South Carolina Football: Gamecocks in final group for elite prospect, viewed as one of two favorites

South Carolina football helmet. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
South Carolina football helmet. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports /

South Carolina football has had large official visit weekends for most of the month of June. Blue chip prospects have been on campus in Columbia each of the last three weekends, and perhaps the biggest weekend of them all is coming up in a few days.

One of the top recruits who visited the Gamecocks at the beginning of the month was 4-star athlete Kamron Mikell. Mikell is expected to be a defensive back (likely at corner) in college and has been recruited primarily as a secondary player by the South Carolina football staff.

Mikell, a Georgia native, has been viewed as a Bulldog lean for most of his recruitment, but the Gamecocks appear to be in the next-best position to land the 6’0″ athlete. Earlier this week, Mikell released a list of 14 schools that would receive the majority of his attention through the remainder of his recruitment.

Mikell’s top-14 included South Carolina, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Colorado, Florida, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Auburn, Texas A&M, Alabama, and Indiana.

14 schools is a lot, especially when most of the recruiting industry believes Mikell to be a solid Georgia lean with South Carolina as the clear leader among the other contenders.

In Mikell’s announcement, it was revealed that the Statesboro, Georgia product does not plan to make his decision until the winter or even later. That has to be good news for the Gamecocks as any decision in the near future is almost guaranteed to be a Georgia commitment.

South Carolina football has two defensive backs committed so far in the class of 2024. 4-star safety Kelvin Hunter and 4-star cornerback Braydon Lee pledged their services to the Gamecocks a couple of months ago, and Carolina is in solid position with several other players in the secondary.

4-star safeties Malcolm Ziglar and Kaj Sanders like the Gamecocks a lot, and so does 3-star safety Kaleb Harris. Carolina is in what looks like a two-team battle with Florida State over 4-star athlete Jalewis Solomon who is expected to play defensive back if he ends up in Columbia. 3-star linebacker/safety David Bucey is visiting this weekend.