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DB Chaz Elder of College Park, GA will make an unofficial visit to USC Saturday for the Florida game. It will mark his first visit to USC this season. Elder plans to return for his official visit either for the Clemson game or a weekend after that. Elder is still considering Georgia and Vanderbilt as well but USC continues to lead. “Nothing has changed about who is out front,” said Elder’s assistant coach Ryan Andrews. Elder talks to Gamecock recruiter Lorenzo Ward on a weekly basis. He was recently selected for the Under-Armour game January 5th and that would be the latest he would wait to make his announcement.
OL D.J. Reader of Greensboro, NC took his first official visit this weekend to Maryland. “It went really well,” Reader said. “I like the coaching staff and the players. They are really improving their facilities and the campus is really nice.” Reader has Clemson, Maryland and North Carolina as his top three schools in no order. He will visit the Tigers and Tar Heels in January. “I’m only taking those three visits, so it’ll come down to those schools,” he said. For the Tigers and Tar Heels, Reader likes the coaches and the academics adding, “Anywhere you go in the ACC, you’re going to get good academics.” Reader will not take any unofficial visits and does not have a leader.
USC commitments Kelvin Rainey and Kwinton Smith made official visits over the weekend to Arkansas and Florida respectively. Both remain committed to the Gamecocks.
Class of 2013 DE Demarcus Walker (6-4 255) of Jacksonville, FL has offers from Clemson, USC, Southern Miss and Mississippi State according to coach Adam Geis. Walker spent two-an-a-half days at a Clemson camp last summer and fell in love with the Tigers. “He really loved everything about it,” Geis said. “He loved the coaches, the campus…everything.” Walker was at a one-day camp at USC and is also showing interest in the Gamecocks. “He didn’t spend as much time there so he hasn’t seen as much,” said Geis. “I promised to take him up there this summer for a few days so he can get a better look.” Coach Geis said that Walker really likes Dabo Swinney and Jeff Scott. “They’re just great people and the fact that they’re winning doesn’t hurt,” he said. “Coach Spurrier’s name speaks for itself.” Walker is receiving interest from schools across the country and coach Geis expects offers from Florida and Florida State in the near future. No favorites for the defensive end.
USC Sunday picked up a commitment for the 2012 class from a member of one of baseball’s First Families. 1B Ryan Ripken (6-3 175) of Baltimore, son of former Orioles great Cal Ripken Jr., committed to the Gamecocks after completing a visit to Columbia. Ripken is a lefthanded hitter who also considered Maryland, Boston College and Wake Forest. Ripken’s dad was heavily involved in his decision making process and actually made two visits to Columbia with his son.