September 30, 2014

Recruiting Recap: Spurrier sits down with Green

Wesley Green

Wesley Green

USC head coach Steve Spurrier and defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward met Wednesday with DB Wesley Green of Lithonia, GA.  The meeting took place at the school.  “All went well,” said Green’s coach Cortez Allen.  “They got a chance to sit down and have a pretty good conversation.  They talked about jersey number and coming in early and compete for the job right away.  He had his South Carolina gear on today so that kind of made the coaches feel pretty good.”  Allen said the meeting today just added to USC’s strong position with Green but he still plans to visit Georgia January 31st.  “He told some of his classmates today it’s all going to depend on that trip.  Just depends on how that trip ends up and he’ll go from there. But he’s pretty much at the same spot.  South Carolina is the leader, no doubt.”  Georgia head coach Mark Richt has not been in yet and Allen said he’s not sure when he’ll be in.  There was an internet report that Green would wait until 5:00 PM on Signing Day to announce his decision on a TV outlet.  Allen said he’s not aware of that and he expects Green to participate in the schools’ signing ceremony early in the morning on National Signing Day.

The on again, off again relationship between Hilton Head Shrine Bowl DL Poona Ford and USC is off again. His coach said today Ford has canceled his official visit to USC for this weekend. Coach BJ Payne said Ford called USC recruiter Everette Sands Tuesday night and told him of his decision.  Ford said on Monday after he and his grandmother met with Gamecock recruiters that he would visit this weekend, and he gave an indication that he might commit on the visit. And his coach told Ryan Bartow of 247Sports earlier this week that Ford would visit USC and Purdue this weekend and early next week and Missouri the following weekend. Ford visited Texas last weekend. Ford had been committed to Louisville but after the coaching change there he backed off of that at the Shrine Bowl and said he would visit USC. But last week his coach called Gamecock recruiter Everette Sands and told him Ford was no longer interested. That seem to change on Monday, and apparently it’s changed again.

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher was in Saluda Tuesday to visit with DL Dexter Wideman who has been a Seminole commitment since the summer. Fisher is trying to fend off a strong charge by USC. Wideman made his official visit with the Gamecocks last weekend. “He had a great talk with coach Fisher,” Saluda High principal Harvey Livingston said after speaking with Wideman Wednesday. “It was pretty impressive. He said it was a great visit. They spent about 15 minutes at the school and then went for about an hour at his grandma’s. He told him how much he really wants him. Dexter is very excited about his visit yesterday and is very excited about his visit (to Florida State) on the 31st. His face lit up pretty big when talking about Fisher. But he said everybody would find out on the fifth (National Signing Day). I think he’s still in the same vane. His commitment is still strong. He’ll let us know on National Signing Day.” Livingston said he’s expecting USC coach Steve Spurrier and recruiter GA Mangus to visit Wideman sometime this week.

USC commitment DE Taylor Stallworth of Mobile, AL was scheduled to take an official visit to Mississippi State this coming weekend but he said this morning he will not make the visit and is firm with his pledge to the Gamecocks. “I’m not going this weekend,” Stallworth said and then confirmed he was finished with recruiting. “I’m just ready to get up there and help USC win a SEC championship.” Stallworth played defensive end and outside linebacker in high school. Last season he had 60 tackles and 6 sacks.

WR Shaq Davidson of Gaffney has been a USC commitment since July and he made his official visit with the Gamecocks last weekend. But he said on Twitter Tuesday night he will take an official visit to Auburn this weekend. Auburn was one of his dozen or so offers at the time he committed to the Gamecocks. The Tigers made a strong push for Davidson last spring and he attended their Big Cat Weekend last May. Davidson played a lot of quarterback for the Indians but he was a receiver in the Shrine Bowl and will play that position in college.

DL Darrius Caldwell of Pearl River JC, MS committed to USC earlier this month after recruiter Deke Adams called with the news that his transcripts looked good enough for enrollment. Caldwell is scheduled for his official visit to USC this weekend and today he met with Adams and the commitment was firmed up on both sides. Caldwell’s current coach, Williams Jones, feels USC will be an excellent fit for Caldwell. “Darrius has got the ability to play on Sundays,” Jones said. “There’s not a better fit for him than South Carolina. It’s in the SEC, there’s great weather, and it’s a great program. There couldn’t be a better fit for him.” Of course, all involved understand there’s academic work ahead for Caldwell before he can put on a USC uniform. “We’ve had that conversation with coach Adams,” Jones said. “His grades are OK. He did college work for two years at Illinois. He’s just got to take care of his business academically.” Caldwell signed with Illinois out of his Atlanta high school in 2011. He redshirted his first season then played one season for the Illini and one at the junior college. He will have two years to play two with the Gamecocks.

