This time last year, South Carolina reached into North Carolina to secure the commitment of Charlotte offensive lineman, Jaylen Nichols. Nearly 12 months to the day, the Gamecocks appear to have withstood the final efforts from UNC to keep Nichols as a member of the Gamecocks’ 2019 recruiting class.
The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Myers Park offensive lineman has remained committed to Will Muschamp’s program despite holding offers from the likes of Tennessee and Indiana and it appears Mack Brown’s coaching staff made one final push to get Nichols on campus before the early signing period.
Those efforts have proven fruitless, as Nichols shut down any talk of a trip to Chapel Hill prior to the dead period beginning on Sunday. Nichols is on track to sign early and early in Columbia in a few weeks as an early enrollee.
Nichols silenced any speculation regarding his recruitment on Friday with the following tweet:
I’m not going to unc this weekend. I’m still a firm South Carolina commit.
— Jaylen Nichols (@jaylen70nichols) December 14, 2018
This is no small victory for the Gamecocks, as South Carolina 2019 recruiting class only holds commitments from two other offensive linemen heading into the early signing period — Florida natives Mark Fox and Vincent Murphy are both pledged to South Carolina. Losing Nichols would make the incoming offensive line class dangerously thin for a program that still has a ways to go on the line of scrimmage.
To get an idea of what South Carolina could be getting in Nichols, here is his latest high school highlight reel: