In his short time as head coach of South Carolina, Will Muschamp has proved to be an effective recruiter in the talent-rich SEC footprint, though three-star wide receiver Shawn Smith decommitted from the school on Tuesday. Even without Smith in the fold, however, the Gamecocks sit at No. 12 in the country for the 2017 cycle according to 247Sports.com.
With the 2017 class in good standing, Muschamp and staff are diverting their effort to the 2018 class. Several top recruits, such as four-star quarterback Dakereon Joyner and five-star defensive lineman Xavier Thomas, have already visited South Carolina several times and are chief targets of the Gamecocks’ staff.
Others, such as junior tight end-linebacker Davin Dyal are just beginning to build a relationship with the SC program. This past Saturday, Dyal visited Columbia for the Gamecocks’ game against No. 9 Texas A&M and spoke very positively about his time on campus.
“That was great,” Dyal told Today’s U. “My recruiter had sent film out last week to a bunch of schools, and we heard back from them saying they wanted to have me on a visit. We went up there on Friday night after my game, stayed in a hotel and got there Saturday. It was a great experience, loved the atmosphere there. That is somewhere I’d love to play at.”
Due to previously scheduled travel plans for a family vacation, Dyal had to check out of the game midway through, but he did watch the Gamecocks enter halftime with a tie game at 7 points apiece.
“We had to leave at halftime, but it was a real close game,” Dyal said. “It was real loud when they scored on the first play, that long run. That was crazy. I loved it.”
Standing at 6-foot-5 and 235-pounds, Dyal is a mismatch on the field at tight end and helps clog passing lines as an outside linebacker as well. Dyal has size that cannot be taught and will surely add mass and strength in the ensuing years, creating a very bright future as a red zone threat down the road.
Like most visiting tight ends would, Dyal payed close attention to that position on Saturday while on his South Carolina visit. During the contest, sophomore tight end Hayden Hurst ended up with five receptions for 90 yards for South Carolina, which was his second consecutive game with at least 80 receiving yards.
“The tight end, I watched him a lot,” Dyal said. “No. 81, he was a real hard player, a real big guy. It was fun to watch him.”
In the aftermath of his visit, Dyal stated that he would “love” to visit South Carolina again in the future. In terms of his recruitment in general, the lengthy tight end spoke about how is interest is picking up around the region.
“Just recently started out with Vanderbilt, Morgan State, Eastern Kentucky and Memphis,” Dyal said. “I’m taking a visit to NCSU soon, Tennessee Tech and those are some off the top of my head.”
At the high school level, Dyal plays for Cookeville High School in Tennessee. So far this season, the Cavaliers are 5-2 on the season with a home game against Smyrna (5-2) on tap this Friday.