USC has been out front for DB Jonathan Gipson of Hoschton, GA and that remains the case following his visit last Saturday for the Gamecocks’ social recruiting event. And indications are he will formalize that lead into a commitment when he makes his scheduled announcement Monday. However, he does plan to continue with other visits into the season.
Gipson visited USC with his parents and became fully engaged in the meet and greet portion of the gathering. He talked with committed and uncommitted prospects and spent a lot of time with defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson and his recruiter Coleman Hutzler. He also got some facetime with head coach Will Muschamp.
“It was a lot fun stuff, interesting really,” Gipson said. “I talked to a lot of the coaches. I really enjoyed myself. The cookout was great. It changed my point of view on South Carolina because at first I thought it was all business. Every time I went up there it was all business and recruiting. Since I went up there on this last visit I saw that it’s really more about fun with them and just being comfortable. I think I’m in the same position where I was before. They are still my number one school I think. Nothing has changed.”
Though the Saturday visit was mostly about food and frolic, Gipson also talked football and future with Muschamp and company and he liked what he heard from them.
“Coach T-Rob was more on a part where like he can develop me and get me to the league and be a mentor to me. He was more like be comfortable with your decision, really not forcing me so much like Coach Muschamp. Coach Muschamp won’t take a no. T-Rob is like take your time, we want you here, we need you here. Coach Hutzler was more like having fun and enjoying the time with me there. We rock-climbed together and he introduced me to his wife. He really wasn’t recruiting me hard, just having fun.”
With his Monday deadline approaching, Gipson said his plan to is to keep in touch with the Gamecocks and make sure they know what he’s thinking.
“Just let them know that I’m still interested and really want to be there,” he said. “Just communicate with them back and forth and let them know when I’m ready.”
Tennessee and Indiana have been in and out as his number two team and he plans to visit both next month along with Kentucky. Mississippi State and Oregon State also are factors in his thinking and he’s planning an official visit to Mississippi State and possibly one to Michigan.