WR Stefon Diggs of Olney, MD has released the list of his final 11 schools. Diggs had said previously USC would
on the list and the Gamecocks are. The other ten schools are Auburn, Cal, Florida, Florida State, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Southern Cal.
DB Chris Bivins of Gainesville, FL remains in touch with USC and wants to schedule an official visit with the Gamecocks. “I talked with Coach Spurrier Jr. thru e-mail,” Bivins said. “It’s been a while since I last talked to him on the phone.” Bivins has been committed to South Florida and said that is still holding. He’s also hearing from Iowa State, Kentucky, Florida and Arkansas. Bivins plays corner and is looking for his first interception of the season. “Nobody throws to my side,” he said. Bivins also plays receiver.
DL Carlos Watkins of Forest City, NC made an official visit to Florida over the weekend and the Gators made themselves even stronger contenders for him. “He really liked Florida,” said Chase High coach Daniel Bailey. “His mom and dad liked it. They really enjoyed themselves. He hung out with the guys and enjoyed the atmosphere. He really enjoyed himself.” Watkins still plans to announce his commitment on his Senior Night October 14th. Clemson and Florida are at the top of his list. “He said nothing to indicate he’s leaning one way or another,” Bailey said. “It’s still Florida and Clemson.” Watkins plans to take other official visits to Clemson, Nebraska, USC and Alabama according to his coach.
LB Nick Dawson (6-2 215) of Charlotte remains very interested in Clemson though he has slowed his recruiting process. “That’s where my heart was,” Dawson said of Clemson. “I still really like them.” He spoke with one of the Tiger coaches last night. Dawson was at the Clemson-Florida State game and plans to return to Death Valley later this season. “I haven’t scheduled my official visit yet but I’ll go to another game there,” he said. He attended the North Carolina-Rutgers contest and is showing interest in the Tar Heels as well as Louisville. Tennessee is showing some interest in the linebacker of late. As for favorites, Dawson does not have one. Through six games he has 72 tackles.
Hanahan WR Chris Brown is a Notre Dame commitment but is still looking at other options. One of those was Virginia Tech but his father said Sunday night the Hokies have come off their list. Joe Brown said their Virginia Tech recruiter contacted them Sunday to inform they that because of commitments they got over the weekend they wouldn’t be able to take Chris Brown unless he is will to wait until January. He is not according to Joe Brown. Since committing to Notre Dame two weeks ago, Joe Brown said his son has not had much contact with other schools. That includes USC. Joe Brown said he plans to contact Steve Spurrier Monday to see where the Gamecocks stand with his son. Joe Brown said he favors his son going to USC. “It depends on where South Carolina is as to whether I try to shake up Chris’ mind or accept his decision,” Joe Brown said. Chris Brown has been out since the second game with a broken collarbone. His dad said he should be back on the field in two weeks.
Class of 2013 LB Quinton Powell (6-2 195) of Daytona Beach has offers from USC, Florida and Miami and is hearing from Arkansas, Notre Dame and Tennessee. He has visited USC, Florida and Alabama. “I really liked South Carolina and Florida because they really feel like a family,” Powell said. “I am going to school to be a student so I really liked the commitment to academics at South Carolina. It’s nice. I think they’re an up and coming program.” He does not have any scheduled visits but plans a return trip to Columbia. Through three games, Powell is leading his team in sacks and had 20 total tackles. He does not have a favorite.
6-9 Brice Johnson of Edisto made his official visit to Florida over the weekend with his father and his AAU coach. It’s the third official visit Johnson has made following trips to North Carolina and NC State. “It was good, he enjoyed it,” said Johnson’s AAU coach Dion Bethea. “They went around and saw the academic people. He watched some of them (Florida players) work out. And we went to the game.” Bethea said Billy Donovan and his staff continue to make a strong push for Johnson. “They know that he’s a top priority, they really want to have him,” Bethea said. “Who wouldn’t?” Monday NC State recruiter Orlando Early was in for a visit and Donovan is due back in on Wednesday. Johnson set an official visit date with Clemson for an October 15th trip. That’s a weekend the Clemson football is actually out of town. He is also talking with USC about a date but nothing has been firmed up with the Gamecocks. Johnson is planning to make his decision later this month or in early November. . “It’s still up in the air,” Bethea said. “Nobody is leading.”
6-9 Tyrone Haughton of Miami has taken one official visit to USC and has nothing else scheduled at this point. He plans to set other visits with Alabama, Connecticut and Virginia Tech. Haughton said USC assistant Neill Berry is scheduled to visit him Tuesday or Wednesday. No other school is currently scheduled for a visit this week. Haughton said he’s not ready to make his decision. “I want to make other visits,” he said. “I want to see which school I like best. There’s no favorite.” Haughton said he’ll make his decision in early November.
Commitments according to DiamondProspects.com:
SCOTT PRICE OF USC SUMTER TENNESSEE
WESTON JACKSON INF EASTSIDE PRESBYTERIAN
MICHAEL HANZLIK RHP USC SUMTER COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON