Committed DE prospect visits USC

The Gamecocks played host to Golden Gate (Naples, FL) 3-star defensive end Anthony Mains, a South Florida commitment, over the weekend, and the Sunshine State lineman came away impressed with what the Gamecocks have to offer. Is Mains' still firm in his commitment to USF, or did South Carolina give him something to think about following his trip to Columbia? Read inside to find out.

Anthony Mains, an athletic and rangy defensive end that measures in at 6'6" and 220 pounds, committed to South Florida in early October, but he has continued taking visits to see what other schools have to offer. The Gamecocks got their opportunity to make an impression on Mains when he made an unofficial visit to Columbia this past weekend, and according to Mains, USC did not disappoint.

"It was fun. I got to look around the city and go to the game. I enjoyed it," said Mains. "I liked how the fans supported the team. Even though they had a three game losing streak going, they had a great environment. That makes me feel good that the fans fill up the stadium. It was a fun atmosphere. It compared to Wisconsin's atmosphere a little bit."

Mains got the opportunity to talk with Coach David Reaves, his South Carolina recruiter, while on campus, and he explained how things currently stand for him in the recruiting process.

"I talked with Coach (David) Reaves. We just talked about the whole recruiting process and how things are going," said Mains. "My commitment (to South Florida) is still strong. I'm just checking out what else is out there to make sure I'm not making the wrong decision. Right now, I'm just taking it all in and comparing South Florida and South Carolina."

Besides South Carolina and USF, Mains said that Wisconsin and Vanderbilt are also continuing to show him strong interest, but he does not have any more visits planned at this time. He does, however, know when he would like to make a final decision on his college choice.

"I thought I put the recruiting process behind me when I committed, but hopefully I'll (have a final decision) by the end of December."

Mains, who was one of the most productive defensive ends in South Florida this year, closed by discussing how his senior season went this fall

"We just got eliminated from the playoffs. It was a bummer. It was a three way tie for second place in our district, and we lost a tie-breaker. I had 102 tackles and 10 sacks."

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