April 24, 2014

USC underway with its major recruiting weekend of January

Deadrin Senat

Deadrin Senat

USC will stage its major recruiting weekend of January this weekend with nearly 20 prospects scheduled for official visits. Most are already committed to the Gamecocks but three key uncommitted linebacker targets will be in Columbia. Clemson had its big recruiting weekend last weekend and will have just a handful of uncommitted prospects on campus this weekend.

USC visits this weekend (unofficial, subject to change)

Already commited:

DAVID WILLIAMS RB
PHAROH COOPER DB
KENDAL VICKERS DE
KELSEY GRIFFIN DL
JAMARRI SMITH RB
JP VONASHEK OL
ALI GROVES ATH
DAVID JOHNSON DE
DEVIN WASHINGTON DE
DEVANTE COVINGTON DE
MOHAMED CAMARA LB
BRYCE KING OL
JASPER SASSER DB
GERALD TURNER LB

Non committed targets:

SKAI MOORE LB
YANNICK NGAKOUE LB
JONATHAN WALTON LB
NA’TY RODGERS OL
DEADRIN SENAT DL

Clemson visits this weekend (unofficial & subject to change)

KY PRIESTER WR
ASIANTII WOULARD QB
TYRONE CROWDER OL
JAMES CLARK WR

USC targets visiting elsewhere this weekend

QUINTON POWELL LB SOUTHERN CAL
KEITH BRYANT DL MIAMI

Clemson targets visiting elsewhere this weekend

KORRIN WIGGINS DB UNC
CARL LAWSON DE TENNESSEE
JEFF BADET WR KENTUCKY
MACKENSIE ALEXANDER DB ALABAMA
MONTRAVIUS ADAMS DL ALABAMA

Other visits of note

MYKAL MOODY ATH CONWAY MARSHALL
AKIA BOOKER WR BYRNES LOUISIANA LAFAYETTE
DEVARIS BRUNSON LB LAKE CITY ECU
JORDAN BERRY WR DUTCH FORK WINGATE
JAYLEN MILLER DE GAFFNEY WAKE FOREST
ROBERT NKEMDICHE DE FLORIDA
RUEBEN FOSTER LB ALABAMA

Shrine Bowl ATH Malcolm Means of Lewisville committed to NC State Thursday night according to his coach William Mitchell. Means also held offers from Louisiana Lafayette, Youngstown State and SC State. North Carolina was also showing interest. This season Means rushed for 1043 yards and 10 touchdowns, had 28 catches for 580 yards and 7 touchdowns, and recorded 28 tackles with 4 sacks and 4 interceptions.

DB Shaq Wiggins of Tyrone, GA revealed on Twitter Thursday night he will stick with his commitment to Georgia. “Ill be wearing number 6 when I enroll at UGA,” Wiggins tweeted. “I love all my fans from Ole Miss, Florida, SOUTH CAROLINA, and Texas A&M. Surprised I haven’t gotten any major threats or cursing out…. But I jus wana thank my fans from other schools respecting my decision.” USC made a strong push for Wiggins and had him in for an official visit last weekend. He has been committed to Georgia since February and never renounced that pledge publicly. Wiggins had other visits planned for Florida, Ole Miss and Texas A&M.

With Keith Bryant’s interest in USC apparently waning, the Gamecocks likely will increase their interest in DL Deadrin Senat of Immokalee, FL. Senat met with recruiter GA Mangus earlier in the week and will make his official visit this weekend. “He was in for a couple of hours and we talked, had a good conversation,” said Senat who will make the visit alone and be hosted by Jordan Diggs. “I just want to see how it is, have fun, see the environment, and see if I can picture myself staying there.” Senat is a former Florida State commitment but has been strong on USC since the Gamecocks became involved. He’s not sure a commitment will come this weekend. ‘I’m thinking about taking some time,” he said. “I want to compare and contract. I want to see how this (visit) is going to be. I’ll probably wait until Signing Day.” Senat visited South Florida last weekend and is scheduled to visit NC State next weekend.

QB Asiantii Woulard (6-4 210) of Winter Park, FL makes his official visit to Clemson this weekend and his recruiting could right then and there his father said Thursday night. “He’s extremely interested,” Mike Woulard said. “They’ve been one of his favorite schools for a long time. He likes the style of offense, it’s not that far from home, and he’s just been a big fan of the program for a while. The explosive plays are very attractive to him.” Woulard once was committed to South Florida but that ended when Skip Holtz was fired. He has visited South Florida and Kentucky and he plans to visit UCLA next weekend. “There might not be any plans after the Clemson visit,” Mike Woulard said. “He’s scheduled to go UCLA but I don’t know if he’ll make it out of Clemson committed or uncommitted.” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney will have his in home visit next Thursday. Chad Morris and Jeff Scott visited earlier in the week. “They put on a good presentation,” Mr. Woulard said.

