USC signee Tyrone Haughton has been officially released from his Letter of Intent with USC. He plans to reopen his recruitment or possibly attend prep school. Haughton said Frank Martin told him academics were the reason the Gamecocks were backing away, a notion both Haughton and his mother disagree with.
Kornblut talked with both earlier today and it is clear from that conversation there are some hurt feelings and ruffled feathers.
“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.
With Haughton’s departure, Frank Martin now has two available scholarships for the upcoming class. Martin is actively recruiting at least five other players for his current class. Martin is courting Tevin Glass, Willie Moore, Sheldon Jeter as well as two other players that we have not been able to intentify.
If you are wondering how the numbers will work, a source tells us there are two other current Gamecock players seriously considering transferring which would free up more space. The source declined to reveal the two names, but they do not include Damontre Harris.
Speaking of Harris, Carey Rich from 560 “The Team” in Columbia said on his show Wednesday the rising junior is may not be totally on board about leaving USC. According to Rich, Harris is having second thoughts but is worried that his very public transfer saga has damaged his chances of returning to play under Martin. Harris attended an athletic department event with the Gamecock basketball team this week. He is scheduled to visit Florida and Kansas over the next several days.