Maybe it's time to start believing every SEC school will ultimately offer DeMarvion Overshown a football scholarship opportunity.

South Carolina reached out to the Arp safety and all-around athlete Wednesday and marked the seventh school from the conference to take an interest. There are 14 schools in the league, programs from both divisions are in the chase and arguably the hardest offer to obtain -- Alabama -- is in hand.

Overshown (6-4, 196) reported his Gamecocks offer directly to ETSN.fm.

Arp's junior safety played a major role in his team's trip to the Class 3A Division II state semifinals this past season. He recorded 173 tackles, forced four total takeaways and also caught four passes for 121 yards as a receiver.

Overshown subsequently became Scout.com's 73rd-ranked prospect regardless of position nationally and a four-star recruit.

The South Carolina offer pushed Overshown to the East Texas scholarship lead ahead of junior Carthage running back Keaontay Ingram, who currently has 20 schools interested.

Twenty of Overshown's offers are from the NCAA Division I FBS level and he holds a local offer from FCS competitor Stephen F. Austin.

Will Muschamp will begin his second season in charge of the Gamecocks this fall. He led the program to a 6-6 record this past season ahead of a loss to South Florida in overtime of the Birmingham Bowl.

Muschamp, a former Georgia player and Auburn graduate assistant, has a few local connections. He was Mack Brown's defensive coordinator at Texas from 2008 to 2010 and was named that school's head-coach-in-waiting before taking the head coaching job at Florida.

It's easy to understand why Muschamp had options. He was a Nick Saban disciple at LSU and moved with Saban to serve as associate head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

Muschamp left the Dolphins after one season to become Auburn's defensive coordinator, citing more interest in the college game. That led to the Texas coordinator job.

Florida fired Muschamp in 2014, so he returned to Auburn for a season as defensive coordinator.

South Carolina hired the SEC journeyman after Auburn's 2015 regular season ended.

The Gamecocks program produced the 1980 Heisman Trophy winner, running back George Rogers, and has made four consensus All-Americans in its 124-year history. It was a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference from 1953 through 1974, played as an independent from 1975 to 1991 and joined the SEC for the 1992 season and beyond alongside Arkansas.

Overshown, like all college football prospects currently in their junior year of high school, will become eligible to sign with any school that offers him in February of 2018.

2018 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers

  • Tre Allison, John Tyler, OLB, 6-0, 200 — committed to SMU; additional offer from Mississippi State (2)
  • Chance Amie, Tyler Lee, QB, 6-3, 190 — offers from Bowling Green, Iowa State, Syracuse (3)
  • Xavier Benson, Pleasant Grove, LB, 6-0, 200 — offer from ULL (1)
  • Dekalen Goodson, John Tyler, DE/OLB, 6-0, 215 — offer from Mississippi State (1)
  • Chasen Hines, Marshall, C, 6-3, 340 — offers from Baylor, Louisiana Tech, LSU, Minnesota, North Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech (11)
  • Keaontay Ingram, Carthage, RB, 6-0, 198 — offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA, UTSA (19)
  • Malik Jackson, Lufkin, WR, 6-0, 170 — offer from Arkansas State (1)
  • DeMarvion Overshown, Arp, ATH, 6-4, 196 — offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, Clemson, Florida State, Kansas, LSU, Missouri, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, SMU, South Carolina, Southern Miss, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, UTSA (20)
  • Tyree Wilson, West Rusk, LB, 6-5, 225 — offer from ULL (1)