USC hosts prospects for Palmetto Bowl

Posted 11/29/17

The Palmetto Bowl served as the backdrop for the University of South Carolina football program to host several of its remaining targets for unofficial visits. Those prospects were expected to include defensive back Jaycee Horn of Atlanta, offensive …

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USC hosts prospects for Palmetto Bowl


The Palmetto Bowl served as the backdrop for the University of South Carolina football program to host several of its remaining targets for unofficial visits. Those prospects were expected to include defensive back Jaycee Horn of Atlanta, offensive lineman Jovaughn Gwyn of Charlotte, defensive end Dorian Gerald of College of the Canyons Junior College in California, OL Dylan Wonnum of Atlanta and defensive lineman Rick Sandidge of Concord, N.C.

Horn, who was back at USC for his third game of the season, announced a decommitment from Tennessee on Sunday. He has also been to games at Tennessee, Auburn, Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. USC and Alabama will be two of his official visits.

Gwyn's visit was his first game visit to USC this season. He was on hand for the North Carolina State game in Charlotte. He's also been to NCSU for a game. USC and NCSU appear to be the top two with him at this point.

Gerald remains committed to Tennessee but is strongly considering USC. This was his second visit for a game this season and he plans to return for an official visit. He also has an official set with Louisville and possibly to Texas A&M. Arizona offered him on Friday.

Wonnum has been to several USC games over the past two seasons to watch brother DE DJ Wonnum. This was his fourth of this season. He is widely expected to sign with USC though Auburn still lurks as a contender.

Sandidge returned to USC for the third time this season. He also took in USC's season-opening win over NCSU. He also plans to take an official visit to USC, which appears to be in the driver's seat with him.

Linebacker Channing Tindall of Spring Valley High School in Columbua ended up taking an official visit to Auburn for the Iron Bowl against Alabama. It's his first official visit. He's also expected to take officials to Florida and UGA. He's been to USC unofficially several times and may not use an official with USC. Tindall will not be an early signee but would like to make his commitment in December if possible.

"He has an idea of a school he likes the most," said Tindall's stepfather, Edward Dimes. "He still wants to check more criteria that he wants to see on these visits."

DE Jarrett Jackson of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., made an official visit to USC for the UF game and is still weighing his options while sticking to his Louisville pledge. He has official visits set with Pittsburgh this weekend and to Louisville on Dec. 8.

He remains in touch with USC DL coach Lance Thompson. "I think their interest is pretty high,"

Jackson said. "He talks to me about getting developed. The relationship got better (through his official visit)."

Jackson plans to take his final two official visits and then make his final decision. He will be an

early signee.

One-time Clemson LB target Payton Wilson of Hillsborough, N.C., decommitted from North Carolina.

Jaquan McMillian, a 2019 DB from Clemmons, N.C., made an unofficial visit to USC for the UF game. USC was in strong shape with him early, but he's also very strong on Wake Forest at this point.

USC offered '18 DL Christian Barmore of Philadelphia. His offers include Alabama and UGA.

USC offered '20 DL Jayson Jones of Calera, Ala.

OL Jerome Carvin of Cordova, Tenn., took an official to Auburn over the weekend. That was his fifth official visit, meaning USC is out of the running for one. His other officials were to Tennessee, Mississippi State, UCLA and Memphis.


OL Jordan McFadden of Dorman High in Roebuck, a Virginia Tech commitment since the summer, came out of his Clemson official visit two weeks in a mood to flip to the Tigers.

"I'd say Clemson right now," McFadden said when asked which way he is leaning. "Me being an instate kid and having a great time this weekend and just understanding how much I could grow as a person at Clemson. The visit definitely swayed me over to liking Clemson a little bit more." McFadden will play for the 5A state championship on Saturday in Columbia and he plans to announce his final decision this weekend.

DB Brendan Radley-Hiles of IMG Academy in Florida made his official visit to Clemson for The Citadel game. In his weekly recruiting diary for, Radley-Hiles wrote that his mother, brother and niece joined him on the visit. He added that he enjoyed his final meeting with head coach Dabo Swinney before leaving.

"The things we spoke about continued to show me that he cares about me and knows me more as a person than a player," Radley-Hiles wrote. "That was exciting to me too because of the caliber of person that he is."

Radley-Hiles is a former Nebraska commitment. He took an official to UCLA over the weekend and met new head coach Chip Kelley. He also has been to Nebraska, Texas and Oklahoma for official visits.

Former Tennessee OL commitment Cade Mays of Knoxville, Tenn., also took his official to Clemson for the final home game. It was his second visit of the season with the Tigers, who have become a major player for Mays since he decommitted from the Volunteers earlier this month.

"It's exactly what they tell you it's going to be and it's genuine," Mays said. "Everything that you see on your visit is what you're going to get when you get there, so that means a lot to me. Coach Swinney is a great guy and all of his players love him. (OL) Coach (Robbie) Caldwell is a great coach too."

Mays also has taken an official visit to Ohio State. And the first three weekends in December he will visit Tennessee, Notre Dame and UGA before making his decision. He plans to announce on Dec. 20.

Aidan Swanson, a '19 placekicker/punter at IMG Academy, made another unofficial visit to Clemson for The Citadel game. Clemson has given him a preferred walk-on offer at this point.

Swanson plans to return to camp at Clemson for a third straight summer. He's also hearing from Louisiana State, Syracuse, West Virginia and Texas Christian. This season, Swanson was 5-for-7 on field goals and averaged 46 yards per punt.


Clemson and USC DE target KJ Henry of Clemmons, N.C., set his official visit to Alabama for Dec. 15. He also has been officially to USC, Clemson, VT and UGA. He will announce on Dec. 20.


LB Kyle Wright of Ben Lippen in Columbia took an official to Purdue over the weekend.


Christian Brown, a 6-7 '19 recruit from Lower Richland High in Hopkins, visited USC unofficially on Saturday.

Tre McGowens, a 6-3 '19 recruit of Wren High in Piedmont and Hargrave Prep in Virgina, also visited USC unofficially on Saturday. He was at WF on Friday. He has taken an official visit to Clemson and was offered last week by Tennessee.