April 17, 2014

Stanley ready to finalize his decison

Donell Stanley

Donell Stanley

OL Donell Stanley of Latta had planned to take this week to set up his official visits. Instead, Stanley has decided not to take any official visits. He’s ready to make his decision and is close to doing so. Stanley is down to USC, Clemson, Alabama and North Carolina. He has visited each unofficially and has gathered enough information from those visits to make his decision. That decision is expected within the next two weeks. Stanley has not publicly stated a favorite throughout his recruiting but it’s become apparent that USC has made the strongest push for him. Gamecock offensive line coach Shawn Elliott was at Stanley’s game last week.

DL Cory Thomas of McCalla, AL has Clemson, Mississippi State, Florida, Florida State and Tennessee has his top five in no order. He plans to take official visits to each of these schools. Thomas also plans to attend the Clemson-Florida State game but said that this would not be his official visit to the Upstate. “I know I’m going to Florida State for the Miami game and to Florida for the Florida State game, but those are the only two officials (visits) that I’ve set up,” Thomas said. Clemson assistant Marion Hobby has kept in contact with Thomas and paid a visit to McCalla last Friday. “He came to watch my game,” he said. “I saw him on the way to the pep rally but I didn’t get a chance to talk to him other than to say, ‘What’s up.’ He’s a good guy and he’s been telling me that I can come in there and learn from the other linemen as a freshman and by my sophomore year, I would be one of the main guys.” This season, Thomas has taken one visit, He was at the Auburn-Washington State game describing the visit as “alright”. He travels to Tennessee this weekend for their homecoming game against South Alabama and does not have a leader.

WR Freddie Phillips of Pelion has his first offer on the board. North Carolina is the first school to make an offer to the junior standout. He’s also been drawing interest from Clemson, USC, NC State, Florida State, Florida, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech and Appalachian State. He has been to Georgia Tech for a game this season.

With Clemson and USC among his offers, class of 2015 RB Kerryon Johnson (6-0 195) of Madison, AL is willing to listen to all of the programs showing interest in him. He named Alabama, Auburn and Florida State as his early favorites in no order. He has visited his top three as well as Mississippi State. “I want to visit South Carolina and Clemson, absolutely,” Johnson said. “It’s just tough right now. They’re not that far away but it’s hard to get some places. I would like to visit though.” The two in-state schools continue to show interest in the Alabama back. “I get mail from those schools at least two or three times a week,” he said. Johnson is in no hurry to make a decision and is hearing from most schools in the Southeast. His only visit this season was to Auburn when they hosted Washington State. He will be at the Alabama game this weekend and plans to go to the Florida State-Miami game in November. “I’ll probably go to some games between them but I’ll take them as they come,” he added. His offers are from Clemson, USC, Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and LSU.

Baseball News:

SS Madison Stokes (6-3 195) of AC Flora Thursday committed to USC for the 2014 class. According to PerfectGame.com, Stokes had been committed to The Citadel. Clemson and North Carolina were two other schools he considered before choosing the Gamecocks. He made an unofficial visit to USC last weekend. Stokes helped lead Flora to the 3A state championship last season. Stokes joins his Falcon teammate 2B Everett Eynon as Gamecock commitments and gives USC 13 pledges for the 2014 class.

OF KJ Bryant of Wade Hampton, who committed to USC last year for the 2014 class, has flipped to Clemson according to the Greenville News. Bryant batted over .400 each of the past two seasons and is considered the top outfielder prospect in the state for his class. He’s the Tigers 8th commitment for the 2014 class. Bryant is one of four 2014 USC commitments no longer committed to the Gamecocks. OF DJ Burt of Fuquay-Varina, NC is now committed to NC State. SS Seth Lancaster of Hanahan is now a Coastal Carolina commitment. And LHP Nate Matheson of Virginia is now committed to Old Dominion.