The St. Petersburg Times reported on its website Wednesday afternoon that OL Cody Waldrop of Seffner, FL will announce a commitment to USC Thursday. The report cited some of Waldrop’s coaches as saying the all state lineman had chosen the Gamecocks over Georgia. Waldrop would not confirm that report Wednesday afternoon. “I’m committing tomorrow but I haven’t decided where yet,” he said in a text message. “The local news said I’m going to USC. I haven’t even decided yet. I still gotta (sic) sit down with the parents.” He said the announcement will come around 3:00 PM Thursday. Waldrop visited USC Tuesday with his father and younger brother.
DB Devontre Parnell (6-1 175) of Fairfield Central made his decision Wednesday morning committing to Louisville. “I got comfortable with the coaches,” Parnell said. “They have a winning tradition and they’re an up-and-coming program.” He chose the Cardinals over Kentucky and NC State. In the end, it was Louisville’s persistence that won over Parnell. “They told me they wanted be real bad,” he said. “They said they needed me. Coach (Charlie) Strong also told me that if I come, I can wear number one,” adding that his jersey number means a lot to him. Parnell has yet to visit the school but is planning several trips in the future. “I’m going to get up there for an unofficial (visit) or two and I’ll take my official (visit) too.” He will not visit any other school and is very strong his commitment.
DB Rhaheim Ledbetter of Boiling Springs, NC will announce his college decision Friday. Ledbetter has narrowed his decision to USC and Florida. He visited both earlier in the summer. He and his teammate, DL Jonathan Bullard, plan to go to the same school. Bullard visited Clemson last Friday. He’s also been looking hard at USC, Florida and Alabama.
Gaffney WR Quinshad Davis will visit Georgia Friday his coach Dan Jones said Wednesday. And he’s looking at going to Florida July 22nd. NC State also is a possible future visit. Jones said Davis visited USC last Friday. “He wants to see what his options are,” Jones said. Jones said Clemson, which was one of the early offers for Davis, is not showing much interest at this point. USC, however, continues to have Davis on its board despite have three receiver commitments for the class.
OL Joe Harris of Lithonia, GA said Wednesday night it will be about two more weeks before he makes a final decision. And Harris said it’s no longer just a USC-Georgia thing with him. He is now including Alabama and Mississippi State on his final list. But he said USC is still in strong shape with him. “South Carolina is looking real high,” he said. Harris was in Oregon last week for a combine and nearly made the call on his commitment. “I was close but I wasn’t for sure,” he said. USC is recruiting Harris as a guard.
WR Alton “Pig” Howard of Orlando has a final six of USC, Tennessee, Florida, West Virginia, Central Florida and Cincinnati. He talked with Gamecock recruiter Jeep Hunter last weekend. “He’s still very interested,” Howard said. “Coach Hunter has been very interested since day one. We have a strong connection. I don’t have a favorite. I’ll take my official visits and then make my decision. I want to continue to build my connections with the coaches and do more research. I won’t have a decision before the season.” Howard visited USC for the spring game. He’s also been to Central Florida, Florida and Miami and will go to South Florida next week. Howard said USC, Tennessee, Cincinnati and Central Florida are recruiting him the hardest.
LB Jamal Marcus of Durham, NC has 11 schools left on his list. “All the schools are recruiting me hard,” said Marcus who would like to make his decision before the season if possible. The schools on his list are Clemson, USC, Auburn, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Notre Dame, Florida, Southern Cal, Alabama and Miami. Marcus was at the Nike combine in Oregon last week. He said he might get to Clemson, USC, Florida, Auburn, Alabama and Georgia Tech before the summer is out. He does not have a favorite. “I’m still evaluating,” he said. Marcus said he talked to Clemson about two weeks ago. He’s not had a recent conversation with USC. Last season Marcus had 72 tackles with 17 sacks.