South Carolina recruiting: Gamecocks host 2020 OL; top DE set to visit

South Carolina recruiting-Seth Williams

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An O-lineman from North Carolina to know

South Carolina is among the regional schools to receive an early look at 2020 offensive lineman Seth Williams, a 6-foot-4, 272-pound prospect from Statesville (N.C.) High School.

Williams was on campus in the summer for the Gamecocks’ lineman camp, then recently returned for the Arkansas game.

“It was good. I liked the atmosphere and they have really nice facilities and a stadium and everything. I liked the fans, too. They filled the whole place up,” he said. “It was loud and I really enjoyed it.”

Offensive line coach Eric Wolford has already made a good impression.

“He’s a real nice guy and everything,” Williams said. “You can really tell he knows what he’s talking about. I really like working with him. He’s cool.”

The program, he added, is “on the rise and all, the whole team.”

Along with the Gamecocks’ 26-point win against the Razorbacks, he’s also been to games this season at Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and North Carolina State. Up next is Appalachian State.

Williams, who plays center and left tackle for Statesville, was “kind of” a North Carolina fan growing up, but that’s “kind of fading away” now that he’s a prospect. A handful of factors will be kept in mind, but books are his priority when deciding where he wants to play at the next level.

“Obviously, school first,” he said. “I’m not really sure what I want to go in yet, but school first, then football, the facilities and everything.”

This season, Williams has 32 pancake blocks.

South Carolina recruiting-Jacolbe Cowan
2020 defensive end Jacolbe Cowan worked at tight end during a 7-on-7 tournament at South Carolina this summer. (Hale McGranahan/SEC Country)

Visiting this weekend

Another top 2020 prospect from the state of North Carolina — the best one, according to the 247Sports rankings — will visit South Carolina on Saturday for the Florida game.

Jacolbe Cowan, a defensive end from Providence Day School in Charlotte, N.C., already has offers from some of the country’s premier programs: Alabama, Florida State, Georgia and Notre Dame.

South Carolina, of course, also is in that mix. The Gamecocks have hosted him on campus before, most recently during the summer for a 7-on-7 tournament with his teammates.

Cowan will return this weekend for the Florida game.

Overall, he’s ranked as the No. 7 prospect in the country. His teammate, wide receiver Porter Rooks, also is a top 10 2020 target. There’s no word yet if he’ll be in town, too.

Official visitors

Three of South Carolina’s 2018 targets are also set be in Williams-Brice Stadium for the Florida game:

  • 5-star DE K.J. Henry (Clemmons, N.C.)
  • 4-star DB Saivion Smith (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
  • 3-star DE Jarrett Jackson (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)
Zion Williamson-South Carolina basketball
Five-star prospect Zion Williamson may sign a letter of intent this month. Or he could wait until the spring. (Hale McGranahan/SEC Country)

TBD for Frank Martin

Wednesday was the first day of the early signing period. South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin and the men’s program didn’t sign anyone. They have until next Wednesday to make an addition.

“Will we sign guys early? We’re trying. … We might. We might not,” Martin said. “If we don’t, we’re going to ride that wave until whenever we’re told we’re in, out.”

According to the 247Sports offer tracker, South Carolina has offers out to five 2018 prospects, including 5-star recruit Zion Williamson, who was reportedly scheduled to visit last weekend for the exhibition against Virginia Tech.

Clemson is reportedly set to host him for official visit No. 5 this weekend, though no Tigers media outlets have confirmed.

Final Four boost

Martin scoffs at the notion that South Carolina is, all of a sudden, on the uptick as a result of the Gamecocks’ Final Four run last spring. On Wednesday, he laughed, noting that his assistants have done a pretty good job bringing top players to Columbia.

“I think we’ve continued to recruit the right guys,” he said. “I think the pool has gotten bigger, maybe that’s a better way to explain it. The pool of people that we can recruit has gotten bigger. That doesn’t make the job easier; it actually makes it more complicated, because now you better take the right guy.

“You’ve got three talented players, you better take the one that fits who you are, not the one who sounds sexier, publicly. I’m not big on winning the recruiting public war. That’s not important to me.”

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