January 25, 2015

#STRecruiting: Helms waits no longer and makes the call for USC

Cory Helms

Cory Helms

OL Cory Helms (6-4 305) of Alpharetta, GA, who is a Wake Forest transfer, made his official visit to USC over the weekend and needed a little bit of time on the drive home to realize what he saw in the rear view mirror is where he wanted to be.  After talking with his family, Helms called USC Sunday afternoon and committed to the Gamecocks.

“I had a really good feeling today and wanted to talk to my family and stuff before I made it official,” Helms said.  “I have a really good relationship with the players I was around and the recruits who were there.  And it’s the closest school to my home.”

Helms also considered Mississippi State, Texas A&M and Penn State after deciding to transfer from Wake Forest where he was a freshman All American center in 2013.  Last season he played some guard along with center but the Gamecocks like him as a center.

Ordinarily as a transfer, Helms would have to sit out the 2015 season.  That might still be the case though he says he and USC will make an appeal to the NCAA for immediate eligibility.

“I’m moving back closer to home because I live with a sick grandmother,” he said.  “That’s a big reason I’m coming here to be able to come back and help my grandmother.”

Helms said he’s planning to enroll at USC for the Maymester academic session.  He gives the Gamecocks 30 newcomers for 2015 and he’s the fourth offensive lineman for the class.

#STRecruiting: OL Derouen leaves Columbia with USC big favorite

Trey Derouen

Trey Derouen

OL Trey Derouen of Lilburn,, GA made his official visit to USC over the weekend and while he  did not make a commitment, he appears to be the Gamecocks to lose at this point.

“Great place to be at and I can see myself playing there,” Derouen said.

As for what stood out the most to him, Derouen said, “Coach Elliott and the players, commits.”

Derouen has also visited Louisville and will visit Kansas State January 28th and Florida this coming weekend.

Asked if he had a leader after the USC visit, Derouen said “Gamecocks” and confirmed that it was a large lead.

The Gamecocks are recruiting Derouen as a guard.


#STRecruiting: Sunday all day recruiting news timeline (UPDATED 2:52)

Sam Madden

Sam Madden

USC wrapped up its biggest recruiting weekend of January Sunday afternoon while Clemson had official visits from two committed players. We are tracking all of the official visits involving USC and Clemson targets as well as in-state prospects and we’ll update the information here throughout the day.
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Long dry spell dooms Gamecocks against top ranked Kentucky (VIDEO/AUDIO)

Demetrius Henry with one of USC's 12 baskets Saturday

Demetrius Henry with one of USC’s 12 baskets Saturday

Sindarius Thornwell hit a three pointer with 4:31 to play in the first half to give USC a 24-23 lead over top ranked Kentucky.  That would be the last hurrah for the Gamecocks.

They went into an extended scoring drought that stretched into the second half and allowed the Wildcats to pull away to a 58-43 win at sold out Colonial Life Arena Saturday afternoon.

The loss is USCs 3rd in a row and 5th in six games.  The Gamecocks are 10-8 and 1-5 in the SEC.  The Wildcats improve to 19-0 and 6-0 in the league.

Sindarius Thornwell led USC with 14 points.  Freshman Devin Booker was the game’s high scorer off the bench with 18.

Next up for the Gamecocks is a road trip to LSU Wednesday night.  They are back at home next Saturday against Georgia.

Here’s my game recap:

Frank Martin

Kentucky coach John Calipari

AUDIO: Frank Martin [16:12]

AUDIO: Sindarius Thornwell & Michael Carrera [4:46]

AUDIO: John Calipari [11:41]

Final Stats

Take a look and listen to Spurrier Saturday at the CLA (VIDEO/AUDIO)

Steve Spurrier

Steve Spurrier

USC football coach Steve Spurrier gave his annual pep talk to the Gamecock fans in attendance for the Kentucky basketball game Saturday afternoon.  Also in the crowd, 23 recruits on official visits including four uncommitted targets.

Spurrier made no excuses for the 7-6 season of 2014 and talked with excitement about the 2015 campaign.  He finished his remarks to the fans by telling them to circle November 28th (Clemson game in Columbia) on their calendar.

After addressing the crowd for five minutes, Spurrier met with the media in the loading dock area in the back of Colonial Life Arena.

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