Despite losing a wide receiver commit earlier in the week, South Carolina hosted a handful of pass catchers for its contest against No. 9 Texas A&M two weekends ago. The Gamecocks started true freshman Brandon McIlwain, a predominantly run-first quarterback, who had a depleted array of targets to throw to.
That said, it is no surprise South Carolina could not generate a consistent rhythm in the aerial attack until redshirt senior Perry Orth came into replace McIlwain in the fourth quarter. Cortez Buckholts, a senior wide receiver from Georgia who visited the game, took notice during his time on campus.
“I did see the receiving corps a little bit,” Buckholts told Today’s U. “I think they did a pretty good job, but at first with the running quarterback in it wasn’t until the fourth they were getting the ball down to the receiving corps. But, they’re pretty good guys.”
Buckholts, who is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound prospect, visited South Carolina for the first time at the A&M game, which ended in a loss for the Gamecocks. Buckholts spoke about his recruitment in general along with his visit to Columbia.
“It’s going pretty good,” Buckholts said. “I’ve got a couple schools interested and stuff like that. I would say South Carolina, they showed a lot of love while I was there.”
While on his visit, the atmosphere surrounding the school on gameday really stood out to the senior recruit.
“The thing that got me most about Columbia was the vibe of the game and the fans and how packed it was up there,” Buckholts said. “I liked that.”
Because of South Carolina’s typical gameday festivities, which includes the famed Gamecock Walk, Buckholts and his group of visiting recruits from Duluth High School did not have a chance to speak first-hand with head coach Will Muschamp.
“I didn’t really talk to any coaches because by the time we got there they were already doing the [Gamecock] Walk and getting ready for the game and stuff like that, so I didn’t really get to have any conversations with any coaches,” Buckholts said.
Despite the school’s loss, Buckholts was able to draw quite a few positives from a game in which South Carolina went into halftime tied with a top-10 team.
“I think they did pretty good,” Buckhotls said. “They didn’t get the win, but they stuck in there and hung in there. Perry Orth came in there and he did his thing no matter how down they were. I liked that, they kept fighting.”
Buckholts mentioned he does not currently have plans established to return to South Carolina but would welcome the opportunity if it were to present itself.
“I know I’m going to Citadel pretty soon and I’ve been talking to a few other schools, but I’m not really sure which ones yet,” he said.
In terms of his ability on the field, Buckholts broke down his playing style, which he views as a combination of Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones and former Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez.
“I think I’m a physical receiver that’s not afraid of contact with the defensive back getting off the jam, good hands and good speed and can get the job done,” he said.
Click here for a link to Buckholts’ senior midseason highlight game.