Manning DL Phillip Dukes (6-3 280) made an unofficial visit to USC last Saturday for the Tennessee game. He was joined by his mother. That was the third USC game Dukes has seen in person and he will be back this Saturday for the Arkansas game. Dukes has the Gamecocks slightly out in front of Clemson right now according to his coach. “That’s because of his relationship with coach Beamer and what they’ve done on the field,” said Manning coach Robbie Briggs. Dukes will go to Alabama for the Mississippi State game and to Clemson for the USC game. USC and Clemson are definite official visits and North Carolina, Alabama and Miami are possible official visits.
DL Terry Redden (6-3 285) of Memphis says that he had planned to take an official visit to Clemson but the Tigers are backing off. “I called them to tell them I was really interested,” said Redden. “They told me they had enough commitments at my position. So, unless someone de-commits, they don’t have a spot for me.” He says he will take official visits to Kansas, Ole Miss, and Memphis and that Kansas and Ole Miss are his top two schools.
DB Kadetrix Marcus (6-1 190) of Stone Mountain, GA will make an unofficial visit to USC Saturday for the Arkansas game. This will be his third game at USC this season. Marcus continues to favor the Gamecocks. “It’s a real good lead,” Marcus said. Tennessee, South Florida and West Virginia are the others on his list and he plans to take official visits to all four after the season. Marcus talked with USC recruiter Lorenzo Ward Friday. “We just talked about my game,” he said. “He said they are going to wait on me.”
LB Lateek Townsend (6-3 207) of Marlboro County took an official visit to Southern Cal last weekend for the Trojans’ game with Oregon. This Saturday Townsend plans to return to USC for its game with Arkansas. This will be his third game at USC this season. Townsend has also been to a game at Clemson. He has been favoring the Gamecocks and plans to set official visits with USC and Clemson. He will announce his decision in January at the US Army All American Game.
TE Jay Rome (6-6 240) of Valdosta, GA had considered going to the Clemson-Georgia Tech game at Clemson two weekends ago but did not make the trip. According to his father Stan Rome, “He (Rome) is so focused on his season that by the time Friday night is over, he is wiped out.” His father says that they have decided to wait until the season is over before they look at taking any visits. “This is the best team they’ve had since Jay has been there, ” said Stan. “They have a chance to go deep into the playoffs so he is really focused on his team.” Rome’s father says it is still Clemson, Georgia, and Alabama that will get official visits with the possibility of Florida and Tennessee getting visits as well. His father says that he does not believe Rome has any favorites and feels each school has an equal shot at the tight end. Georgia was the leader early in the season but no longer holds an advantage. “He is trying really hard to not have a favorite right now,” added Rome’s father.
TE Brandon Fulse (6-5 245) of Fort Meade, FL says he is no longer looking at Clemson. “I haven’t heard from them in a long time,” he said. He is now planning official visits to Tennessee, Oregon, and Texas Tech. He says he will take the other two visits as well but is unsure as to where. Fulse had his list down to ten schools, Clemson included, and will not say if he has narrowed his list. Speaking of the three schools he plans to visit he said, “I wouldn’t call them my favorites. They’re just the schools I am most focused on right now.” No indication as to when he plans to commit.
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