Furman head football coach Bruce Fowler announced today the signing of running back Marcus Anderson to a national letter of intent. Anderson, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound product of Dallas, Ga., and North Paulding High School, becomes the 18th recruit to ink with Furman during the signing period. “We’re certainly thrilled to add Marcus Anderson to our recruiting class,” said Fowler. “We were well aware of him last spring and certainly liked what we saw from him his junior year. We’re glad he’s now a Paladin. ”Slowed with an ankle sprain early in his senior season, he ended up playing receiver and earned first team all-conference honors as well second team all-conference accolades as a punter. In addition, he starred in soccer at North Paulding, capturing team MVP honors as a junior while leading his squad to a county championship.
Furman opens spring practice new next Tuesday under Fowler, who directed the Paladins to a 6-5 record in 2011 in his first season at the helm.
OL Brandon Smith of Kernersville, NC has his first offer from East Carolina and is looking for more. “I thought Clemson was going to be my first offer,” Smith said. He visited East Carolina Monday. “It was awesome,” he said. “I got to meet all the coaches.” He was at North Carolina Saturday and Tuesday night he was at NC State for the basketball game with UNC. Smith attended Clemson’s January junior day, and his last contact with recruiter Dan Brooks was the day after that. He said East Carolina currently leads ahead of Clemson and North Carolina. And Smith said he just got a letter from USC inviting him to its spring game.
Sophomore WR Blake Bone (6-4 170) of Woodruff Monday landed his first offer from USC. Bone was an all-state performer last season after totaling 60 catches for 1057 yards and 10 touchdowns. He helped lead his team to a 2A state title game. Bone camped at Clemson last summer. The Tigers are showing interest along with Duke, North Carolina, NC State and Oregon.
DL Greg Gilmore (6-4 279) of Hope Mills, NC plans to take official visits to Clemson, LSU and Florida. He named these schools as his top three saying, “I would probably say they are. It’s kind of tough with over 20 offers to make a decision. There are a lot of schools out there that need defensive linemen but you don’t know if their coaching staffs are going to remain in place. I want to get to the next level so there are a lot of things to think about.” Gilmore was unable to make his trip to Virginia Tech on February 18th nor did he visit North Carolina on the 8th. “I’m sure I’ll visit Tech but I’m not sure when,” Gilmore said. “UNC has been blowing me up. I wasn’t really interested in them but now they have a new coaching staff, I will probably visit them. It’s hard to get interested in someone you had already eliminated from your top schools though.” Gilmore has offers from the above named schools as well as USC, Tennessee, Oklahoma, NC State and East Carolina among others. He has not heard from the Gamecocks recently. Gilmore did not name a leader.
ATH Jadar Johnson (6-1 185) of Orangeburg-Wilkinson has picked up offers from Clemson, North Carolina and NC State. The Tigers offered him within the last 10 days thrilling Johnson. “I was really happy with it,” Johnson said. “I really like the coaches. It’s a nice place up there and a good program.” He visited UNC last weekend and is showing interest in the Tar Heels as well. “I loved the atmosphere up there,” he said. “I got to meet (Larry) Fedora and he seems like a good guy.” Johnson continues to hear from USC, Alabama, Georgia, Notre Dame, Florida State and Minnesota. “USC sends me letters like every two days and I talk to them a lot but they haven’t offered yet,” he said adding, “I’m still very interested in them. It’s close to home.” Johnson visits Georgia Tech and NC State over the next two weekends. He does not have any favorites.