November 21, 2014

Kinlaw says he no longer has favorites

Caleb Kinlaw

Goose Creek junior RB Caleb Kinlaw has, at different times, favored USC and Tennessee. Now, after the firing of Derek Dooley by the Vols, his mind is clear and he has no favorite. USC recruiter Steve Spurrier Jr. and Clemson recruiter Tony Elliott were at the school last week, and Georgia coach Mark Richt was there Wednesday. Kinlaw’s only gameday visits this season were to North Carolina and Tennessee and he said those two have been recruiting him the hardest of late. He’s not sure about future visits or junior days. Kinlaw has offers from USC, Clemson, North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia Tech. He’s also hearing from Georgia, LSU, Alabama, Ohio State and Notre Dame. Kinlaw said he plans to make his decision by the beginning of next season but added that could change. And he’s also planning to graduate early. This season Kinlaw rushed for 1000 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Junior RB Derrell Scott of Havelock, NC continues to have USC among his favorites. Ohio State and Florida State are the two other schools he mentioned. “Those are the ones I really like,” said Scott. Ohio State, North Carolina and NC State have all visited Scott at his school in the last week. “They’re all telling me the same thing really,” he said. “They all really like me and they all really want me.” He says he will visit the three schools this off-season. Scott is planning to visit USC as well. “I’m sure I’ll get down there for a junior day or the spring game…something like that,” he said. The Gamecocks have remained in contact with Scott who has offers from USC, Ohio State, Florida State, Tennessee, North Carolina, NC State Duke, East Carolina and Virginia Tech. Alabama, Notre Dame, Florida, Texas and Texas A&M are some of the other schools showing interest. He did not name a leader.

ATH Mykal Moody of Conway received a visit from East Carolina this week and says he plans to visit them in January. “It will most likely be an official (visit),” said Moody though the Pirates have yet to extend an offer. “I am feeling pretty good about it.” It will be his second trip to the Greenville campus after his unofficial visit there last month. Moody says he is unsure of any other visits. “I might go to Miami,” he said, “if things work out.” The Hurricanes have talked to Moody about a possible visit. He believes his offers to be from Ole Miss, Kentucky and Marshall but does not have any plans to visit these schools. Moody will focus on ECU and Miami. Southern Miss was another school that had expressed interest but he has not heard from them since the firing of Ellis Johnson. Moody does not have a leader.

DL Jamar Winston of Dutch Fork received a visit from Charlotte this week and confirmed his commitment to the 49ers. “They couldn’t come by last week because of state (championships), so they came by this week,” Winston said. “They just wanted to catch up and see how I was doing. I am very committed to them.” Winston had begun to hear from Clemson, USC and Missouri as the season progressed and is even considering a trip to Mizzou. “I don’t know if I’m going yet,” he admitted. “It’s possible. I haven’t really heard from any of those schools in the last couple of weeks.” Winston is not ruling out the possibility of visiting other schools and will listen to anyone interested in him. He will play in the Shrine Bowl next week.

Northwestern junior QB Mason Rudolph was offered by Virginia Tech earlier this week according to his coach Kyle Richardson. Rudolph also has an offer from LSU. Richardson said Georgia is also showing strong interest at this point, and he’s also getting attention from Tennessee and Alabama. USC and North Carolina also have shown interest.

Dillon freshman quarterback Avery McCall Thursday picked up his second offer from USC. He was offered earlier by East Carolina. USC recruiter Shawn Elliott passed on word of the offer to Dillon coach Jackie Hayes. “He came by to see (DJ) Park and (Bryce) King and he said, ‘by the way, tell your quarterback we’ve got a place for him.'” Hayes proceeded to tell McCall during weight training later in the day. “He seemed pretty excited,’ Hayes said. “He’s only 14 years old. He doesn’t really know what’s going on.” McCall was the junior varsity quarterback and didn’t make his first varsity start until the 10th game of the season. He finished the varsity season with 1100 passing yards and 13 touchdowns and completed 71% of his attempts.

Junior OL Mason Cole of Tarpon Springs, FL has 17 offers now including USC and Clemson. He hears regularly from recruiters Shawn Elliott and Tony Elliott. The Gamecocks and Tigers have not yet been by his school though he expects to see the Gamecocks when they get to Tampa for the Outback Bowl. Schools that have been thru his school include Alabama, Michigan, Cincinnati, Louisville, West Virginia and Notre Dame. Cole visited Notre Dame, Michigan and Southern Cal during the season. “I have some favorites in my mind and those are three I’m real interested in,” Cole said. He has not made a decision on junior day or spring visits but he would like to get to Georgia and Alabama. His offers include USC, Clemson, Michigan, Notre Dame, Southern Cal, West Virginia, Florida State, Florida, South Florida and Central Florida.


Comments

  1. Why do I waste my time says:

    Where’s the story on Matt Rolin’s decommittment from USC and committment to UF? A recruit that many consider the highlight of the 2013 USC recruiting class and no story? I thought ya’ll prided yourself on bringing up-to-date sports news across the state. Seems like ya’ll didn’t skip a beat when the Grayson guys decommitted from Clemson. Typical Kornblut reporting!