he had 30 catches for 314 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Also scheduled for official visits to USC this weekend are Virginia commitment LB Kamren Robinson (6-2 215) of Tappahannock, VA, CB Tyshawn Russell (6-2 185) of Harrisburg, PA and commitments DT Xzavier McLeod and TE Kamron Sandlin. Robinson visited Virginia and Virginia Tech in the summer and Florida State last weekend. Russell visited Virginia Tech last weekend.

2024 OT Blake Franks of Greenville told 247Sports he will visit USC this weekend and will then be ready to make his decision with Clemson and Ole Miss the other two under consideration.

2024 TE Michael Smith of Savannah said he will visit Gamecocks Sunday for their bowl practice. He has the Gamecocks in his final 8 with a January 24th commitment date.

USC coach Shane Beamer sent out two more commitment alerts Thursday night meaning he knows of three prospects who have committed to him but have not yet gone public. A possibility for one of the commitments Thursday is Florida transfer TE Nick Elksnis (6-6 250). He’s a native of Jacksonville who saw limited playing time in his two seasons with the Gators.

TE/DE Nick Petrillo (6-3 225) of Morristown, NJ and Fork Union Prep, VA visited USC late in the season and plans to visit for a bowl practice.

USC targets Nyck Harbor and Oluwatosin Babalade were at the Maryland basketball game last night with the owner of Under Armour.

JUCO OT Keyshawn Blackstock, who had an offer from USC and made an official visit for the Tennessee weekend, named a top five of Oregon, Tennessee, Southern Cal, Michigan State and Oklahoma.

One-time USC target CB/WR Aziah Johnson committed to Michigan State.

USC offered 2025 WR Caleb Cunningham of Ackerman, MS and 2026 TE Heze Kent (6-5 250) of Brunswick, GA.

Former Clemson reserve QB Billy Wiles is transferring to Southern Miss

RB Peyton Streko of Cumming, GA committed to Clemson as a PWO.

Dutch Fork QB Aliam Appler was offered by Benedict.

Woodland ATH Suderian Harrison will announce Wednesday morning with Virginia, Virginia Tech, Louisville and Oklahoma his final four.

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