December 18, 2014

USCs Ward gets by to check on Austin brothers

Lawrence Austin

USC recruiter Lorenzo Ward scouted DBs Lawrence and Lance Austin of Barnsville, GA in their playoff game last Friday night. The brothers have offers from USC, South Alabama and Marshall at this point. “I feel like they are pretty serious,” Lawrence said of the Gamecocks. Louisiana Tech was by the school last week and Michigan State also has been in. Clemson also is showing interest and recruiter Charlie Harbison has been in touch. The brothers attended the NC State at Clemson game. They also were at the Georgia at USC game. They do not have a favorite and want to attend the same school. USC is also looking at their teammate DB Quay Searcy.

Junior OL Taylor Hearn of Williston-Elko received visits last week from USC and Clemson. Dabo Swinney and Marion Hobby of Clemson and Everett Sands of USC stopped by the school to see Hearn. “I didn’t get a chance to talk to Clemson’s coaches for some reason but they did talk to my coach,” said Hearn. “They’re telling him they really like me and want me to come play there.” He was able to speak with Sands however. “He told me they are recruiting me hard but, at the same time, they’re taking is slow with me,” he said. His offers are from Clemson and North Carolina. “I like Clemson,” said Hearn. “I like the coaches and it’s a family up there. I like the campus too.” He voiced interest in USC as well. “I would like to get an offer from them,” said Hearn. “It’s close to home and I like the school. It’s a nice campus and all.” Hearn plans to take in several junior days but has not scheduled any as of yet. He does not have a favorite.

DB Jeremy Tyler of Lithonia, GA has Clemson, West Virginia and Arkansas as his favorites and would like to take official visits to each school. One school he is certain of visiting is West Virginia. “They offered me last week and they’re coming to see me Thursday,” said Tyler. “I’m going to take an official visit there in January.” He says Clemson has kept in touch with him via Facebook and have asked him to visit again. “I went there for the Furman game and I want to go back,” he said. “I would like to take an official visit but we’ll see. I really like the campus and the environment there.” Another school he would like to visit is Texas A&M. He believes he has 27 offers though he is unsure of how many are official. “Once the bowl games are played, I think I’ll hear from more teams,” he added. This season he totaled 78 tackles, 12 for loss, two interceptions, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two rushing touchdowns. He does not have a favorite.

Myrtle Beach DB Chocolate Wilson suffered a knee injury on the first day of practice last summer and only played in the last two games of the season. He really didn’t have to show recruiters much this season after a strong junior year in which he had 6 interceptions returning 4 for touchdowns. His problem now is a couple of the schools that have offered fired their staffs, so he’s waiting to hear from the new coaches at NC State and Purdue. “He’s trying to figure everything out,” said Myrtle Beach coach Mickey Wilson. Missouri and Ole Miss also have offered Wilson. Marshall is scheduled to visit him next week.

Clemson and Oklahoma are having in home visits with DB Adrian Baker of Hollywood, FL today.  Clemson was in earlier today and Oklahoma is in tonight.  Baker has been committed to Florida State but he will make an official visit to Clemson this weekend.

DL Keith Bryant of Delray Beach, FL has decommitted from Miami.  Florida State is now out front for him but USC continues to recruit him.  Oklahoma also has been strong with him.