6-9 Demetrius Henry of Bradenton, FL has seen his season come to an end so now he’s ready to move on with the final stage of his recruiting. Henry is down to USC, Miami and South Florida and will be scheduling his official visits to those schools in the next couple of weeks. Henry said USC has been in constant contact. “I’m hearing from them about three or four times a week,” Henry said. “It’s a good situation. Coach Martin is a great coach. He can get the best out of you. And there’s the chance to play early as a freshman.” Henry said the Gamecocks’ poor record will have no impact on his view of them as he makes his decision. “I want to see how the schools are and how the fans are,” he said. “I want to see how the people are around the school and how nice they are and if I can see myself at the school for the next four years.” Henry plans to sign on the first day of the spring signing period which is April 17th. This season he averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists a game despite a sore shoulder which he plans to have checked out soon by a doctor.
USC signee 6-5 Sindarius Thornwell was selected for the Kentucky Derby Festival Classic.
6-6 Travis Hammonds of Gray Military Academy will visit Georgia Tech and Georgia State Wednesday.
WR Jaylan Barbour was offered by West Virginia Monday. He’s been favoring USC over North Carolina and Duke.
DB Edward Paris of Mansfield, TX committed to LSU. Clemson and USC were among his offers.
Coastal Carolina head football coach Joe Moglia announced the addition of Austin Larkin to the Chanticleer 2013 recruiting class. Larkin is a 6-3, 220-pound linebacker from San Ramon, Calif., and attends Dougherty Valley High school.
USC and Clemson are two of the schools DE Jesse Aniebonam (6-5 235) of Olney, MD plans to visit this spring or summer. They are two of his dozen offers at this point. The others are Notre Dame, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Alabama, Auburn, Duke, Florida, Georgia Tech, Hawaii and Penn State. He has been to junior days at Maryland and Notre Dame. Aniebonam has been in touch with Clemson and USC and is giving both a lot of thought. “I have not visited Clemson but I’m interested,” he said. Aniebonam’s teammate is Clemson signee LB Dorian O’Daniel. “I’ve talked to coach Swinney and a couple of the defensive coaches. I’m very interested in South Carolina. They are always putting D-ends into the NFL. They are one of my main interests. I’ve pretty much studied (Jadeveon) Clowney. I watch him a lot and how he runs his game. He’s made them an attractive quality.” Aniebonam also plans to visit Georgia Tech, Alabama, Michigan and Ohio State. He does not have favorites. Last season he had 51 tackles and 11 sacks.
QB Jalan McClendon (6-4 195) of Charlotte has offers from SC State, North Carolina, Wake Forest and East Carolina with interest from USC, Clemson, NC State, LSU and Georgia among others. He named Clemson, USC, Georgia and North Carolina has his top four in no order. “They’re both good schools,” said McClendon of Clemson and USC. “They both run the spread. South Carolina has a good football tradition and Clemson is coming up.” He plans to visit both schools. McClendon has attended junior days at NC State and UNC and does not have any other trips scheduled. As for what he is hearing from Clemson, he said, “They’re telling me they want to evaluate me more to see if they’re a good fit for me and if I’m a good fit for them.” The Gamecocks are echoing those sentiments. McClendon did not name a leader.