Woodland OT Kam Pringle, considered by some as the state’s top prospect for 2024 and one of the nation’s best, is set to announce his college commitment Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM at his school. He has named a final six USC, Clemson, NC State, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida. At this point, however, he appears to be down to a final one.
“I think he’s made it (the decision) already, yes,” said Woodland coach Eddie Ford said. “I think he feels pretty confident about it. I think it came down to two really good schools. I think once it got down to two, I think he got a little torn. Honestly with the six that were left, I don’t think he could go wrong.”
From his conversations with Pringle, Ford believes he made his decision not on football factors alone.
“The environment,” Ford said. “He said it felt like home. I think he’ll be so relieved after Sunday. The traffic that’s been coming through the school for him has been crazy. Last spring evaluation period, every school in the SEC came through for him. Every school in the ACC came through, as well as a lot of in-state, Michigan, Stanford, Arizona State, it probably had to be 30 Power Five schools.”
Coaches have been burning up the roads in Dorchester County to get to Woodland. USC offensive line coach Lonnie Teasley and the offensive line coach from NC State were at the school on Tuesday. Gamecocks head coach Shane Beamer was at his basketball game Tuesday night. Georgia coach Kirby Smart is coming in Wednesday by helicopter. Clemson coaches are expected Thursday.
Once Pringle makes his announcement Sunday, Ford said his recruiting will be finished.
“That’s what I told him. We had this conversation,” Ford said. “He wanted to do it early, but I said when you do it early, you’ve got to stick with it. It’s not like Signing day and you’re going ahead and signing that day. It’s a long time, but he’s going to enroll early. A year from now, that’s where he’s going to be.”
USC is holding a junior day Saturday but Ford said he did not believe Pringle plans to attend. His last visit to a campus was to Clemson for the game with USC in late November.