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South Carolina impresses visitors

4/2/2012

South Carolina made strong impressions on several key prospects this weekend.

The Gamecocks coaches have apparently tabbed Connor Mitch from Raleigh (N.C.) Wakefield as a possible quarterback of the future. Mitch was offered a scholarship during a visit to Columbia on Saturday.

“I liked it a lot,” Mitch said. “Had a good time.”

The highlight for Mitch was an hour-long meeting with head coach Steve Spurrier.

“They are definitely in the mix now,” said Mitch, who also has scholarship offers from over a dozen schools.

However, the battle for Mitch could prove to be a battle of SEC teams, as he has scholarship offers from LSU, Alabama, Vanderbilt and Tennessee.

As for possible passing targets in South Carolina, the Gamecocks also hosted several top receivers, including Uriah LeMay from Matthews (N.C.) Butler and Corey Cooper from Raleigh (N.C.) Millbrook.

Saying he came away impressed with the Gamecocks' coaching, LeMay now seems to be considering South Carolina more than ever before.

“It was nice,” he said. “It gave me a chance to go to a school I really haven't been around as much. Another big SEC program that's close to the house so I feel like you want to take that into consideration. Overall, it was good.”

Cooper went even further.

“It was great,” he said. “They're my No. 1 now. The academics really stood out and the coaches. Coach Steve Spurrier Jr. is hyped. He is so intense.”

Defensively, Lewis Neal from Wilson (N.C.) James B. Hunt was a main target that South Carolina also seemed to impress.

“I really love everything about it,” the defensive end said. “Everybody was cool and the campus was nice and just had an overall very good visit.”

That seemed to be a common theme.