South Carolina makes another move

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

This much is becoming clear: South Carolina is recruiting the metro area for secondary help.

Not only did Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier make an offer to South Paulding cornerback Ryan Ayers, but he’s also looked to the other side of the metro area and made an offer to Southwest DeKalb’s Jonathan Mincy.

“They came through with an offer last week and I was real excited about that,” Mincy told The State. “I don’t know much about them, so I want to get up there and find out more. I’m looking forward to seeing it.”

He plans to visit South Carolina during the summer, along with Tennessee, Florida and Ohio State.

Georgia and Georgia Tech also are interested in keeping Mincy close to home.

The Gamecocks have also offered Georgia Military College safety Jakar Hamilton, a junior college All-American.

“A visit to South Carolina is a real possibility,” Hamilton told GamecockCentral.com. “Georgia and Alabama are also going to be getting a visit.”

Georgia and Alabama are ahead of the Gamecocks, Hamilton said.

41 comments Add your comment

Kenny Powers

May 18th, 2009
4:57 pm

UGA must lock these guys down before Spurrier gets back in the SEC race.

webdawg

May 18th, 2009
6:27 pm

We (dawgs) need to do their homework and if they these guys….then show them ..and make an offer and follow up…let them know we need our very best in those silver britches….we can’t get them all and we will miss out on a guy that blooms after he gets in college…but man lets get them cream…

obomaisaclown

May 18th, 2009
7:39 pm

alabama lose of shollies will hurt them when all there recruiting bad news comes out about them giving player cars . Second ldi will make everyone think twice, we will see if saban stay when every thing comes to light.

Evil Steve

May 18th, 2009
8:05 pm

Does he recruit with an arrogant smirk on his face?

Stupid Article!

May 18th, 2009
8:10 pm

The UGA coaches know what our needs are this year and they know our scholarship limitations. We can not get every D-1 prospect in the state…especially considering GA churns out over 150 D-1 players a year.

So just calm down…

Sissy Dawg

May 18th, 2009
8:17 pm

The good old days where the Dawgs could get as many players from Georgia as they want at every position are over. The whole recruiting world knows that Georgia is rich in talent. Mark Richt better get on the ball. He is now surrounded by Paul Johnson, Erving Myer, Nick Sabin, Steve Spurrier, and a host of others. He better evaluate, and offer quickly or the cream will be somewhere else.

Jim

May 18th, 2009
8:23 pm

Stupid Article is right on…….

Kissell

May 18th, 2009
8:30 pm

They brought me steak for dinner. I didn’t order steak. What time are you people coming over to fix my sink?

misterwax

May 18th, 2009
8:54 pm

sissy dawg needs to learn to spell the names of coaches….BZZZZZZ

misterwax

May 18th, 2009
8:55 pm

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Navelman

May 18th, 2009
9:18 pm

If Spurrier can ever find that QB that will deliver game in and game out USC will become a competitor. They are so close to turning that corner. Defense will be strong, receivers are looking much better and the running game is about to become a factor. Only thing Spurrier needs in an SEC type QB and its lights out for the dogs and the rest of the SEC.

H.S. Coach

May 18th, 2009
9:33 pm

So what, he offered some kids. Every coach worth their salt is coming to Ga to recruit. It’s a hotbed of talent. Surprise, surprise.

The Ole Ball Coach

May 18th, 2009
9:37 pm

Didn’t Stevie sign 4 top safeties last year?

Flyin' Dawg

May 18th, 2009
9:48 pm

Uh, who cares. I am sure the Ol’ Ball Coach offered many recruits that UGA has also offered. I seem to remember UGA taking the biggest prospect in SC two years ago. Let’s see, his name was….something Green. Oh, but I am sure USC didn’t offer him. Oh wait, they did. Big deal. Stop trying to stir the pot. Every time one of these stupid articles comes out, the Techies come out of the woodwork to say UGA is losing it’s hold on the state. Pure rubbish.

Yohan

May 18th, 2009
9:58 pm

10 years ago that headline would have been threatening. Now, it’s just comical. Let them get the kids instate schools and the better SEC/ACC schools don’t want. Heck even the good players in SC would rather leave than play at that poor excuse for a university. It sucks at sports, academics…even the “party” scene there is lame.

