The South Carolina football roster has a lot of tight ends on it.
6th-year senior Josh Simon will play his final year in 2024, Ball State transfer Brady Hunt could play a big role next fall, and a whole slew of youngsters are led by new signee Michael Smith who might be the most talented of them all.
Despite the numbers at the position, the Gamecocks are not done recruiting the position. In the class of 2025, 4-star prospect Marshall Pritchett appears to be a target USC has zeroed in on as a future Carolina tight end.
On Friday, Pritchett announced his top-10 schools, and the South Carolina football program made the cut.
Pritchett revealed his top-10 to be South Carolina, Tennessee, Michigan, Auburn, Florida State, Miami, Georgia Tech, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech.
It is worth noting that Marshall Pritchett's older brother Lawson (a 3-star safety) signed with Georgia Tech last week. The Pritchetts are also South Carolina natives who played at Porter-Gaud School before transferring to Rabun Gap-Nacoochee. The brothers' father Wes Pritchett had a brief NFL career after being the leading tackler (as a linebacker) at Notre Dame when they won the national title in 1988.
The younger Pritchett, as a player, is an impressive athlete who also plays some wide receiver for his Rabun Gap-Nacoochee team. At 6'5", he is a big target, and his frame appears able to hold much more than his current weight of 210 pounds.
Pritchett is a smooth mover who knows how to position his body to get the football, much like a basketball player grabbing a rebound. His background as a lacrosse player also has given him a very good ability to judge the ball when it is in the air.
As a former quarterback, Pritchett has a good football IQ and understanding of the game, allowing him a leg up on many other high school tight ends at finding soft spots in opposing defenses.
You can watch some of his film here.