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Sumter High School defensive end Montague Rhames has a name, and a game, that really stand out.
Rhames (6-6, 240) was part of Sumter’s outstanding defense last season and totaled 70 tackles with 21 tackles for loss and 7 sacks. USC is among his offers at this point, and he plans to be on hand Saturday as Shane Beamer welcomes in some of his top Class of 2023 targets for a junior day Saturday.
“They’ve been contacting my coaches and asking for my grades, things like that,” Rhames said. “I’m doing good. I was talking to Coach (Mike) Peterson but now it’s Shane Beamer and Taylor Edwards. They want me to be part of their defense, and they want me to stay home. They said I can be one of the best players to come out of USC.”
Peterson recently took a coaching job at the University of Florida.
Rhames is planning to visit N.C. State later in the month, and he’s also looking at Virginia Tech and Louisville for visits in January. He went to games this past season at USC, Clemson, North Carolina and N.C. State.
Clemson has not yet offered Rhames, but he was contacted by the Tigers last week.
“I was on the phone with Lemanski Hall,” Rhames said. “He said he’s going to get back at me. I’m waiting on that. That was kind of like my first phone call from a (Clemson) coach. When I went to their camp, Coach Hall said I did good. Coaches say they like how I get off the ball, and they like my strength. They say I’m a heck of a player.”
Rhames said he will eventually put out a list of favorite programs, but he’s not looking to make a decision until after his senior season.
Among other things, South Carolina’s junior day will include a visit to the USC men’s basketball home game against Florida. Beamer and a handful of current players will be on hand for a halftime appearance, with the coach slated to address the crowd.
South Carolina recruiting notes
▪ Calhoun County High School athlete RJ Brunson said he most likely will accept a preferred walk-on offer that USC made to him last week by secondary coach Torrian Gray. Brunson said Gray likes him as a corner. He will visit USC on Jan. 29. Brunson said he’s a 4.5 GPA student and will earn a good bit of academic scholarship money to defray his costs the first year. Brunson also is a standout basketball player for Zam Frederick and also plays baseball for the Saints. He played in the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl and made four tackles at safety.
▪ Laurens 2022 defensive end Isaiah Burnside plans to visit USC Jan. 29 when the Gamecocks are bringing in some PWO candidates.
▪ Class of 2023 corner Brandon Cisse of Lakewood will visit USC Jan. 29.
▪ USC offered 2023 corner Dijon Johnson (6-1 180) of Tampa. Some of his other offers are Texas A&M, Michigan, Southern Cal, Penn State, Miami, Florida State, Oklahoma, Louisville and Florida.
▪ Class of 2023 linebacker Grayson Howard of Jacksonville plans to visit USC this weekend.
▪ USC 2023 linebacker target Whit Weeks of Watkinsville, Georgia was offered by Utah. He and his brother, Virginia transfer linebacker West Weeks, are planning to visit USC Saturday.
▪ Class of 2023 offensive lineman Antonio Tripp Jr. (6-3, 300) of Owings Mill, Maryland plans to visit USC Jan. 22. Last season he played every position on the line and allowed one sack and one pressure. Some of his other offers are Virginia Tech, Arizona State, Kentucky and Boston College.
▪ Greenwood native and former Georgia State receiver Sam Pinckney is transferring to Coastal Carolina.
▪ Former Ben Lippen LB Kyle Wright is transferring from Georgia State. He started his career at North Carolina.
▪ Class of 2023 basketball prospect GG Jackson of Ridge View was offered by Auburn and Texas A&M.