COLUMBIA, SC -
Future stars of college football programs were on USC's campus Sunday. South Carolina's Steve Spurrier Indoor Facility hosted the annual High School Sports Report High School Football Media Day. Teams from all over the state came in. Some of the top 2018 Prospects were there as well.
Channing Tindall of Spring Valley is a highly sought after linebacker prospect as is defensive back Steven Gilmore Jr of South Pointe. His brother of course is one of the best to come out of USC. Gilmore's final four Louisville, UNC, Georgia and USC. Both prospects will make their decisions in September and they detail what they are looking for.
"I look at the coaching staff, then once I look at coaching staff I look at the environment. Is that somewhere where I really what to live? Because it's not just a four year decision. Then I look at academics because I want to major in medical kinesiology so just see how that will fit for me college wise," Tindall said.
"I'm just trying to go where I feel is home, trying to figure out the best fit for me and where I can better myself as a player and an individual," Gilmore Jr added.
Bryce Thompson was one of the Dutch Fork reps at media day and after reopening his recruitment he has NC State, South Carolina and Virginia Tech as his current top 3. USC's season opener against the Wolfpack is the game he will be zeroed in on.
"I'm going to look at that pretty good. Hopefully that will help me make my decision as well too but it's going to be interesting," Thompson said.
The former Ben Lippen standout who plays wide receiver and safety also said that he's still being lured by USC fans.
"I've had a couple of schools contact me, a lot of Carolina fans trying to get me to come to Carolina, sending me edits and at tweeting me on Twitter."
Recent Gamecock commits like Fort Dorchester's Dakereon Joyner and RJ Roderick Junior out of Cane Bay have been on the recruiting trail for USC. They've been trying to lure Tindall, Thompson and others to join them because they believe in what USC is building.
"Coaches they can only do so much but if you have player in your ear as well telling you the capability of the team you could commit to that's something that plays a really big factor as well in my opinion," RJ said. "I'm going to keep recruiting other athletes as well."
RJ also talked about what was the deciding factor in him choosing USC.
"I think it was just the fact that this is home state and the relationship I have with Coach Muschamp and Coach Travaris Robertson. And the atmosphere, that was something that really stood out to me. I mean it came second to none when it came to my recruiting."
Other than deciding on their future these players are their teammates will get another chance to show schools how good they are as they prepare for the upcoming high school football season.