A major target in the class of 2022 is making his college decision this evening. Top 100 prospect Oscar Delp will announce a commitment just before 7 PM from the cafeteria at his local high school in Forsyth, GA.
Delp is considered by Rivals to be a four-star player and the nation’s second rated tight end. He’s down to a final group of South Carolina, Clemson, Georgia, and Michigan. Many, to this point, believe that the hometown Bulldogs are the favorite to land the pass catcher, though the Gamecocks have remained heavily involved in his recruitment.
Over the summer, Shane Beamer and his staff made their pitch to Delp, launching a social media campaign that took Twitter by storm during the offseason months. The hastag #WeWantDelp was seen on timelines of both players and fans as they did their best to lure the tight end to Columbia. That helped the Gamecocks land an official visit from the talented prospect in late June. He was also on hand for the win over Troy a couple of weeks back.
Aside from the Twitter campaign, coach Beamer has emphasized the Gamecocks’ plan to use tight ends heavily in the offense. Though he wasn’t able to mention the uncommitted prospect by name, South Carolina’s head man took to the stage on SEC Media Days to try and convince Delp to become an integral piece in the program’s offensive success moving forward.
The last thing that South Carolina has going in their favor is the fact that Delp has family that lives in Columbia. His mother is a graduate of the university and the Gamecocks are hoping that those family ties can help land the out-of-state recruit.
We will soon see where Delp plans to spend his collegiate career. Landing Delp’s commitment would be huge for the 2022 recruiting class, which currently ranks No. 18 in the country. It’s tough to beat out the Bulldogs for in-state players but the Gamecocks have at least given themselves a chance.