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Earlier this month, USC was expecting to land a commitment from DB Chaz Elder of College Park, GA. But on the day he was supposed to announce a commitment, Elder decided not to. Was that an indication of a change of heart? Elder’s position coach, Ryan Andrews, says no. “Nothing has changed,” Andrews said Monday night. “He’s very high on SC. Some people were worried after he canceled his decision. Nothing has changed on how he feels about SC. It’s just a matter of going public. He has a good feel for where he wants to go. He just felt it might be best not to take away from the team’s first game by announcing his decision. That’s what it really came down to. I feel like his mind is made up. He has a little doubt, but what kid doesn’t?” Georgia and Vanderbilt are the other schools Elder has been most interested in. Plus, Arizona State, Nebraska and Ole Miss have been trying to get in the picture. USC recruiter Lorenzo Ward talked to Elder a few days ago according to Andrews who said he and his player have not discussed a date to go public. Andrews said Elder has played “decent” in his first two games despite playing on a sprained ankle.
PG D.J. Brooks (6-1 170) of Hillcrest has offers from Furman and Jacksonville and is hearing from Clemson, USC, VCU, Mercer, Wichita State, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Tulane and William & Mary. Of the schools that have not offered Brooks said, “VCU, Clemson, Mercer and Tulane are showing the most interest.” Last weekend was Brooks’ first trip as he visited VCU. “It went great,” Brooks said. “I liked the coaches and players and how close they are. They stress appreciation of each other and they work really hard. I like that the student body was very diverse.” Next weekend he will visit Mercer and is planning a trip to Clemson in the near future, As for USC, “They talked to me some in the beginning but I haven’t heard much from them lately,” he said. Brooks does not have a leader.
PG Allerik Freeman (6-4 206) of Charlotte has 28 offers from around the country and has narrowed his list to 11. USC, Georgetown, North Carolina, NC State, Kansas, Kansas State, Texas, Villanova, Marquette, Florida and Memphis are the schools he continues to consider. “Each school left on my list is equal with me,” said the highly-recruited guard. “I have a good relationship with the coaches at South Carolina. I talk to coach (Neill) Berry a lot.” Freeman also spoke of his relationship with several Gamecock hoopsters. “Anthony Gill is from Charlotte and we’re good friends,” he said. “I’ve got a good relationship with Bruce Ellington, Eric Smith and some of the other guys down there. I’ve got family in Columbia so I’m familiar with the area.” Freeman took in two games last season at the Colonial Life Arena. “I’m going to visit again sooner then later,” Freeman added. He will head to UNC for a visit this weekend and is heading to Kansas for “late night” on October 15th. “I may go to Georgetown in a couple of weeks but that is not definite yet,” he said. Freeman does not have a leader and made it clear the Gamecocks are very much in the picture for his services.