Lexington WR Shaq Roland (6-2 180), who is considered by most observers to be the #1 prospect in the state for next season, has decided on a final four list his coach said Thursday. Wildcats coach Scott Earley said the only schools Roland is still considering are, in order of preference, USC, Alabama, Florida and Georgia. Clemson was among Roland’s many offers but did not make the final cut. “Before football season starts, he will commit in the summer,” Earley said. “He’s going to enjoy his senior year.” Roland will be at USC Saturday for the photo shoot being held by national recruiting analyst Tom Lemming. Because he’s in the middle of the basketball playoffs and has a game Saturday night, Roland probably won’t participate in many of the Gamecocks’ junior day activities. Earley said the Gamecocks are a firm leader for Roland. “He likes that it’s real close to home, real close to his momma and the people of Lexington,” he said. “That’s big for him for them to be able to see him play.” Roland will go to Alabama for a camp this summer and will make an AAU basketball team trip to Florida. And he and his coach will make a visit to Georgia. Roland last season caught 58 passes for 1033 yards and 10 touchdowns, rushed for 684 yards and 10 touchdowns, had 3 interceptions returning two for scores, and he passed for six scores. In all, he accounted for 39 touchdowns last season.
Bamberg-Ehrhardt DL Martin Aiken was offered Thursday by Alabama. “Coach Rumph loves his tape,” coach Butch Crosby said. Aiken gained an offer from Louisville Wednesday. Auburn also has offered and is very interested and he will visit there March 26th. USC and Clemson are also among his offers. Others include Georgia Tech, Illinois, Tennessee, NC State, East Carolina, Virginia Tech, Duke, North Carolina and Texas Tech.
DL Darius Williams (6-2 280) of Millen, GA is another player former USC running back, Stanley Pritchett, says is interested in USC and Clemson. Pritchett has taken Williams, along with teammate, RB Justin Taylor, on a couple of trips this semester. “We went to junior days at Georgia Tech and Florida,” said Pritchett. “Both schools are looking at Williams.” Williams has yet to garner that first offer but is hearing from these two schools, as well as Duke. “I think some other schools will look at him when it’s time for spring evaluation,” he said. Williams led his team in sacks with 11 last season adding 45 tackles. Pritchett says that Williams plays end for his squad but fully expects him to play in the interior at the next level. There are no favorites. Pritchett says he is waiting to hear from USC and Clemson on the pair.
USC signed LB Cedrick Cooper of Lithonia, GA earlier this month and the Gamecocks will be going to back to the Atlanta suburb in pursuit of highly regarded OL Joe Harris (6-4 320). In fact, right now the Gamecocks and Alabama are emerging as two of the front runners. “He likes South Carolina and Alabama and it’s going to be a tough competition between those two,” said Lithonia assistant coach Lloyd Morrison who handles the recruiting for the school’s prospects. “He’ll go thru the process. His mom will be very hands on.” Harris has offers from all over including Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Ole Miss and Arkansas. Harris actually grew up in the Clemson area before moving to Georgia but he does not have strong interest in the Tigers right now according to Morrison. Harris has been to Alabama for a junior day and might be at USC this Saturday. He will be at USC for the spring game according to Morrison. Harris plays offensive tackle and is a dominating blocker. “His footwork is great,” Morrison said. “When he get his hands on you, you are not getting around him. He can walk into any program and play right now.” Morrison said they are looking into the possibility of Harris graduating early which would affect his timeframe for making a decision.
There has been a lot written and said about Jadeveon Clowney since he signed with USC Monday morning. And not all of it has been positive. There have been a lot of quotes attributed to Clowney as well, and not all of them were of a positive nature. In a story on FoxSports.com for example, Clowney was quoted as saying Alabama assistant Chris Rumph told him he left Clemson because the Tigers would not be successful. In the same story, Clowney made fun of Alabama coach Nick Saban. Wednesday Clowney posted a response on his Facebook page. Clowney did not identify which report, or reports, he was referring to in his post.
Following is Clowney’s Facebook page post:
“to all the people that think i said anything about any of the people that wanted meɪ to come to their college it Waz a lie i would never talk about anyone cause i liked all the school a lot i just pick south carolina i just ant want to be away from home so if you read anything out there that said i Waz talkin about anyone its a lie o yeah god bless”