USC picked up a commitment Thursday from 3B Travis Demeritte (6-1 185) of Statham, GA. Demeritte announced his decision on Twitter. “It’s been a long & hard decision but I finally made my mind up about where I want to go ! I am officially committed to the University of South Carolina ! Go Gamecocks!!!!!” Demeritte is rated the #8 prospect in the country regardless of position and the top ranked third baseman in the country. PerfectGame.com has this scouting report on Demeritte:
Travis Demeritte is a 2013 3B/RHP with a 6-1 185 lb. frame from Statham, GA who attends Winder Barrow HS. Long lean athletic build, good strength potential. Short easy right handed swing, generates plus bat speed, loose and easy out front, ball jumps, hit long game home run to left field., 6.89 runner. Quick defensive actions, very good arm strength, throws are accurate with plus carry, hands soft at the ball, top level defensive tools. Also pitched, long loose arm, 3/4’s arm slot, fastball to 88 mph with good arm side run, curveball gets late sharp biting action with power, nice sink on change up. Top all around prospect. Good student.
The Braves announced the signing of first round draft pick RHP Lucas Sims who was also a Clemson recruit. He is getting a 1.65 million dollar signing bonus.
Lake Marion WR Mike Williams was offered by Alabama this past weekend while camping in Tuscaloosa. Williams has had the Crimson Tide among his top four schools along with Clemson, USC and Georgia. He also has offers from Notre Dame, Mississippi State and Tennessee. Williams also plans to attend camps at Clemson, USC and Georgia.
OL Chris Griffin of Crawfordville, FL said Wednesday night he is down to a final seven of USC, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Central Florida, South Florida and Florida International. He has visited the Florida schools and will visit the other three starting next week. Griffin, his mother and his brother will go to Georgia Tech June 13th, Clemson on the 14th, USC on the 15th and Vanderbilt on the 16th. “I’ll be looking for how good the facilities are, how good the school is and how well I get along with the coaches,” Griffin said. “They’re all recruiting me about the same.” Griffin said he’s talked recently to his recruiters from USC and Clemson. He plans to make his decision shortly after his last visit and he does not have a favorite going into the final weeks.
USC is one of a number of major programs that checked out Stratford junior QB Jacob Park (6-4 209) according to coach Ray Stackley. North Carolina, NC State, Georgia, Notre Dame, Florida, Auburn and Tennessee also expressed interest in Park who passed for 1276 yards and 7 touchdowns and rushed for 381 yards and 7 touchdowns last season. As a ninth grader, Park passed for 1404 yards and 12 touchdowns. Park will make it to between three and five camps this summer with USC, Auburn, Tennessee and Notre Dame possible. USC is very interested according to Stackley. “He has a tremendous arm and can make all the throws,” South Carolina’s Shrine Bowl coach said. “He also runs well. He has good feet.” There are no early favorites for Park.
Isaac Rochell of McDonough, GA committed to Notre Dame. At one point, he had Clemson has his favorite. USC also was among his offers.
Clemson signee DL Josh Brown of South Aiken will attend Hargrave Prep, VA this fall according to TigerIllustrated.com.
USC is not the only one interested in picking up 6-2 LaShay Page as a transfer from Southern Miss. The Latta native said Wednesday night he’s also been contacted by Clemson, Virginia Tech, Winthrop and UNC Wilmington. Page was given his release from USM earlier this week so he could play his final season closer to his home. “I’m going to take a few visits and see what’s best for me and my basketball future,” Page said. He has not set any visit dates but will take them within the next two to three weeks. USC and Clemson are definite for visits. The early word on his plans was that he was set on going to USC, but Page says that’s not yet a certainty. “If I were leaning one way it would be South Carolina but it’s not a slam dunk,” he said. Page talked to Clemson assistant Earl Grant Wednesday and to USC assistant Matt Figger a few days ago. Those are the two schools which have told him they have a spot for him. Page grew up in Latta but played his senior season at Dillon were he averaged 31 points per game. He enrolled at Chipola JC in Florida where he redshirted his first season and played his second averaging 11 points per game. Then he played two seasons at Southern Miss and averaged 12 points per game last season. He helped to lead USM to the NCAA Tournament where they lost to Frank Martin and Kansas State in the opening round. Page scored 16 points in that game. There was a coaching change at USM after the season but the major reason for Page’s departure was his desire to be closer to his five year old daughter in Marion and the rest of his family. His mother passed away in February. “I want to get back to help out with my family and so they can see me play my last season,” Page said. He plans to appeal to the NCAA for a waiver that will allow him to play without sitting out a season.