April 24, 2014

Florida DE spends the day at USC, and other recruiting notes

Devin Washington

DE Devin Washington of Orlando spent Tuesday at USC, his first stop on a spring break tour of football programs.  “It was amazing, I loved it there,” Washington said.  “It definitely had the atmosphere I was looking for.  I felt welcomed.  I talked to Coach Lawing about the D-line.  I enjoyed everything.  Everything about South Carolina is nice.  I thought about committing but I’ve got to wait.  I’m taking my time with this process.  I talked to Coach Spurrier.  He was happy to see me and said ‘We want you here.’  He told me to take my time, come back and visit again, and pick the best school for me.”  Washington said he talked with Jadeveon Clowney, Melvin Ingram and Stephon Gilmore.  “I was just hanging out with everybody and I enjoyed my time there,” he said.  Washington is also going to visit Duke, NC State, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech on this trip. 

WR Corey Cooper of Raleigh and DE Lewis Neal of Wilson, NC will attend USC’s junior day Saturday. 

LB Ben Boulware of TL Hanna told UGASports.com he has narrowed his list to Clemson and Georgia. Boulware was at Georgia last week and he plans to attend a Clemson practice this week. He has visited Clemson many times before. His brother is on the Tiger baseball team. Boulware said he will make his decision in the next couple of weeks.

DB Cameron Sutton of Jonesboro, GA is trying to work in some football visits around his baseball schedule. He went to Auburn last weekend and will be at USC this Saturday for a junior day. “I’m getting close to Coach Ward and building a relationship with him,” Sutton said. “I talked to him last week and he’s still very interested.” Sutton said he enjoyed his visit to Auburn and was impressed by the intensity of the practice. He has offers from USC, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Kentucky and Missouri. He’s also getting interest from Auburn, Florida, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Miami and Georgia. Sutton said he has no favorites and won’t make until sometime during his senior season. Sutton’s parents will join him on his visit to USC.

Basketball News:

Now that Frank Martin is the new basketball coach at USC, his top recruit for the 2012 Kansas State class, 7-0 center Robert Upshaw of Fresno, CA, is rethinking his plans. Upshaw did not sign a letter of intent so he is not bound to the Wildcats. He committed last November 14th over offers from Louisville, Georgetown and Fresno State. USC has at least two scholarships to give this spring, three if Bruce Ellington stays on a football scholarship. Martin no doubt would love to have Upshaw come east with him. In an e-mail this afternoon, Upshaw’s coach said he does not know right now what he plans to do. “He and his family are just starting to absorb the news, and they won’t be making a decision on what Rob is going to do for a couple days,” coach Paul Geil said. “Out of respect for Rob and his mom, I really can’t speculate where he may or may not go, and frankly, your guess is as good as mine at this point. I’m guessing Rob has talked to Coach Martin, because they have a good relationship, and Coach Martin seems like a stand up guy. I really don’t know if he’s considering S.C. Rob really had his heart set on Kansas State, but obviously Coach Martin had a lot to do with that.” Martin said Tuesday he has already started his recruiting efforts for his new program without specifying who he is going after.

6-4 Matt Howard of AC Flora is one of the state’s 2013 prospects waiting on USC’s official announcement of a new basketball coach. USC had been on him strong under Darrin Horn. “With the coaching change at USC, I have to see how that goes,” Howard said. “I’m leaning towards Virginia Tech, USC, Clemson and Harvard, but I haven’t talked to Clemson since the end of the season.” Howard said he will visit Harvard and possibly Florida State over his spring break. He talks regularly with Harvard recruiter Brian Adams. Howard said he might make a decision in July or wait until his birthday in October. This season Howard averaged 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists per game.