Highly touted RB Keith Marshall of Raleigh wrapped up his official visits over the weekend with a trip to USC. Marshall arrived in Columbia Saturday morning. “We toured the facilities, ate lunch with Marcus Lattimore and coach (Jay) Graham, and then went to the game,” Marshall said. “After the game I hung out with the players.” Sunday, Marshall said he met with the academic people and was given a tour. He also met with head coach Steve Spurrier. Marshall took his other official visits to Clemson, Notre Dame, Florida and Georgia. He said he’s expecting coaches from Clemson, USC, Florida and Georgia to visit him before his December 6th announcement. Marshall said he would not trim his list before he makes his announcement at his school at a time to be determined. He said he did not have a favorite.
DB Jordan Diggs of Fort Myers, FL made his official visit to USC over the weekend and he was definitely impressed with all he witnessed. “The visit was everything I expected it to be,” Diggs said. “I give it an A. I got a chance to get answers to all the questions I had. I met with the coaches, talked to coach (Ellis) Johnson and coach (Steve) Spurrier. I definitely felt like it was a fit for me. The atmosphere was crazy. It was awesome. And to see the defense play at a peak performance, to hold Sammy Watkins and not let him get in the end zone, I definitely will take that back to Fort Myers with me.” Diggs is being recruited strictly for the Spur position and kept a close watch on current Spur Antonio Allen during the game. “Watching the Spur position, the things that position requires, the tools, I feel it’s a great fit for me,” he said. Diggs was joined on the visit by his mother and the two toured the campus, including a stop at the president’s home on the Horseshoe. “I met the president of the university,” Diggs said. “We walked thru his house, saw his backyard and his Mini-Cooper. It’s a very loving atmosphere, southern hospitality. My mom loved the Dodie. And the university has my major, journalism.” The visit was the fifth for Diggs who previously made stops at Nebraska, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Michigan State. “South Carolina stacks up well,” he said. “I can see definitely see myself playing at this university and doing great thing. They are young and they are bringing in a good class. Carolina football is going to be great in years to come.” Diggs remains undecided with all five schools still in the mix. He will narrow his decision down closer to the Army All American Game and announce during that contest. This week coaches from Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Nebraska are scheduled to visit with him. He’s expecting a visit from Steve Spurrier within a couple of weeks.
DB Chaz Elder of Atlanta made his official visit to USC over the weekend along with his parents, sister and niece. Elder had visited USC unofficially for the Florida game but got a chance to check things out a little more closely this weekend. “I really enjoyed the game,” Elder said. “I didn’t expect it to be that loud. I watched (Stephon) Gilmore. I kind of like the defense, it played pretty good.” Elder got another look at the campus and met up with Steve Spurrier Sunday. “It was a good visit,” he said. “Things are still the same. I’ll announce at the Under Armour Game. USC is still out front. The visit did help them.” Elder will also take an official visit to Georgia in December and might take a visit to Vanderbilt. He said he does not plan to tell anyone of his decision until he makes the announcement in January.
USC still has some work to do to keep the commitment of TE Kelvin Rainey of Yulee, FL secure. “It would be about an eight,” on a scale of ten Rainey said of his commitment strength. “I’m still with South Carolina. It’s still strong. I’m still committed but I’m still looking at Arkansas.” Rainey took official visits to both schools earlier in the month. Saturday he stayed home and watched the USC game on TV. “They are trying to get the passing rotation down so they don’t have to run so much,” he said. “The passing attack looked good.” It’s the passing game that’s the strong attraction for him to Arkansas. “Their passing game is on point,” he said. “They look to pass first and I like that.” Rainey will graduate in December and does not have a timetable for making an absolute decision. He’s expecting a visit from USC recruiter Steve Spurrier Jr. this coming week.
Junior WR Tramel Terry of Goose Creek traveled to Columbia Saturday with teammate, LB Gerald Turner, for the USC-Clemson game. Both prospects had a good time. “It was a killer atmosphere,” Terry said. “The fans were really in to it. It was a good game for Carolina.” Terry did not have an opportunity to talk with any of the coaches from either team. “We kind of arrived a little late and left with about two minutes to go to beat the traffic,” he said. The two schools are high on the junior’s list. He named USC, Clemson, Alabama and Georgia as schools of high interest. “Those are the schools that are most on my mind right now,” he said. “They’re the ones recruiting me the hardest.” He is planning return visits to USC and Clemson during the basketball season and does not have a favorite.
Class of 2013 LB Gerald Turner (6-2 245) of Goose Creek has offers from USC and Clemson. Georgia, North Carolina, NC State, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Florida and Virginia are showing interest in him among others. Turner made the trip to Williams-Brice Saturday with teammate WR Tramel Terry for the USC-Clemson game. “It was pretty awesome,” Turner said. “The atmosphere reminded me of the LSU-Alabama game. That’s what it felt like to me.” Other games the linebacker has attended this season include the Wofford and Florida State games at Clemson, UNC-Virginia and Tennessee-USC. As for Clemson and USC he said, “Both schools treat me like family. I like them both.” He went on to say that he is a little more familiar with USC. “I’ve been up there and seen the campus. Coach (Steve) Spurrier, Jr. took us around. Their stadium is a little bigger so the atmosphere is different. I need to get to Clemson so I can see their campus more.” Turner likes the two schools and does not have a favorite. ‘I don’t want to go too far from home because I want my family to be able to come and see me,” he added.
Junior QB Boeing Brown of Brookfield, CT capped off a trip to the South Saturday with an unofficial visit to USC. He visited Wake Forest, Duke and NC State as he made his way down to Columbia. His visit with the Gamecocks made a big impression. “It was awesome, like no experience ever before,” Brown said. “I felt like I was home. I liked the campus, the Horseshoe. And the Christian spirit, that’s what I fell in love with.” Brown said he met twice with quarterbacks coach GA Mangus, both before and after the game. “Coach Mangus was very honest,” Brown said. “All the coaches were very sincere. Coach Mangus plans to come up in January or in April. He’s looking at about seven 2013 guys. I’m in their top tier. I think he likes the fact I’m a true 6-3. I feel very confident about him. I told him this is where I want to be, but I’m not going to close the doors to anyone. But this would be my first choice.” Brown is also getting interest from Penn State, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Illinois, Northwestern, Connecticut, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt and Ole Miss. This season he passed for over 1400 yards and 13 touchdowns, and he rushed for over 400 yards.