The long expected commitment by WR Shaq Roland (6-2 180) of Lexington to USC came down Saturday night. Roland, regarded by some analysts as the state’s top prospect this season, disclosed the commitment on his Facebook page and then followed up with a phone call to USC receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. Roland becomes the 13th commitment for the Gamecocks’ 2012 class and the third receiver to commit this week following Kwinton Smith and Jody Fuller. Roland had narrowed his decision to USC, Alabama, Georgia and Florida but the Gamecocks were in control throughout the process. Roland had 58 receptions last season for 1033 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also rushed for 684 yards and 10 touchdowns, and had 3 interceptions on defense. Roland is also considered one of the state’s top basketball prospects but plans to focus on football at USC.
WR Jody Fuller (6-0 202) of Monroe, NC announced Friday night a commitment to USC. Fuller made the announcement on ESPNU while attending a camp in Oregon. USC, behind the recruiting efforts of Jay Graham, had been in a leadership position for Fuller since the early spring. Fuller also looked hard at Miami, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. “They were the first school to offer me,” Fuller said of USC. “They showed me so much love. I’m just so glad that will be the school I go play with. They just have a good coaching staff and good people around the program.” Last season Fuller caught 77 passes for 845 yards and 16 touchdowns. He’s the 12th commitment for the Gamecocks and the second receiver to commit this week.
One of the remaining top OL prospects on USC’s board will make a second visit to the campus Tuesday. Cody Waldrop of Seffner, FL visited USC in the spring. Tuesday he is coming in with his father and brother to “see everything.” Waldrop is deciding between the Gamecocks and Georgia and said there’s no leader right now. But he did not rule out a commitment Tuesday. “It’s possible, but not 100% sure,” he said. Waldrop currently plans to take an official visit to Georgia for the USC game. GA Mangus is his territorial recruiter but Waldrop said most of his contact recently has been with offensive line coach Shawn Elliott. “He’s telling me they’ve got to have me and they are putting together a really good offensive line, stuff I like to hear.” USC is recruiting Waldrop as an offensive guard.
LB Adam Ah Ching of Greer plans to attend USC’s Showcase Camp later this month and is looking forward to meeting with recruiter Shawn Elliott. The Gamecocks have not offered but Ah Ching is hoping a good showing might lead to more interest. He performed well at a recent camp at Utah where he was studied by a Stanford assistant. A few days later, Ah Ching was contacted with an offer from the Cardinal. He also has offers from Utah, BYU, Oregon, Colorado and Georgia Tech. Ah Ching also camped recently at Nebraska. “It was good,” he said. “I liked the coach and they liked me. It was a good experience. They say they are going to offer.” He has also been to NC State for a camp and the Wolfpack coaches like him as a fullback and linebacker. He also has visited Notre Dame. Ah Ching is Mormon but said it’s not a given he’s BYU bound. “I want to go to a school where I fit their scheme,” he said. “I want to commit as soon as possible.” He added that he can wait until after his college career to take his Mormon mission. Ah Ching does not have a favorite.
DB Trae Elston (6-0 183) of Oxford, AL recently returned home from a 7-on-7 camp at Oregon and has narrowed his list to six. Clemson, LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Oregon and Miami are the schools from which he will choose. “I liked Oregon from what I saw,” Elston said. “It doesn’t get too hot there.” It was Elston’s first trip of the summer and he does not have plans to take any other before practice begins. “I will definitely visit Clemson.” he added. Elston remains in contact with Clemson and continues to show interest in the Tigers. “It’s close to my hometown of Augusta,” he said. “They’ve been recruiting me for a while.” His other offers include Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Southern Cal, UCLA, Nebraska and Arkansas. He did not name a leader.
WR D’Vario Montgomery of Winter Park, FL has been lighting up defenses in seven on seven tournaments this summer. In a recent outing against Tampa Plant, Montgomery reportedly caught between 40-50 passes for more than 20 TDs. USC has been one of his offers and Montgomery told the Daytona Beach News-Journal Friday he will spend one of his official visits with USC. He also plans to take officials with LSU and Alabama. Montgomery said right now his top two schools are Central Florida and South Florida. Montgomery had 45 catches for 1100 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. He also plays outside linebacker and had 45 tackles and 3 interceptions last season.
Former USC commitment LB Jordan Montgomery of Groveland, FL did not meet the NCAA qualifying requirements and will enroll at Fork Union Prep, VA this fall. At this point, USC does plan to sign Montgomery should he become qualified at the prep school. Montgomery committed to USC last August but was not sent a letter of intent on signing day because of his academic situation. Two Gamecock signees, OL Quincy McKinney and TE Jerrell Adams, also did not qualify and will enroll at Fork Union. A third USC signee who did not qualify, DB Ronnie Martin, is headed to Georgia Military JC.
The Clemson and USC baseball programs have added commitments for the 2013 class. Friday, infielder Glenn Batson of Greenville committed to the Tigers. USC had also shown strong interest but Batson has long been a Clemson fan. He’s the nephew of former Clemson star Bill Spiers and is also a quarterback on the football team.
The Gamecocks picked up shortstop Jordan Gore of Conway beating out Clemson, The College of Charleston and The Citadel. Gore, whose mother is a Clemson graduate, made his commitment after visiting USC Saturday. Diamond Prospects refers to Gore as one of the top two-way players in the class.