2018 DL Josh Belk of Lewisville has worn out the interstates to USC and Clemson this season. He’s been to both for game multiple times with USC drawing his presence last weekend. He was at Clemson for the Pitt game and will return to Death Valley this Saturday.
At USC Saturday Belk said he got the usual treatment, talking with Will Muschamp, Lance Thompson and some of the players, having access to the postgame locker room activities and checking out the facilities.
“The coaches showed love,” Belk said. “I talked to coach Thompson and he told me to keep up the good work and coach Muschamp said they are rising up and rebuilding right now. They are a young team and didn’t give up, just kept playing.”
Belk said he’s befriended Gamecock defensive linemen Urich Jones and Dante Sawyer and talked with them as well while on the visit.
This Saturday, of course, Belk will be a guest of Clemson. But that doesn’t mean he’ll be pulling for the Tigers over the Gamecocks.
“I hope both of them do good,” he said. “I want to see them both do good.”
Belk said he won’t make his decision until after his official visits next year and he is planning to graduate early. And right now the two locals are making the most noise with him.
“Clemson and USC (are recruiting the hardest),” Belk said. “They are coming at me pretty hard.”
Belk said there is no overall favorite and he likes all the schools recruiting him. And he doesn’t feel the in-state schools have any advantage over the out-of-state schools.
“That’s why I say I want to take my official visits because I can go to Clemson and USC but I really want to take my other official visits and see really what’s going on.”
Belk estimated he has around 60 tackles, 5 sacks, 5 blocked field goals and 2 quarterback hurries this season. He also plays offensive tackle.