ATH Jasper Sasser of Jacksonville is all set to commit to USC once he gets his mom’s blessings. “I tried to get my mom to let me commit but she wants me too at two more options,” Sasser said Sunday night. He actually will look at three…Clemson, Duke and South Florida. “My mind is stuck on South Carolina,” said Sasser who attended USC’s junior day Saturday. And he believes his mom will let him do as he pleases. “It’s my choice anyway,” he said. He does not have an idea of when he’ll commit. Sasser said he hopes to be back at USC with his mother for the spring game.
LB Gerald Turner (6-2 245) of Goose Creek committed to USC Saturday while at the Gamecocks’ junior day. Turner had made several other visits to USC and had a feeling he would commit on this trip. “I really liked the University of South Carolina and once I started bonding with coach (Brad) Lawing, and he showed me the plan he had for me, that made me really want to go there,” Turner said. “He has the plan to play me with my hand down and standing up, like he did with Eric (Norwood).” Turner said he also likes the way Lorenzo Ward runs the defense overall. “The way they play defense is different than everybody else and I like that,” he said. Turner also had offers from Clemson and North Carolina, and he drew interest from Georgia Tech. Last season he had 57 tackles and 9 sacks. He is the third commitment for USC’s 2013 class.
DL Michael Hill of Pendleton was at USC’s junior day Saturday with his parents and got a good look at the football and academic opportunities the Gamecocks can afford him. “He had a great visit,” Pendleton coach Paul Sutherland said. Sutherland was also at USC attending the coach’s clinic. “He especially loved the interior lines and they get after it. He especially liked how Coach Lawing and Coach Elliott get after it. He really enjoyed the academic side. He’s going to be business finance major. He also spoke with Coach Spurrier.” Hill is on spring break this week and will spend the week in Atlanta and might visit Georgia Tech while there. He is going to Clemson April 9th for a scrimmage. And he will visit Florida, Alabama, Ohio State and Michigan early in the summer. After those visits, he will narrow his list. Tennessee also is a school of strong interest for him. Auburn, LSU, Florida State and Michigan State are also interested in offering him if he’ll come in for a one day camp. Hill remains open and does not have any favorites at this point.
DE Lewis Neal of Wilson, NC was among the prospects to visit USC for junior day Saturday. And the visit moved the Gamecocks up the list with him. “I loved it there,” Neal said. “My family loved it, so if they loved it, I loved it. I know they are going to have a good football program. Coach Lawing is an old school coach, and my coach is the same way. The campus is very nice. It’s in the city, and Columbia is in the middle of everything.” Neal pointed out that USC sends a lot of defensive linemen to the NFL, and that stands out with him. And he has a good relationship with his recruiter Joe Robinson. “Coach Robinson is a cool dude,” he said. “He’s from North Carolina and he knows me. I really like Coach Robinson.” Neal visited East Carolina last weekend. He’s also been to Virginia Tech, NC State, North Carolina, Maryland and Alabama. He’s might go to North Carolina this weekend and will go to Clemson for the spring game April 14th. He’s also going to Oho State and Tennessee. He does not have favorites right now and will decide on a top five after his visits. Neal is close friends with DE Tyquan Lewis of Tarboro, NC and he said Lewis will visit USC next week during his spring break. Lewis has also been to Clemson and North Carolina.
QB Connor Mitch of Raleigh, NC Saturday was offered by USC head coach Steve Spurrier and quarterbacks coach GA Mangus while attending a junior day. USC becomes the 12th major offer for Mitch. The others are East Carolina, NC State, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Syracuse, West Virginia, South Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Rutgers and LSU. This spring Mitch also has visited North Carolina, NC State, East Carolina, Alabama and LSU. He plans to visit Florida April 4th and Auburn April 15th.
LB/TE Matt Rolin of Ashburn, VA spent Friday and Saturday at USC and though he’s not naming any favorites right now, USC impressed him. ‘It’s the best visit I’ve been on so far,” said Rolin who also has seen Tennessee, Virginia, Boston College, Virginia Tech and Duke. “I had some one on one time with the coaches Friday and watched practice. They told me I can play either linebacker or tight end. That will give me a better opportunity to get on the field early. And they said I could start on all four special teams if I come there. I really liked the campus. They have the best facilities I’ve seen.” Rolin has more visits coming up. Monday he will be at Alabama, Tuesday at Florida State and Wednesday at Georgia. He is not rushing a decision. “I’ll take my entire visit and then get a top ten,” said Rolin who added he won’t make a decision until sometime during his season at the earliest.
WR Corey Cooper of Raleigh, NC attended USC’s junior day Saturday and said afterwards the Gamecocks are his current favorite. “I had a great visit,” Cooper said. He has offers from USC, Illinois, Iowa State, Kentucky, North Carolina, NC State, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Wake Forest and Tennessee. Cooper visited North Carolina Friday. Last season Cooper had 400 yards in receptions with 6 touchdowns.
Oklahoma transfer LB Kellen Jones (6-1 222) said Sunday night his choice is basically down to Clemson and Purdue following his official visit with the Tigers Thursday thru Saturday. “I thought the visit was great,” Jones said. “I got a great feel for Clemson. I got along with Coach Swinney and the staff. There was that family connection, and my family felt the same way. I liked the tradition and the atmosphere and the coaches.” Jones, of course, is familiar with Clemson defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Brent Venables who was his coach at Oklahoma last season. He said his decision to leave Oklahoma was not related to Venables’ departure. “Everything just wasn’t what I thought it was going to be at Oklahoma,” he said. “I really thought Oklahoma would be a good place, but it wasn’t what I thought it was going to be.” Jones first went to Michigan after high school but left there before his first football season and transferred to Oklahoma. So, Clemson or Purdue will become his third college. He will have to sit out the 2012 season and will have three years to play three. Jones said he’s not sure when that decision will come. “I’m not leaning towards any school,” he said. “Both impressed me and have good coaching staffs. I’m going to pray to God and ask him to direct my path. I’ll know a decision when it hits me, but I have to make it before the end of the semester.” Jones said he doesn’t plan to take any more visits.