A busy weekend is ahead for USC coach Will Muschamp and his coaching staff. Along with spring practice #4 Saturday Muschamp will welcome more recruits to campus including a pair of 2016 targets making official visits.
DE Mykelle McDaniel of Loganville, GA and DE Josiah Coatney of Holmes JC, TN will make official visits. McDaniel has his decision down to the Gamecocks and Georgia and is expected to make his decision soon after this weekend’s visit. He had been favoring USC ever since he was offered by the Spurrier staff but a visit to Georgia earlier this month moved the Bulldogs even with the Gamecocks.
Coatney made an unofficial visit to USC last Friday and liked it then. He’s looking to see more this weekend. Coatney is also scheduled to visit Ole Miss April 1st and Florida April 8th.
Headlining the younger prospects who plan to visit USC Saturday is RB Chase Hayden (5-10 180) of Collierville, TN just outside of Memphis. He’s actually going to arrive in Columbia Friday with his father.
Hayden is one of the top prospects in the Volunteer State in football and basketball. He was the 2A Mr. Football and Mr. Basketball Award winner for this school year. He rushed for 2631 yards and 32 touchdowns, had 251 receiving yards with 4 scores and 51 tackles with 3 interceptions and 12 deflections as a defensive back.
Vanderbilt and Mississippi State are recruiting him for the secondary but USC and everyone else see him as a running back. Hayden said Gamecock running backs coach Bobby Bentley is in regular contact.
“He pitches to me that I can come in and play early especially with their back now and a lot of guys leaving,” he said. “He really likes how I can make big plays and my vision, my long runs and explosiveness. I’m not too familiar with the program and I’m looking to learn a lot more on Saturday, but I’m very interested and looking to learn a lot more about them.”
Hayden has visited Tennessee and Louisville and is going to Michigan next week. He also has offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Memphis, Purdue, Missouri, Middle Tennessee State and Texas San Antonio.