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  1. Notes from Carolina calls: Muschamp star freshman will play a new position and latest on the injury front November 15, 2018 Will Muschamp’s South Carolina football team has taken hit after hit on the injury front. Thursday night, he announced freshman Jaycee Horn will be working at a new position. Because of injuries at the safety position, Horn, who has played nickel and corner, will play safety against Chattanooga. “We’ll get another guy back there that we feel like can be a more dependable guy to get guys on the ground,” Muschamp said. “He’s been a really good player for us. “He’s very bright. He can handle it. But at the end of the day, he’s still a freshman. So you’ve got to be careful about how much you put on his plate.” Muschamp said that means the gameplan has to be made smartly, staying simple at spots. The starters are R.J. Roderick, also a freshman, and senior Steven Montac. A Day 1 starter, the son of NFL Pro Bowler Joe Horn has been one of USC’s most consistent and reliable defenders. For the season he has 38 tackles and eight pass breakups. Other injuries Muschamp mentioned included: ▪Safety Jamyest Williams had shoulder surgery Thursday ▪Defensive end Aaron Sterling should be ready for Clemson next week after missing two weeks with a knee ▪Tailback Rico Dowdle is a gametime decision with an ankle. He played sparingly against Florida. ▪ Safties J.T. Ibe (Knee) and Nick Harvey (concussion) are out ▪ Safety Jaylin Dickerson’s hamstring injury will likely sideline him until the bowl game
  2. Gamecocks reveal uniform combination for senior night against Chattanooga November 15, 2018 South Carolina football is ready to honor the troops on Military Appreciation Day at Williams-Brice Stadium. The Gamecocks will go with white pants, garnet jerseys, white helmets as they look to secure bowl eligibility for the third consecutive season against Chattanooga. South Carolina has never played the Mocs. It closed SEC play with a 4-4 record
  3. Jaycee Horn holding his own as a true freshmen November 15, 2018 The usual risk with a freshman defensive back in college football is a simple one: For any good plays, there’s usually a big one allowed to match. But that’s not the case for South Carolina’s Jaycee Horn. Try to burn him. Teams have. But according to numbers from CFB Film Room, he’s quietly done everything asked. The first thing that stands out, he’s not given up a gain of 20 or more yards, all season. That’s despite working in the slot against some shifty receivers, and often having to kick outside against the taller ones. Based on those numbers, opponents connected on only 43.8 percent of the passes that went his way. He’s contested more than one third. He came to Columbia as a four-star prospect, one of the top players in the 2018 class. He’s delivered on more than that. A Day 1 starter, the son of NFL Pro Bowler Joe Horn has been one of USC’s most consistent and reliable defenders. For the season he has 38 tackles and eight pass breakups.
  4. TALKS RECRUITING: Frank Martin Met With The Media Today Notes & Video November 15, 2018 THE STATE Trae Hannibal is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 204 recruit in the 2019 class. Wildens Leveque comes in at No. 318 on that list. Neither of the South Carolina signees are ranked nationally by Rivals. Not that Frank Martin really cares. “I’m not into recruiting to satisfy recruiting websites,” said the seventh-year USC coach, “to satisfy people to sell subscriptions to people that don’t know, to make them think that they know who I should recruit. I’m going to recruit who fits South Carolina. “I’m going to recruit who fits (Carolina athletics director) Ray Tanner, who fits (president) Harris Pastides and who fits our program. And those are the guys that we pursue. And the guys that we just got I think fit that profile.” Both Hannibal and Leveque have made official their pledges to the Gamecocks. Hanninbal, a point guard from Hartsville, signed Thursday. Leveque, a power forward from Maine, signed Wednesday. How does Martin see both matching to the Carolina program? He explained Thursday during media availability outside the team offices. He first spotted Hannibal during Hartsville High School’s participation in USC camp a few summers back. Martin liked what he saw and then had it later confirmed by Chuck Martin, the Gamecocks assistant who was hired in June 2017 after a stint on Indiana’s staff. “Chuck’s coming from Indiana, he’s a New York guy, he recruits all those New York guards that I love,” Martin said. “And he calls me when he leaves Hartsville and he said, ‘Frank, we can’t let this guy go.’ And I said, ‘That’s why I sent you over there because I’ve watched him so much that I’m starting to think my eyes have been deceiving me.’ “But I think he’s real good. He’s tough as nails. He’s got hands the size of a catcher’s mitt. Passes the ball, he plays downhill. You guys that have seen him, he’s got freakish athleticism, but plays with pace. He plays like a basketball player. He doesn’t play like an athlete. “And you can you imagine when that guy gets in the weight room with (strength and conditioning coach) Scott Greenawalt and starts eating college meals with our nutritionist and our daily deals. When he learns to sit down on the half-court like and guard the ball, think Duane Notice with elite athleticism. That’s who he can become.” Hannibal, a listed 6-foot-2, 204-pounder, averaged 16.6 points, 8.3 rebounds and 5.6 assists as a junior at Hartsville. “I absolutely love Trae Hannibal,” Martin said. “I think he’s a stud.” Leveque is a listed 6-10, 230-pounder. He averaged 14 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks as a junior at Gould Academy in Maine. Martin first spotted Leveque at an AAU tournament last spring when he was there to recruit someone else. “And when I left the game,” Martin said, “I was like, ‘Who is that?’ And we stayed on him.” Leveque is seen as a potential replacement for the departing Chris Silva. “I think Wildens is going to be real good,” Martin said. “He’s a competitive young man. I’m big on growth. I think you’ve all figured that out by now. I like kids that keep getting better. Who he was two years ago to who he is now is day and night. Nine times out of 10, kids that better throughout high school will get better throughout college. He’s a worker. He’s got great hands. He’s got an instinct to block shots. “Obviously losing Chris, so getting athleticism with size was important to us. So we’re excited about Wildens. And he can shoot. He’s got a great form on his shot.” Additions of Hannibal and Leveque leaves with USC — for now — with one spot left in the ‘19 class.
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    UTC coach Tom Arth (AUDIO) NOVEMBER 15, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT First year UTC coach Tom Arth would love to end season with upset of USC UTC is the “money game” opponent for USC this Saturday night in Columbia. The Mocs have been a recent power in the Southern Conference winning or sharing the league championship from 2013-15. They have a first year head coach in Tom Arth and have suffered several close losses on their way to a 6-4 record, 4-4 in the SOCON. Earlier this week Arth talked with the media in Chattanooga about coming to Columbia to face an SEC opponent in the Gamecocks. UTC coach Tom Arth
  6. No. 1! Dawn Staley, South Carolina rise to new heights in recruiting rankings November 15, 2018 With the addition of yet another top-rated recruit, South Carolina women’s basketball accomplished something it’s never done before on Thursday. ESPN released updated recruiting rankings for the class of 2019, and for the first time under Dawn Staley, the Gamecocks were No. 1. The Gamecocks’ top ranked class now includes No. 7 Zia Cooke, No. 10 Laeticia Amihere and No. 13 Brea Beal, as well as preferred walk-on Olivia Thompson. Amihere, a forward from Ontario, Canada, committed and signed with USC on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period. Beal and Cooke chose the Gamecocks last week. Or, as ESPN’s Dan Olson simply put it: “It’s been a November to remember for Dawn Staley.” Staley’s previous top recruiting class was in 2014, with the group that included No. 1 A’ja Wilson. That class included four top-35 prospects, with two in the top 10, and finished ranked No. 2 in the country. The 2019 class, meanwhile, could get even better still — No. 1 prospect Haley Jones, No. 3 Alyiah Boston and No. 9 Rickea Jackson all have South Carolina among their finalists.
