April 23, 2014

New York guard coming in for USC visit

Thaddeus Hall

6-5 high scoring shooting guard Thaddeus Hall of Brooklyn, NY will take an official visit to USC next weekend. Hall met with USC head coach Frank Martin Thursday and set up the visit which will be the first official visit he will make. “The meeting went good,” Hall said Friday afternoon. “He’s a nice guy. I saw what kind of coach he is. He’s an honest person. He told me everything I like to hear. Before he came, I googled him and everything I read about him, he told me.” Hall averaged 35 points per game this season and led Jefferson High to the city championship game. He feels his game would fit in nicely with what Martin is looking for. “I play hard, can shoot and play a lot of defense,” Hall said. “I play the best player and lock him up. He wants players who makes play and make it happen. He can put the ball in my hands and trust me.” Hall said he will also visit Maryland. He also has offers from Virginia Tech, St. Johns, Dayton and West Virginia. He’s staying open right now and not thinking about a favorite. “Every school is recruiting me about the same,” Hall said. “I’m not high on any school right now. There is no favorite.” Hall has family in Charleston so this will not be his first trip to the Palmetto State. The spring signing period begins April 11th.

USC basketball coach Frank Martin and assistant Brad Underwood met with 6-6 SF Sheldon Jeter of Beaver Falls, PA Thursday to make a pitch for the Gamecock program. The two had already recruited Jeter for Kansas State. Jeter has taken official visits to USC and Kansas State. “The visit went real well,” Jeter’s father said. “We had a great, great visit. I like Coach Martin’s intensity. If Sheldon picks South Carolina, he’ll do a good job with him because of his (Martin’s) work ethic. I’ve been a fan of his since Kansas State.” Jeter also has taken an official visit to Wisconsin and the Badgers are also still in the mix. He is waiting to hear back from Florida State regarding a date for a visit there. Penn State remains in the hunt and Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon is coming in for a visit with the family Saturday afternoon. And Vanderbilt contacted him today. “He’s kind of wide open,” Mr. Jeter said. “He’s weighing his options to see what’s the best fit for him.”

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DE Isaac Rochell (6-5 260) of McDonough, GA has visited Georgia and Notre Dame recently and plans to attend Clemson’s spring game next week. “The only way I wouldn’t go is if something serious happened where I couldn’t make it,” Rochell said. His visit to South Bend has the Irish out front for his services. “I didn’t expect it to be as nice as it is,” he admitted. “It’s unbelievable and the academic opportunities are incredible. I don’t think people really understand that. I know they’ve been down but I think they’ll be back.” After Notre Dame, Rochell has several schools on his list in no order. They are Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Tennessee, Georgia and Georgia Tech. He plans to narrow it to five this summer. Rochell does not have any other visits scheduled following the Tigers spring game.

LB Larenz Bryant of Charlotte made an unofficial visit to Clemson Monday to watch the Tigers in spring practice. Bryant has been to Clemson multiple times and already had a good feel for the school and football program. “It went well,” Bryant said. “I got to see the academic side.” Bryant also is a standout on offense as a running back and receiver, but he said he’s being recruited for linebacker, and Clemson is very interested. “They call and send me letters every week,” Bryant said. He has a top three of Clemson, Georgia and Florida in no order. He has no other visits planned right now, and the Clemson visit was his first of the spring. Bryant said he also has interest in USC and talked with recruiter Shawn Elliott earlier in the week.

CB Tre Bell of Jersey City, NJ already has several offers from USC, Florida, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Rutgers, Connecticut, Michigan and Wisconsin among others. He added Maryland, NC State and Houston this week. “That makes 20 for me,” Bell said. He heads to Florida this weekend for the spring game. “I’m going down tomorrow (Friday) and staying until Sunday,” he said. “We’ll meet with the coaches and go to the spring game. I’m really looking forward to it.” He will do the same the following weekend as he heads USC for their spring game. “I’m looking forward to that trip too,” said Bell. “They were the first to offer me so there is definitely a lot of interest there.” He plans to visit West Virginia, Maryland and UConn as well. No favorites for the Jersey product.