Marcus Lattimore scored his last USC touchdown nearly six years ago, but Saturday he scored again helping the Gamecocks land their newest commitment. 2020 OL Tyshawn Wannamaker (6-4 330) of Calhoun County committed to the Gamecocks at their SpursUp Cookout, and he said a talk by Lattimore helped him to make up his mind on the spot.
“My 8th grade year summer they started looking at me and my freshman year they were my first offer,” Wannamaker said in recounting the development of the relationship with the Gamecocks. “Today I went up there for SpursUp day. Marcus Lattimore, he gave a speech and the words that he spoke about today it touched me, and I chose to be there.”
Wannamaker has not been a heavily offered prospect to this point noting that one other offer he could recall was from Georgia State. So, getting the chance to play major college football in the SEC was too great to pass on.
“Chance of a lifetime,” he said. “I’m just trying to take every opportunity that comes my way. And Marcus was saying that with the connections that he has and the life after football, if I go there I can have any job that I want after graduating.”
Wannamaker said when he gave Will Muschamp and Eric Wolford his commitment, they welcomed him with open arm.
“They were very happy. They were waiting for a long time. They said I’m a great talent and I can move for a big guy.”
Wannamaker said he’s firm with his commitment but he does have two more years of high school and more offers are certain to roll in. He’d also like to enjoy the recruiting process a bit.
“I’m going on my official visits and will still be on the recruiting trail,” he said.
Wannamaker also plays on the defensive line and will going into his third season as a starter for the Saints.
Wannamaker joins RB Mecose Todd of Villa Rica, GA as 2020 commitments for the Gamecocks.
Here’s a look at some of Wannamaker’s Hudl highlights: