Junior RB Marquez Grayson (6-1 195) of Lexington, NC has offers from Clemson, USC, Virginia, Virginia Tech, East Carolina and NC State with an offer likely to come soon from Tennessee according to coach Kwayu Graham. Grayson is receiving interest from several schools in the SEC, ACC, Big East and Big 10. He has USC and Clemson as his leaders with Virginia Tech just behind the Gamecocks and Tigers. “Clemson was the first to offer him and he has family in South Carolina close to Columbia,” Graham said. “He loves South Carolina and the university. Columbia is not too big but it’s big enough for him to have something to do. He also likes Clemson even though it’s smaller.” Grayson has attended games at the two schools and was happy with his experiences. “He’s been to games at most schools around the Southeast,” added his coach. Grayson has built good relationships with the coaches at Clemson and USC and likes the opportunities both schools offer academically. “He’s a quiet, humble kid that is looking at everything that college has to offer,” Graham said. “He is going to school to get a four-year degree.”
USC and Florida are the first two offers for junior OL Joshua Outlaw (6-4 280) of Lithonia, GA. Clemson, Georgia, Alabama and Miami are other schools showing interest early on. Outlaw says he has no early favorite. “I’m just taking it in stride,” Outlaw said. “I’m just getting some good off season work done and getting ready for next season.” Outlaw is a physical player with good feet. He’s projected as one of the pre-season top 11 players in Georgia next season.
USC appears totally out of the picture with former commitments and teammates Ian Baker and Carlos Morris of Jacksonville, FL. The pair was in Columbia this week for the Chick-Fil-A Classic and they told Bill Gunter of the BigSpur.com they do not plan to sign with the Gamecocks in the spring. The two said they do not even plan to take official visits with the Gamecocks. Baker is now hearing from Tennessee, Arkansas, Cleveland State and San Diego State, and Morris is hearing from Arkansas and Seton Hall. The two say they want to play together in college. They have not talked with USC since de-committing.