September 16, 2014

USC offers linebacker prospect in Florida

Skai Moore

Skai Moore

LB Skai Moore (6-3 210) of Fort Lauderdale  committed to Rutgers in early December, but USC offered him Saturday and he plans to set an official visit with the Gamecocks. “I talked to coach (Grady) Brown last Saturday and he offered,” Moore said. “He said there is a spot open for me for linebacker and I have a good opportunity to fight for a spot as a freshman. After watching the game (Tuesday, I saw how their defensive plays and it kind of intrigued me a little. I’m going to call coach Brown (Thursday) and hopefully schedule for me to get up there.” Moore has taken an official visit to Vanderbilt and is still talking with the Commodores. He is scheduled to visit Rutgers January 26th. “My commitment is pretty strong but my coach wants me to keep my options open a little bit to make sure it’s the right fit for me,” he said. This season Moore had 105 tackles with 6.5 sacks, 4 interceptions returning two for touchdowns, forced two fumbles and broke up six passes.

Nebraska offered Gaffney DE Jaylen Miller Thursday.  The Cornhuskers are the latest major program to offer the Shrine Bowler.  Some of his other offers are Tennessee, Florida, LSU, Kentucky, Wake Forest, Maryland, Georgia Tech and NC State.  He has set official visits to Georgia Tech January 11th and Maryland January 26th.    He has said he will visit Wake Forest and NC State as well.

DE Carl Lawson of Alpharetta, GA, who is at the Under Armour Game this week, He has been committed to Auburn and remains so, but he said he will set up official visits with Clemson, Ole Miss and North Carolina.

OL Tyrone Crowder of Hamlet, NC is at the Under Armour Game this week and said Clemson is his favorite over Georgia.  Crowder will visit Clemson January 11th and still plans to set an official visit with the Bulldogs.  He’s not able to play in the all-star game due to a hand injury.

DE Robert Nkemdiche offered up a “no comment” today during a video interview with someone from AL.com.

Some of the players at the Under Armour Game were saying today that USC target OL Na’Ty Rodgers is going to pick Maryland.  Rodgers will announce his decision during the game Friday.

USC commitment DB Pharoh Cooper of Havelock, NC played free safety in the Offense-Defense Game in Houston Monday. “I made about 4-5 tackles and had a big hit in the middle,” he said. Cooper said he also returned a punt, which he lost on a fumble. Cooper was outstanding the Shrine Bowl and was North Carolina’s Offensive MVP. He has been committed to USC May but North Carolina continues to work him and will meet with him Friday at his school. “They are trying to get me to flip,” Cooper said. “I’m just taking it in. I’m solid to the Gamecocks.” Cooper said the only official visit he plans to make is to USC January 19th. Steve Spurrier has been to his school but has not made his in home visit. He hears regularly from USC recruiter Brad Lawing. The Gamecocks have Cooper in line for a job in the secondary, but he’s also eying the return game. “If Ace (Sanders) leaves, I will have a quick shot in the punt return game,” Cooper said.

ATH Malcolm Means of Lewisville, a Shrine Bowler this year, received a qualifying test score just after Christmas and has seen his recruiting take off according to his coach William Mitchell. “Obviously, this news has jump-started his recruiting with the big schools,” coach Mitchell said. “He already had offers from several FCS schools.” Those offers include SC State and Youngstown State. NC State recently stepped up with an offer and Louisiana-Lafayette as well. North Carolina also is showing strong interest according to Mitchell. “We will see what else comes along but Malcolm has worked very hard on and off the field and has been a fine representative of the Lewisville High School community.” This season Means rushed for 1043 yards and 10 touchdowns and 28 catches for 580 yards and 7 touchdowns. On defense Means had 28 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 4 sacks and 4 interceptions returning two for touchdowns.

ATH Mykal Moody of Conway received renewed interest from Clemson and USC after his Shrine bowl performance. Neither school has offered Moody but both reached out to him after the game. “My phone kind of blew up after the Shrine Bowl,” said Moody. Another school that renewed its interest in Moody was Marshall. “I talked to one of their coaches and he is coming to visit me in a couple of weeks,” he said. “I think we’re going to set up a visit for the 18th (January). Me and Chocolate Wilson are going to visit together.” Moody is also hearing from Miami and Texas A&M  but the possible future sanctions at ‘The U’ has Moody apprehensive. “I know something is still going on with that so I think I need to talk to my parents more about it,” he admitted. Two schools he plans to visit are Marshall and East Carolina and is still considering visits to USC and Clemson. “To be honest, I’ve already been to Clemson and Carolina so I don’t have to visit again,” said Moody. “Chocolate and me were talking about that today. I just want to go somewhere that I can play and fit in. It doesn’t have to be at Clemson or Carolina if there is another place better for me.” Moody does not have a favorite.

DB Ryan Carter of Loganville, GA is waiting to hear from Clemson as he begins to plan his visits. Ole Miss, East Carolina and possibly Maryland could be destinations for those trips. “Maryland is the only school I’ve heard from recently and they’re supposed to call me today (Wednesday),” Carter said. “They told me they’re looking at their cornerback situation and then they will let me know.” Should the Terrapins offer, Carter plans to visit  “I’ll definitely visit Ole Miss again,” he said. “I might visit East Carolina and Maryland.” As for Clemson, he is unsure of where he stands with the Tigers though he does remain interested. “They just played their bowl recently so we’ll see if they contact me now that the season is over,” said Carter. He does not have a favorite but does not foresee waiting too much longer before making a commitment. “It’ll probably be before Signing Day,” he said. “I don’t have a specific date, but I don’t think it will be too much longer before I decide.”