USC secondary coach Torian Gray has turned up his recruiting prowess on a pair of cornerbacks who have been committed to other SEC programs. Tuesday night CB Jalewis Solomon (6-1 185) of Ellaville, GA, who committed to Auburn in August over the Gamecocks, announced a decommitment from the Tigers putting the Gamecocks right back in the mix. Lewis took an official visit to USC in the summer. He was visited for the spring game and the recruits’ cookout in late July.
Monday, Gray offered CB Quay’Sheed Scott (6-0 186) of Marion. He committed to Kentucky on July 4th, but the offer from the Gamecocks might alter the course of his recruitment.
“I wouldn’t say weakening (his commitment), but it definitely opened my eyes up,” Scott said. “I’m going to Kentucky this weekend, official. South Carolina wanted me to come in this weekend too, but I’m going to Kentucky. They said they would try to reschedule it.” Scott did visit USC for the Mississippi State game.
Scott, whose cousin is Gamecock DT TJ Sanders, is happy to at least now have the option to stay in South Carolina if he so chooses.
“It felt good knowing that my home state school was looking at me,” Scott said. “They kind of texted me a while back and was telling me they were looking at me. They’ve been watching me ever since camp. He (Gray) said he liked the way I play. He just wanted me to be more fluid with my hips. That’s why when I went to camp in June, he didn’t pull the trigger at that time because he wanted me to work on my hips. He said he watched my highlights this year and he saw that I had improved and gotten better.”
Not only did the offer from the Gamecocks get Scott’s attention, he also got the attention of his recruiters from Kentucky.
“They’ve been coming real hard since they saw South Carolina offered me, so they’ve been texting me all day here today,” Scott said. “They said they’ve seen the potential in me ever since I came to camp up there in July, that’s why they pulled the trigger right then and there while South Carolina kept theirs in their back pocket.”
USC isn’t the only new SEC school to show sudden interest in Scott. He said he got a call Tuesday morning from Auburn and the Tigers are now looking him over.
This season Scott has scored 13 touchdowns as a running back and receiver for the 7-1 Swamp Foxes who will face Lee Central this Friday night. Last season he had 64 tackles and seven interceptions. This season, no picks thus far. “They’re not throwing my way no more,” said Scott who can also play safety.