USC is expecting a large group of recruits to visit Saturday for the Florida game and two who plan to be there are uncommitted DL Jonathan Bullard of Shelby, NC and committed DB Rico McWilliams of Hampton, GA. Bullard has taken an official visit to Nebraska and is scheduled to visit Florida November 26th. He’s also been to Clemson for a game this season. Tennessee is the other school he’s considering. Bullard, who plans to make a decision in December, has not indicated a favorite. McWilliams committed to the Gamecocks in June and he remains firm with that commitment though he continues to hear from several schools. McWilliams said Vanderbilt, Nebraska, Purdue, Illinois, Kentucky and Arkansas continue to recruit him. However, at this point, he’s not planning to take any other visits.
LB Joseph Jackson (6-1 208) of Jacksonville, FL considers himself a solid commitment for North Carolina but still would like to take his five official visits. USC is one of the schools he is considering visiting. “They’ve built a pretty good pipeline to my school (First Coast),” Jackson said. “I still hear from them and they do have (Steve) Spurrier.” Other schools Jackson could visit include Notre Dame and Ole Miss though the news of Houston Nutt’s dismissal could change that. “It’s hard enough to get kids to come to your school and when you see an entire coaching staff could be leaving, it’s really tough,” he admitted. Jackson has 81 tackles, two interceptions, three sacks and two forced fumbles through eight games this season. He wanted to be clear that his commitment to the Tar Heels is strong.
OL Tyler Stasky of Wando will attend the Clemson-Wake Forest game this weekend and is looking forward to it. “They invited me up so I’m going to get up there and have a good time,” Stasky said. He has visited Clemson several times and remains hopeful of an offer. “Right now, nothing has changed,” he said. “My coach (Jimmy Noonan) told me to be patient because things pick up in December once the season is over. If they offer, that would be great but if I have to walk on, that’s what I’ll do.” Stasky is hearing from Charleston Southern and Liberty as well. He was at the Buccaneers game last weekend and is planning to take an official visit to Liberty. “I’ve got a lot going on right now so I am waiting until I have more time to take that visit,” Stasky said. Last week, he was named to the North-South All-Star game. Stasky did not name a favorite.
USC basketball commitments 6-1 Ian Baker and 6-5 Carlos Morris, teammates from Jacksonville, FL, will not sign with the Gamecocks during the early signing period which begins Wednesday. Baker confirmed that decision Tuesday night. “We talked about it and we just want to make sure we’re making the right choice,” Baker said. “We’re still committed to the program. We just needed to take our time with it.” Baker said no rival recruiters said anything to lead them to put signing on hold; it was something he and Morris decided to do on their own. The two plan to take official visits to USC but have not scheduled those trips. Baker said Gamecock head coach Darrin Horn has been informed of their decision. “I can’t tell if they are upset or not,” he said. “But they understand.” A source indicated Tuesday night the players are firmly committed to the Gamecocks, and a major part of the reason for not signing early is that players from Arlington Country Day traditionally do not sign during the early period. Baker and Morris committed to the Gamecocks August 23rd. Baker also had offers at that time from Miami, Providence, Tennessee and Marshall. Morris’ other offers were Arkansas, Cincinnati, South Florida, Seton Hall, Miami, Georgia, Providence and James Madison. USC will sign 6-9 Tyrone Haughton of Miami Wednesday. Haughton confirmed his plans to sign Tuesday night.
Clemson men: 6-7 Jaron Blossomgame of Alpharetta, GA, 6-0 Jordan Roper of Irmo, 6-2 Adonis Filer of Chicago, 6-8 Josh Smith of Charlotte and 6-11 Landry Nnoko of Cameroon.
Clemson women: 6-2 Jonquel Jones of Upper Marlboro, MD, 5-9 Danaejah Grant of Piscataway, NJ, 6-4 Kayla Montgomery of Powder Springs, GA, 6-3 Nyilah Jamison-Myers of Orangeburg-Wilkinson, and 5-7 Aisha Turner of College Park GA.
USC men: 6-10 Tyrone Haughton of Miami
USC women: 5-11 Asia Dozier of Spring Valley, 5-10 Tiffany Mitchell of Charlotte and 5-8 Tiffany Davis of Houston.
Furman: 6-8 Kevin Chuisseu of Cameroon, 6-9 Kendrec Ferrara of Cape Coral, FL and 6-4 Larry Wideman of Loris.
College of Charleston: 6-5 Canyon Barry of Colorado Springs, CO.
The Citadel: 6-6 Matthew Van Scyoc of Green Lake, WI and 6-2 Raemond Robinson of Goose Creek.
Newberry: 6-6 Coshocton, OH