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Will South Alabama’s recent offer sway this Gulf Coast lineman away from UTSA commitment?

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College offensive lineman Treyvion Shannon runs a drill on Monday, August 7, 2017. Shannon recently committed to UTSA.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College offensive lineman Treyvion Shannon runs a drill on Monday, August 7, 2017. Shannon recently committed to UTSA. amccoy@sunherald.com file

Consider Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College lineman Treyvion Shannon in the camp that believes once you commit to something — or someone, in this instance — you see it through.

The talented offensive tackle committed to Texas-San Antonio Nov. 29. Eleven days later he picked up an offer from his former coach, Chad Huff, who’s now the tight end coach on Steve Campbell’s new South Alabama staff.

It appears the offer may have come too late.

“I wasn’t expecting (the offer), but I had already committed so I know where my home is,” Shannon told the Sun Herald on Thursday. “Once you commit to someone you have to stay loyal.”

The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Shannon also boasts offers from UAB, Troy, Kansas and others. He said other schools have continued to recruit him in recent weeks but they all get the same reply: Thanks but no thanks.

Pleasantly surprised

Admittedly, when Shannon visited UTSA several weeks back he wasn’t expecting much. Then he saw what UTSA has to offer.

“At first I thought I wasn’t even going to UTSA at all,” he said. “I was just going on a visit to have fun but it turned out to be a great place.

“I loved everything about it. I felt like I made a connection with all the coaches, too.”

Shannon went home and before making any decision, he first discussed the trip with his mom to get her blessing.

As it turns out, UTSA head coach Frank Wilson was the perfect closer. Shannon said his mom’s mind was blown after their in-home visit with the former Ole Miss, LSU and Mississippi State assistant.

“He’s a great dude. Very well spoken. You can tell he knows what he’s talking about,” Shannon said. “He’s a very smart guy and she knows he’ll take care of me.”

It also helps that Shannon sees an avenue to playing early at UTSA. Shannon played left guard as a freshman at MGCCC and left tackle this season. Shannon could end up playing either spot for the Roadrunners, but it doesn’t really matter to him.

“I’ll do whatever it takes,” he said.

Mississippi connection

UTSA has a strong Mississippi connection, with Wilson as the head coach and former Southern Miss assistant Pete Golding as the defensive coordinator. The roster includes former West Harrison lineman Josh Oatis, Northwest Mississippi C.C. tight end Shaq Williams and Hinds C.C. receiver Marquez McNair. The Roadrunners’ 2018 signing class also features Itawamba C.C. lineman Jalyn Galmore, East Mississippi defensive end Lorenzo Dantzler and Tupelo High’s Peter Gray.

Shannon will be eligible to sign with UTSA during the early signing period on Dec. 20 and plans to enroll in time for the spring semester.

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