The state’s top basketball prospect in the 2013 class, 6-5 Sindarius Thornwell of Lancaster, confirmed via Twitter Wednesday night he will play his senior season at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. “I will be going to Oak Hill Academy next year,” Thornwell wrote. “Even though I’m leaving, please don’t forget that South Carolina is my state.” Thornwell averaged over 26 points per game last season. His offer list includes USC, Clemson, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Florida State, NC State, Wake Forest, Boston College, Ohio State, Memphis, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio State and Cincinnati.
7-1 Jordan Dickerson of Brooklyn said Wednesday night Providence is his current favorite. “They seem most interested,” Dickerson said. “I like how they play. That’s where I’m sort of leaning, but I’m not saying that’s my final (decision).” Dickerson, who attends IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL, is going to New York this weekend for a tournament and said he will visit Providence next week. He’s not scheduled any other visits but said he’s considering taking one to South Carolina. “I spoke with Coach (Frank) Martin last week,” Dickerson said. “He’s telling me he still had a spot open for me.” Dickerson also has offers from Auburn, Dayton, DePaul and VCU. He’d like to make his decision before June.
One of the hottest names in the country in recruiting right now is DL Scott Pagano (6-4 268) of Honolulu. He has offers from across the country including Clemson and USC. And the Tigers and Gamecocks have a legitimate shot with him primarily due to the fact that most of his family lives in the Greenville area. Several of his family members went to Clemson. “It would feel just like family if I were to choose to go there,” Pagano said. Pagano last visited the state when he was eight but he plans to make a return trip. Clemson is a definite for one of his official visits in the fall along with Nebraska, Baylor and LSU. And he said USC is among his top ten schools right now. Both schools are working him hard. Pagano said he talks with Clemson’s Dan Brooks, Chad Morris and Brent Venables, and he’s been in touch with Steve Spurrier Jr. and Shawn Elliott from USC. He has seen recruiters from Oregon, Nebraska, Baylor, Southern Cal, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State, Utah, Washington and Colorado come thru his school. Notre Dame is coming Friday and Kansas next week. This summer he plans to take a West Coast trip to see Arizona, Arizona State, the California schools, Washington, Oregon and Oregon State. And there is a leader for Pagano right now. “I have a favorite but I don’t want to put it out right now,” he said. He’ll make his decision after taking his official visits. And just to make the rest of us jealous, Pagano has this take on living in Hawaii: “It’s paradise, always sunny and beaches everywhere.”
A source said Wednesday night former Florida State LB Jeff Luc (6-1 242) plans to take an official visit to USC as he goes thru the process of deciding on a new school. Luc was given his release by Florida State in April. He has drawn interest from USC, Kansas State, Cincinnati and Tennessee State. Luc signed with FSU in 2010 and was regarded by the analysts as the top linebacker prospect in the country. He played in 19 games and had 23 tackles in his two seasons with the Seminoles. If Luc were to transfer to USC, he would have to sit out this season and would have two years to play two.
DB Cameron Sutton of Jonesboro, GA adds several offers to his ever-growing list. “I can’t tell you how many I have to be honest,” said Sutton. With offers from USC, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Kentucky and Missouri already, Sutton has picked up offers from Arkansas, Purdue, North Carolina, NC State, Illinois and Pitt among others. He continues to hear from Georgia, Florida, Ohio State, Auburn, Miami and Wisconsin. Sutton traveled to Columbia in late March for his first visit to USC. “It went really well,” he said. “I got to see them practice and tour a lot of the campus. I like everything about them from their head coach to their players. It’s a nice atmosphere.” He plans a return trip and will camp at USC this summer. “I’ll go to several one-day camps but I’m not sure of the other ones I’ll go to,” he added. He also plans to attend the Manning Brothers camp in Louisiana as well. Sutton will narrow his list to five over the summer and plans to commit sometime during his senior campaign. He does not have a favorite.
DB Justin Williams of Port St. Lucie, FL has been leaning to South Carolina and will see Gamecock recruiter Grady Brown on Thursday. But, he’s not planning to commit. “I think I want to visit first before I commit,” Williams said. “My mind keeps changing on where I want to go. It’s a hard decision. I’m also thinking hard about Michigan State and Oregon.” Williams said he’ll now wait until after summer camps to decide. Central Florida, Florida, West Virginia, Northern Illinois, Florida State and Michigan State have been thru his school. He has offers from USC, Purdue, Cincinnati, Florida International, Massachusetts and Middle Tennessee State. Williams will camp at UMass June 17th and will go on a road trip with his coaches which will include a stop at USC.
WR Tramel Terry of Goose Creek has committed, decommited and recommitted to Georgia. Do not expect him to do so again. “I’m done,” he said simply of his recruiting process. “It’s home. It’s hard to explain but I know that’s where I’m supposed to be.” Terry continues to hear from Clemson but says that USC “took it to heart” and is no longer recruiting him. Clemson running backs coach Tony Elliott remains in contact with Terry. “Coach Elliott and I have built a pretty good relationship,” he said. “He’s like a father-figure to me. Of course he still wants me to go there (Clemson) but he understands.” Terry will not take any other unofficial visits but did say he could take a couple of official visits. Clemson and Florida are the only two schools other than Georgia he would consider. “I’m just going to focus on winning another state championship,” said Terry.