Gamecocks could benefit from Georgia decommitment

Posted 10/10/18

Cornerback Jalen Perry of Dacula, Ga., decommitted from Georgia last week after nearly a year in the Bulldogs' 2019 football recruiting class, and South Carolina is one of the schools that could benefit.

Perry visited Columbia for the UGA game …

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Gamecocks could benefit from Georgia decommitment


Cornerback Jalen Perry of Dacula, Ga., decommitted from Georgia last week after nearly a year in the Bulldogs' 2019 football recruiting class, and South Carolina is one of the schools that could benefit.

Perry visited Columbia for the UGA game and was back for the Missouri game on Saturday.

"I'm looking at some other schools right now, schools like South Carolina that have some interest in me and continue to recruit me throughout this process," Perry said. "I would say I'm definitely still looking for that best fit for me and my family, looking for the best situation. I'm just not sure where I'm going to end up right now." Perry has a long-standing relationship with USC coach Will Muschamp and defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson. He has worked out privately for them at camp and he also visited for a pair games in the '17 season. "Talk to them very often, multiple times per week," Perry said. "I talk to those guys a lot about a lot of different things, just South Carolina in general and how they see me fitting in in their program. Those guys do a great job of always communicating with me and stuff like that. The Gamecocks are really high with me because I've always liked it in Columbia."

Perry said all of the exposure to Muschamp and USC leaves him in a comfortable position with them when it comes to thinking about his future on the field.

"I'm familiar with them and their coaching style and they are familiar with me and how I play," he said. "They like long, physical corner(back)s. They say I have good height and size for the position. They like my ball skills and how I play the ball in the air. And my athleticism and man-to-man skills, they think I fit great into their system and the style of corners that they are looking for."

Perry also has been to UGA and Auburn and plans to visit Florida and Michigan. He said he will take all five of his official visits and USC will get one.

At this point, Perry said, USC, UF, Auburn and Michigan all are recruiting him hard. However, he said the Gamecocks are making that extra effort.

"I don't think there's another school that talks to me quite as much. The Gamecocks always show a whole lot of love."

Placekicker Ryan Fitzgerald of Moultrie, Ga., had planned to visit USC on Saturday but cancelled after being told by special teams coach Coleman Hutzler USC decided not to sign a kicker in the class. He has been offered a preferred walk-on opportunity.

Axel LePvreau, a '20 PK from Bradenton, Fla., was at USC on Saturday. USC watched his film and invited him for a visit. He has an offer from Southern Mississippi and interest from Nebraska, Florida International, Harvard, Yale and Cincinnati. He's ranked among the top PKs in the Ray Guy Prokicker evaluation. LePvreau is a native of France, but moved to Florida in the sixth grade.

Kellen Grave de Peralta, another '20 PK, of Norcross, Ga., also was at USC on Saturday.

Navy Shuler, a '20 quarterback from Arden, N.C., was at USC on Saturday for the Mizzou game. He's the son of former Tennessee star QB Heath Shuler. He passed for 561 yards and six touchdowns in his game on Friday.

Daelan Smith, a '20 athlete from Fort Valley, Ga., visited USC on Saturday as did '21 running back Trenton Adkins of Clintwood, Va.

Ahmaudd Sankey, a '21 wide receiver/free safety from Alcoa, Tenn., and '22 offensive line Eli Henderson of Byrnes High School in Duncan planned to visit USC on Saturday as well.

Safety Dedrrick Holmes has been a frequent visitor to USC and would like to make Williams-Brice Stadium his next home field. USC and Auburn are his two favorites, and if he has his druthers, he'll be joining USC in the future.

Holmes visited USC in March for a spring practice, in June for a camp session, and has been in for the UGA and Mizzou games. He plans to visit Auburn this Saturday for the Tennessee game.

USC offered '20 CB De'Arre McDonald of Murfreesboro, Tenn. He also has a Louisville offer.

USC also offered '20 WR Michael Redding of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Some of his other offers are Alabama, UGA, Miami, Arkansas, Syracuse, Mizzou and Mississippi State.


OL/defensive end Cooper Dawson of Hanahan High made his first appearance this season at Clemson for the Syracuse game. Clemson is among the strong contenders for Dawson, but it's a little complicated with the Tigers

What's added a wrinkle to Clemson's recruitment of Dawson is the Tigers are talking with him about a grayshirt offer. That's not a deal breaker to Dawson, but it it does give him something else to think about considering he's missing all of his senior season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

"It's already hard missing out this year because of my injury," Dawson said. "It's going to be tough to have to miss another, but I also knew this when they offered me."

Dawson said Clemson wants him to take an official visit in January, but he doesn't think that will happen because he's signing in December. Dawson said he will be taking official visits to Army on Nov. 3, Central Florida on Nov. 10 and Vanderbilt on Dec. 7. He's also looking at Princeton for an official visit.

According to Paul Strelow of TigerIllustrated, RB/linebacker Quavaris Crouch of Charlotte visited Clemson unofficially for the Syracuse game. He's also been to North Carolina State. He will take an official to Michigan this weekend and Strelow reports an official to Clemson on Nov. 17.

