Caban to visit late next month

June 27, 2014 

USC already has snatched two commitments from the state of Alabama. Could the Gamecocks be lining up a third? LB Amonte Caban of Smiths Station is planning a decision by the end of summer or early in the season, and without offers from Alabama and Auburn right now, he’s looking for the best out of state fit, and that may well be USC for him.

“I talked to coach Botkin Tuesday,” Caban said. “I’m going to South Carolina July 26th for a visit. I like South Carolina a lot, really. Their work ethic and the family environment stand out, and I like the coaches. I have a good relationship with coach Botkin.”

Caban also has an offer from Clemson and talked with recruiter Brent Venables a couple of weeks ago. “He likes me and said I can play both inside and outside,” Caban said. “He’s making a hard push.” But Caban said right now he likes USC more than Clemson.

Some of his other offers include Mississippi State, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Tennessee and Louisville. And he thinks Auburn and Alabama eventually will offer. He does not have an outright favorite right now.

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