WR Jody Fuller of Monroe, NC is committed to USC but plans to visit other schools. “I’m still strong with the Gamecocks,” Fuller said. “I just want to visit other schools.” Two of those schools are Tennessee and Illinois. “I’m still waiting on the guy from Tennessee to get back to me and I think I’m going to Illinois in December, but I don’t really know yet,” he said. He will take his official visit to Columbia on November 12th when the Gators visit the Gamecocks. “I’m looking forward to getting on campus next year,” Fuller added. Another school he is considering visiting is South Florida. Through 10 games, the wide out has 50 receptions for 625 yards and nine touchdowns through the air. He has combined for six more scores on the ground and on special teams.
Junior QB Boeing Brown of Brookfield, CT is drawing the attention of several major programs at this point including USC. Brown plans to make a trip to Columbia to see the Gamecocks play Florida. “I have really enjoyed the communication with Coach Mangus,” Brown said. “I can tell he and I can and will work great together. He informed me I am high on his list and will visit during the off-season. I really like Coach Mangus and Coach Spurrier. I love their offense and hope to become their quarterback.” USC has not yet offered Brown but is giving him a serious evaluation. He’s also getting interest from Connecticut, Vanderbilt, Illinois, NC State, Michigan State, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Indiana, North Carolina, Duke, Florida, Maryland and others. This season Brown has over 1200 passing yards and 10 touchdowns and has rushed for 200 yards. He’s also played some safety and has two interceptions. His trip to USC later this month will be his first to the school. “I am looking forward to visiting USC,” he said. “The Gamecock fans have been amazing and all supportive. I am friends with man great Carolina folks, including Miss Teen South Carolina and her family. They are huge Gamecock supporters and are encouraging me to become a Gamecock.” Brown said he will be in the O-D All American Bowl in Dallas December 31st, and he’s made the USA Football U19 Team which will play in the USA vs The World Games in June.
WR Chris Brown of Hanahan is committed to Notre Dame but continues to hear from USC. He had considered a visit to Columbia but has decided against it. “They keep calling me and showing a lot of interest,” Brown admitted. “I’m good with Notre Dame. I’ don’t think I’ll take any other visits.” He acknowledged that the Irish do not like their commits to visit other schools. Brown had 107 yards receiving for two touchdowns and returned a kick for another score last Friday,
OL Jonathan McLaughlin of Mauldin is nearing a decision. Wake Forest and East Carolina are his top two schools. This weekend, McLaughlin visited North Carolina. “I grew up a North Carolina fan but they have already filled up at my position,” he said. “I just went to look around. They told me if something happens with one of two guys, they could offer me. Right now, my focus is on two schools-Wake Forest and ECU.” McLaughlin has made several trips to Wake Forest and is planning an official visit to East Carolina. “I could take one to Wake Forest too but I’ve already been there many times,” McLaughlin said. He plans to make a commitment within the next month. The Pirates and Deacons are even for the Upstate product.
DB Jordan Diggs of Cape Coral, FL will reschedule his official visit to USC that was planned for the Florida game. “It’s homecoming weekend for me so I’m waiting for coach (G.A.) Mangus to call me so we can talk about it,” Diggs said. “I’d like to go to the Clemson game. That would be really exciting.” Diggs will head to Tennessee this weekend for an official visit and has already been to Nebraska and Vanderbilt. “I’m going to wait to take all my visits and then I’ll be ready to make a decision,” he said. He is still not sure of where he will take his fifth visit. Diggs does not have a leader.
Greer LB Adam Ah Ching is having another standout season with 155 total tackles and 6 sacks. And USC apparently has taken notice. Ah Ching said he’s hearing from Gamecock recruiter Shawn Elliott. The two talked a couple of weeks ago. “He said he likes my film and they want to evaluate me some more,” Ah Ching said. “He wants me to come in for a game.” No date for a visit has been set. Ah Ching was in Atlanta Saturday for the Georgia Tech-Clemson game. “It was awesome,” he said. “I loved it.” He also has been to games at Duke and Wake Forest. Ah Ching said he has firm, committable offers from Utah, BYU, Colorado and Georgia Tech. He’s also hearing from Arizona, Washington and Oregon State. He has not scheduled any official visits and does not have a favorite.
Junior LB Larenz Bryant (6-1 210) of Charlotte already holds an offer from USC and is drawing strong interest from Clemson. Bryant lived on John’s Island until moving to Charlotte at the age of seven, so he has some affection for the Gamecocks and Tigers. “I watched South Carolina a lot,” he said. He plans to attend the Clemson-USC game next month. He’s not been to any games so far this season but also wants to get to a Georgia game. Bryant also has offers from Illinois, NC State, Virginia and Duke. He’s also hearing from Alabama, Georgia, Oregon, Penn State, Notre Dame, Florida, Purdue, Vanderbilt, North Carolina and Georgia Tech. Bryant does not have a favorite but has a top four of USC, Clemson, Georgia and Illinois. The Illini were the first to offer followed by USC. As a sophomore Bryant made 56 tackles with 16 for loss.
6-9 Tyrone Haughton of Miami became USC’s third commitment for the 2012 class Tuesday when he contacted assistant coach Neill Berry and made his pledge to the Gamecocks. Haughton picked USC over offers from Connecticut, Alabama, Virginia Tech and Marshall. USC was his only official visit and that took place in September. “I feel like I fit in,” Haughton said. “I love their team, the school, every single thing about them.” Haughton can play the five or the four. He says the best part of his game is dunking though he can face up and he does have a nice hook shot. “I’m a physical player,” he said. “I play hard every single game. I’m always going to be ready.” Haughton joins point guard Ian Baker and shooting guard Carlos Morris in USC’s 2012 class to sign next week. He knows the program is going through a transition period where little is expected. He hopes to be, along with his fellow recruits, a part of a positive change for the program. “I feel like we are going to do a lot and help out the program a lot,” Haughton said. For now, Haughton says he’s just glad the recruiting process is over. “I felt like I was carrying bricks on my back and climbing up a mountain,” he said. “I feel relieved.”
Clemson PG target Adonis Filer of Fitchburg, MA remains up in the air with his final four teams of Clemson, Utah, Tennessee and Purdue. But he remains on target to make a decision between November 22nd and 24th. He will not sign during the early signing period. “I’m just waiting right now,” Filer said. He has taken official visits to Clemson, Utah and Tennessee and is unsure if he’ll visit Purdue. Clemson recruiter Rick Ray visited with Filer last Tuesday. He’s the only coach to be in recently but Filer has been in contact with his other recruiters. Filer says he doesn’t have a favorite at this point. “No one has moved ahead,” he said. As for the primary factor in deciding on his school, Filer said simply: “Where I feel more comfortable.”
RHP Hunter Rice (5-8 193) of Spartanburg Methodist College has committed to USC for the 2012 class. Working from the bullpen, Rice made 15 appearances last season and was 2-1 with a 3.10 ERA and 5 saves. He struck out 23 in 20 innings and opponents batted .203 against him. Rice is considered to be a closer with a fastball in the upper 80s to low 90s and a power slider. Rice attended Boiling Springs High School.