Wonnum still weighing options, taking official visits

Posted 1/7/18

Offensive lineman Dylan Wonnum of Tucker, Ga., will take four official visits leading up to the Feb. 7 signing day. Wonnum said the only date he has down is Auburn on Friday. The other officials will be to South Carolina, Louisiana State and …

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Wonnum still weighing options, taking official visits


Offensive lineman Dylan Wonnum of Tucker, Ga., will take four official visits leading up to the Feb. 7 signing day. Wonnum said the only date he has down is Auburn on Friday. The other officials will be to South Carolina, Louisiana State and Tennessee.

His brother is USC defensive end DJ Wonnum. He said that doesn't necessarily help or hurt USC.

"At the end of the day it's going to be my decision so I'm not going there for him," Wonnum said. "I don't want anybody to make the decision for me or anything like that. I'm not going there for him, I'm going there for me, for me to get to the pros and stuff like that."

Wonnum is no stranger to USC since his brother arrived on the scene. He's made several unofficial visits, including three for games this season. That's allowed him to build a solid relationship with the coaching staff.

"(Head coach Will) Muschamp, (OL coach Eric) Wolford, BMac (new offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon), all of them, it's a good relationship" Wonnum said. "They need me, they need an O-tackle, and I can come in and start early and do what I need to do.

"I just want to go somewhere where I can be developed. Coach Muschamp and Coach Wolford, they are cool guys to talk to, they talk to me a lot. They hit me up every day. I have the best relationship with South Carolina coaches."

In particular, Wonnum said he likes how Wolford works with his OLs.

"He's a very hands-on person, so when he's explaining something, he's got to show me," Wonnum said. "No O-line coach really did that but him so he's going to actually show you and everything."

Wonnum has not indicated a favorite among his final four schools.

Three USC commitments played in the Under Armour All-American game - defensive back Jaycee Horn, OL Hank Manos and linebacker Rosendo Louis. The one USC target in the game was Wonnum.

USC wide receiver commitment Josh Vann was scheduled to play in the U.S. Army All-American Game on Saturday. USC defensive lineman target Rick Sandidge also is in the game as are LB Channing Tindall of Spring Valley High School in Columbia, a Georgia signee, and placekicker Skyler DeLong of Nation Ford High in Fort Mill, a Tennessee signee.

USC is in the final four with defensive end Devin Briggs of Kissimmee, Fla. The others are Louisville, Miami and Florida State. He plans to take an official visit with USC this month.

DE Dorian Gerald of Florence and College of the Canyons Junior College in California was offered by Nebraska. He has taken official visits to Texas Tech and Louisville and has visits in January set with Mississippi and Florida. USC was heavily involved with him for months, but in recent weeks he has not indicated much, if any, interest in USC.

Quarterback Ty Evans (6-feet-2-inches, 185 pounds), a 2019 recruit from Monument, Colo., earned player of the year honors in his state after passing for 3,627 yards and 41 touchdowns and winning a state championship.

He committed to Arkansas in July but decommitted in November and is now looking around. USC is one of his schools of interest, and he's planning a visit to see USC up close this month.

"I am absolutely looking at South Carolina seriously," Evans said. "I was talking to (former OC) Coach (Kurt) Roper every week."

With Roper gone, Evans said he's been in touch with Logan Hall, USC's assistant director of player personnel. Along with USC, Evans said he also plans to visit North Carolina State and North Carolina this month. He has offers from USC, Arkansas, NCSU, Colorado, Colorado State, Kansas State and Northwestern.

Tra Wilkins, a '19 LB from Stone Mountain, Ga., has an early offer list that includes USC, Georgia, Ohio State, Alabama, Louisville, Auburn, UF, Tennessee and others. It's early in the process, but USC is in a good spot with him at this point. Wilkins said he will visit USC once he gets a date scheduled with LB coach Coleman Hutzler. He's looking at February, but it could come earlier, and he said USC will be on his short list when he gets around to making one.

