LB Jalen Stevens (6-3 215) of Goose Creek visited USC Saturday with teammates LB Gerald Turner and WR Tramel Terry. He enjoyed the trip. “I really liked everything about it,” Stevens said. “I was impressed with the coaches. They all knew who I was.” Stevens wants to play the spur position for the Gamecocks and said he spoke with coach Steve Spurrier about that. “He told me that they were going to wait until this summer to decide which position they were recruiting me to play,” he said. “He just encouraged me to keep working hard. I have a feeling they may offer me soon.” He also spoke with Jadeveon Clowney. “I couldn’t believe how big he was,” Stevens joked. “I’m 6-3 and I had to look up at him. He doesn’t have any body fat and is just put together. He was really cool…just a regular guy. He told me it didn’t matter how big you are, it’s how big your heart is.” Stevens will visit Georgia Tech February 18th and Clemson in March. He does not have any favorites but does like the Gamecocks, Tigers and Yellow Jackets. “I’m just waiting to see who offers me,” he said. “I want to go to the place that is going to give me the best chance academically and a shot at playing at the next level.”
QB Christian Hackenberg of Fork Union, VA makes his first junior day visit later this month when he goes to Penn State on the 18th. Hackenberg recently picked up offers from Penn State and South Florida. Hackenberg said he used to live in Pennsylvania but otherwise has no ties to Penn State. He also has offers from USC, Tennessee, Rutgers, Virginia, Alabama, Connecticut and Miami. This spring Hackenberg plans to visit USC, Miami, Alabama and Tennessee. He talked with Gamecock recruiter GA Mangus last Sunday. “He just wants to get me down there and see the campus,” said Hackenberg who continues to remain open about his decision. “When I get that gut feeling,” he said about when he wants to decide. “Ideally, this summer, but it comes down to that gut feeling and I’m positive about it.”
One of USC’s top offensive line targets for 2013 is Andy Dodd (6-4 310) of Lindale, GA. Dodd, who comes from the same program as USC lineman Kyle Harris, attended USC’s junior day last weekend. “He enjoyed his visit,” Pepperell High coach Jeff Shiflett said. “He liked the facilities and the school. He had a chance to visit with several players and he talked a lot to Harris. He enjoyed the staff and the atmosphere.” Dodd visited Alabama a couple of weekends ago and is going to Georgia Tech this weekend. USC is his only offer but his coach feels more are coming. Dodd lines up as a tight end but is used as an extra blocking tackle in a run oriented offense. Shifflett said he will be a pure offensive lineman in college. “He has real good feet and comes off the ball well and stays after it. He finishes his blocks. He’s a lot like Kyle Harris.” Dodd does not have any favorites.
QB Boeing Brown (6-4 218) of Brookfield, CT has received interest from several schools including USC and according to his father, favors the Gamecocks. “We went down there for a game and something just clicked,” his father Christopher said. “He loved everything about it. He loved the Horseshoe, the students and the friendliness of the people down there. He was recognized by several people walking to the stadium. That’s how serious they take football down there.” Brown will visit again in two weeks and then return during the spring. “We’re going to go down there in a couple of weeks to take a look around and to sit down with the coaches,” dad said. “We’ll go back during the spring for a couple of practices, maybe like a Friday and Saturday.” Auburn has starting showing a lot of interest in the Northeastern signal caller. “They told them they want to talk to him as much as they can and that they really like him a lot,” said his father. “Florida, Penn State, Michigan State, NC State and Wake Forest are some of the schools showing a lot of interest.” Other schools showing interest include Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Maryland, Kentucky and Vanderbilt. Brown has taken visits to Penn State, Wisconsin, Northwestern and Illinois among others with USC’s campus remaining his favorite. Brown continues to wait for his first offer. “He really wants that one from South Carolina and coach (G.A.) Mangus has asked us to be patient,” he said.
WR Tramel Terry (6-0 195) of Goose Creek visited USC Saturday with teammates LBs Jalen Stevens and Gerald Turner. “It went really well,” Terry said. “We got there early and just hung out with some players in the dorms. We’ve been there like 100 times so we know a lot about it but, this time, I sat down with the coaches to go over some film. They showed me how they would use me if I went there.” Terry said that USC is looking to use him as a “Percy Harvin-type” player. “They would line me up as a wide receiver, as a running back and in the wildcat sometimes,” he said. “I would do whatever they want me to do. I can play cornerback too.” Terry will visit Clemson March 3rd for a junior day. “I’m going to take my parents with me and we’re going to stop by USC so they can see the campus,” said Terry. “Then we’ll go to Clemson and they can see what it’s like up there.” He plans to visit Georgia Tech next Saturday with the same teammates. Terry does not have any favorites and says that Clemson and USC are very strong with him.