South Carolina in running for 4-star RB; Clemson offers Greer WR

Phil Kornblut, Special to the USA TODAY Sports Network — South Carolina
Published 9:37 a.m. ET Oct. 20, 2020


Tevin White, a four-star running back prospect in the Class of 2022 from Stafford, Virginia, released his top six schools and USC is on his short list.

The Gamecocks are joined by Georgia, Penn State, Tennessee, Duke and Arizona State. Some who did not make the cut are Virginia, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Kansas State, West Virginia, Boston College, Maryland, Pitt and Indiana.

White (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) is ranked as the No. 14 running back in the country for the 2022 class and the No. 7 prospect in Virginia by 247Sports.

In September, White said while he was interested in USC, he had not made a very strong connection with the coaching staff and was looking to do so. Apparently, that connection was made. GamecockCentral reported White recently made a visit on his own to the campus.

 White said in September there are three things he is looking at in evaluating a program and a school.

“Academics, coaching style and campus lifestyle out of football,” White said. “Coach that’s going to push me and not just let me do whatever. I want a spread type of offense preferably, one that runs outside zone and multi-uses running backs.”

White said he is looking at this spring for making his commitment announcement.  

USC joins chase for Georgia defensive end

One of the late additions to the University of South Carolina’s recruiting board in 2021 was defensive end Ian Mathews (6-5, 270) of Columbus, Georgia.

Mathews was offered by the Gamecocks last week. He also has picked up recent offers from Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Duke.

Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp has thrown himself right into the head of this recruiting battle.

“Coach Muschamp texts me and stuff like that, checking up on me and just making sure I’m good,” Mathews said. “Right now I’m waiting and looking for my options. I’m not going to move forward.  I’ll release my top five in a couple of weeks. After I narrow it down to the top five, I’ll give it a couple of weeks and I’ll come to my decision after football season.”

 Along with USC, Mathews said he hears regularly from Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Duke and Georgia Tech. 

Greer WR gets Clemson offer

Clemson offered a scholarship to wide receiver Jaleel Skinner (6-5, 200), a Class of 2022 prospect at Greer High.

Skinner, who could up at tight end in college, went into his junior season with 30 career catches for 511 yards and six touchdowns according to Max Preps stats. He is rated a four-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite and ranked the No. 3 tight end nationally in his class.

USC was the first to offer Skinner. Some of his other offers are Duke, Arkansas, Auburn, Penn State, Tennessee, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, LSU, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Miami, Appalachian State, Florida and Georgia Tech.  He’s also hearing from Ohio State.

Recruiting shorts

► Tight end Bryson Nesbit of Charlotte has revealed a top 5 of USC, UCLA, North Carolina, Ole Miss and Virginia Tech.  

► Offensive tackle Caleb Etienne of Butler County (Kan.) JC, who had USC in his top six, named a top three Saturday of Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Houston.  

► Offensive tackle Cedrick Nicely of Gainesville, Georgia, who had an early offer from USC, committed to Ole Miss.  

► The Gamecocks offered another receiver in the 2021 class last week as they continue to pursue prospects with big-play potential. However, Harrison Wallace (6-1, 180) of Pike Road, Alabama, on Saturday announced a commitment to Duke. 

► Kamari Wilson, a Class of 2022 five-star safety prospect who plays at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, was at the USC game Saturday against Auburn. USC freshman defensive end Gilber Edmond is a former teammate from Fort Pierce, Florida.  

► USC is the first offer for Kelton Smith Jr. (6-5 305), an offensive tackle in the Class of 2023 from Columbus, Georgia.  

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