The scheduled official visit to USC this weekend by 6-5 Thaddeus Hall of Brooklyn has been postponed. Hall does not yet have all of his information in to the NCAA Clearinghouse and thus is not eligible to make an official visit. Hall said his last unofficial visit was to St. Johns. And he said Miami will be in to scout him Monday. He does not have any favorites at this point. USC, Virginia Tech, St. Johns, Dayton, Maryland and West Virginia have offered Hall who averaged 35 points per game last season.
6-8 Mindaugas Kacinas of Lithuania and Wichita, KS has scheduled an official visit to USC for Wednesday. Kacinas was placed at Word of Life Academy by Frank Martin’s staff when they were at Kansas State. He averaged 22 points per game this past season as a small forward. Wichita State has also been showing interest in Kacinas.
Presbyterian College men’s basketball head coach Gregg Nibert announced the signing of center Jake Campbell to a National Letter of Intent for the 2012-13 season. “We are very excited about Jake (Campbell) joining our team,” said Nibert. “Jake is a very well-rounded individual and will excel in many different areas at Presbyterian College.” Campbell is a native of Centerville, Ohio, and is a senior at Centerville High School. The 245-pound center was a scholar-athlete all four years, as well as three-year varsity letter winner, and was named Most Improved Player after his junior season.
Point guard Stephen Croone of Newton High School has signed a national letter of intent to join the Furman men’s basketball program for the 2012-13 season, it was announced on Wednesday by Paladin head coach Jeff Jackson.
Croone, a native of Covington, Ga., led Region 2-AAAAA in scoring at 20.8 points per game while also averaging 3.8 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 2.3 steals per contest as a senior during the 2011-12 season. He garnered first team Georgia Athletic Coaches Association (GACA) AAAAA All-State honors for the second straight year and Atlanta Journal Constitution Honorable Mention All-State accolades after guiding Newton to a 19-7 record, region runner-up finish and state playoff appearance.
LB Dorian O’Daniel of Olney, MD is a strong lean to Clemson right now and will be at Saturday’s spring game, but he does not plan to make a commitment right now. “I’m not sure about committing,” O’Daniel told Mike Farrell of Rivals.com following a recent combine at Virginia. “I’m still playing the field. I want to make my commitment at the Army All American Game. Clemson is my clear leader but I want to wait until the Army Game to announce.” O’Daniel was at Clemson for a junior day in February and that visit turned him on to the Tigers. “It’s a homey environment, a college town,” O’Daniel told Farrell. “It was a real good first impression. I was high on Oklahoma with Coach Venables there. He’ll be there (Clemson) for a while and that’s a good feeling.” O’Daniel also has an offer from USC and plans to visit the Gamecocks. “I’ve talked to their coaches a couple of times and they sound like they are happy to have me, but I want to get down there and talk to them in person,” he said. North Carolina, Auburn, Ohio State and Southern Cal are other schools O’Daniel said he wants to visit.
Oklahoma transfer LB Kellen Jones (6-1 222) is looking for a secure football home to finish his career after bouncing from Michigan to Oklahoma and now to Clemson. Jones committed to the Tigers over Purdue Wednesday night. In an e-mail send out Thursday, Jones said his high comfort level with the Clemson staff and the school was a major reason for picking the Tigers. “I know Coach Brent Venables, I believe in Coach V, I trust Coach V, my parents trust and believe in Coach V, and I know he will help me become a better player and teammate,” Jones said about his former position coach at Oklahoma who is in his first year as Clemson’s defensive coordinator. “Everything Coach V told me and my parents about the kind of positive and supportive environment Coach Swinney has constructed at Clemson is absolutely true. And after meeting Coach Swinney and all the other coaches and support staff at Clemson I feel that CU will be the absolute best place for me. Coach Swinney is a truly awesome person to talk to and I believe he will lead us to many incredible seasons and we’ll have tons of fun doing it.” Jones played in 12 games and recorded 10 tackles last season. He must sit out this season as a transfer and will have three years to play three.
OL Austin Bland of Fort Lauderdale, FL made an unofficial visit to USC Thursday to watch spring practice.