DB Eli Shumate of Ramsey, NJ made his official visit to USC over the weekend with his father and the visit further enhanced the Gamecocks’ chances with him. “I really enjoyed it, had a lot of fun,” Shumate said. “The coaches and players showed me a good time. I got to see the game atmosphere. We sat over in the student section. All of the players got nicknames and after they make a play they call it out.” Shumate also met with Coach Jeep Hunter who would be his position coach if he chose USC. “We discussed a lot about football and what I would be playing if I were to come there,” Shumate said. He also spent time with Steve Spurrier. “Coach Spurrier is a cool guy, real funny and down to earth,” he said. “He seems like he’s honest, straight forward, and he’s a winner.” And Shumate said he wasn’t the only one to have a good time on the visit. “My dad loved it,” he said. “He had a great time. He loved it just as much as I did.” Despite all the good feelings on the visit, Shumate said he does not have a favorite at this point. He wants to take official visits to Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Georgia. He will take an unofficial visit to Rutgers December 9th. Shumate’s plan is to announce his decision at the Army All American Game.
RB Keith Marshall of Raleigh continued his official visits over the weekend with a stop at Clemson. He’s also been to Georgia, Notre Dame and Florida officially and will visit USC for the Clemson weekend. “It was a good visit, he had a good time,” said Marshall’s Coach Clarence Inscore. “A team finally won when he went to watch them. He was 0-3. He said it was a great atmosphere there. And his parents enjoyed the fact it’s kind of close by. He enjoyed the whole college feel.” Marshall has his list down to his five official visits and North Carolina. “All are still in it,” said his coach. “After he visits in two weeks, he’ll try and make a decision around the first week of December. We’ll have a news conference at the school.” Coach Inscore said Marshall has given him no indication of a favorite.
LB Keith Brown of Miami will not take another visit to Clemson but says, “They are still under heavy consideration.” Brown took an official visit to Tigertown the weekend of the Florida State game and was hoping to make a return trip. “I wanted to go up for a home game with my parents,” he said. “I couldn’t make it this weekend and it was their last game at home.” Brown made an official visit to Illinois this past weekend. His other official visits have been to Purdue and South Florida. He’s not decided on his fifth visit. Other schools the South Florida product is considering include Arkansas, LSU and Georgia. He has been committed to Miami and said he remains so.
WR Tramel Terry of Goose Creek picked up an offer from Tennessee last week, his 15th. “I went up for the USC game and it was real nice,” Terry said. “They’ve got a lot of money up there. They already have a really nice indoor facility and they’re building another one. I had a good time.” Terry has reopened his recruitment after de-committing from Georgia and was back in Athens this past weekend for the Auburn game. “I had a great time,” he said. “It was a good game on the Bulldog side.” He says USC, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and Virginia Tech are showing the most interest right now though he does not have a list of favorites. “I want to get my stuff together and focus on the right things before I start looking at any school,” Terry said. “I’m interested in all of them.” He plans to be in attendance for the USC-Clemson game in two weeks and says that will be his last game this season. He has been to games at USC, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Virginia Tech in recent weeks and does not have a favorite.
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