PK Nick St. Germain of Marietta, GA committed to USC Wednesday afternoon following an in home visit with Gamecock special teams coach John Butler. It was during that meeting St. Germain landed his offer from the Gamecocks and he quickly accepted. “It’s exciting,” St. Germain said shortly after committing. “I’m ready to get to work and get ready for the next level. This is step one.” Last season St. Germain was 11-17 on field goals with a long of 49 yards. His career best is 54 yards. Over the past two seasons he connected on 20 field goals and totaled 121 touchbacks on kickoffs. USC loses its kicker so St. Germain knows he has a chance to step in right away. “I’ve got a job I’ve got to do and I’m going to try to do the best I can,” he said. “I’m going to give it the best I can with no regrets.” St. Germain, who was recruited to USC by GA Mangus, is the 21st commitment for the Gamecocks’ 2012 class.
Presbyterian College has picked up football commitments from four offensive linemen. Committing to Harold Nichols’ Blue Hose were Sterling Jenkins and James Barnes, teammates at Georgia Military JC as well as Keenan High in Columbia; Austin Allen of Mt. Airy, GA; and Ryan Bristow of Greensboro, NC.
RB Todd Gurley of Tarboro, NC plans to visit North Carolina this Friday his coach told TigersNow.com of the Greenville News. Gurley will make his announcement a week from Friday his coach said. Gurley is choosing between Clemson, Georgia, North Carolina and NC State. His coach said Clemson and Georgia remain the top two for Gurley.
OL Jonathan McLaughlin of Mauldin was contacted by coaches from North Carolina Monday with a possible offer looming. “Their new offensive coordinator and offensive line coach called me yesterday and said they wanted to come down and see me this week,” McLaughlin said. “They told me they have my film and like me. They had a de-commitment and are interested in me.” McLaughlin has taken two unofficial visits to Chapel Hill and would welcome an offer. “If they offer, I’m still going to take my visits,” he said. “I’m not sure if they want to get me up there for an official visit or not.” The Mauldin prospect will take official visits to Marshall and East Carolina this month. He has those two schools, along with Wake Forest and UNC, as his top choices. McLaughlin did not name a leader.
LB Kaiwan Lewis of Hammonton, NJ will take his official visit to USC on January 13th and says, “I’m still committed to South Carolina.” The departure of former assistant head coach Ellis Johnson did concern Lewis, he confirmed, and has him curious as to whom will be the next linebacker coach for the Gamecocks. “I’ve talked to coach (G.A.) Mangus and (Lorenzo) Ward and they told me that would all be taken care of after the bowl (game),” Lewis said. He did watch the Capital One Bowl and was pleased with the play of the defense. As for his friend DB Elijah Shumate, who is set to announce Saturday, Lewis said, “He’ll make the right decision for him. There are a lot of teams that want him and I think he has probably made up his mind if he is committing Saturday. I’ve talked to him about coming to USC and he knows they want him-they would not have offered if they didn’t-but he has to make up his own mind.” He went on to say that he felt USC was in the mix despite a report that Notre Dame now leads for Shumate’s services.
DB Darius Curry (6-1 185) of Flowery Branch, GA competed at one of Clemson’s camps last summer and while he hasn’t gotten an offer from the Tigers, he does have their interest. “Coach Harbison told me at camp he’s going to be looking for me and see how I develop,” Curry said. “I want to take a closer look at Clemson.” Curry has offers from Oklahoma State, NC State and Tennessee, and Alabama also is showing interest. He also camped at Oklahoma State last season, and he went to games in Stillwater and at Alabama. He’s favoring the Cowboys right now but is not going to make a quick decision. “I’ll wait and see how everything goes,” Curry said. Playing corner last season, Curry said scouts like how he can match up with bigger receivers and can also help on run support.
Junior WR Dannon Cavil (6-5 210) of San Antonio has offers from Clemson and Baylor with interest from Texas A&M, LSU, Florida State, Oklahoma, Arkansas, UCLA, Southern Cal, Nebraska, Georgia Tech, Oregon and Oregon State among others. Cavil is familiar with coach Chad Morris and thinks highly of the Tigers offensive coordinator. “He is a genius,” Cavil said. “Clemson had C.J. Spiller and (Sammy) Watkins…two of the most explosive players I’ve ever seen. Coach Morris is a great coach.” He went on to say he plans to visit Clemson this summer, if possible. “I hear it’s beautiful out there,” he said. “If I can’t get out there this summer then I will definitely take one of my official visits there.” Cavil played in just two quarters this season after suffering a knee injury but had 21 receptions for 435 yards and six touchdowns in his sophomore campaign. He added 105 yards on five carries for three scores on the ground. He does not have any favorites.
Junior DE Daniel Garces (6-1 220) of Charlotte recently received a visit from USC offensive line coach Shawn Elliott at his school and is planning to attend a junior day in Columbia. “I talked to him and another coach that came with him,” Garces said. “I don’t know too much about South Carolina but, let’s face it, it’s every player’s dream to play at a high level SEC program.” Other programs showing interest in the defensive end are Clemson, Tennessee, Alabama, NC State and Georgia Tech. “I went on a visit to Clemson but I can’t really say I know too much about them,” he admitted. “I got there late and didn’t really get to learn to much about the program.” As for leaders, Garces named Tennessee and Alabama atop his list. “I went for a visit to Tennessee and they really treated me nicely,” he said. “They have a family atmosphere and made me feel welcome there. As for Alabama, they’re going to their second national championship game in three years. Who wouldn’t want to play for them?” Garces totaled nine sacks in his junior season. He plans to attend a game at Williams-Brice next season. No leader for the rising senior.