Former Clemson running back James Davis never made an official visit to USC when he was being recruited. He did visit Columbia twice with his Tiger football team and apparently enjoyed himself. He rushed for 145 yards in 2005 and 122 yards in 2007, both Clemson victories at Williams-Brice Stadium. Davis is coming back to Columbia this weekend, tagging along with his little brother Mike on his official visit to USC. He will be the only family member joining Mike, also a running back who is also going to visit Georgia and Clemson before announcing his decision on Signing Day. He has visited Tennessee and Florida State. As for what James plans to wear on the visit…”I’m wearing my Clemson gear. Sorry, I bleed.” Mike Davis will be the only uncommitted player to visit USC this weekend.
Gaffney WR Quinshad Davis will stick with his previously scheduled visit to Wake Forest this weekend according to Indians coach Dan Jones. USC has been talking to Davis about coming to Columbia this weekend. Davis also has official visits scheduled for Tennessee and North Carolina the next two weekends. Jones said Davis is trying to reverse those so he can go to North Carolina next. It is not a given Davis will make an official visit to USC. He has made four unofficial visits there. Jones also said Notre Dame called to see if Davis would be interested. The coach checked and Davis said no because of the distance. “That’s why he eliminated Ole Miss,” Jones said. “It’s too far. He wants his mom to be able to see him play.” One side note to Davis’ recruiting….his Wake Forest recruiter is Lonnie Galloway who is also a coach of interest to USC for its running back position job.
LB Cassanova McKinzy of Birmingham is an Auburn commit but says he’s still open about a final decision and will look hard at Clemson. “I’ve always been interested in Clemson,” McKinzy said. “I’ve always loved how aggressive their defense has been. They like to send their linebackers.” McKinzy was at Clemson for the Florida State game and followed the Tigers throughout the season. He was impressed by Sammy Watkins and his success as a freshman. “Sammy Watkins is a big attraction because he’s done so well so young,” McKinzy said. He plans to take official visits to Clemson and Florida State January 21st and 28th respectively. This Saturday he’ll make an unofficial visit to Auburn. He took his official visit there in December. “I have opened things back up and will look hard at Clemson and Florida State,” said McKinzy who won’t announce until Signing Day.
Junior DL Michael Hill (6-3 315) of Pendleton has offers from USC and Clemson with attention coming from every SEC school according to his coach Paul Sutherland. Hill has attended games at Clemson and USC with the two in-state schools battling for his services. “I got a text saying for him to expect offers from Florida and Auburn very soon but to tell you the truth, I’d be surprised if he doesn’t go to one of the in-state schools,” Sutherland said. “I will tell you this, he does have family in Georgia and I’m getting ready to contact UGA and Georgia Tech. We’ll be visiting both of those schools.” Hill is only 16-years-old but plays but has the body of an older player according to Sutherland. “He has great feet,” said his coach. “With his size, you expect him to plug the holes. He can do that but he can also get off the block and make the tackle. He had 25 tackles for loss this year.” Hill had over 90 tackles in all. “His strength is his biggest asset. He is parallel-squatting 550 pounds,” he added. Hill is not close to a decision. “He likes both schools,” Sutherland said. “I really don’t think he is leaning one way or the other.”
Junior ATH Mykal Moody (5-11 185) of Conway is not sure if he has offers but is receiving interest from Clemson, USC, Alabama, Auburn, North Carolina, NC State, Oregon, Missouri and Georgia Tech among others. “My coach doesn’t really tell us about offers because he wants us to stay hungry,” Moody said. “I’ve talked to Steve Spurrier, Jr. from South Carolina and Danny Pearman from Clemson though. They’re telling me about the same thing. They say I can come in and play a lot of different positions and help the team because of my skill sets.” The two schools are on his radar. “They’re both close to home,” he said. “I love Clemson’s offense. It’s similar to the one we run at my school. South Carolina has a great program and a great defense. I think I could help them out on either side of the ball.” Moody does not have any favorites but did mention one school that does interest him. “I do like Oregon a lot,” he said. “I’m going to talk to my coach about visiting them.” He will visit Clemson on January 27th and USC in February. He also plans to visit NC State and Georgia Tech. Moody played quarterback this past season throwing for 1600 yards and rushing for another 1500. He threw 20 touchdown passes and rushed for 27 scores.