October 2, 2014

Senat close to pulling the trigger with Gamecocks

Deadrin Senat

Deadrin Senat

DL Deadrin Senat of Immokalee, FL is on commitment alert regarding USC. ‘South Carolina is number one,” said Senat who visited USC last weekend. “I like them real good. Everything stood out to me. It was just different, things I hadn’t seen before.” USC head coach Steve Spurrier and assistant GA Mangus are to visit Senat Thursday and he acknowledged that a commitment is on his mind. ‘It’s possible,” he said. “I like South Carolina a lot but I’m still interested in all my offers. Everybody is coming at me hard.” Senat is scheduled to visit NC State this weekend. He has also been to South Florida and the Bulls are second on his list to USC.

LB Yannick Ngakoue of Washington, DC made his official visit to USC last weekend and while the Gamecocks remain in the hunt, they aren’t at the top of his list according to one of his coaches. “He said he enjoyed it and he’s still considering them,” said Friendship Collegiate offensive coordinator Mike Hunter. “It doesn’t look like it’s his top choice, but they are not out of the picture. He didn’t say he’s going to commit there, but he hasn’t said that about any of them.” Miami was in today to see Ngakoue and he might visit there this weekend. He has also visited Florida State and Maryland. Ngakoue plans to announce on Signing Day at a time to be determined.

Monday night LB Quinton Powell of Daytona Beach, FL confirmed plans to visit USC this weekend and said he was also still considering Southern Cal and Oregon. But Tuesday brought a new plan for Powell, and it did not include the Gamecocks. Powell revealed on Facebook that he was canceling visits to USC, Oregon and Miami and will choose between Southern Cal, where he visited last weekend, and Florida, where he once was committed. “Well I’ve decided to cancel the rest of my official visits to South Carolina, Oregon, and Miami,” Powell wrote. “My top two are Southern California and Florida.” Powell won’t reveal his choice until National Signing Day.

DL Montravius Adams has a time set for his announcement on National Signing Day.  He will do his thing at 9:45 AM on ESPNU.  Adams will visit Georgia this weekend.  He has been to Clemson, Florida and Alabama.  He’s not sure if he’ll take a fifth visit but if he does it will be to Auburn or Southern Cal.

Clemson met today with DB Mackensie Alexander of Immokalee, FL.  He will visit Rutgers this weekend.  He has been to Clemson, Texas A&M and Mississippi State.  He’s a Signing Day announcement.

Junior WR Demarre Kitt of Tyrone, GA tweeted out his top five in order as Clemson, Ohio State, Oregon, Auburn and Southern Cal.

Class of 2014 RB Jonathan Vickers of Jacksonville, FL adds Mississippi State to his offers from Clemson, Alabama, Ole Miss and Georgia Tech. He named Clemson and Alabama as his early favorites. “(Clemson) is telling me to keep working hard and to keep my grades up,” said Vickers. “They told me they want me to come there. They said they want me to come back up and visit and to bring my family with me this time.” He plans to visit this spring. VIckers is hearing from USC, Georgia and Notre Dame among others and would like to visit USC and Georgia. He is attending junior days at Ole Miss and UGA and would like to visit Columbia in the future. “They’ve asked me to come to some games but I didn’t really have time,” he said. “I still want to get up there.” Vickers did not name a leader.

Class of 2014 DB Kendall Randolph of Tallahassee has offers from USC, Clemson, South Florida, Florida State, Auburn and Arkansas. He is good friends with Clemson LB Travis Blanks and plans to visit the Tigers. “We played back in middle school together and I keep in contact with him,” said Randolph. “I like Clemson because they aren’t afraid to play young guys. I want to go up and visit.” Randolph wants to visit USC as well. “I’m real familiar with how their program has progressed the last few years,” he said. “I think that speaks to the relationship coaches have with players. I want to visit there and see if that’s the case.” Randolph will attend a junior day at Alabama and will visit FSU and Florida this spring. He does not have any favorites but expressed interest in the Gamecocks and Tigers. As a junior he totaled 32 tackles, six interceptions, three defensive touchdowns and three forced fumbles.

Class of 2014 OL Michael Leagan, Jr. (6-2 285) of La Porte, TX has family in South Carolina and is showing interest in USC and Clemson. Clemson has shown more interest than the Gamecocks but both schools have contacted Leagan. “South Carolina is like a second home for me so it wouldn’t be like going away to school,” said Leagan. “My grandmother lives in Lexington and my dad graduated from Brookland-Cayce.” Leagan is also hearing from Texas A&M, Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Arizona State, Florida State, Kentucky, SMU, Washington State, North Texas, Michigan and Houston among others. He does not have a leader but named Arizona State, FSU, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Kentucky among his favorites. He is considering visiting the two Palmetto State schools should he receive more interest from either program. “I’ve gotten letters from USC and talked to Clemson some,” he said. Leagan will attend a junior day at North Texas. “That’s all I know right now,” he said. “I’ll get together with my famiy to decide on other visits and camps for the summer.” His father would like to see Leagan return to South Carolina where a majority of the family resides. He is waiting on his first offer.