  7. Trae Hannibal, South Carolina’s next guard, signs with Gamecocks November 15, 2018 Over the last few months, Trae Hannibal watched as other players throughout the state announced their intentions to play college basketball outside the Palmetto State. But the Hartsville senior remained firm in his commitment to play at South Carolina. On Thursday, Hannibal made it official as he signed his letter of intent at a ceremony at his high school. ”It was tough. Kids like going out of state and things like that,” Hannibal said. “They got to do what is best for them and I can’t be mad at them. But any chance I get to get one of my teammates or guys I played with, I will try to get them to play with me.” Hannibal hoped to get Josiah James, who he played with during the summer on TMP Basketball, to commit to USC but James signed with Tennessee. Juwan Gary (Alabama) and DJ Burns (Tennessee) also went out of state. Hannibal is one of two signees so far for the Gamecocks in the early period. Wildens Leveque signed with USC on Wednesday. There is a chance the Gamecocks get one more during this period. Hannibal was offered in May and committed in August. He is a three-star prospect according to 247 Sports. averaged 16.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists this last season for Hartsville and was an all-state selection. Hannibal grew up liking baseball more than basketball but that changed in high school when dedicated himself to playing basketball. Hartsville coach Yusef English has watched Hannibal grow up and his game take off the last few years. English thinks his game and USC coach Frank Martin’s coaching style is a “perfect marriage.” ”Trae’s energy on defense is infectious and his ability to get downhill is something, that from sitting in on some of coach Martin’s practices, is something USC likes to do,” English said. “Plus, Trae likes a coach that holds him accountable. If you are going to be laid back and do what he does, you aren’t going to get the maximum out of him. And coach Martin isn’t going to ease up and be nice.” English said Hannibal has really worked hard on his outside shooting to complement his all-around game and that was evident in Wednesday’s scrimmage against Lakewood. English said the USC coaching staff did a great job of connecting with Hannibal, not only on the court but investing in the person as a whole. ”They contacted me every week, came to see me at school and supported me,” Hannibal said. “What else could you ask for? For them to give me that attention and let me know what I needed to do when I come meant a lot.” USC coaching staff and Gamecock fans will get plenty of chances to see Hannibal in the Midlands this year. Hannibal and his Hartsville teammates will be playing at the Bojangles’ Bash at Ridge View, Farm Bureau Classic at Lexingtonp, Phenom Hoops event and Chick-fil-A Classic at Richland Northeast in December. Hartsville also will play in the MLK Bash in January.
  8. Will Muschamp has answer to tackling troubles, it’s a stark one November 15, 2018 THE STATE Almost every week of the season, South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp has been asked at some point why his Gamecocks defenders aren’t tackling better. Many of those weeks, he’s asking himself the same question. “I think tackling is a lot of want to,” Muschamp said this week after what was the low point of his team’s tackling for the season, a 35-31 loss to Florida. “You’ve got to really want to throw your face in the fan and enjoy it, and we’ve got to continue to recruit to that.” Until the Gamecocks do “recruit to that,” Muschamp will keep harping on the technical details of bringing a ball carrier to the ground against his will. “A lot of it is focused on tracking the near hip, wrapping up, running your feet, getting back square to drive them back instead of getting more yards,” junior linebacker T.J. Brunson said. The Gamecocks talk about tackling with clinical precision. They have executed it much less efficiently, and that’s a big reason South Carolina’s defense is ranked 12th in the SEC in both points (28.7 per game) and yards (418.3 per game) allowed. “It’s always fundamental every single time we go through it,” Brunson said. “It’s always the same thing, always the fundamentals first, always back to the basics. Guys in our league you can’t butt them down, you have to wrap up, you have to bring your body and put your body on them and wrap up.” South Carolina’s linebackers and safeties in particular haven’t done a good job of that this season, Muschamp said. “We’re a little banged up at the safety position, and we haven’t been as productive at the linebacker position as we would have liked to be, just quite frankly,” he said. “I think those two positions have really hurt us as far as explosive plays. I think you go back to last year, (safeties) Chris Lammons and D.J. Smith were both very good tacklers. When the ball did hit the second level in a lot of those situations, the ball was on the ground. From a standpoint of a six- or eight-yard gain, as opposed to a 20-yard gain and an explosive run.” The Gamecocks’ focus on forcing turnovers is not to blame for the poor tackling, Brunson said. “It’s always, first man in wrap up, second man in come get the ball,” he said. “If you have a guy wrapped up and you have an opportunity to get the ball, you can go for it, but at the end of the day you have to wrap up and bring them down to the ground.” However, Muschamp said that has been a factor in times. “We do sometimes make mistakes, as far as sometimes trying to create a turnover instead of securing the tackle,” he said. In truth, everything has been a factor at times, and the cumulative result of all those factors has made it impossible for the Gamecocks to play effective defense this season. “I think things have kind of snowballed on us,” Muschamp said. “There a combination of things that have affected the tackling and obviously we continue to work on them.” And have to talk about them.