DL Cory Thomas of McCalla, AL has been committed to Tennessee since November (he calls it 75% right now), but he’s giving Clemson and Mississippi State a good look before he announces on NSD. He visited Clemson with his mom last weekend and everything went well. “I liked how it’s like being in a family,” Thomas said. “I learned the true meaning of “All In.” The academic part, they do everything in their power to get you your degree, and that means a lot.” Thomas also plays basketball and he’s expecting Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and assistant Marion Hobby to come watch him play, but he’s not sure when. He’s also expecting Tennessee coach Butch Jones in for a visit. Despite the good time at Clemson, the Tigers are still third on his list. Thomas said Tennessee is still the favorite with Mississippi State number two. “I’m just waiting to see how these other officials go,” he said. His mother will join him on the visit to Mississippi State this weekend.

DE Andrew Williams of McDonough, GA may be down to just Clemson and Auburn now. According to AuburnUndercover.com, Williams may not take his visit to Ole Miss this weekend. He was at Auburn last weekend and is scheduled for Clemson January 31st. He’s also been considering USC but there’s no indication right now he will use the open weekend to visit the Gamecocks. Tuesday Williams met with Hugh Freeze of Ole Miss along with Clemson’s Marion Hobby and recruiters from Georgia and Auburn.

David Hood update on Alvin Kamara….You already know the reason for his suspension from Bama’s bowl game – he was certain he was going to transfer and didn’t show up for the team banquet, so Saban suspended him. He has submitted some of his paperwork and if he is accepted.. which is likely.. he would begin school in the summer. However, my sources say the administrative side of campus remains tight lipped. But I have heard he will, at some point, make a trip to Clemson to meet with Swinney and a decision will be made after that.

RB Khalil Lewis of Hilton Head committed to Gardner-Webb.

Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart was by Spring Valley High School last week to visit with committed LB Christian Miller.

RB John Miller took an official visit to Richmond last weekend.

QB Chris Adams visited Brevard last weekend and will visit Tusculum this weekend.

LB Josh Harlan will visit SC State this coming weekend. He will visit Hampton January 31st and will possibly take a visit to Georgia Southern.

Virginia Tech recruiter Charley Wyles paid a visit to Bamberg-Ehrhardt High school Tuesday and empties his pockets of offers. Beamer offers four of Kevin Crosby’s players….junior DE LaSamuel Davis, junior DB AJ McDonald, sophomore OL Drew Wilson and freshman ATH Savalas Cann. Samuel also has offers from Clemson, Florida, NC State, North Carolina, Oregon, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Southern Cal and UCLA. McDonald is just appearing on the recruiting scene after transferring in from Virginia before last season. Virginia Tech is his first offer but more are expected as coaches see his film. Last season McDonald had 66 tackles, 5 sacks and he forced 6 fumbles. Wilson also has offers from NC State, North Carolina and Florida. And Cann also has offers from USC, Clemson, Florida and North Carolina. North Carolina and NC State were also by the school Tuesday. Clemson and Duke are due in on Wednesday.


Comments

  1. Did Christian Miller ever consider Carolina or did they ever recruit him? Isn’t he Corey Miller’s kid and didn’t Corey Miller play at Carolina?

  2. Jack, yes on all counts; however, there has been open speculation that the Carolina coaching staff didn’t want the “Corey Miller” headache as he has openly been critical (in the media) of how things are progressing at South Carolina. He (Corey) has questioned the work ethic of our players (Clowney and the defense) and has graded Spurrier’s handling of players and situations an “F” (his words, not mine). IMO, the staff just doesn’t want the ultimate “smather” – smothering father.
    It also seems that Christian is a better fit for the 3-4 scheme and we don’t currently run that. Regardless, a top prospect like Christian is a catch and sad that his dad can’t just let things run their natural course.

  3. Thanks Rod. Yes it is a shame because it looks to me like we could still use another outstanding linebacker.