Former Florida State linebacker Jeff Luc and two of his former coaches at Treasure Coast High School in Port St. Lucie, FL said Monday he is interested in USC and is getting interest in return. “I’m just looking around right now but I’ve been keeping in contact with them,” Luc said. “He’s looking at USC for a visit, and as far as I know they are interested in him,” said Treasure Coast head coach Irvin Jones. “He’s still in limbo and doesn’t have anything lined up, but South Carolina is interested,” said Treasure Coast defensive coordinator Anthony Sheapard. “There are some things they have to talk about. But there’s mutual interest on both sides.” Purdue and Tennessee State are two other schools to show interest according to Jones who said Luc was not a problem child at Florida State. “He’s not a character problem kid,” the coach said. “I don’t know if he fit into what they do at Florida State.” Luc played in 19 games in two seasons with the Seminoles and made 23 total tackles.
South Aiken coach Jeremy West has seen several recruiters drop by his school this spring to take a look at DB Deandre Schoultz (5-9 175) and OL Justin Day (6-8 290). USC and Clemson recruiters have been in with the Gamecocks showing a little more interest than the Tigers. “South Carolina wants Schoultz at a one day camp and wants him to bounce around the camp to see where he would fit in best,” West said. “Coach Mangus said he liked how Day looked in pads. He wants to get him into camp to see how he works with Coach Elliott.” Vanderbilt, Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, NC State, Appalachian State, The Citadel, Tennessee and Furman are some of the other schools to check out the pair this spring. West said LSU is also showing interest in Schoultz who was forced to play quarterback last season after Bo Baldwin was injured. He had 30 tackles last season and returned two punts and an interception for touchdowns. Day played defensive end last season and will be an offensive tackle this season. “They all know how green he is but they know the potential of the finished product,” West said.
DB Fred Payne of Gainesville, GA has not been offered but he’s not worried. “It’s coming soon, I can feel it,” said the teammate of Clemson 2014 commitment QB DeShaun Watson. “Clemson wants me to hit up their camp in June, and if I hit it up real good, it’s possible there will be an offer coming.” Clemson recruiter Chad Morris checked in on Payne and Watson this spring. “He said he was very impressed with me,” Payne said. “He said to get ready for camp and impress the defensive coordinator and make a name for myself.” Payne will camp at Clemson June 12-17. He will also go to camps at Florida, Auburn, Tennessee, NC State and USC though he said he’s not heard from the Gamecocks. Last season Payne had 136 tackles with 3 interceptions.
RB Marcus Levy of Fort Pierce, FL has offers from USC, Mississippi State, Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Wake Forest, Memphis, Western Kentucky, Bowling Green, Boise State, Georgia State and UMass with several other schools showing a lot of interest. His team is wrapping up spring practice with their spring game May 24th. “South Carolina came by to see me last week,” Levy said. “Coach Grady (Brown) told me they really like me and to keep working hard. They may only take one running back in this class so he told me to keep working.” USC has invited Levy to a camp over the summer and he plans to attend. “I want to visit South Carolina again and I want to go to Boise State and Mississippi State. I’ll go to some other schools but I haven’t really decided which one yet.” Before his spring practice began, Levy was able to visit FIU and South Florida. “FIU has a nice campus and I got to go to USF’s spring game,” he said. “I like their campus too.” Levy would like to narrow his list to five towards the end of the summer. He does not have a favorite.
WR Ryan Jenkins of Marietta, GA had planned to narrow his list to three this past weekend but has decided to wait a couple of weeks before doing so. New schools are showing interest which has Jenkins deciding to hold off on eliminating schools. “Washington has contacted me and told me they could be offering in the next couple of days,” Jenkins said. “I’m really excited about it. They have a high-powered offense.” Jenkins went on to say he wants to visit UW before narrowing his list. “I’m going to visit Georgia, Southern Cal and UCLA,” he said. “I’m going to try and visit Washington while I’m out there.” Georgia and Alabama are the other schools that continue to show interest for his services. Jenkins has visited Clemson, Tennessee, Auburn and Alabama. Clemson remains heavily in the mix for Jenkins. His offers are from Clemson, Louisville, Missouri, Wake Forest, UCLA, Mississippi State, Houston, Vanderbilt, East Carolina and Southern Miss. He did not name a favorite and plans to make a decision the week of July 4th.
WR Uriah Lemay of Matthews, NC will announce his decision June 1st at 6:00. He is down to a final ten of Clemson, USC, Georgia, Louisville, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
WR Brennen Griffin (6-0 172) of Blue Ridge has been offered by SC State. Last season he had 49 catches for 898 yards and 13 touchdowns.
The Furman men’s basketball program has added transfer forward Vinny Zollo to its roster, it was announced on Tuesday by Paladin head coach Jeff Jackson. A 6-foot-9, 240-pound product of Winchester, Ky., Zollo joins the Paladin program after spending the 2011-12 season at Western Kentucky University. Zollo will have to sit out the 2012-13 campaign due to NCAA transfer rules and will have three seasons of eligibility beginning in 2013-14.