Decommitment from FSU has Carolina at top of list

Posted 12/6/17

Defensive back Israel Mukuamu of Bossier City, La., formerly of Berkeley High School in Moncks Corner, announced a decommitment from Florida State last week.

Mukuamu committed to FSU in late July over the University of South Carolina and others, …

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Decommitment from FSU has Carolina at top of list


Defensive back Israel Mukuamu of Bossier City, La., formerly of Berkeley High School in Moncks Corner, announced a decommitment from Florida State last week.

Mukuamu committed to FSU in late July over the University of South Carolina and others, but the growing reality of head coach Jimbo Fisher ultimately leaving FSU for Texas A&M forced Mukuamu's hand, and USC could be the benefactor.

"They (USC) are back at the top, but I'm still looking at Georgia, and I'm taking an official visit to Purdue, and I'm looking at Indiana as well," Mukuamu said. "Others might pop up like Louisville, and I just got a text from USF (South Florida), so I've got to see what happens.

"There's no leader, I'm going to wait out my decision and see what happens. Florida State is still in it, but I'm not sure because the stability there is unsure."

USC heach coach Will Muschamp and defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson were supposed to visit Mukuamu on Monday.

"I think they are really intense about me," he said. "They never really stopped recruiting me. They told me over the summer they were going to come after me hard up until (National) Signing Day (in February of 2018). I would feel comfortable going there and playing in T'Rob's (Robinson's) defense and under Coach Muschamp."

Mukuamu has taken official visits to USC, FSU, Indiana, UGA and was at Purdue over the weekend. He said his entire family will go with him to Purdue this weekend. Mukuamu will sign on Dec. 20, and he plans to commit publicly before that date.

Muschamp and Robinson met with FSU DB commitment Asante Samuel Jr. on Thursday. He has taken an official visit with USC went unofficially to Miami.

Defensive end Dorian Gerald of Florence and College of the Canyons Junior College in California was at USC for the Clemson game on an unofficial visit. Gerald is a light commitment to Tennessee at this point, and more schools are trying to take advantage of the Volunteers' issues to get in position with Gerald. USC has always been a factor in his recruiting, and the chance of getting Gerald to flip have improved.

"It's a big possibility," Gerald said of flipping to USC. "A lot of the players reached out to me and expressed that they really wanted me to be a part of the program. If the coaches are telling the players this is a guy we need, go after him, it really means something. That says a lot.

"I don't really care about the loss (to Clemson) because they had a really good season. They are headed in the right direction. It's my home state and that's definitely something special I would love to be a part of. The loss didn't hurt them; it didn't really matter to me."

Gerald had an in-home visit from Syracuse last week while he was in Florence. Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez was at his school to see him last week and coaches from Arizona State and Colorado were in on Thursday to see him. He also was contacted by Florida, which informed him new head coach Dan Mullen is honoring the offer from the previous staff. Gerald has an official visit set with Louisville for Friday.

USC offensive line coach Eric Wolford went in home with one of his position targets in Dylan Wonnum of Atlanta on Thursday. Wonnum, the brother of USC DE DJ Wonnum, has had USC up high on his list though last Saturday he took an unofficial visit to Auburn.

Earlier in the week Wolford was in western Tennessee to meet with another target. OL Jerome Carvin of Cordova. He has taken official visits to Tennessee, Mississippi State, Memphis, UCLA and Auburn. There's no room left for an official visit to USC, but Wolford was out to meet with Carvin anyway.

"Really, he was saying they have five offensive line commitments right now, and he said he is taking six offensive linemen," Carvin said. "He said he'd like for me to be the last one, and the first one to commit gets the spot. He was mostly saying they have a big need at offensive line and that's why they are taking six this year."

Carvin said he might take an unofficial visit to USC but needs to talk more with Wolford about that. He added that he's 50-50 on a possible visit. UF, Memphis, Mississippi State and Tennessee also have been in this week to see him. Carvin said he will sign on Dec. 20 and will enroll early, but he will announce his commitment prior to that date.

