USC head coach Steve Spurrier and assistant Steve Spurrier Jr. visited Goose Creek High School Wednesday to check in on the large number of prospects in Chuck Reedy’s program. The Gamecocks remain strongly interested in fullback Virgil Smalls who is in Spartanburg with the Shrine Bowl team. Reedy has said Smalls probably will have to go to a junior college next fall and USC would like to be the school to place him. The Gamecock coaches also checked on 2013 prospects WR Tramel Terry, DE DeShawn Evans, LB Jalen Stevens and LB Gerald Turner.
RB Mike Davis of Atlanta had an in home visit with Clemson Tuesday night. The Tigers offered Davis last week after missing out on RB Keith Marshall. Prior to that offer, Davis said he wasn’t giving Clemson consideration despite the fact he’s the brother of former Tiger running back James Davis. USC and Tennessee also have been in for home visits with Davis and he’s expecting a visit from Miami. Davis was once committed to Florida but is no longer considering the Gators. Davis does not plan to announce his decision until Signing Day.
USC has lost two members of its secondary with the decisions of Corey Addison and Martay Mattox to transfer. The Gamecocks might try to fill one of those spots with ATH Chris Moody of McDonough, GA. USC recruiter Lorenzo Ward talked to Moody last week and will visit him this week. Moody played quarterback and safety for his high school team. He rushed for a school record 264 yards in a playoff game. Mississippi State, Memphis and NC State have been three of his top schools. He has a visit to NC State scheduled for January 21st.
DL DJ Reader of Greensboro, NC is playing on the offensive line this week at the Shrine Bowl. He knows his future in college, however, will be on the defensive line. Reader has narrowed his decision to Clemson, North Carolina and Maryland and he feels good about each one. “I’ve had a relationship with all three of those schools all the time,” Reader said Tuesday afternoon. “They were the first few schools to offer me. Everything is going really well.” Reader took his official visit to Maryland in November. He will go to Clemson January 21st and to North Carolina the week after that. Reader said there is no leader at this point. “Everybody is kind of even still,” he said. As for Clemson, Reader said there are several attractions there for him. “It’s a young coaching staff and they are bringing in a lot of young players,” Reader said. “The defensive line is losing a lot of good players and there’s an opportunity for early playing time.” Reader also said he has a relationship with former Clemson star and current administration Jeff Davis who played high school football with his uncle. Reader said he won’t make his decision until after his last official visit and might wait until Signing Day. Reader also is a baseball prospect as a first baseman and pitcher and added that baseball will be big factor in his decision.
Junior QB Carlis Parker (6-4 185) of Statesville, NC has offers from USC, North Carolina, Duke, East Carolina, Wake Forest, NC State and Virginia Tech with interest from Clemson, Notre Dame, Florida and Florida State among others. He is showing a lot of interest in the Gamecocks according to coach Randall Gusler. “He really likes Steve Spurrier as a quarterback coach,” Gusler said. “He went down to a game last year with one of my assistants.” Parker is also showing interest in the Tigers after attending a game this past season. “He likes Clemson as well,” his coach said. “To be honest, he likes a lot of schools but doesn’t really like one more than the other.” Parker started the final four games of his freshman season and threw for over 1800 yards rushing for another 1200 in his sophomore campaign. He missed his junior season suffering a knee injury in his ninth play from scrimmage in their opener. He does not have a favorite.
Junior LB Buddy Brown (6-2 210) of Williamstown, NJ is garnering interest from USC and may visit the Gamecocks in the near future. “I am trying to get down there to see one of their bowl practices,” Brown said. “I was down there over the summer for the showcase camp and I really liked it. It’s a nice area with great facilities and the people are really nice.” Brown was most impressed with the direction of the program. “I like that they have goals in mind and have a plan in place to win a national championship,” he said. He has offers from Virginia, West Virginia, Penn State and Rutgers and is receiving interest from USC, Michigan State, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Georgia Tech among others. Other schools he would like to visit include Michigan State and Wisconsin. “I’m going to go to Rutgers for junior day and then I want to visit the Georgia schools and the Florida schools in the spring,” Brown said. He does not have any favorites but did say he plans to narrow his list to 12 early next year. “I want to really start focusing on the schools I’m most interested in because I’d like to commit before next season,” he said. As a junior, Brown totaled over 80 tackles, three forced fumbles and seven sacks.