RB TJ Gurley of Tarboro, NC will announce his college destination Friday at 1:00 PM at his school, and the choice is down to Clemson, Georgia and NC State. Tarboro coach Jeff Craddock said Monday Gurley is not going to visit North Carolina, and because of that, and because he’s never met new head coach Larry Fedora, he does not believe the Tar Heels factor into the decision any longer. “I’m guessing they are not high on his list,” Craddock said. Gurley did take official visits to the other three and each has an appeal to Gurley. “NC State is closer to home but he likes Georgia and Clemson tremendously,” the coach said. “He likes that Georgia in the SEC, and he likes Clemson’s atmosphere. He likes all the coaching staffs. He has three great choices. It depends on if he wants to stay closer to home or play in the ACC or the SEC.” Craddock does not expect any more in person meetings between Gurley and recruiters before Friday’s announcement.
RB Mike Davis of Stone Mountain, GA has set January 31st for his announcement date. But he said Monday it might happen before then. “I’m so ready for this recruiting thing to be over,” Davis said. “I might commit before January 31st.” Davis said he did not have another date in mind right now. Davis had a meeting with USC recruiter Lorenzo Ward Saturday night in San Antonio following the US Army All American Game. “It went good,” Davis said of the meeting. “We talked about my visit there coming up.” Davis will make his official visit to USC this coming weekend. It will be his first time on the campus. Davis has said he has already made up his mind on his school and he reaffirmed Sunday night that is still the case. A source has said Davis made his choice between USC and Georgia. He is also scheduled for official visits to Georgia and Clemson the final two weekends of the month and he said he will take them. He has taken official visits to Tennessee and Florida State
Gaffney coach Dan Jones said Monday receiver Quinshad Davis will take an official visit to North Carolina. The Tar Heels made Davis an offer last week. Jones was not certain of the date but plans to meet with Davis later today. Davis is scheduled to visit Wake Forest this coming weekend and Jones said he expects that visit to take place. He said he’s not sure about the status of the Tennessee visit January 21, and Jones said Ole Miss has come off the list. Davis was scheduled to visit Oxford January 28th. As for USC, Jones said it’s his understanding Davis has a firm, committable offer for the 2012 class from the Gamecocks. That situation was not clear on Thursday when Gamecock recruiter Shawn Elliott visited with Davis. Jones said apparently there’s been further contact from the Gamecocks to clarify that offer.
A few years ago SC State coach Buddy Pough landed Shrine Bowl quarterback Malcolm Long who went to to become one of the most prolific passers in Bulldog history. Pough has gone back to Gaffney for another Shrine Bowl quarterback. Indians coach Dan Jones said his quarterback Joey Copeland has committed to the Bulldogs. Copeland was a Shrine Bowl quarterback this season after passing for 4156 yards and 44 touchdowns. He also rushed for 603 yards and 26 touchdowns. Copeland is the second Upstate quarterback to commit to the Bulldogs. Pough also has picked up Adrian Kollock of Spartanburg High School.
Less than a week after announcing a de-commitment from Ole Miss, RB I’Tavius Mathers of Murfreesboro, TN is back on the Rebels’ commitment list. Mathers re-pledged to Ole Miss after meeting with recruiter Derrick Nix Saturday night. USC was one of the schools recruiting Mathers and was in line for an official visit had he stayed on the market.
DB Ronald Darby of Potomac, MD announced Sunday he has de-committed from Notre Dame. He had been committed to the Irish since April. Darby is still considering Notre Dame but is also looking hard at Clemson, Florida State, Auburn and LSU. Darby is scheduled for an official visit to Clemson this coming weekend. He has taken official visits to Notre Dame, Maryland and Auburn. He’s also looking at Florida and Southern Cal.
USC and Clemson will have their major official visit weekend of the month this coming weekend. All of the committed players who have not made official visits are scheduled to do so. The only non-committed prospect scheduled to visit at this point is RB Mike Davis. Clemson is scheduled for three official visits this weekend from uncommitted prospects. LB Cassanova McKinzy of Birmingham has been an Auburn commitment but is taking other visits. He is scheduled to visit Florida State next weekend. DE Kenderius Whitehead of Atlanta has visited North Carolina, NC State and Georgia. And DB Ronald Darby of Potomac, MD has been a Notre Dame commitment but has also visited Auburn and is scheduled to visit Southern Cal next weekend.
From ESPN.om: Eddie Goldman’s travel days could be over. The five-star defensive tackle from Washington (D.C.) Friendship likely won’t take his fifth and final official visit, according to his mother, Sharon Davis. However, the family will re-evaluate that decision later this week. There had been rumblings last week leading up to the Under Armour All-America Game that Goldman would take an official visit to Clemson this weekend, but that probably isn’t the case now, Davis said.