  9. South Carolina’s quarterback terrorizing duo that never really was November 15, 2018 Maybe one just has to chalk it up to bad luck for South Carolina’s Bryson Allen-Williams and D.J. Wonnum. At the start of this football season, the duo didn’t even get a full game together before Wonnum hurt his foot. He returned for the Tennessee game, and Allen-Williams made it nearly two full games before an ankle injury against Ole Miss prompted surgery before the Florida game that will keep him out until the bowl. Thus, what had the potential to be a fearsome pass rush and edge-setting duo will end the season having hardly played with one another. “We talked about it a while ago,” Wonnum said. “We never get to be on the field at the same time. “Things happen for a reason.” In the preseason, they looked like two anchors for a defense that had to reload at some spots. Wonnum was coming off a breakout season in his first year as a starter. Allen-Williams was starting his second senior year, as a shoulder injury in USC’s third 2017 game ended his season early. There was talk of two veteran edge guys each providing a steady presence. The pair even worked off each other, with each able to play two positions, so Allen Williams could slide from linebacker to Buck pass rusher against spread teams and Wonnum could go from Buck to end. “That’s disappointing,” middle linebacker T.J. Brunson said about how things played out. “Especially having two guys like that that can get to the quarterback, it’s definitely not ideal to not have those guys at the same time.” When Wonnum was out, Allen-Williams stepped into his role. At 230 pounds, he did his best at the Buck defensive end position. It capped a winding journey for the Georgia product. He came to USC as a four-star prospect, but couldn’t find a role in his first two seasons, bouncing between defensive line and linebacker. As a junior, he was forced to play inside linebacker because of injury, but the past two years found his ideal home in the hybrid ‘backer/end role. Allen-Williams has 36 tackles, 10 for loss, a pair of sacks and five QB hurries. “Just thinking in terms of last night, kind of our seniors, Bryson is guy who is really special to me,” Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp said. “A guy I’ve known for a long time, (from) Cedar Grove High School. Had a very difficult junior season, was supposed to be his senior season last year with the labrum and having the surgery. “To have the ankle injury, and hopefully we will get him back for the bowl game. We appreciate everything he has done for us, but he and D.J. are both guys who in training camp looked really good on the edges.” This season, the Gamecocks pass rush hasn’t been as bad as in past years, but still not near the average nationally. But the defense as a whole has taken its share of injuries. Without Allen-Williams, the likes of Shameik Blackshear, Brad Johnson, Daniel Fennell and others will have to step up. Keir Thomas can also help at the bigger end spot, but USC is looking thinner on the outside with Aaron Sterling also hurt. Teammates said despite Allen-Williams’ second setback in as many seasons, if he’s down about it, he’s not showing it. They described him as someone who always had an upbeat outlook, even in the face of setback. Wonnum said when he was hurt, he turned to Allen-Williams to help him keep his mind right and keep focused. “I’m definitely sure he’s down,” Brunson said. “But he’s in a chipper mood a lot of the time. He’s one of those guys who is always looking forward to whatever is coming back.”
  10. South Carolina linebacker production statistics are alarming November 15, 2018 Ideally, linebackers should play between 50 and 60 snaps during a college football game. South Carolina junior T.J. Brunson played 83 against Florida last week. “We have been disappointed with the overall production (of the young linebackers), but I think Damani (Staley) has played well at times,” Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp said. “Rosendo Louis and Ernest Jones both are guys we need to step up and give us more confidence to play them. They are certainly capable of doing that.” Their inability to do that nine games into the season has hamstrung a South Carolina defense that knew it had depth issues on defense entering the season. The Gamecocks (5-4) play Chattanooga on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Williams-Brice Stadium. Louis was considered one of the jewels of the Gamecocks last signing class. The Deerfield Beach, Fla., native was considered one of the nation’s top 25 middle linebacker prospects and South Carolina talked him out of a verbal commitment to Florida State to come play for the Gamecocks. Louis enrolled early and participated in spring practice and was made Brunson’s understudy immediately. So far, he’s played in four games and totaled seven tackles. Jones, a fellow true freshman, has played in one game and has one tackle. Senior reserve Eldridge Thompson has been limited to three games by a shoulder injury. Junior Daniel Fennell, and Staley, a sophomore who is the son of former South Carolina star Duce Staley, are the only backup linebackers to offer much help at all this season. Fennell has 24 stops, and Staley has 13 tackles. Staley backs up Sherrod Greene at the weakside linebacker spot. Getting a young player ready to handle the middle linebacker role that Brunson plays is tougher, Muschamp said. “It’s hard at that position,” he said. “There is a lot going in the run game. You’re tied into the pass game as well. There is a lot of mental gymnastics going on at that position. You have to do a lot of things in our defense in the Mike position. We have tried to limit that with (the freshmen) in there.” The Gamecocks have played seven linebackers this year, but Brunson and Greene are doing almost all the heavy lifting. Brunson leads the team with 80 tackles, and Greene is third with 52. The other seven USC linebackers have a combined 50 tackles this season. Playing every snap against the Gators “was not too bad,” Brunson said, but Muschamp pointed out that his entire defense wore down in the fourth quarter of that game. “I’m sure it did,” Brunson admitted. “Running to the ball kind of conditions your body to play every snap so I didn’t notice too bad.”