LB Quinton Powell of Daytona Beach, FL has decided to visit Oregon on the final weekend and not Arkansas.  He is headed to Southern Cal this weekend and will visit USC next weekend.  He might also try to squeeze in a visit to Miami.

DE Robert Nkemdiche of Grayson, GA is visiting Florida this weekend with his father.  There was some talk earlier in the week that he might visit Kentucky.

 

Junior RB Donte Thomas-Williams (6-2 215) of Durham, NC has already accrued 17 offers including USC and Clemson. Some of the other offers are LSU, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Ohio State, Alabama, North Carolina, NC State, Georgia and Georgia Tech. “If they have interest in me, I have interest in them,” Thomas-Williams said. He went to North Carolina, NC State and Duke for games last season. He visited Clemson last summer. “Clemson seemed pretty interested when I visited,” he said. “I pretty much felt like I was a home.” He also visited Georgia and Alabama last summer. Thomas-Williams also is interested in USC. “I like how their offense is,” he said. “They show running backs a lot of love. I like their style of offense.” Thomas-Williams said he’s a north-south runner with a burst. He rushed for 750 yards and 6 touchdowns last season. He does not claim favorites.

Class of 2014 LB Dillon Bates of Ponte Vedra, FL already had offers from USC, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Maryland, UMass and Colgate before adding Florida, West Virginia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee, Miami and North Carolina to the mix. Bates has 23 offers in all. USC recruiter Steve Spurrier Jr. was by his school to see him Wednesday. “He just came by to talk some football,” said Bates. “Coach Spurrier (Jr.) just likes to stop by and see me when he is the area. We’ve got a good relationship.” Bates does not have any favorites but does have a list in mind. “I haven’t really narrowed my list, per se, but I’ve got about seven or eight schools in mind that seem to be showing me the most interest,” he said. “South Carolina is definitely one of those schools.” Bates recently participated in the Army All-America combine winning the defensive MVP. He was selected to play in next year’s event. This spring he plans to visit USC, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Florida. “I want to see as many schools as I can,” said Bates.

Class of 2014 ATH Hyleck Foster of Gaffney has received offers from Wake Forest, North Carolina and Alabama State with USC and West Virginia offers pending, according to Foster. Wide receiver coach Lonnie Galloway recently moved from Wake Forest to West Virginia and Foster says coach Galloway wants to bring him to West Virginia. “He told me he thinks they’re real close to offering,” said Foster. “I’m really excited about it.” As for USC, he said, “I talk to coach (Shawn) Elliott a lot and he told me they’re just waiting for things to calm down. They’re concentrating on this year’s class and then I think they’ll offer me.” Clemson is also showing a lot of interest. Foster plans to attend junior days at USC, Clemson and North Carolina and is considering going to West Virginia as well. He does not have a favorite.

Class of 2014 DT Demarcus Christmas (6-4 270) of Bradenton, FL has offers from Clemson, USC, North Carolina, Florida State, Florida, Miami, South Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State and Western Kentucky among others. He committed to FSU prior to the school year but plans to take several visits. “I’m comfortable with my commitment but I want to look around to see what everyone has to offer,” said Christmas. “I just want to have something to compare to FSU.” One of the visits he would like to take includes Clemson. “It’s a great school,” he said simply. Christmas will attend junior days at FSU, Florida and Miami. He named Florida State, Alabama and South Florida as his favorites.

Junior LB Joe Blue of Dillon plans to make an unofficial visit to USC Saturday for the basketball game along with teammates LB Devandre Ford and DL Jalen Washington.  Blue has been a strong lean to USC and the possibility of a commitment exists tomorrow according to his coach Jackie Hayes.  “I think he’s pretty close,” Hayes said Friday afternoon.  “He’s likes the Gamecocks a lot.  He likes LSU and Florida a lot, too.  We talked last week.  He said he was going to think about it a little bit more.  As soon as he’s made up his mind, he’ll pull the trigger.  He’s just got to figure some things out.  I think he’ll definitely commit before spring practice.”  Blue holds offers from USC, Georgia Tech, Florida, Auburn, Southern Cal, NC State, Maryland, Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia.