May 23, 2015

#STRecruiting Bullets: USC baseball lands another JC prospect; Ball cuts list to 15; more offers handed out

Jonah Bride

Jonah Bride

USC baseball coach Chad Holbrook has pledged to fix what was ailing his team this season and one way to do that quickly is to bring in quality junior college players.  Holbrook and staff landed their third junior college commitment in the past month Friday in INF Jonah Bride (6-0 190) of Neosho JC, KS.  Bride is a native of Owasso, OK where he was a teammate of 2014 USC signee Braden Webb.  Bride was named a Louisville Slugger high school All American after the 2014 season.  He played one season at Neosho and batted .471, 4th best in the country in the junior college ranks.  He also had 14 home runs and 93 RBIs, second most nationally.  His commitment gives USC 18 for the 2015 class.    Bride will have three years of eligibility with the Gamecocks.

OL Joshua Ball of Fredericksburg, VA Friday cut his list to 15….USC, Auburn, Duke, Florida State, Maryland, Miami, Ole Miss, NC State, Penn State, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Wisconsin.  He visited USC for the spring game.

WR Divine Deablo of Mt. Tabor, NC said in an interview on  Rivals he has a top five of USC, North Carolina, NC State, Georgia and Virginia Tech.  He also expressed interest in Louisville and West Virginia.

DB Chris Smith of South Pointe was offered Friday by Eastern Michigan. He also has a USC offer and others.

Myrtle Beach RB Brandon Sinclair Friday committed to Old Dominion.

Alabama Friday offered TE Thaddeus Moss of Charlotte. USC is also an offer.

USC offered 2017 DE Jonathan Ford of Fort Lauderdale, FL

USC has offer out to 2018 LB Eric Gilyard of Jacksonville who was offered Friday by Alabama.

Basketball News:

6-3 Najee Pritchett and 6-0 Rico Bonds signed with South Carolina State according to  Pritchett played at Brunswick JC, GA  and Bonds played at Florida State JC in Jacksonville.


#STRecruiting notebook: Variety of football recruiting notes from this week

Kash Daniel

Kash Daniel

LB Kash Daniel of Paintsville, KY to announce August 13th, USC is one of his offers.

WR Brad Hawkins of Camden, NJ released his 15 schools Thursday night.  In no order they are USC, Arizona State, Michigan, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, NC State, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, Rutgers, Tennessee, Temple, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

USC offered DE Jachai Polite of Daytona Beach, FL.

USC offered OL Marcus Tatum of Daytona Beach, FL.

TE Jordan Giberti of Orlando is offered by Western Kentucky and Florida International. He’s a USC target.

DE Xavier Kelly of Wichita, a Clemson target, to visit Alabama May 29th.

DL Naquan Jones of Evanston, IL is down to USC, Michigan State and Florida.  He plans to announce June 5th though he told the Griff & Grinz Show in East Lansing the announcement could come earlier.

USC offered LB Aaron Hansford of Washington, DC.

USC offered OL Johncarlo Valentin (6-4 344) of Philadelphia.

2017 WR Daquon Green of Tampa landed an offer from USC.

2017 QB Cade Weldon of Tampa Jefferson, Stephen Garcia’s old high school, is offered by USC.

USC offers 2017 OL Blake Vinson of Ocala, FL. Also has a Clemson offer.

2017 RB Kyshaun Bryan of Plantation, FL is offered by Clemson.

Clemson offers 2017 WR Trevon Grimes of Fort Lauderdale.

Clemson offered 2017 DL Cam Spence of IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL

2018 DB Pat Surtain of Plantation, FL gets a Clemson offer.

Clemson offered 2018 DB Benny Sapp of Fort Lauderdale.

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

Furman added OL/DL Brandon Maddox (6-4 274) of North Augusta to the 2015 class.  He attended the Air Force Prep Academy last season.

Basketball News:

6-3 Najee Pritchett and 6-0 Rico Bonds signed with South Carolina State according to  Pritchett played at Brunswick JC, GA  and Bonds played at Florida State JC in Jacksonville.



#STRecruiting: LB Donta Evans plans to visit USC as soon as possible

Donta Evans

Donta Evans

Orangeburg native LB Donta Evans is back in South Carolina this week from his new home in Lawrenceville, GA and plans to drop in at USC while he is close by.  He was going to contact recruiter GA Mangus Thursday to see when it would be convenient for him to visit.  The Gamecocks have been showing interest in Evans but have not yet offered.  Evans holds several big time offers and would love to add the Gamecocks to that list.

“Coach Mangus, he’s a go with the offer but the defensive staff has to sign off on it, so I’m just waiting on that,” Evans said adding he’s not having much contact with Clemson at this point.  “The new defensive coordinator came by with Coach Mangus during spring.”

Evans has added recent offers from Missouri, Indiana, The Citadel, Vanderbilt, Charlotte and Iowa.  He also has offers from Auburn, Louisville, Kentucky, NC State, North Carolina, Wake Forest and Illinois.

Evans plans to take some more visits this summer and plans to have a favorites’ list within a couple of weeks.  He plans to visit Alabama, NC State, North Carolina and Ole Miss along with USC.  Over his spring break he visited Auburn, Ohio State, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville and Tennessee.

“A lot of them are coming at me pretty hard,” he said.  “NC State and North Carolina, Auburn, and also Indiana and Vandy, those are some I keep in contact with very well and building a relationship with those coaches is a big deal right now.”

Last season at Lake Marion, Evans registered 147 tackles with 32 for loss and 8 sacks.



#STRecruiting: USC offers OL Will Putnam and moves to front of his list

Will Putnam

Will Putnam

OL Will Putnam (6-5 270) of Harrisburg, NC lives within earshot of Charlotte Motor Speedway, and on the day NASCAR drivers were running for the Coca Cola 600 pole, USC moved into the pole position in the race for Putnam. USC offensive line coach Shawn Elliott went to the school today and offered Putnam thru his coach and made the offer strictly off his junior film.

“He just said to my coach he didn’t need me at camp or anything, said he liked what he saw and he really had all he needed,” Putnam said.  “My head coach said he was sitting there listening and he’s like, ‘well, you know I haven’t heard the word yet.’ And then Coach Elliott went ahead and he was like, ‘yeah, we’re going to go ahead and offer  him.’  And I was stunned right there when my coach told me.  It was a surprise to me.”

Putnam said he was flattered by the offer but wasn’t ready to commit right away,  but he’s thinking about it and has a plan.

“Most definitely, they are at the top of my list hands down,” he said.  “Coach Elliott was pretty big on me coming down June 13th to get to know the coaches and work out for an hour.  If all goes well, by then, if everything is great and nothing new has popped up and everything has fallen into place, I probably would commit that day or the day after.”

Florida State and Vanderbilt called Putnam’s coach today to inquire about him.  He said he might visit Vanderbilt this summer as well.  And he is expecting other big schools to come in on him.  His other offers are Elon, Coastal Carolina, Gardner-Webb and Charlotte.

Putnam plays left tackle and also plays on the defensive line.  He said coaches tell him they love his speed and agility on the line. ‘

“I kind of pride myself on being flexible and being able to run,” he said.  “I run a 5.0 constantly in the forty and my shuttle is around a 4.6.”

Putnam also plays basketball for his high school team.



#STRecruiting: Dillon QB Avery McCall may take talents to the Northwest

Avery McCall

Avery McCall

Following the trail recently cut by Everett Golson of Myrtle Beach, (Notre Dame, Florida State), Justin Worley (Tennessee), Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State) and Jacob Park (Georgia), Dillon’s Avery McCall is destined to be the next Shrine Bowl quarterback from the state to play his college football out of the state.

Clemson and USC have quarterbacks committed for 2016 and McCall said neither is showing any interest in him now.  This despite the fact he passed for 2945 yards and 36 touchdowns last season completing 71% of his passes with only two interceptions.  McCall has 5502 career passing yards entering his senior season as he goes for a fourth straight state championship.

And the state championship game, if he makes it, won’t be his final high school game.  That will come in January in San Antonio when he plays in the Army All American Game.

So where might McCall continue his career after Dillon?

“Oregon State,” McCall said last week.  “They came to the school to see me throw.  Their offense has been something I’ve been running since I’ve been in high school.”

McCall said he’s also looking at North Carolina, NC State, East Carolina, Appalachian State and Florida State. McCall did not visit any schools in the spring but this summer he hopes to get to Appalachian State, North Carolina, NC State and possibly Florida State.

McCall said he doesn’t have a favorite and wants to make his decision right before his season or early in the season.