  11. Gamecocks really should be at least at the 8 win plateau same as last year, not 7-5. I did not expect to see this years team beat Georgia or Clemson. But at least beat a Kentucky or Texas A&M Which the Gamecocks have not beaten A&M yet. and really losing to Kentucky now 4 years in a row. Kentucky will lose a ton next year will and should be beatable for the Gamecocks to end that skid. Florida was disappointing that could affect the Gamecocks in a negative way. Defining wins, Gamecocks do not need defining losses.,Florida, Tennessee in recruiting has improved and the Gamecocks are holding steady in the top 20 putting the Gamecocks I think around 11th in the SEC. Hopefully, Gamecocks can finish strong in recruiting may just maybe finish around 16 or 17 in standing when all said. Please don't tell me 5 and 4-star payers in recruiting doe not matter. It does if you want to win SEC and Natty champions ship Just look at Bama. Clemson, Georgia and just look at their talent of 4 and 5 stars. What matters is getting the right 4 and 5 star players that will put the program on the map and be able to retain over the years not just a coble and puff you are gone. Muschamp needs time. Man, I was sick when they hired him. But he has really improved the offense, But he needs to step back and not let the offense go conservative. On defense, That is really a mess right now. Some of the problems are injuries along with proper depth and talent which is looking better in the future. 2020 is the key recruiting year need a top 10 class. This is looking like a possibility right now with the commits he has and the Gamecocks are in involved heavily with other top talents. Just go 7-5 go bowling enjoy the Bowl game. Hopely Gamecocks will have a weak opponent and be 8-5. Just one more ass kicking to go when the Gamecocks go north upstate to face the Taters and that will suck but I am ready to face it. but really should have beaten A&M or Florida. So I disagree but Boom does need more time. We might be surprised in a good way folk. Just think next year Bamma, Clemson and Georgia all three are or will be in a position to win a natty this year. All three the Gamecocks face off with next year. Really looking forward to next year? As always there will be fans in August saying the Gamecocks will have 9, 10 or more wins in the 2019 season. Please, you are just setting your self up for a big let down and wanting to fire everyone wanting to know why they couldn't. Changing coaches now would only hurt. Not time to give up the time to put pressure on the big boy's that control the power and money to make things happen as they did in tater land. One note on recruiting I know some will say teams win with lower talent which is true. Can discount that. But ask yourself are you happy with 120+ years of a few winning seasons, maybe 1 or 2 10 win seasons and a few 9 win season or less. Best bowl the Gamecocks have gone to Outback a hand full of times. Gamecocks in those 120 years have won one ACC title in the 60s and 1 SEC East title since joining the SEC. Mizzu has done good in that regard but have they ever won the SEC, no have won the SEC East a few times and others that are in that same category. You can with lesser talent to a certain point but you need star power to reach top goals. Just my
  12. Dawn Staley adds third five-star 2019 commit with Canadian viral dunking sensation November 14, 2018 Dawn Staley and South Carolina’s newest commit is a slam dunk — literally. Laeticia Amihere, the No. 10-ranked recruit in the class of 2019 who went viral in 2017 after throwing down an in-game dunk at just 15 years old, announced Wednesday that she will attend USC, picking the Gamecocks over Louisville and Kentucky. In a ceremony at her school in Ontario, Canada, Amihere praised South Carolina’s “winning culture” and said the key factor for her was on her official visit, when coach Dawn Staley was “real with me,” Amihere told her crowd of supporters. In fact, Amihere liked that Staley went out of her way not to pull out all the stops and impress her. When she visited practice, Staley continued to coach hard and get on players instead of softening her approach, Amihere said. “She acted like I wasn’t there,” Amihere said. Amihere stands 6-foot-3 and has already played for her country’s senior national team in exhibitions. She is just returning from an ACL tear that cost her most of the past year. Prior to that, however, she competed in the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup, going against future Gamecock Tyasha Harris of the U.S. In that event, she averaged 11.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1 block per game, en route to being named to the all-tournament team. Amihere is South Carolina’s third international freshman recruit under Staley, joining Shay Colley (Canada) in 2015 and Pamela Decheva (Bulgaria) in 2011. Transfers Sarah Imovbioh (Nigeria), Wilka Montout (French Guiana) and Valerie Nainima (Fiji) are the only other non-American Gamecocks in the Staley era. Amihere’s commitment increases USC’s class to four players — five-stars Zia Cooke and Brea Beal committed last week, while preferred walk-on Olivia Thompson announced her choice this summer. Both Beal and Amihere officially signed on Wednesday.
