‘I really love it there’: Transfer running back recaps Gamecocks visit

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Speedy running back Dante Miller, a grad transfer from Columbia University who was first team All-Ivy League in 2021, made an unofficial visit to South Carolina on Friday with his mother.

Miller, who lives in Rockingham, North Carolina, has a preferred walk-on offer from Shane Beamer. He said Friday night there’s a very good chance he’ll be a Gamecock this fall.

“I had a great time. I met with the coaches. Heard a lot of good things. I really love it there,” Miller said. “The staff was really genuine. I really loved how honest the head coach is. He’s really genuine, a really good man. One of the most genuine coaches I’ve met. It would be an honor to play for Coach Beamer.”

Miller wasn’t ready to go public with any kind of commitment announcement Friday.

“Coach Beamer wanted to stress the fact that I wasn’t being rushed, and there’s no rush, but I love it there,” Miller said. “The grad school actually is pretty amazing for sports management. The sports management is number one internationally. Going there for grad school would actually be just as good as an undergrad education from an Ivy League perspective. Going to their grad school would actually be a very good benefit for me.”

Miller picked up another offer Friday night from Delaware but said that doesn’t change his thinking. He’s looking at next Friday for publicly finalizing his plans. Miller said if he commits to the Gamecocks, he would not enroll until late May or early June.

South Carolina recruiting notes

  • Class of 2023 DT Jordan Hall (6-4, 300) of Jacksonville plans to visit USC Saturday.

  • DT Keith Sampson of New Bern, North Carolina, a USC target, was offered by Miami. He plans to name a top five Saturday.

  • USC made the top eight with 2023 LB Troy Ford Jr. of Savannah. The others are Arkansas, UCF, Missouri, Auburn, Notre Dame, Tennessee and West Virginia.

  • USC target 2023 LB Whit Weeks of Watkinsville, Georgia was offered by LSU. He plans to visit USC Saturday.

  • USC offered 2023 RB Jeremiah Cobb (5-11 185) of Montgomery, Alabama and 2023 TE/DE Devan Houstan (6-5 270) of Hagerstown, Maryland.

  • 2022 OT Josh Noble (6-5 285) of Mt. Ulla, North Carolina and 2022 OT Chase Sweigart (6-6 300) of Chapin received preferred walk-on offers from USC.

  • Georgia DB Lovasea Carroll, who originally committed to USC while in high school, has entered the NCAA transfer portal.

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