October 1, 2014

USC lands fourth commitment for 2013

Kight Dallas commits to USC

LB Kight Dallas (6-2 220) of Lithonia, GA committed to USC Thursday while visiting the campus with his mother and a friend.  Dallas was offered by USC defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward a few weeks ago, and Thursday was his first visit to the school. “South Carolina is beautiful,” he said. “I loved the campus and the stadium. I love everything about South Carolina.” Dallas said the Gamecocks like him as a will linebacker or a spur. “They will have room on the depth chart because of people graduating,” he said. “I like how their defense can adjust to almost any offense. They are athletic and fast.” Dallas also has offers from Wake Forest, Auburn, North Carolina and NC State. He’s also visited Clemson, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Troy, Middle Tennessee State and Wake forest and said he might take some more visits. Dallas is the fourth commitment of the 2013 class for the Gamecocks.

DB Brendan Langley of Marietta, GA made an unofficial visit to USC Thursday to watch the Gamecocks practice.  “The visit went pretty well,” Langley said.  “I saw the campus and it’s one of the most beautiful campuses I’ve seen so far.  I met with Coach Brown and Coach Ward.  I sat in on the DB meeting and they showed me how they will utilize me.  It all went well.”  Langley also has visited Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama this week and is going back to Alabama Friday.  Langley said he has a top five, in order, of Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, USC and Florida.  “The visit definitely helped them (USC),” he said.  “Before, the visit they weren’t in my top five.”    Langley plans to make a summertime decision. 

DB Ali Groves of Stone Mountain, GA was at USC’s practice Thursday. He was at Auburn on Monday. Groves has offers from USC, Vanderbilt, Florida, Missouri and Wake Forest. He played in only four games last season due to a neck fracture. He was cleared to return to football in December.

OL Joshua Outlaw of Atlanta was at Clemson Wednesday to watch practice. “It’s a great campus and a great coaching staff,” he said. “Clemson seems like a great place to be.” While there this time he talked with Dabo Swinney, Marion Hobby and most of the rest of the staff. “They remain very interested,” Outlaw said. But Florida is his current favorite, and he will visit Gainesville this Saturday. “They have showed me a lot of love,” Outlaw said. “It’s been a full blown effort recruiting me. I wouldn’t rule out a commitment (this Saturday). “Outlaw is planning to visit Georgia the following Saturday. He also has an offer from USC and has visited there, but he said he’s not heard from the Gamecocks recently.

WR Corey Cooper of Raleigh came out of USC’s junior day last weekend with the Gamecocks’ #1 on his list, and that remains the case a few days removed from the visit. “I liked the facilities, and the academics are good,” Cooper said. “The players stood out, too. I watched practice and it seemed like they have fun. Coach Spurrier Jr. is an intense coach and I like that.” Cooper also has visited Maryland, Duke, NC State and North Carolina and will visit Wake Forest Friday. They all have some catching up to do. “I really like South Carolina, it really stood out,” Cooper said. “My parents really like South Carolina, too. That’s my favorite right now, but we’ll see. I want to make my decision in early August, but it could be earlier.” Cooper is good friends with former Gamecock safety Chris Culliver and has gotten some positive feedback from him about the program.

OL Taylor Chambers of Irmo was at USC for their junior day Saturday and enjoyed what he saw. “I was there for the scrimmage but I had to leave early,” Chambers said. “I got a chance to see them practice before the scrimmage and how they run things.” Chambers is familiar with the program having attended two games and has met with coaches on an unofficial visit. Wake Forest is his sole offer with interest from USC, Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, Duke, Boston College, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Stanford, Georgia and Tennessee. He listed USC, Wake Forest, UNC, Duke and NC State his top five in no order. “I want to study business administration and USC has one of the top business schools in the country,” said Chambers. “Duke and Wake Forest have great academic programs to offer.” In recent weeks Chambers has visited NC State, Wake Forest, Duke and UNC and will attend Clemson’s spring game April 14th. He is planning to camp at USC, Duke, NC State, Georgia and UNC this summer. “I think that if I work hard and play to my ability, I have a chance to be offered by USC,” he said. “If that happened, I would be very excited.” He does not have a leader.

Basketball News:

6-9 PF Demetrius Henry of Oakland Park, FL could have signed with a major program this month but decided to enroll at prep school this August to improve his overall skills. And that’s a break for new USC coach Frank Martin. Kansas State was one of the schools Henry was strongly considering. Now that he is delaying his decision, and Martin is at USC, the Gamecocks become a factor. “South Carolina has been in touch with my coach and told him they will continue to recruit me,” Henry said. “I will have interest because of Frank Martin, he’s a great coach. Kansas State was one of my top five schools. I like his system of play.” Henry also has offers from Clemson, Florida State, Miami, Virginia Tech, South Florida, George Mason, UTEP and Murray State. He will take some visits over the summer and will decide sometime in the fall. Henry will attend Faith Baptist School in Bradenton, FL next school year. This past season he averaged 19 points and 13 rebounds per game.

New USC basketball coach Frank Martin will have five scholarships in his pocket for the spring signing period if Anthony Gill and Damontre Harris follow thru on their requests for releases and transfer out of the program. The previous staff offered 6-5 Thaddeus Hall of Brooklyn, NY and the new staff plans to follow up on that offer. Hall also has offers from Dayton, St. Johns, Maryland, Texas Tech and West Virginia. Hall has had much to overcome in his personal life to reach this point. He and his family lived for two years in a homeless shelter. His grades suffered and he may have to go to a junior college in the fall. But he has his GPA close enough to qualifying status that the major colleges are still recruiting him. Hall emerged as one of the top players in New York City this season and led his team to the city championship game.

Michigan transfer 6-9 PF Evan Smotrycz has Clemson on his list of possible new schools according to Scout.com.  He is scheduled to visit Providence this weekend.  He’s also considering Baylor, Maryland, Colorado and Xavier.  Smotrycz averaged 8 points and 5 rebounds per game last season as a sophomore.