Yomama

May 18th, 2009
10:28 pm

Hey Yohan the dumbazz, the University of South Carolina had more players from the state of Georgia on the 2008 ALL-SEC football team than Georgia’s own state university…Whoops!

Reality Check

May 18th, 2009
10:30 pm

Methinks Yohan wouldn’t know what a diploma from UGA looks even if he could read…

what_is_the_oldeballcoach_doing

May 18th, 2009
10:36 pm

Well Spurrier could have had his QB (NG’s – Tamburo) but he did not offer him, instead decided not to recuirt any QB this past year. I just saw Mickey over the weekend and he had added 20lbs muscle and has grown at least 1-2″. Now Mickey will be lighting it up for Boise State.

what_is_oldeballcoach

May 18th, 2009
10:37 pm

Well Spurrier could have had his QB (NG’s – Tamburo) but he did not offer him, instead decided not to recuirt any QB this past year. I just saw Mickey over the weekend and he had added 20lbs muscle and has grown at least 1-2″. Now Mickey will be lighting it up for Boise State.

Jason

May 18th, 2009
11:09 pm

And what’s funny is, UGA has the best receiver probably in school history on campus. And for all you pundants, you know where he’s from?………….You got it, Souf Karolina. Interesting isn’t it. Mr Maxie is trying to sell the AJC and that’s ok, but I’ll trade a bunch of em for an AJ Green. Kid is an All American. Heck, even the dept of agriculture commissioner commented about AJ when he was being recruited by Souf. They really wanted him. Did I mention UGA got the best WR from Souf Karolina?……..Honestly, the AJC and Steve have a lot in common, they both used to be on a lot more doorsteps than they are now.

Steve

May 18th, 2009
11:21 pm

UGA only has 8 more scholarships to give right now – and about 15 legit players that they would love to have in Ga. – besides Benedict and Meline in Fla., a great RB from SC etc. Not enough schollies for everybody – we will probably get great players, but Richt does an incredible job recruiting student athletes who stay at UGA – hence, limited scholarships. No way to keep all the talent in state – not even GT and UGA combined can do that.

Bubba

May 18th, 2009
11:56 pm

It is nice to see that Spurrier is still trying to get kids from Georgia. How do you suppose he is doing at Tucker High School? Personna non grata? I am sure many Georgia kids are aware of the lies souff Kulina told athletes in the past few years. Offered schollies and then jerked them. What a class school.

Reality Check

May 19th, 2009
2:35 am

I usually try tp take up for the AJC but this article is worthless and is used to get the readers who don’t have a clue about UGA recruiting worried. SC offers 20 to 30 kids every year in GA. Whats your lame point? Must be a slow news week for sports!

mike

May 19th, 2009
5:16 am

Mincey doesn’t have an offer from UGA, so you can’t say South Crackolina is stealing him away.

brick

May 19th, 2009
7:37 am

Yomamma, the Ga state allstar game isn’t what it use to be when the best players in the state participated. Now the top players head to the Army or underall allstar games. A lot of the kids at the Ga game don’e even get offers to D1.

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

May 19th, 2009
7:51 am

New Flash, Georgia has always been a hot bed of talent and Georgia has never been able to pick and choose who they wanted. As long as I can remember about 4 or 5 of the top 10 players always got away. George Rogers, James Brooks, Stump Mitchell in the 80’s to names like Jamal Lewis and Darius Walker. In the 80’s it was Auburn and Clemson. Today its Alabama, Florida and USC. Georgia has always been about the 4th richest state in football recruits so don’t act suprised and don’t think you can keep them all.

Steve Spurrier

May 19th, 2009
8:47 am

Thanks for Eric Norwood, Kenny McKinley, Jared Cook and now Conner Shaw just to name a few. It’s why SC plays UGA tough even though UGA has far more talent (right now anyway). We have always gotten our share of GA kids (Rogers, Sharpe, Reeves, et al).

RTS

May 19th, 2009
8:59 am

The Devil comes down to Georgia, is more accurate than Spurrier invades GA.
I think he will come back empty handed vs. UGA or GT for that matter.

Cameron

May 19th, 2009
9:02 am

Of course they get their share of Georgia kids, there is too many for UGA and GT to sign. “That’s why we always play them tough.” That’s fine, as long as you keep losing. You play Vanderbilt tough too.

