WR/DB Jasper Sasser of Jacksonville, FL will attend USC’s junior day Saturday and he says there’s a 50-50 chance he will commit while in Columbia. Sasser said this is his first visit of the spring and will be his only visit. “It seems like a great place,” Sasser said of USC. “I can fit in, do well in academics and work for playing time. And I love the coaching staff, especially the new coach (Everette Sands) and Coach Spurrier.” Sasser talked to his recruiter Steve Spurrier Jr. Friday before hitting the road with two of his teammates. Sasser also has offers from Clemson, South Florida, Ole Miss, Southern Miss and Florida International. He said Clemson and South Florida are two others he’s strongly considering. He has visited Clemson in the past.
DE Alfy Hill (6-5 260), a North Carolina native who attends Los Angeles Valley Community College, committed to USC Thursday while on campus for an unofficial visit. Hill was recruited by Brad Lawing who convinced him to back off a commitment to NC State and join the Gamecocks. “Coach Brad is real close friends with my high school head coach,” Hill said. “I went to his meeting room and he showed me how he teaches the plays and the depth chart. Me and coach (Steve) Spurrier made a good connection. And the defensive coordinator is always fired up. It’s a family oriented place and I felt it was home for me. It’s also the closes SEC school to my house.” To get to USC, Hill has had to endure quite a journey. Hill is from Shallotte, NC and played at West Brunswick High School. He signed with Alabama in 2010 and actually participated in pre-season drills before the NCAA Clearinghouse ruled him ineligible because of an on-line high school core course. He then enrolled at East Carolina but left there for Itawamba JC, MS. He withdrew from Itawamba after the spring semester of 2011 and enrolled at the Los Angeles school where he joined two former teammates. And now he feels he’s found a home at USC. “It feels great,” he said. “It’s just three hours from my house. My family and friends can come down. Some of my family will be down every weekend.” Hill has only played in five games the past two seasons. He suffered a knee injury in October of last season and had arthroscopic surgery in February. He will miss all of spring practice. Hill met with USC compliance Thursday and was told he will have two years to play two with the Gamecocks. He is the second USC commitment for the 2013 class.
QB Boeing Brown of Brookfield, CT is driving down with his family this weekend to USC to attend the junior day. This will be his second visit to Columbia after coming in for the Clemson weekend. And he plans to return for a camp this summer. Brown is very interested in the Gamecocks and is hoping quarterbacks coach GA Mangus will be as interested in him. “He said to be patient,” Brown said. “I’m on the board, he just has several (quarterbacks) to evaluate. I know I would be a great fit and hope to get a shot.” After leaving Columbia, Brown will attend the Five Star Showcase Passing Camp for New York/New Jersey. He also plans to visit Central Florida, Florida, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Kentucky. He will camp at USC June 14th and plans to hit up several other camps.
Lake Marion WR Mike Williams will be among the prospects at USC Saturday for a junior day. It will be his second junior day visit to USC. He’s also been to Clemson and plans to go back there over the summer. Williams has offers from USC, Clemson, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Notre Dame with no favorites. “I’m looking at all the schools and trying to find the best fit,” Williams said. “I like the coaching staff at Clemson. Coach Hobby and I have a good relationship. And I like how they get their athletes to graduate. USC is close to home and I don’t want to leave my family. And they always have a receiver who stands out and goes to the league.” Williams said he did not grow up a fan of either of the in state schools but he probably will pick one of them. He said both are recruiting about the same. He talked to USC recruiter Everette Sands Thursday. “He asked me if I saw Alshon (Jeffery) at pro day and said that could be me in about four years,” he said. And he talked to Clemson recruiter Marion Hobby about three days ago. Williams said he’ll make his decision over the summer. His coach and some of his teammates will go with him to USC Saturday.
WR Uriah Lemay of Charlotte was at USC’s practice Thursday for a close look at the Gamecocks. His father was with him for the visit. “It was a very good visit,” Stacy LeMay said. “He had a chance to meet the coaches. He observed a whole practice. He got a feel for the coaching styles and personalities.” From USC, the LeMays were headed to Georgia for a visit. Uriah’s brother Christian is a quarterback with the Bulldogs. LeMay also has visited Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia and Virginia Tech. He’s not claiming favorites at this point.
