May 5, 2015

#STRecruiting: Junior college outfielder makes commitment to USC for 2015

Dom Thompson-Williams

Dom Thompson-Williams

USC baseball coach Chad Holbrook continues to add to his 2015 recruiting class and he has again dipped into the junior college ranks. Monday OF Dom Thompson-Williams (6-0 185)  of Iowa Western JC announced a commitment via Twitter  to the Gamecocks.  He reportedly had several other SEC offers.

Thompson-Williams is a sophomore for Sioux City, IA who was the Gatorade Player of the Year as a high school senior.  He was three time all state in baseball and was also an all state football player.

This season Thompson-Williams is hitting .405 with three home runs and 38 RBIs for a team that is 46-5.

Here’s the senor season scouting report on Thompson-Williams by

Medium frame, very athletic with present strength. Can run, 6.86 60 yard dash and plays faster in games. Defensively he has serious tools, topped out at 90 from the OF, has a long smooth arm action, quick arm, good release and footwork. Left handed hitter with a crouched open set up, good bat speed, quick hands, has lift, gap to gap approach with pop, aggressive swing.

#STRecruiting: Lamar planning another round of visits to five favorites

Tre Lamar

Tre Lamar

LB Tre Lamar of Roswell, GA  recently completed his first round of visits to all five of his favorite schools when he went to Auburn for the spring game April 18th.  Lamar had previously visited Clemson, Florida, Florida State and Alabama.  Those five remains his top schools and he will try to visit each again this summer.   He’s looking at being at Clemson again for the All-In Barbeque in July.

So far during this spring evaluation period, recruiters from Clemson, Alabama and Stanford have been in.  Stanford was in on Monday. Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables was in to see Lamar two weeks ago.

“We were just talking about getting back up there and this time really getting to see the engineering part of the education at Clemson,” Lamar said.  “Really just being able to see the entire student atmosphere there and getting a complete feel.  Just talking about a lot of things.”

Lamar said Clemson, Alabama and Auburn are recruiting him the hardest at this point.  He plans to take official visits in the fall and is looking at making a decision during his season or soon afterwards.

There is no individual leader at this point.

#STRecruiting: Simpson gets a lot of personal time with Clemson coaches Saturday

John Simpson

John Simpson

OL John Simpson of Fort Dorchester drove up to Clemson Saturday with teammate Dakereon Joyner and one of his teachers for a chance to get some one on one time with the Tiger coaches. Mission accomplished.

“I planned on going there to spend more time with the coaches,” Simpson said.  “All my top schools, I just want to go back and spend more time with the coaches to see who they really are outside of football.  I hung out with Coach Elliott and some with Coach Caldwell and Jeff Scott.  I got to Facetime with coach Swinney.   He was in North Carolina for a baseball game with one of his kids I guess.”

Simpson said he toured Vickery Hall and got a chance to talk with the academic people, and he got a look at the new construction at the West Zone and the plans for future additions.

After this visit, Simpson said he’s basically focusing on Clemson, USC and Georgia and he plans to get back to see USC and Georgia as well.   He doesn’t have dates set for either visit but said they will take place sometime soon.

Simpson said since he just visited Clemson, he would put the Tigers in front of the other two though he said that’s subject to change as he makes the other visits.

Simpson said he will make his decision ” sometime sooner than later.  I don’t know exactly sure when I’m going to do it.”  But he is eyeing sometime this summer for his decision.


#STRecruiting Bullets: Eric Cobb; Dikembe Dixson; Kareem Felder; Weekend notes

Eric Cobb

Eric Cobb

6-10 Eric Cobb of Jacksonville will make one more official visit this coming weekend before making a decision his coach said Sunday night. Cobb attends school in Baltimore and his coach said he has not decided where he will visit.  He is looking at VCU, Old Dominion and Massachusetts for that official visit.  He has also visited Seton Hall unofficially.   Cobb’s mother came in from Jacksonville to join him on his USC visit and coach Nick Myles said Cobb spoke positively about the experience.  “He really liked it and enjoyed it,” Myles said.  “He things Coach Martin is going to be somebody to push him and develop his game.  And he liked the campus and said it felt like home.”

6-7 Dikembe Dixson of Delbarton, WV has cut his list to Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi State.  He has dropped USC and Marshall from consideration.

USC offered 2016 6-9 Edrice Adebayo of Washington, NC.  He has several other major offers.

DB Kareem Felder of Baltimore committed to Ohio State over Clemson Sunday.  He once was a Virginia Tech commitment.

Clemson OL target Jack DeFoor visited Ole Miss Saturday.

USC offered 2018 DB Asante Samuel Jr. of Fort Lauderdale.

Conway QB Drayton Arnold was offered by Old Dominion.


Punchless Gamecocks fall to Auburn 3-0 to lose series (AUDIO)

Schmidt had no offensive support

Schmidt had no offensive support

In a crucial SEC series against a team it had dominated the past 17 years,  USC came up short against Auburn  further damaging hopes for the NCAA Tournament.  The Gamecocks were blankedt Sunday afternoon 3-0 managing just three singles off three Tiger pitchers, the second time the season USC has been shut out.

It’s the first series loss by the Gamecocks to Auburn since 1997 when the Tigers also won two of three in Columbia and only the second time the Tigers have shutout the Gamecocks in their series history.   The Gamecocks lost the series despite their three starting pitchers yielding just three earned runs.

USC starter Clarke Schmidt and two relievers were good enough to put their team in position to win.  But the hitters flailed away against the Auburn trio of Dalton Rentz, Justin Camp and Trey Wingenter.  The top five in the Gamecock order were a combined 0-17.

USC had early scoring chances getting runners to first and second in both the second and third innings but each time failed to get the clutch hit.  The Gamecocks also threatened in the fifth with runners on second and third with two outs.  But Max Schrock grounded out to the first baseman to end the threat.

Gamecocks played solid defense Sunday

Gamecocks played solid defense Sunday

Their last real scoring threat game in the seventh with a runner on second and two outs but Gene Cone flied to left for the final out.  The Gamecocks left eight runners on and were 0-5 with runners in scoring position.

Auburn scored a run in the fifth then added two more in the sixth on a double by Kyler Deese.  The Tigers had 10 hits on the day, three by first baseman Robert Daniel.

USC is now 27-21 and 10-14 in the SEC.  With six league games left against top five teams in Texas A&M and LSU, the Gamecocks are all but locked in to playing in one of the single elimination first round games of the SEC Tournament later this month.

The Gamecocks return to action at home Wednesday night against Wofford.

Box Score

AUDIO: Chad Holbrook [8:27]

AUDIO: DC Arendas & Clarke Schmidt [2:52]