OL Jakia Clark (6-feet-3-inches, 260 pounds) of Loganville, Ga., a one-time Auburn commitment, made an unofficial visit to Clemson for the Georgia Southern game. He's being recruited as a center. He has not been offered by the Tigers, and he was told they are looking at another player at his position, but they want him to come back for more games and keep in touch.

Clark has Louisville and plans to officially visit Arkansas State and possibly Virginia. He's also working on setting up an official visit to Illinois. He was offered by Arizona.

Florida State CB commitment Akeem Dent of West Palm Beach, Fla., plans to visit Clemson and Alabama, according to a story in USA Today.

Paul Tchio, a '20 OL from Milton, Ga., told Rivals he is down to Clemson, UGA and Alabama and will decide soon. He was at Clemson for the Syracuse game and planned to be at UGA this past weekend. He plans to visit Alabama this weekend.

Devyn Curtis, a '20 LB from Brentwood, Tenn., made an unofficial visit to Clemson for the Syracuse game. He's also been to USC, Vandy and Purdue and was scheduled to be at Virginia Tech on Saturday for the Notre Dame game.


RB Michel Dukes of First Baptist in Charleston has taken an official visit to East Carolina and won't take any more until after his season. He does plan to take an unofficial visit to Clemson at some point. He's also still hearing from USC, and he said more than likely he'll get to a USC game as well.

WR Jadon Haselwood of Ellenwood, Ga., decommitted from UGA. He had USC and Clemson offers prior to his commitment in March.

Jalin Hyatt, a '20 WR from Dutch Fork High in Irmo, has been to Clemson twice this season. He's also been to Duke and was at VT on Saturday.

His offers remain VT, Duke and UVa, and he's also been hearing lately from North Carolina and Penn State. Clemson and USC also are on him hard and he feels offers from those two shouldn't been too far off.

"They say they are real close," Hyatt said of Clemson. "As far as an offer, we are very close. They are the ones that I've been talking to the most. They are very involved and I've been talking to (co-offensive coordinator) Coach (Jeff) Scott."

USC WR coach and OC Bryan McClendon has been working Hyatt, and he's been successful in getting him lined up for an unofficial visit.

"We've been in touch about me coming to a game, and the ones he wanted me to come to I already had another visit," he said. "I'm coming when they play Texas A&M (on Saturday). I really believe I'll be at that game. We are very close (on an offer). I'm just keeping everything open and staying focused."

Hyatt said he has no favorite at this time and plans to continue with his unofficial visits this season.


DE Dallaz Corbitt of Gray Collegiate in Columbia committed to UCF.

One-time Clemson tight end target Keon Zipperer of Lakeland, Fla., announced a top six of Alabama, UF, Louisiana State, Miami, Oklahoma and Penn State.

Jalen Coit, a '20 WR from Cheraw High, was offered by Duke.


Wildens Leveque, a 6-9 player from Brocton, Mass., will make his official visit to USC this weekend. Leveque also has visited Virginia Commonwealth and Massachusetts.

"I'm looking for the opportunity I have to play in the SEC (Southeastern Conference0 and looking at what they can do with me and how they could utilize my skill to the way they play," Leveque said of USC.

He might visit PSU, depending on how the USC visit goes. He's also been talking with VT about a possible visit. He said he plans to make his decision within the next couple of weeks with USC, VCU and UMass the current top three.

Leveque attends Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine. He averaged 14 points and 13 rebounds per game last season.

Donta Scott, a 6-6 recruit from Philadelphia, also took an official visit to USC this past weekend. He also has taken officials to Temple, Seton Hall and Maryland and is scheduled to visit La Salle later this month.

Christian Brown, a 6-7 recruit formerly from Columbia but now in Powder Springs, Ga., took an official visit to UGA over the weekend. He was impressed with the approach first-year UGA head coach Tom Crean.

"Coach Crean's passion for the game and love for the players and staff," Brown said of what he liked about Crean. "He loves the challenge of making everybody better around him. I like his wholistic approach to recruiting. You just don't recruit players, but you got to recruit the family as well."

Brown said Crean likes his versatility. "I fit the type of player that can defend multiple positions. I could be successful in his position-less style of play."

He's also taken officials to Clemson and Nevada-Las Vegas though Clemson no longer is a factor. He's unsure about future visits.

Joel Brown, a 6-0 player from Ontario, committed to California. Clemson was one of his final four.

Ja'Von Benson, a 6-8 '20 recruit from Ridge View High in Columbia, visited USC on Saturday. He has offers from South Carolina Upstate and South Carolina State.

Terrance Williams, a 6-6 '20 USC target from Washington, will take an official visit to Stanford this weekend. He's already taken an official visit to UVa.

Andrew Thomas, a '20 forward from Smyrna, Ga., visited Clemson for the Syracuse game.


Right-handed pitcher Andy Peters (6-2, 185) of Logan Junior College in Illinois committed to USC. He'll be a sophomore this season at Logan. He's a native of Morris, Ill.

Michael Braswell, a '21 shortstop from Smyrna, Ga., committed to USC. He also drew recruiting interest from Clemson, Arizona State, FSU, LSU, UCLA, UF and Vandy.

USC also gained commitments from '22 SS/RHP Jack Reynolds of A.C. Flora High in Columbia, according to Prep Baseball Report, and from '22 infielder Connor Fuhrman of Daleville, Va. He's also an\ RHP.