USC’s Will Muschamp has saved his final pitch of the 2018 recruiting season for one of his biggest targets, DL Rick Sandidge of Concord, NC. The Shrine Bowler and Under Armour All American is down to the Gamecocks and Georgia. The Bulldogs were in Wednesday. Muschamp and company will visit with him Saturday.
“Georgia came to school Wednesday and met with him for about an hour and then the coaches went and had dinner with the family,” said Concord coach Glenn Padgett. “It went well with them.”
The Bulldogs seemed top open up Sandidge’s eyes on his official visit there last month and supplanted North Carolina as the strongest threat to USC. The Gamecocks have long been perceived the favorite because of family ties to the school and his regular visits for camps and games, though Sandidge has never publicly named a favorite.
Padgett said there’s reasons to believe both schools can come away the winner.
“For Georgia, one, they played for the national championship, they do a good job and they have really built that program. At the same time, you look at South Carolina and they are appealing because they’ve built their program, and he feels like he’s really a priority for then, he’s a focal point for them. I think that’s true, too. He’s a big focal point for what Coach Muschamp wants to do defensively. From a young man’s point of view and a parental point of view, that’s very appealing.”
Sandidge plans to wait until Wednesday to announce. No time has been set but the school traditionally holds it’s announcement ceremony in the afternoon.