LB Kight Dallas (6-2 220) of Lithonia, GA has been offered by USC defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward. USC is the first offer for Dallas who is also getting interest from Clemson, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Mississippi and Vanderbilt. He plans to attend USC’s junior day Saturday. Dallas visited Clemson earlier in the month.
OL Taylor Chambers of Irmo will make his second short trip to USC this month when he attends the Gamecocks’ junior day Saturday. He was at a USC practice March 13th. He also has been to Duke, North Carolina and NC State and he plans to visit Clemson in April. Wake Forest is his only offer at this point.
Two more quarterback prospects who plan to be at USC Saturday for junior day will be Josh Dobbs of Alpharetta, GA and Jeremy Johnson of Montgomery, AL. Neither has been offered by the Gamecocks at this point. Dobbs has an offer from Princeton. He’s also drawing interest from Clemson, Stanford and Duke. Johnson has offers from LSU, Ole Miss and Auburn. He has visited LSU and Ole Miss. Johnson passed for 2380 yards and 22 touchdowns.
RB Ryan Green of St. Petersburg, FL continues to pick up offers. With offers from Clemson, USC, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, South Florida, Miami, Tennessee, Auburn, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Virginia, Kentucky, Purdue and several others already on his sheet, Green has added LSU, Illinois, Vanderbilt, Memphis and Nebraska in the last month. According to his father Vader Green, he has a total of 27. “We’re going to start narrowing the list down as soon as Ryan is done with track,” Vader said. “He has about ten schools he really likes right now but I can’t remember them all.” His father did say that FSU and Notre Dame were among the ten. “South Carolina and Clemson are up there too.” he added. Green will take a trip in early June that includes stops at Clemson and USC. He will also visit Ole Miss and Auburn. Vader said that Green recently visited Notre Dame, Vandy and Tennessee. “He learns something new every time he visits a new school,” said dad. “He liked all three visits.” Green does not have a leader.
OL Ander Bodkin of Tallahassee is waiting on his first offer but continues to hear from USC, Alabama, Florida State and Georgia among other schools. These are his favorites. ‘Of course, I like everyone but those are the schools I am most interested in right now,” Bodkin said. Bodkin travels to FSU Friday with his high school coach to meet with the FSU coaching staff. “We’re just going to sit down with them and get a feel of what they’re looking for from me,” he said. He also plans to attend Alabama’s spring game. Bodkin has spent his off-season working out with a trainer. “I’m putting on good weight and getting rid of the bad weight,” he said. “I’m up to 281 (lbs) and have gotten a lot quicker. I feel like my footwork and quickness have improved a lot. I’m ready for any challenge they put in front of me.” Bodkin was referring to camps he plans to attend this summer where schools can get a better look at his abilities. He plans to attend camps at USC, Alabama, FSU and Georgia with North Carolina and South Florida as possibilities. “I’m really looking forward to getting to South Carolina so I can meet with (offensive line coach) Shawn Elliott again. I want to show him what I’ve got.” He does not have a favorite.
DB Brendan Langley of Marietta, GA named USC, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Florida as his top five earlier this month. He now has Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Vanderbilt in that order. “I haven’t talked to South Carolina much lately which is partly my fault,” Langley said. “I should be calling them more. Hopefully, they’ll move back up with me after I visit them next week.” Langley will take several trips over his spring break. He heads to Georgia Saturday and then visits USC, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida and Vanderbilt next week. Over the summer, Langley wants to attend three camps. “I know I’m going to Georgia and Alabama,” he said. “The other one will be between South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida and Arkansas.” Each of the schools already mentioned have offered. He also has offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Nebraska and UCLA. Langley said he is considering all schools and things can change quickly on his list.
OL Nhigel Phillips (6-4 320) of Griffin, GA is looking for his first offer and feels they will come at some point. He thinks Alabama is the closest to making him an offer. Phillips has visited Clemson, Georgia, Alabama and Auburn and will visit South Florida and Florida. He was at Clemson for the Florida State game last season. “It’s a good atmosphere,” Phillips said. “I liked everything about it. I liked the fans and the coaches. They showed me a lot of love.” Phillips likes Alabama and Georgia the most at this point.