One of the big offensive line targets to visit USC for its junior day last Saturday was Tyrone Crowder (6-2 315) of Rockingham, NC. “He said it went good,” Richmond County coach Paul Hoggard said. “He doesn’t say a whole lot.” Crowder also has visited Clemson, NC State, North Carolina, Duke and Alabama. All but NC State have offered. He also has offers from East Carolina and Tennessee. He is going to North Carolina Wednesday for the Duke basketball game. Crowder does not have a favorite. “He’s just going to see how everything goes,” his coach said. Crowder plays offensive tackle in high school but will be a guard in college. “He has great explosiveness,” Hoggard said. “He mashes people.” Crowder also is an honor student.
LB Jacarthy Mack of Lithonia, GA made his first junior day visit last Saturday to USC along with his teammate OL Joshua Outlaw. He spent most of his time with recruiter Lorenzo Ward and new linebackers coach Kirk Botkin. “I liked their personalities and felt comfortable around them,” Mack said. “I really enjoyed the coaches and liked the locker room and the atmosphere.” Mack plays defensive end and outside linebacker. “They talked to me about playing will linebacker. It doesn’t matter, I just want to play early,” he said. Mack said he does not have a favorite and has no timetable for a decision. USC is his first offer and he’s also getting interest from Clemson, Auburn, Florida, Florida State and Miami. He plans to go to a junior day at each. His coach compares Mack to Kenderius Whiteside who signed last week with NC State.
ATH Mykal Moody (5-11 185) of Conway visited USC Saturday and was impressed with Steve Spurrier. “He is a real good coach,” Moody said. “You can tell by the tone he has when he talks to you. He talked a lot about their academics and what they have in place to help you graduate.” Academics is very important to the Conway product. “I’m going to school to get an education,” he said. “They’re a real good school academically and they also have a really good football program. I really like their coaching staff.” Moody is being recruited to play slot receiver and says they discussed using him in the wildcat. He has already visited Clemson and is making plans to visit Oregon and NC State. As for offers, he is unsure which schools have given him one. “I know a lot of schools are interested but our coach doesn’t really tell us who has offered,” Moody said. “He wants us to stay focused.” Moody does not have any favorites but is interested in USC and Clemson as well as Oregon and NC State. He will visit Georgia Tech February 18th.
LB Jalen Stevens (6-3 215) of Goose Creek visited USC Saturday with teammates LB Gerald Turner and WR Tramel Terry. He enjoyed the trip. “I really liked everything about it,” Stevens said. “I was impressed with the coaches. They all knew who I was.” Stevens wants to play the spur position for the Gamecocks and said he spoke with coach Steve Spurrier about that. “He told me that they were going to wait until this summer to decide which position they were recruiting me to play,” he said. “He just encouraged me to keep working hard. I have a feeling they may offer me soon.” He also spoke with Jadeveon Clowney. “I couldn’t believe how big he was,” Stevens joked. “I’m 6-3 and I had to look up at him. He doesn’t have any body fat and is just put together. He was really cool…just a regular guy. He told me it didn’t matter how big you are, it’s how big your heart is.” Stevens will visit Georgia Tech February 18th and Clemson in March. He does not have any favorites but does like the Gamecocks, Tigers and Yellow Jackets. “I’m just waiting to see who offers me,” he said. “I want to go to the place that is going to give me the best chance academically and a shot at playing at the next level.”