DL Brandon Clemons (6-4 255) of Milford, PA made an unofficial visit to USC last summer and is planning to schedule an official visit with the Gamecocks. Clemons said his interest in USC remains strong. “It’s Steve Spurrier and the SEC, are you kidding me,” Clemons said. “How could I not like that.” Pittsburgh also remains a strong contender for Clemons. He will not take his official visits until after the season. Rutgers and Boston College are among the other schools he still has interest in.
DE Jeoffrey Pagan (6-4 250) of Asheville, NC remains verbally committed to Florida but does have some concerns about the distance to home, according to his coach Danny Wilkins. Pagan injured his knee last week and will require surgery. “A lot of schools are letting him know they are still interested but do respect that Jeoffrey is verbally committed,” said Wilkins. “He has thought about taking official visits to other schools but, right now, he wants to get this surgery behind him.” Some of the schools Pagan likes other than Florida are Clemson, Tennessee, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Alabama. “He’s been down to Clemson several times and really likes the program,” said Wilkins. Pagan has also visited the other schools previously listed. His surgery is scheduled for next week in Birmingham.
With 24 commitments in hand and several highly regarded prospects remaining on the board, USC is having to notify some players it had been recruiting that there won’t be room for them in this class. That includes Darlington RB Dominique Cooper and RB Marcus Caffey of Atlanta. Both want to play running back in college and USC was interested in them only as defensive backs. Cooper has other offers from SC State, East Carolina and North Carolina Central. Caffey also has been looking at Arkansas, Purdue, Kentucky and Illinois. USC also has pulled off LB Cedric Cooper of Lithonia, GA. Cooper has been interested in Clemson, Ole Miss and Arkansas.
TREY GRAINER LB 6-1 225 THIBODEAUX, LA
The Clemson women signed 6-2 Natiece Ford of Holly Springs, NC, 5-10 Kelly Gramlich of Austin, TX, 5-6 Chelsea Lindsay of Durham, NC and 5-10 Nikki Dixon of Alpharetta, GA.
The USC women signed 5-11 Tina Roy of Kaplan,, LA.