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USC adds a pair of commitments from Georgia

PHIL KORNBLUT
Sports Contributor
Posted 6/20/20

University of South Carolina football head coach Will Muschamp tweeted out a pair of his #SpursUp commitment alerts on Monday.

One was determined to be for safety Jayden Johnson of Cedartown, Ga. The second one was unidentified at the point of …

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USC adds a pair of commitments from Georgia

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University of South Carolina football head coach Will Muschamp tweeted out a pair of his #SpursUp commitment alerts on Monday.

One was determined to be for safety Jayden Johnson of Cedartown, Ga. The second one was unidentified at the point of the tweet, but offensive lineman Jordan Davis (6-feet-6-inches, 290 pounds) of Fairburn, Ga., revealed on Wednesday that tweet was for him.

He's the first OL to commit for the 2021 recruiting class.

"It feels good, it feels good," Davis said. "I really like what they have going on and I'm happy to be a part of it. I really like the atmosphere there. I plan to visit once the dead period is over."

Davis said he's also excited about the chance to learn and grow under OL coach Eric Wolford.

"Opportunity to step a level up because I know he's a really good coach," Davis said. "My strength is my pass protection, and I'm very mobile. I can get around."

USC is the only Southeastern Conference offer for Davis. He also has Georgia Tech and Kansas as Power 5 Conference offers. He also has offers from Southern, Southeast Missouri State, Murray State, Akron and Memphis.

Davis is rated a 3-star prospect by 247Sports.

USC has nine commitments for the '21 class.

Johnson picked USC from a short list that also included Georgia Tech, Arkansas and Oklahoma. He also held offers from Virginia, Kansas State, East Carolina, Memphis, Kansas, Kentucky and Mississippi.

"The relationship with the coaches," Johnson said when asked why he chose USC. "And it wasn't always about football. It was about life, and I felt like it was the best fit for me. They text me every day, we talk all the time. I felt like I could be myself; they are great people."

Johnson is a multi-position player who is used a lot at quarterback, but USC likes him for their secondary. He could end up anywhere back there.

"They plan on using me in the secondary, nickel (set), dime (set), corner(back) or safety," Johnson said. "Coach (defensive coordinator Travaris) Robinson was like, 'I like your film. You would be a great fit here and would help us out a lot.' "

Johnson developed into one of the top players in a program that annually sends talent to major college programs.

"Jayden was a 3-year starter for me," said former Cedartown head coach Doyle Kelly, who retired in January. "His freshman year we played him at free safety. His sophomore year we moved him to corner, and he became a lock-down corner and did a super job for us that year. He's very athletic. He's a kid that can play everywhere.

"Last year, our quarterback got hurt the first game of the season and the third game Jayden came to us and said, 'If you need me to move to quarterback, I will.' We moved him to quarterback and every game he got a little better. Jayden was one of those kids that never came off the field. The kid can play anywhere. He's also a heck of a basketball player and a super kid with a great family."

Kelly said Johnson can also play wide receiver, but he sees him giving USC that SAF at the back end of the defense.

"He's got that long reach, so I'm sure he's going to make a heck of a free safety for the Gamecocks," Kelly said. "He was one who was off the radar, and I told him he has the tools, and he just bought in and got better every year."

Johnson has not yet visited USC, but he will as soon as he can. He does plan to sign in December and is considering graduating early. As for his recruiting, he's not shutting it down entirely despite the commitment.

"Right now, this is what stood out to me, but I'm still keeping an open mind," he said, adding that he'll likely continue to talk with his recruiters from GT, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

In the 247Sports Composite, Johnson is rated as a 3-star prospect. He's ranked as the No. 36 athlete in the country and the No. 39 prospect in Georgia.

Linebacker Tavareon Martin-Scott (6-3, 215) of Gary, Ind., and Dodge City Junior College of Kansas, has scheduled an official visit to USC for Oct. 10. Muschamp was one of the first major college coaches to offer Martin-Scott, and he and new LB coach Rod Wilson have kept an open line of communication with him.

Being new to USC, Wilson has only seen Martin-Scott on tape and has not met him in person. The phone conversations between the two apparently have gone well.

"He tells me that he can't wait for me to get there and work with him and be ready for me play," Martin-Scott said. "He knows I'm going to work hard. Coach Wilson said I seem coachable because he has experienced us talking, so he already knows. He said he can't wait for me to get there." Martin-Scott said West Virginia also is hot after him, and he will take an official visit to Morgantown as well. He also plans to stop by Kansas State later this summer on his way back to Dodge City.

He also has offers from Texas Tech, South Alabama, Ball State, Akron, Buffalo, Southeast Missouri State, Louisiana and Washington State, and he's also hearing from UK, Memphis and Texas Tech.

WR O'Mega Blake (6-2, 188) of South Pointe High School grew up rooting for USC and last week landed an offer he's always coveted from USC.

"It's the team I always liked growing up as a little kid," Blake said. "That was my dream school. I've known it (the offer) was coming. It really releases the stress. The main thing was to continue to build that relationship.

