WR Ryan Jenkins (5-11 175) of Alpharetta, GA has offers from Clemson and Louisville with interest from Florida State, Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Oklahoma State, Georgia and Georgia Tech. He attended a Nike Sparq Combine over the weekend where he left with the second-highest rating. “I finished with a 122.88 rating and ran the fastest 40-time at the combine,” Jenkins said. He ran a 4.53. The combine tested participant’s vertical jump and shuttle time among other events. This off-season, Jenkins has attended four junior days. He was at Clemson, Auburn, Alabama and Tennessee. “That was my first time at Auburn and they make a good first impression,” he said. “I like coach (Gene) Chizik and his vision for the future of their program.” He admitted that Clemson has few surprises for him because of his frequency of visits. His brother is Martin Jenkins of the Tiger secondary. Jenkins will be at Clemson’s spring game and then plans to camp at Clemson, Georgia and Oklahoma State this summer. He is unsure if he will visit Louisville and says he has little interest in their program. Jenkins did not name a leader.
DL Jordan Hawkins (6-2 260) of Jacksonville has an offer from Southern Miss and is hearing from Clemson, South Florida, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Florida International. The Tigers continue to send him mail but he did say he has not spoken with anyone from Clemson recently. “I get a lot of mail about the program and I’m still very interested in them,” Hawkins said. “They haven’t sent me their spring schedule so I don’t know if I’ll visit this spring.” Hawkins expressed interest in attending camp at Clemson over the summer. His teammate, DB Jasper Sasser, has received an offer from the Tigers. “I was supposed to visit with him during football but something came up,” he said. He has attended a junior day at South Florida where he was very impressed. ‘It’s a beautiful campus and I love the city of Tampa,” he said. “I loved the coaching staff and the players. They all seem to be on the same page and I wouldn’t mind playing there.” He heads to Duke for a junior day in the near future. As a junior, he had 40 tackles, five sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He did not name a favorite.
2014 prospects TE Kevin Crosby Jr. and WR Aggadora Bowers of Bamberg-Ehrhardt were offered by Arizona Tuesday.
USC’s lone basketball signee for 2012, 6-9 Tyrone Haughton of Miami, is hoping Darrin Horn will be his coach in the fall. Haughton said he last heard from the staff about a week ago when he talked to assistant Neill Berry. He’s in the dark about Horn’s future with the Gamecocks. “I hope he’s staying because he’s a good man,” Haughton said. “I honestly don’t know (what’s going to happen).” Haughton does know one thing. He still wants to be a Gamecock. “I think I’ll stay with them because I like the town and everything,” he said. “My coach said stay with it and meet the new coach, and if you don’t like it, transfer. I plan to enroll and honor my letter of intent.” Haughton committed to the Gamecocks over offers from Alabama, Virginia Tech and Marshall. He was not sure about his stats from this season but though he averaged about 10 points and 9 rebounds per game.
6-5 Sindarius Thornwell of Lancaster will be the state’s top senior basketball prospect next season. He’s already sitting on 17 offers with more to come. Thornwell has had strong interest in USC and Clemson throughout the process. But with the possibility of USC ousting Darrin Horn as head coach, Thornwell will have to reassess things from a Gamecock standpoint. “If there was a change, that’s a hard question,” Thornwell said when asked how that would affect his view of USC. “Of course, I will still like them because they are in state and close to home. I think coach Horn is a good coach. He’s really not had the players he needs, but I think he’s a good coach. I like South Carolina.” And he also likes Clemson. “Coach Brownell has been doing a good job,” he said. “He’s a good coach.” Thornwell went to USC for the Ohio State game, and he was at Clemson for the USC game. He has no other visits planned but will go to Tennessee at some point. He said the Vols are recruiting him the hardest of all the schools right now. His offers include USC, Clemson, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Miami, Boston College, NC State, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Providence, Charlotte, Villanova, Tennessee State and Georgia Southern.