6-2 guard LaShay Page said Tuesday he has been approved to play this season at USC and will arrive on campus Wednesday afternoon. “Yeah, I’m all set to go,” Page said in a text message. “Everything went through. I feel relieved and ready to work.” Page had to appeal to the SEC for a waiver from their rule against one year transfers except for those with extenuating circumstances. In this case Page, a native of Latta, appealed on family reasons…his mother died earlier this year and he has a young child living in Marion. Page will arrive at USC Wednesday. USC spokesman Steve Fink said Tuesday afternoon that while the school is hopeful of approval, his understanding was the issue was still under review. Page is transferring from Southern Miss where he was a starting guard last season. He will have a chance to start right away for the talent starved Gamecocks. Page averaged nearly 12 points per game last season and had one of his best games in the NCAA Tournament against Kansas State, then coached by current Gamecock coach Frank Martin. USC is still waiting on news regarding the freshman eligibility status of guards Thaddeus Hall and Tariq Phillip.
USC has offered 6-4 Justin McKie of Irmo, the son of Gamecock all-time leading scorer BJ McKie. The younger McKie also has offers from Murray State, Wichita State and Appalachian State. He’s also drawing interest from Clemson, Georgia, Memphis and Wake Forest. He will visit Murray State this weekend.
OL Austin Droogsma of Gulf Breeze, FL now has Clemson out front for his services. His top two are the Tigers and Mississippi State. “Florida State is falling out of it,” said Droogsma. “For whatever reason I don’t think I was one of their top two or three.” As for Clemson he said, “I would say they’re my leader just because they’ve put more time into recruiting me and have been around me longer. That isn’t to say that Mississippi State doesn’t have a chance. I’ve only been their once for a camp so maybe if I visit more, that could change.” As for now, Droogsma plans to sit down with his parents this week to map out a plan. “We’ll try to figure out which days I’m going to take my official visits,” he said. Droogsma would like to commit before the season is completed and mentioned his homecoming as a possible date. .
South Carolina remains a prime contender for WR Ky Priester of Snellville, GA according to his coach. “I said to him, name me your top two or three, and the first one he mentioned was South Carolina,” Mark Crews said. “Florida is an interest to him. He’s got a couple of friends at West Virginia. He did not mention NC State at that point but since then they may have come on the radar.” Vanderbilt and Louisville also have offered. Priester has called USC and NC State as his top two in recent weeks. The big receiver is in his first year in the program that sent Kenny Miles to USC and has impressed his new coach. “He’s come in and done a great job,” Crews said. “He seems to have a good attitude and works hard. He’s a very athletic player. He’s a dangerous guy when he gets the ball in his hands.”
USC commitment Brendan Langley has set official visits with Miami for September 29th, USC October 6th, Tennessee October 20th, Florida November 3rd and UCLA November 17th. Langley says he’s still firmly committed to USC.
WR Jonathan Rumph of Holmes JC, MS plans to take official visits to Tennessee, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Georgia. USC has also been recruiting Rumph who has said he’s interested in the Gamecocks but would not take an official visit to his hometown school.