#STRecruiting: Punter Mason Love commits to #Gamecocks

Mason Love

USC football coach Shane Beamer sent out a pair of commitment alerts Monday related to prospects who made official visits over the weekend. One was claimed later Monday afternoon as punter Mason Love (6-0 175) of Parkville, MO announced his commitment to the Gamecocks. He chose USC over Cal-Berkeley.

USC special teams coordinator Pete Lembo had evaluated a couple of other punters before getting serious about Love. He watched video and then went out to see him in person. After that, Lembo made the decision that Love was the punter he wanted for the 2024 class.

“That workout was probably one of the best workouts I’ve had in front of a coach,” Love said recently. “The next week he had a couple of people up for a workout.  He said if after those workouts we realize you’re our top guy, we can have you up for an official visit.  I’m just lucky that happened and it worked out great.”

Lembo has built the USC special teams into a national brand with their execution and tendency to run fakes. Love said that was a very appealing aspect of the Gamecock program.

“They were number one in special teams in the country, which is huge, especially for a punter,” Love said.  “I know that his team works.  Had a couple of fake punts, which I like to hear.  I played quarterback my freshman year, so hopefully we can do a couple of plays if I end up going there.  It’s definitely appealing and definitely like the face he’s so invested in it, and so is Coach Beamer.”

Last season Love averaged 44.5 yards per punt with a long of 55 yards. He gives USC 10 commitments for the 2024 class. Another weekend visitor, DE/LB Fred Johnson posted on his Instagram Monday that he would announce his commitment decision in four days.

USC 2024 Commitments:

BRAYDON LEE                                    CB     6-1   215                          SPRINGDALE, MD

WILLIAM GREGORY                             LB     6-4   220                          MARIETTA, GA

BLAKE FRANKS                                   OG    6-5   310                          GREENVILLE

KAM PRINGLE                                      OT     6-7   315                          WOODLAND

JOSIAH THOMPSON                             OT     6-7   290                          DILLON

MASON LOVE                                      P       6-0   175                          PARKVILLE, MO

DANTE RENO                                       QB    6-1   215                          FISKDALE, MA

KELVIN HUNTER                                  SAF   6-1   185                          WEST FLORENCE

MICHAEL SMITH                                   TE     6-4   225                          SAVANNAH

MAZEO BENNETT                                 WR    6-0   165                          GREENVILLE

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