Jalyn Phillips, a '19 DB from Atlanta, has nearly 40 offers. USC was one of his first and some of the others include Oregon, Minnesota, Alabama, Oklahoma, Duke, Michigan, Tennessee, Nebraska and Michigan State. Clemson also is showing strong interest but has not yet offered.

Of the schools that have offered, Phillips said the top ones with him right now are USC, Alabama, Oklahoma and Oregon, and of the non-offering schools the top ones are Clemson, UGA and Ohio State.

Phillips said he's developing a good relationship with USC. Phillips said he wants to take all of his official visits next fall and winter and will not sign until February of '19. Last season, Phillips had 58 tackles and one interception.


WR Justyn Ross of Phenix City, Ala., in a Rivals interview at the Under Armour media day, said he would not call Clemson his leader. He said he'll take officials to UF on Jan. 12, Alabama on Jan. 19 and Auburn on Jan. 25. He has taken his official to Clemson and said he has no plans to return.

Clemson commitment KJ Henry was in the Under Armour game. Clemson targets in the game were DB Matthew Hill and Ross. The Tigers also have interest in OL Richard Gouraige and OL Nicholas Petit-Frere.

Clemson had eight commitments set to play in the U.S. Army Game -- DL Josh Belk, OL Jackson Carman, WR Derion Kendrick, QB Trevor Lawrence, DE Justin Mascoll, DB Kyler McMichael, PK BT Potter and DE Xavier Thomas.

Clemson targets in the Army game are LB Dax Hollifield, DB Leon O'Neal, DB Brendan Radley-Hiles, DB Pat Surtain and the Tigers have had interest in OL William Barnes. Hollifield, who is from Shelby, N.C., told Rivals Clemson is now back in the picture with him, and he'll probably take an official visit there in January. He will visit Stanford this month and also has UNC and Virginia Tech on his short list.


A strong showing in a recent holiday showcase has earned more looks for 6-4 Jermaine Couisnard, a native of East Chicago, Ind., who attends Montverde Academy in Florida. One of those looking harder is USC, which has not offered but liked him enough to arrange an official visit last Tuesday.

"They came and watched me play and they liked what they saw," Couisnard said. "(USC assistant) Coach Chuck Martin was in to see me and he liked how I was playing defense and scoring the ball. He was saying they need somebody to replace the guards next year and I would be the guy to do that."

Couisnard said he's averaging around 20 points per game this season and is a true pick-and-pop shooting guard. He has an offer from Bradley and is also getting interest from Kansas, Seton Hall, Baylor, Massachusetts, Xavier and Wichita State. He was scheduled for an unofficial visit to Illinois last week.

USC remains involved with 6-10 Kaosi Ezeagu of GTA Prep in Canada. According to his head coach, USC continues to talk with Ezeagu and they are working on coming down for an official visit in '18.

In his blog for USA Today, 6-6 Zion Williamson of Spartanburg Day wrote he should be able to return to action this month. He's been in a walking boot with a deep bruise in his foot.

Williamson also addressed his recruiting with this coming out before he announced he would make a decision on Jan. 20.

"I honestly feel like I'll be making a decision soon. I've been really thinking here lately about the pros and cons and I just feel like the time is coming. I've been watching all of the schools recruiting me on TV a lot and I watch the players in my position and how the schools use those guys; just doing my homework on everybody."

He took official visits to Kentucky, Kansas, Duke and UNC. He's also been unofficially to Clemson and USC.

Trey McGowens, a 6-3 player, was at Clemson last Saturday for the NCSU game, according to Corey Evans of Rivals.

Wendell Moore, a 6-5 '19 recruit from Concord, N.C., has listed his top 10 schools as USC, Wake Forest, Duke, UNC, NCSU, Maryland, Florida State, Ohio State, Kansas and Washington.

Clemson offered 6-6 '20 6-6 shooting guard Brandon Boston of Norcross, Ga., according to OnTheRadarHoops.