August 28, 2014

Walton, Lyons, Moore keeping USC on hold

Jonathan Walton

Jonathan Walton

The commitment watch on the bay in Daphne, AL continues today for LB Jonathan Walton. The Bayside Academy (the school sits right on the bay) standout is trying to decide between being a linebacker at USC or a fullback at Auburn. The decision could come around mid-afternoon today. Or it may not. “Hopefully it will be today but I’m not sure,” said Walton’s coach Phil Lazenby. “Before his trip to Auburn (last weekend) he said South Carolina probably was his top choice. South Carolina is different, it’s a place away. But he said Auburn, if I live in the state of Alabama, I’ll have more state recognition. And the position deal does not matter.” Walton met with Auburn’s new offensive coordinator Tuesday. USC coach Steve Spurrier was in on Monday. “Coach Spurrier came the other day and it was a pleasure talking to him,” the coach said. “He was nothing but a gentleman and Jonathan was impressed. Same thing with Auburn. As soon as he tells me, we’re going to call the school he did not pick because everybody has been so nice. He’ll have lunch in a couple of hours but he may not have made a decision.” If there is a decision, Lazenby said he will get the word out to the media soon after contacting the schools.

LB Tyrell Lyons of Jacksonville, FL has not made his decision as of Wednesday afternoon according to First Coast High School coach Marty Lee. Lee said he saw Lyons with Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher at the school before he had to leave and Lyons had not given him any new information. USC coach Steve Spurrier met with Lyons Tuesday. “He’s going to go home and talk to his parents,” coach Lee said. “He may not have a decision until Signing Day.”

LB Skai Moore of Fort Lauderdale remains undecided about his college destination though he has decided not to take any more visits his coach said Wednesday. “He’s still working it out so there’s no real action right now,” coach Roger Harriott said. Moore now may wait until Signing Day before announcing. “It looks like that’s what’s going to happen,” Harriott said. “He wasn’t initially but his process got a little more confusing for him so he’s going to wait it out. I think it’s going to come right down to South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Rutgers.” Vanderbilt and Rutgers have been in this week and USC recruiter Grady Brown is expected in this week. “He loves (South Carolina),” the coach said. “He loves the tradition and the whole atmosphere.” Harriott said he doesn’t get a sense of a favorite. “I think he’s confused,” he said. “He needs to make a decision with his family. I’m sure they will work it out.” Signing Day activities at the school will begin at 9:45 AM.

Long time USC commitment DE David Johnson of Lithonia, GA will sign with USC next week his coach said Wednesday. Johnson made an official visit to Vanderbilt over the weekend and gave the Commodores some consideration. But Marcus Jelks said Johnson has decided to stick with his original decision to go to USC. “He just felt at home there, felt more comfortable,” Jelks said. “He feels he has a chance to play with a top ten defense next season.” Jelks added the Gamecocks are now showing interest in his junior linebacker Devon Wallace.

Clemson stopped in on junior OL Orlando Brown Jr. of Duluth, GA Wednesday.

Goose Creek junior standouts TE Kalen Ritchie and RB Caleb Kinlaw will attend junior days Saturday at different places. Ritchie is going to Clemson and Kinlaw to USC according to Gators’ coach Chuck Reedy. Ritchie has offers from Clemson and USC and Reedy expects him to stay in state. “I’d be surprised if he does not go to Clemson or South Carolina,” he said. “Kinlaw could go anywhere. Georgia Tech likes him a lot.” Kinlaw has offers from USC, Clemson, Tennessee, Georgia Tech and North Carolina. Coaches from those schools along with Ohio State have been by the check on the juniors who will be ranked among the best in South Carolina next season.

2014 DB Edward Paris (6-2 190) of Mansfield, TX has offers from USC, Clemson, Florida, Texas, TCU, Baylor, Texas A&M, Houston, LSU, SMU, Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, UCLA and Notre Dame among others. He has over 30 in all. Paris does not have any favorites but named Florida, LSU, Texas A&M, Texas, TCU, UCLA, Tennessee, Washington, SMU and Baylor as the schools he likes. “I don’t have any favorites but those are the schools I’ve seen play,” said Paris. “I know them and I like the way they play.” Though the Gamecocks have not contacted Paris, he has heard from Clemson. “Coach (Chad) Morris is telling me what he probably tells all five-star recruits,” he said. “He’s telling me Clemson is a great place to play, has a great atmosphere, and great academics.” Paris will celebrate his birthday March 29th and it could be the day he announces his decision. “I’ve thought about hurrying up the process because I had a teammate wait too long on the school he wanted to go to. They pulled his offer,” said Paris. “I don’t want that to happen to me. First, I have to talk to my mother and see what she thinks.” Paris has not attended any junior days and does not plan to. He did not name a leader.