WR Shaq Roland (6-2 180) of Lexington is visiting Alabama Thursday and Friday with his coach Scott Earley. Earley is speaking at the Nick Saban football clinic and Roland took the opportunity to travel with his coach and visit the school. The two will stop by Auburn on Saturday. Roland recently visited North Carolina for the Duke basketball game. He plans to visit USC next week for a spring practice. Roland is down to USC, Florida, Alabama and Georgia with USC a big favorite at this point. He plans to make his final decision before the start of football practice this summer.
DL Josh Banks (6-4 250) of Apex, NC has an offer from Wake Forest and is hearing from Clemson, NC State, Florida, Duke, Ball State, and Liberty. “Clemson invited me up for some games during my sophomore year,” Banks said. “They like me at (defensive) end.” Banks says Clemson is a school that interests him. “I like the environment,” he said. “Nothing else matters but football. I like their football program a lot.” Banks attended junior days at Wake Forest and Duke. He will return to the Duke over the weekend. “I’m going to watch some practices and talk to the coaches,” Banks said. He says he plans to visit Clemson over the summer and could camp there. He will visit Liberty and camp at NC State and North Carolina. Banks does not have a favorite.
TE Kevin Rainey (6-3 210) of Yulee, FL visited USC Wednesday along with one of his coaches and left Columbia with the Gamecocks still out in front for his services. “It was a great experience,” Rainey said. “Everything about it I liked. We toured the campus and I talked with some players. They showed me a good time.” Rainey spent much of his time with recruiters Steve Spurrier Jr. and Jay Graham. He also met with Steve Spurrier in his office before departing. “He said he can’t wait to get me up there and he’s glad to have me,” Rainey said. Rainey admitted he nearly committed to Spurrier before leaving. “I was kind of close,” he said. “He knows I’m strongly interested. I mentioned it. But I’m going to check out Miami next Thursday. South Carolina is out front but Miami is catching up. I’m going to give them a good, hard look.” Rainey will spend next Thursday thru Saturday at Miami. This Saturday he will visit Georgia. He plans to make a decision shortly after his Miami visit.
Clemson coach Brad Brownell made a second trip to Laney High School in Augusta Monday to check in on 6-2 guard Rod Hall. Brownell scouted Hall during the season according to Hall’s mother Tracie. He was back for another look-see and face to face meeting Monday. Brownell has not offered Hall but is considering doing so. “He told him to give them a couple of days,” Tracie Hall said. “He said we’ll hear something by Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.” Hall has offers from Nebraska, Coastal Carolina, Tennessee State and NC State according to his mother. An offer from Clemson would make his decision an easy one. He would commit to the Tigers. “He has his heart set on it,” Tracie Hall said. “If offered, he would go.” Clemson assistant Earl Grant has known Hall since he when he was a coach at Wichita State. Hall averaged over 26 points per game this past season. Though he played shooting guard for Laney, Clemson is recruiting him for point guard according to Ms. Hall.