DL Rick Sandidge of Concord, NC has been squarely on USC’s radar for months and the Gamecocks are firmly on his short list with North Carolina, NC State, Ohio State, LSU, Virginia Tech, Michigan, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Miami. He last visited USC for a game last season and the Gamecocks made him feel very comfortable. Sandidge realizes all the schools recruiting him have beautiful facilities so it’s the people connection that will make the difference with him.
“All the new facilities getting done really don’t matter to me,” Sandidge said. “I worry about the coaches to be honest. That’s the people I’m going to be there for the next three to four years. I guess they like my size (273 pounds). I know I’m not fully developed and I’m not nowhere near that.”
USC coach Will Muschamp and defensive line coach Lance Thompson have made Sandidge one of their priorities for this class. They have kept up the contact with him over the months and the work has paid off with a spot on his short list.
“They just treat you like family when you go down there and I always have fun time no matter how many times I go down there,” Sandidge said.
Sandidge has visited Miami, Florida, Florida State and Georgia this spring. He plans to visit LSU, Michigan, Ohio State and possibly Michigan State this summer. He’s not sure when he’ll return to USC.