South Carolina recruiting: Gamecocks host big running back from Charlotte

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Trenton Simpson visits South Carolina

Last Saturday, South Carolina running backs coach Bobby Bentley hosted 2020 running back Trenton Simpson, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound prospect from Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte, N.C.

It was visit No. 1 to Columbia for Simpson, whose offer list includes South Carolina, North Carolina, Charlotte and Colorado State.

“Got to tour the school, look at the field, look at the locker room,” Simpson said. “I was able to just walk around the campus and see how nice it was.”

Simpson and his parents were at Bentley’s side throughout the visit. The Gamecocks’ assistant, who also recruits the Charlotte area, left Simpson with a simple message.

“Right now, just focus on my next season, doing as good as I can,” Simpson said. “I want to make sure I get up there for camp this summer, so I can get some work and see how the coaches are up there at South Carolina.”

So far, Simpson has visited North Carolina, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech. He also made camp stops at N.C. State and Clemson last summer. This summer, he’s slated to camp at Tennessee, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech, along with South Carolina.

Several factors will be considered as he moves further into his recruitment.

“Just where I have a bond with the program, the coaches, teammates,” Simpson said. “Making sure that me going to that school is going to help further my [education]. Making sure that it’s the right choice for me.”

As a sophomore, Simpson rushed for 700 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Feeling good before the weekend

Three-star linebacker Derek Boykins (Concord, N.C.) detailed his upcoming official visit to South Carolina during a recent interview with SportsTalkSC’s Phil Kornblut.

“Everything is moving in the right direction with me and South Carolina,” Boykins said. “The fact that they really need me for me. I’m a real need for them. That’s a big thing. I’m feeling good about the visit.”

Boykins, a 6-foot-1, 224-pound prospect from Central Cabarrus High School, is ranked as the No. 30 outside linebacker in the Class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite.

An official visit to Kentucky is set for the second weekend in June. He’s set to take an unofficial visit to Clemson on June 13. A commitment is expected to be reached at some point this summer, but there is no specific timeline.

“Whenever I feel it, I’m going to do it,” Boykins said. “It might be this weekend. It might be the week after that.”

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