"I've talked to Coach Muschamp, and he said he loves me on both sides of the ball. He said we've got to keep the talent in state. They would use me at every spot at receiver, and they like the way I make plays, aggressive with the ball and attacking and things like that."

USC has a little extra connection with Blake. His head coach at South Pointe is former USC star LB DeVonte Holloman, so naturally he can share some insight into the campus and the school.

Blake recently named a top 15 that did not include USC. On that list are Syracuse, UVa, Penn State, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Tennessee, Illinois, UK, Indiana, ECU, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Pittsburgh, Nevada-Las Vegas and Virginia Tech.

Now that he has an offer from USC, it no doubt is a major factor, though Blake doesn't want to tip his hand regarding a favorite. He's also keeping his commitment plans close to the vest.

Last season Blake had 50 reception for 1,019 yards and 14 touchdowns.

USC in the final three with defensive end Shemar Pearl (6-6, 235) of Garden City JC in Kansas. He also has Texas Tech and Missouri on his short list for his announcement on Thursday. Pearl is a native of Plano, Texas, and was rated a 3-star prospect as a high school senior. He committed to Mizzou but had to go to JC. He also had offers from Alabama, Notre Dame, Kansas, Purdue, Arkansas, Indiana, Minnesota and Mizzou.

USC WR target Derwin Burgess of Riverdale, Ga., tweeted on Sunday he will be making his commitment announcement soon. He's had a lead group of USC, GT, Indiana, Tennessee, Florida State and Coastal Carolina.

USC offered '21 tight end Jalen Shead (6-4, 235) of Olive Branch, Miss. Some of his other offers are Colorado, FSU, Louisville, Memphis, Texas Christian and Ole Miss.

USC LB target Thomas Davis (6-3, 223) of Valdosta, Ga., decommitted from Mississippi State. Davis is rated as a 3-star recruit. Some of his other offers are Miami, ECU, Indiana, Coastal, Georgia Southern, Tulane and others.

USC running back target Ke'Travion Hargrove of Ruston, La., was offered by FSU.

RB Nicholas Singleton (5-11, 195) of Reading, Pa., will be among the top RB prospects in the '22 class after rushing for 1,600 yards and 32 TDs last season. He's already been stamped a 4-star prospect and the No. 8 RB nationally in the '22 class. As such, he has garnered major offers from across the country, including one from USC last December.

"They'd been following me for a long time, and they wanted me to come down to a game," Singleton said. "I came down for the last game. The facilities were really nice, I was impressed. Atmosphere was crazy. The whole stadium was packed. It was just crazy. People were cheering, yelling, screaming. It was a crazy experience."

While on the visit, Singleton got to meet up Muschamp.

"I talked to the head coach, and he's a good person," Singleton said. "We talked about what a good player I was, and he offered me a full scholarship. They fit in as one of the top with Notre Dame and Penn State for sure."

Singleton also got to games last season at PSU, Pitt, WVU, North Carolina, UVa, Syracuse and ND. He also has taken visits to Wisconsin and Connecticut.

He had planned to take more visits this spring and summer, but that was before visits were nixed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some of Singleton's other offers are Duke. Arizona State, Boston College, Maryland, Michigan State, Louisville, Tennessee, Southern California, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin, Ohio State and UConn.

Denzel Moore, a '23 DE from Norcross, Ga., was offered by USC, UGA and Tennessee. He also has offers from GT, Alabama-Birmingham and FSU.

Alabama offered Gaffney High DT Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins. Ingram-Dawkins has had a top list of USC, Tennessee, FSU, PSU, UNC and UGA. He has set June 26 for his commitment date.

USC offered '22 RB Kevin Winston of Hyattsville, Md. He also has offers form PSU, Pitt, Tennessee, Syracuse, Michigan State and Maryland.

CLEMSON

Clemson is in the top 10 with '22 SAF Dasan McCullough (6-5, 215) of Overland Park, Kan. He also has Florida, FSU, Texas, Nebraska, Ohio State, Louisiana State, Michigan, Southern Cal and Oklahoma. He's from the same city as former Clemson star SAF Isaiah Simmons, and like Simmons, is viewed as a versatile athlete who can play several spots, including SAF. He has a 4-star rating.

Clemson is in the top 10 with '22 4-star OT Julian Armella (6-6, 300) of Miami. The others on his short list are Alabama, LSU, FSU, UF, UGA, Ohio State, Tennessee, Michigan and Miami.

Clemson offered '22 ATH Larry Turner-Gooden (6-0, 179) of Playa Del Rey, Calif. He is rated as a 4-star prospect and can play SAF or WR.

OTHERS

Lakewood High CB Zayveon Wells, a '22 recruit, was offered by ECU.

Dillon High WR Ahmari Huggins has set July 2 for his commitment date. He has named a top 12 of Southern Cal, Baylor, NCSU, Arkansas, VT, WVU Louisville, Pitt, GT, TCU, Michigan State and Duke.

Boiling Springs High DB Caden Sullivan committed to Appalachian State.

Chapman LB Camden Gray (6-2, 225) committed to Navy. He also considered Wofford, Liberty, Georgia State, Liberty, Central Florida and Furman.