Former Columbia High DB Chris Payne, a one-time USC commitment, has made the grades to graduate next month from Gulf Coast JC in Mississippi. USC does not plan to resign him. He has offers from Illinois, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Marshall according to his former high school coach Kemper Amick, and several other major programs are showing interest.
RB Mike Davis of Atlanta, the brother of former Clemson star running back James Davis and a Florida commitment since February is considering official visits to USC and Clemson. That USC visit could come as early as next weekend though Davis said he’s not set any other dates expect for his January 21st trip to Gainesville. USC recruiter Lorenzo Ward has continued to recruit Davis and may be making some headway. “He’s talked to him enough to get him to say he might come down and visit,” Stephenson High assistant coach Corey Johnson said. “I don’t think anything’s changed with Florida but he’s giving others the chance to put in their sales pitch.” Tennessee and Alabama are two others Davis might take a look at. Davis said his commitment to Florida remains solid. “The only thing that would change me is if something goes wrong down there or they recruit another running back.” As for his interest in USC and Clemson, Davis said, “My mother and brother always liked USC and Clemson, and it’s not far from home.” This season Davis rushed for 1900 yards and 19 touchdowns. He will play in the O-D All American Game in Texas.
LB Rafael Kirby of Atlanta, a Miami commitment who had considered making an official visit to USC this weekend, will not make that visit this weekend Stephenson High assistant coach Corey Johnson said Thursday night. “He’s staying home this weekend,” Johnson said. “But Coach (Lorenzo) Ward is still working him. He’s still committed to Miami.” Kirby has taken official visits to Vanderbilt and Miami. He’s expected to decide by Friday if he’s going to stick with his commitment or reschedule his visit with the Gamecocks.
USC target DB Jordan Diggs of Cape Coral, FL will make an official visit to Michigan State this weekend. He’s taken official visits to Nebraska, Vanderbilt and Tennessee and will wrap up his visits next weekend at USC. “I’m excited for the visit,” said Diggs. “I’ve been to East Lansing a few times and camped there. I’m excited to get back there and talk with the coaches and see where I fit in and their plan for me.” Diggs said there is still no favorite for him and he will keep all five on his list until he announces at the Army All American Game. “I’m not close to a decision,” he said. Diggs talked earlier this week with Gamecock recruiter GA Mangus. “We were just setting up everything and getting details down (for his visit),” Diggs said. “I’ve been watching them play. I try to watch Antonio (Allen) being as I’m being recruited as a Spur. I watch how he plays to see if I can play to that level. You have to be a ball hawk, a guy who wants to make a lot of plays. And I watch DeVonte Holloman too because that’s a potential spot if I move back from the Spur.” One key item regarding Diggs’ visit to USC will be that his mother is coming with him. That will be the only visit in which one of his parents has joined him. “All the visits have been exciting experiences because I’ve been to different types of schools,” he said. “Each school has been different.” Diggs’ father is former Gamecock linebacker Shed Diggs. And his half-brother is former Gamecock defensive back Jeremy Ware who finished his career at Michigan State.
Class of 2013 OL Ander Bodkin (6-4 280) of Marianna, FL named USC, Florida State, Alabama and Georgia as his top four with USC, FL and Alabama leading Georgia. Each school is showing interest including Temple, Kentucky, Florida, North Carolina, Penn State and Nebraska. “I camped at USC and I really like it,” Bodkin said. “It’s a nice campus. Coach (Shawn) Elliott is really cool.” Bodkin is friends with current USC OL Cody Gibson. The two were teammates at Lincoln High in Tallahassee. Bodkin plans to return to USC for another visit in the future He did not name a leader.
OL Jonathan McLaughlin of Mauldin will take an unofficial visit to NC State this weekend, his first to the school. “I’m looking forward to it,” McLaughlin said. “They play Clemson so it should be fun.” The Wolfpack have not offered but McLaughlin is hopeful. “I’m not saying I would commit on the spot if they were to offer,” he said, “but I’m not saying I wouldn’t.” His other offers include SC State, Wake Forest, Marshall and East Carolina. McLaughlin is planning to visit SC State in the near future. He did not name a favorite.
Junior Middle INF Weston Wilson (6-3 180) of High Point, NC has committed to Clemson according to Paul Strelow of Clemson247.com. Wilson reportedly picked the Tigers over NC State and USC.