Recruiters will be visiting with QB Kevin Olsen of Wayne, NJ starting this Friday when Miami is in. USC recruiter GA Mangus is expected in next week according to Olsen’s coach and father Chris. Auburn is set to visit May 11th and Wisconsin also will be in within a couple of weeks. Olsen visited all four of those schools and they have separated from the rest of the pack. “I think all the schools he’s looking at are a good fit,” Chris Olsen said. “In no order, Miami, USC, Auburn and Wisconsin are kind of where he is right now.” Olsen will not be taking any more visits. “He’s got to do some thinking,” the coach said. “He wants to make the decision before the season starts. There’s no favorite. He’s really open. He had good times at all the places.”
Clemson, USC and Auburn are the current three favorites of RB Tyshon Dye (6-0 205) of Elberton, GA. Dye said he does not have a favorite. Auburn was the only visit he made this spring and he has no others planned because of track. Recruiters from Auburn, USC and Tennessee have been by his school. Dye said Gamecock recruiter Grady Brown stopped by Monday. “I haven’t been up there (to USC) but I hope to,” Dye said. “I don’t know that much about them but I want to learn more.” Dye was at Clemson last fall for a game. Dye plans to wait until signing day in February to make a decision. Last season he rushed for 1561 yards and 21 touchdowns.
LB Matt Rolin of Ashburn, VA has named USC as his leader. Rolin’s top five schools are USC, Georgia, Florida, Florida State and Oklahoma. Each school has offered. “USC is out front and then the other schools are all even,” Rolin said. “I really like it there (USC). It’s a really nice campus and I have a lot of family in the area.” Rolin has several family members that have attended South Carolina including his grandfather. “My granddad actually played football there,” added Rolin. Among his other offers are Virginia, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Boston College and Duke. He has 25 in all. “My brother plays at Virginia Tech and we’re going to pick him up next week from school,” he said. “I’ll take that chance to visit the school and talk to the coaches.” In June he visits Florida and in July he returns to Columbia. No time table for a decision.
USC recruiter Shawn Elliott was at Richmond County High School in North Carolina Wednesday to check on OL Tyrone Crowder and DE Devontae Covington. Coach Paul Hoggard said Clemson recruiter Dan Brooks is planning to see his players Thursday. Coaches from Tennessee, Wake Forest and East Carolina also have been by. Crowder has 16 offers after getting one from Nebraska. Some of the others are USC, Clemson, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Florida State, Auburn and Miami. This spring he visited Clemson, USC, Florida, Alabama, NC State, Wake Forest and Duke. He has not narrowed his list. Covington holds offers from USC, Clemson, Tennessee, East Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest. He has visited USC, Wake Forest, NC State, Tennessee and East Carolina.
USC November signee 6-9 Tyrone Haughton of Miami will not be enrolling with the Gamecocks. Haughton said Thursday that Gamecock coach Frank Martin has talked to his coach and his mother and told them the school would not be able to accept him. Haughton has been released from his letter of intent. “He said my grades weren’t good enough,” Haughton said. Haughton’s mother talked directly to Martin Thursday. “He said Tyrone’s GPA is too low and they were going to send him to a prep school,” Mrs. Haughton said. “He said South Carolina will not accept him. I asked him why wait until now? He said he’s only been there for three weeks and he didn’t know. He said he had a meeting with the university and was told the GPA is too low. He said he can try another school but he’s not going to get into South Carolina.” Haughton said he did not want to go the prep school route. “I’m sorry but it’s really not my fault,” Haughton said. “I didn’t want to go to South Carolina if I’m not on the team or part of the family. I was happy to be a Gamecock. I wanted to be that so badly.” Haughton disputed the claim his GPA was too low saying he had a 2.6. However, he was not clear on what his core average is and that’s the grade needed to qualify for freshman eligibility.
6-5 Sindarius Thornwell of Lancaster has added more offers recently from Memphis and Cincinnati. He’s also getting fresh interest from Syracuse, Oklahoma and Mississippi State. USC and Clemson are among his other offers and both head coaches were in to see him recently on the first day they were allowed to visit. “Coach Martin told me the same thing as Coach Horn, they want me there at South Carolina and they are going to try their best to get me,” Thornwell said. “Coach Martin is a good coach who really cares about his players. I was impressed that he cried when his player was ruled ineligible (at the NCAA Tournament). That shows he really cares. Coach Brownell and Coach Grant were also in the first day. Coach Brownell said at the end of the day he wants to see me in an orange uniform.” Ohio State was the only other school to get by to see Thornwell during the most recent open recruiting period. Thornwell is busy playing AAU and has not campus visits scheduled. And he has no favorites. “It’s hard to get a favorite when just about every week a new school gets involved,” he said. Thornwell would like to make his decision on his birthday November 15th, or soon after that.