  13. Gamecock basket recruiting notes November 15, 2018 6-5 Gerald Drumgoole of Rochester, NY said Wednesday night he will not be signing during the early period. Drumgoole, who attends school in Indiana, has taken official visits to USC and Minnesota. He said the Gamecocks remain in the picture with him. USC men signed 6-9 Wildens Leveque of Brocton, MA and will sign 6-2 Trae Hannibal of Hartsville Thursday. USC women signed 6-3 Laeticia Amihere of Ontario and 6-0 Breanna Beal of Rock Island, IL.
  14. Gamecock recruiting notes November 15, 2018 USC commitment TE KeShawn Toney has set his official visit with the Gamecocks for December 7th. 2020 WR Porter Rooks of Charlotte, who has a USC offer and who drew Clemson interest, named a top 8 of Alabama, Michigan, Georgia, Florida, NC State, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma. CB Jaydon Hill of Madison, AL has set an official visit to USC for this weekend. He has been a Florida commitment since September picking the Gators then over USC and Tennessee. QB Ryan Hilinski signed his financial aid papers Wednesday with USC.
  15. Back to back officials coming for 4 star CB Jalen Perry Gamecocks NOVEMBER 15, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT LINK: SPORTSTALK RIVALS BIO 247SPORTS BIO Rivals star ranking 247sports star ranking Jalen Perry Jersey #: 3 PROFILE Positions: CB, WR Height & Weight: 6'1" 185lbs Class of: 2019 CB Jalen Perry 6'1" 188lbs of Dacula, GA has taken multiple unofficial visits to USC for games this season and he’s also been to Michigan for a game. The Gamecocks and Wolverines have moved to the top of his list separating from Auburn and Florida and over the next two weekends Perry plans to get a much closer look at both programs. This coming weekend Perry and his parents will officially visit Michigan. Perry was in Ann Arbor a little over a month ago and he has developed a strong relationship with the staff there. “They’ve just been recruiting me really hard lately and I have a good relationship with those coaches there,” Perry said. “I enjoy it when I’m up there. I just kind of wanted to take an official . That’s there last home game up there. I plan on taking this official to Michigan for their last home game and then after that taking one to South Carolina.” Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown is considered one of the best in the business. The Wolverines lead the nation in total defense thru 10 games at 219.8 yards per game. That’s a fact Perry can’t overlook. “It’s very appealing,” he said. “I think Coach Brown has had like a top three defense in the past four or five years now at Boston College and at Michigan. He’s a great defensive mind. And Coach (Michael) Zordich (cornerbacks coach), I really likes the way he coaches players and the teacher that he is. Those guys are really great coaches and that’s really important. And also Michigan is playing really good football right now. All those combined are the reason, and in academics, the Wolverines are towards the top.” USC’s Will Muschamp and Travaris Robinson are doing all they can to counter Michigan’s appeal. They can’t match the success of the Wolverines this season, though they did beat them in the bowl game last season, but they can push relationships and playing time. “I talk to Muschamp and T-Rob on almost a day to basis,” Perry said. “I’ve had conversations with both of them recently. T-Rob and Muschamp have continued to recruit me very hard and I enjoy the conversations I have with them. Those are two really great coaches. Coach T-Rob, I’ve been building a relationship with him for a long time, ever since i started to get recruited. I love those guys and they are a top school for me.” So, it appears to be a tight race between USC and Michigan, and Perry said the next two weekends will go a long way in his decision making process. “These officials are going to be very important as far as seeing all of the campus, being around the coaches and players more than I ever have before. I would say these officials are going to basically be the determining factor in the decision.” Perry said he remains in contact with Auburn and Florida but they are behind the other two. He’s not ruling out any more official visits but he has no others planned. He said a decision will come “very soon” after the USC visit assuming he doesn’t schedule any other visits. It could come the following week. He will be an early signee and an early enrollee.

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