South Carolina football coach Shane Beamer and his team beat Vanderbilt 47-6 on Saturday to keep their hopes of a bowl game alive. The margin of victory was the biggest in the history of the series, and the anger and disappointment from the fanbase was somewhat placated.
Kornblut had a conversation with 4-star EDGE Kameryn Fountain, and in that conversation, Fountain told Kornblut that there was a “high chance” that he would flip his commitment from Lincoln Riley and Southern Cal to Shane Beamer’s South Carolina football program.
As a consensus 4-star recruit, Fountain is one of the best pass rushers in the country. He is ranked inside the top-100 national prospects by both 247Sports and ESPN, and his 6’6,” 240-pound frame looks made in a lab to develop into an elite collegiate EDGE player.
South Carolina football has struggled at the position in 2023 with just 4.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss from the defensive end position this season. As a whole, outside of some solid stretches from Jordan Strachan and the occasional speed rush win from Bryan Thomas, Jr., the defensive end position has been a major negative.
Landing a talent like Fountain to go with current underclassmen like Thomas, JT Geer, and Desmond Umeozulu (4-star, class of 2023) and elite pledge Dylan Stewart (5-star, class of 2024), the Gamecocks are hoping this is an area that improves quickly.
Current South Carolina football commitments Wendell Gregory (4-star LB/EDGE) and Fred Johnson (4-star LB/EDGE) are high school linebackers who often line up as stand-up pass rushers. Either player could be a candidate to bulk up and become a full-time EDGE after arriving in Columbia.
Fountain is still committed to Southern Cal, but it seems as if the Georgia native has a real chance of ending up at the USC that is closer to home.
You can watch some of his film here.