UGA hasn’t and won’t offer Mincy. USCa has no shot at Ayers. GT is in the lead, with UGA on their tail, and UF close behind. One of those three will get his signature.

I agree, this article is much ado about nothing. We offer kids in their state, they offer kids in ours. There is too many for us to sign and too many for them to sign. Big deal.

Cameron

May 19th, 2009
9:08 am

The real headline should be “Saban invades Georgia.” Bama has already signed 3 of the top 15 players in Georgia, including the top OT in Juwuan James.

For the record, everyone is invading Georgia (and Florida) HARD this year. The talent is down in a lot of the nieghboring states this year for whatever reason.

Cameron

May 19th, 2009
9:10 am

Oh yeah, what do Eric Norwood, Jared Cook, Kenny McKinley,a nd Connor Shaw all have in common? None received an offer from UGA. So Spurrier, you’re welcome.

GraysonFan

May 19th, 2009
9:35 am

South Carolina also offered Grayson’s DT Shawn Green yesterday.

haney

May 19th, 2009
9:58 am

AJC does it again, making headlines about other schools invading this state and plucking away all the talented kids. The ONLY reason they do that is draw interest. They know UGA fans, some of which don’t know anything other than to believe what the AJC says, will read every word and start wondering if there is a problem in Athens. Daily this paper/website keeps the say slant, so and so invades Ga and “steals” a player from UGA. It is really tired and annoying because it makes it appear that UGA is losing recruiting battles and the program is in shambles. Fact is, UGA is getting pretty much whomever they want in state and also recruiting top players in Florida, SCarolina, and even going out to Texas and California. With only 18 slots at the most for this class and 4 kids already giving a verbal, there is no doubt some of the top talent will HAVE to sign elsewhere. Too many division 1 players within the boundaries of this state, and with Tech signing a small class this year as well, you will see a lot of good players being forced to leave the state this year. Course this is nothing new, it happens every year. The state of Florida loses a lot of top player each year to out of state programs, this with 3 huge football schools in state and 4th and 5th (UCF and South Fla) also getting top talent. I wonder how often the Florida papers have recruiting stories saying UF loses a player or so and so is invading the state of Florida, stealing away top players. Probably happens a lot less often than at the AJC.

gatorman770

May 19th, 2009
10:25 am

I think it adds to college football fans and players experiences, not to mention the educations of the players, for the players to be recruited from all over the country. Do you really think it would be as much fun if all collegiate atheletes stayed in their home states.

fishtales

May 19th, 2009
1:33 pm

Obomo…in English please?

GWG

May 19th, 2009
1:37 pm

Why is this different from any other year?

Jim n Buckhead

May 19th, 2009
2:02 pm

Come on it is news worthy for these kids/schools/families…..UGA/GT/GSU/GSU/VSU/WGU cant sign all the players…SC/UT/UF/FSU/Aubbie will all get some…..

TC

May 19th, 2009
2:36 pm

Hey Yohan, I’m not sure what generation you are from, but before you start spewing insults regarding USC’s academics, I think any university with a decent number of Top 10 programs is hardly considered mediocre.

University of South Carolina’s Top 10 rankings.

# 1 Doctoral kinesiology and exercise science program
# 1 Undergraduate international business for 12 consecutive years
# 2 Graduate international business (20 consecutive years as either # 1 or # 2)
# 2 Pediatrics residency program
# 3 Doctoral school psychology program
# 4 Graduate social psychology
# 5 Doctoral health education program
# 5 MBA programs for Latin Americans
# 8 Exercise science
# 9 Hotel, restaurant, & tourism management
# 10 Publication rates of faculty research (Dept. of Political Science) in journals associated with the American Society for Public Administration

Top 10 – Marine science
Top 10 – Nuclear engineering

What

May 19th, 2009
7:46 pm

Not a party School LOL and where did Mike Phelps GET HIGH AT . ROFL Not a UF or Southern cal, Nope at good ole South carolina.

Mark Richt

May 19th, 2009
7:57 pm

Thanks for AJ Green. Sorry Steve

BG

May 19th, 2009
7:59 pm

The AJC hates UGA!