South Carolina recruiting: 4-star center visits on consecutive weekends

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That was 4-star center D.J. Burns sitting behind the South Carolina bench during the fundraiser exhibition game against Virginia Tech on Sunday.

Gamecocks fans anxious to welcome Zion Williamson — the 5-star prospect was reportedly planning to visit — broke out into “We want Zion” chants before and during the game. Burns heard them. And he’s also heard that he kind of looks like the 2018 recruit from Spartanburg (S.C.) Day School.

“I’ve heard it a couple of times, but I really didn’t pay much attention to it,” Burns said.

The 6-foot-9, 265-pound prospect from York (S.C.) Prep is a good prospect in his own right. Among those in the Class of 2019, he’s No. 56 overall, according to the 247Sports composite.

In addition to South Carolina, Burns has several offers, including Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech. The trip to Columbia on Sunday was his second in as many weekends.

“It was a lot of fun. Their team is really young and [it] was good to see them trying to work through everything,” Burns said. “Basically, it was a good test to see their players coming along — really, their team is growing as a team. They’re learning how to play together, basically. A lot of new guys — they’re gelling. It’s fun to see how they’re gelling together.”

Among centers in the 2019 cycle, he’s 14th in the class.

“It was good to watch how [South Carolina’s] bigs are able to play, both inside and out,” Burns said. “Coach [Frank Martin] did a lot of subbing, so it was good to see the different styles of the players that they have at the position I would be playing.”

He added, “I like the way Coach Martin gets into the players. He doesn’t just let them do what they want. Sometimes, it’s good for them to do what they want, because he doesn’t want them to be robotic. But at the same time, he wants to stay in the context of the game plan that they have and not just try to do their own thing.”

Burns has also taken visits to Tennessee and North Carolina State recently. One or two more trips could be in the works, but high school season is right around the corner, so his focus is about to shift there.

Though he has no favorites, Burns does know what he’s looking for at the next level.

“The environment that I’m in. How far away it is from home. The academics. Stuff like that. Everything comes into account, because this is a big decision. I want to be sure that I can go somewhere I can grow, not only on the court, but also as a person.”

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Travon Walker lists South Carolina among his favorites. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

Gamecocks make the cut

Four-star defensive tackle Travon Walker released a list of four favorites on Monday afternoon. South Carolina, Clemson, Georgia and Alabama all made the cut.

The No. 58 overall prospect in the Class of 2019, Walker, who attends Upson-Lee High School in Thomaston, Ga., is ninth among prospects from the Peach State.

Muschamp’s wife, Carol, is originally from Thomaston, Ga. The Gamecocks coach mentioned that late last month, when speaking about sophomore defensive end/outside linebacker D.J. Wonnum, whose parents are from the Middle Georgia town.

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