Athlete Bryce Thompson of Dutch Fork High in Irmo is dealing with USC, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State State and Marshall. Thompson has been in touch with USC's Robinson, and he attended the USC-Clemson game. Thompson said Robinson likes him as a DB, but USC wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon wants him over there.

In July, Thompson said he had made his decision and was planning to commit then, but he had to delay that because he needed more academic work to be completed. He said his mind basically remains made up.

"It's still the same, but you never know; it's still a long time until Signing Day and a lot can change, but as of right now I still know where I'm going," he said. Thompson added that his goal is to sign during the December early signing period.

USC coaches visited linebacker Channing Tindall of Spring Valley High in Columbia early last week. UGA was in on Thursday and Auburn on Sunday. He plans to make a decision in mid-December.

DE Jarrett Jackson of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., had an in-home visit last week with Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino. Jackson is a Cardinal commitment but is still looking at other options. He has taken official visits to USC and Texas and he will visit Louisville on Friday. He's also considering a visit to Pittsburgh. He will be an early signee.

USC OL target Jovaughn Gwyn of Charlotte took an official visit to NCSU over the weekend.

USC offered 2019 DB Jaden Davis of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and '20 DB Isaiah Dunson of Tucker, Ga., his first offer.


OL Jordan McFadden of Dorman High in Roebuck has been on the verge of flipping from VT to Clemson for weeks and an announcement from him is expected this week.

"I still feel strong about Clemson," said McFadden, who has been committed to VT since July 4. "It probably will be Clemson."

McFadden has long been a Clemson fan and once the Tigers offered in August they began to make up the ground on the Hokies. They turned that corner two weekends ago when McFadden made his official visit and exited with the Tigers on top.

Running back Lyn-J Dixon of Butler, Ga., is one of those former Tennessee commitments now looking for a new college address. Clemson, which is looking for one RB for the class, is hard after him. Dixon made an official visit for The Citadel game and the Tigers are very much in play for him.

"The Clemson offense would be a good scheme because the offense they run is similar to what we run so it wouldn't be like a big transition coming from my high school and getting to know the plays," Dixon said.

Dixon was limited to six games this season due to torn ligaments in his ankle, but he was able to return for his Senior Night game and the playoffs.

Dixon was considering signing on Dec. 20 but is now thinking about waiting until January because he's not yet clear on a decision.

He will visit Louisville on Friday, Oklahoma State on Dec. 15 and Alabama on Jan. 19. He said Tennessee could get back into it with him depending on the head coach that's hired.

OL Cade Mays of Knoxville, Tenn., released a top three of Clemson, UGA and Ohio State. He has taken official visits to Clemson and Ohio State and is scheduled to visit UGA on Dec. 15. Mays, a former Tennessee commitment, will be an early signee.

LB Payton Wilson of Hillsborough, N.C., who decommitted from North Carolina, said Clemson recruiter Robbie Caldwell has been in touch with him. Clemson was on his short list when he committed to UNC

RB Jashaun Corbin of Melbourne, Fla., has taken an official visit to Oregon and plans to take visits to Clemson, FSU and Southern California. He's been committed to FSU.


DE KJ Henry of Clemmons, N.C., was visited by USC recruiter Mike Peterson on Friday. VTwas in on Thursday. Clemson, Alabama and UGA are also on his short list. He has an official to Alabama on Dec. 15.

Clemson DB target Tyreke Johnson of Jacksonville, Fla., has dropped UCLA from consideration, leaving Clemson and Ohio State on his list.


Greenwood High WR Sam Pinckney is scheduled for an official visit to LSU in January. Duke was to come in to see him Monday. He's also hearing some from UGA, VT, Appalachian State and Georgia State.

LB Kyle Wright of Ben Lippen in Columbia was offered by UNC. WR Antonio Barber, a '20 WR from Rock Hill High, was offered by UCLA.