October 31, 2014

USC hosting forward prospect this weekend

Tavario Miller

6-8 Tavario Miller of Houston is making an official visit to USC this weekend.  The 240 pound Miller has taken four other official visits to Illinois State, Tulsa, Louisiana Tech and South Alabama.  Miller’s coach said the Gamecocks started to show serious interest in him in September.  Tulsa and Illinois State are strong with him, according to his coach, but he wants to see how the USC visit goes before he makes a decision.  He plans to sign in November.  Miller averaged 13.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per game last season and can play both forward positions.  “He dominates inside,” coach Willie Patrick said.  “He handles the ball well and can shoot the three.  He runs the court well and is a good shot blocker.”

Football News:

With the loss of DE Robert Nkemdiche from the 2013 commitment class, Clemson could increase its interest in DE Jamar Winston (6-8 240) of Dutch Fork. Winston, who was chosen for the North-South Game, has been scouted twice by the Tigers. Defensive coordinator Brent Venables recently visited his school, and he last talked to the Tigers three weeks ago. “They are saying they are very interested, but I have to show them how much I want it,” Winston said. “They said they like my height, speed, length, wingspan, and how low I can get.” Winston has been committed to Charlotte but would jump on a bigger offer. Missouri is showing a lot of interest and he thinks an offer is coming from the Tigers. He talked to his Mizzou recruiter Wednesday. This season Winston has 63 tackles, 6 passes broken up, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery and 21 tackles for loss.

DL Montravius Adams of Vienna, GA says his plans for this weekend are not finalized but that Clemson is his probable destination. When asked if he was visiting the Upstate Saturday he responded, “Most likely. I’ll probably decide tomorrow afternoon sometime.” Adams is also considering a visit to Auburn. Talking about Clemson he said, “They want to meet my mom and everything like that”. Adams will wait until after the season before narrowing his list to five and says that could be a while. The playoffs have not started for his school and he believes they will go deep into the playoffs. His last visit was to Georgia for the Ole Miss game and he has named both schools as programs of interest along with the Tigers. Adams mentioned USC as well. “I like South Carolina,” he said. “I’m going to try to visit them.” He did not name any favorites.

Junior WR Jamil Kamara (6-2 195) of Virginia Beach has offers that include Clemson, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Miami, Boston College, Marshall, Vanderbilt, North Carolina and Toledo with interest from USC, Duke, Penn State, Georgia Tech, Georgia, LSU and Alabama. Kamara attended a camp at Clemson over the summer where he received his offer from the Tigers. “I got a chance to meet all of the coaches and they do a really good job,” said Kamara. “I got to meet Sammy Watkins and he told me a lot of good things (about Clemson). They’re one of my top schools.” Though he does not have any favorites he said, “I do have some schools I like a lot”. He named Clemson, North Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, Georgia Tech and Notre Dame. Other schools he has visited are Georgia Tech, UNC, Virginia Tech, UVA, Rutgers and Penn State. “I want to make a couple of more visits before football ends,” he said. “I ‘ll go to schools within driving distance like North Carolina.” As a junior, he had 42 receptions for 820 yards and 12 touchdowns.

WR Akia Booker (6-0 180) of Byrnes has been a key contributor to the Rebels’ success since the 9th grade. This season he’s among the state’s top receivers with 58 catches for 1179 yards and 14 touchdowns. Booker’s recruiting has been tepid but that’s likely to change now that he’s made a qualifying test score according to assistant coach Bobby Bentley. “Tennessee and North Carolina are showing interest and are waiting to see how he turns out grade wise,” Bentley said. Clemson, USC, Georgia, Wake Forest and Notre Dame also have shown some interest in Booker.

Bentley said a couple of other Byrnes’ seniors are drawing recruiting interest at this point. DB Shane Samuels has offers from Western Carolina, Appalachian State and Elon and OL Isaiah Pinson has offers from Western Carolina and Elon.

And Byrnes junior QB Shuler Bentley, Bobby Bentley’s son, has offers from Ole Dominion and Delaware at this point. This season Bentley has passed for 3590 yards with 46 touchdowns and 9 interceptions.