The USC basketball team Monday landed a commitment for the 2014 class from 6-1 Marcus Stroman of Keenan High School in Columbia. Stroman is considered to be one of the state’s top prospects in his class. “He’s very humble,” Keenan coach Zach Norris. “He has excellent knowledge of the game. He’s the type of player who makes everybody else better around him. He has excellent fundamentals and sees the whole court very well. He has a knack for putting the ball in the right place for other people to score. He could take over the game and score more points but he really likes making assists and that turns him on.” Stroman also drew attention from Clemson, Miami, Virginia Tech, Auburn and Middle Tennessee State. But USC was the first to offer and that’s all he needed to hear. “The hometown school had a big factor,” Norris said. “That’s his life dream to play for the University of South Carolina.” Stroman was at USC last Friday and met with first year head coach Frank Martin and staff, and he liked what he heard. “He was telling me how he lets his guards play and dictate the game and run the show,” said Stroman who averaged 15 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists per game last season. And his coach is looking for a much better player to emerge over the next two seasons before he gets to USC. “We’re going to work on his body and try to get him to get bigger and stronger,” Norris said. “We want to work on his go to move. Really he has two. One comes from Tim Hardaway with that crossover.” Stroman is USC’s first commitment for the 2014 class.
DB Vonn Bell of Rossville, GA cut his long list of offers down to seven over the weekend and Clemson was one of the survivors. The others on the safety’s short list are Ohio State, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Vanderbilt and Texas. Bell does not have any preferences. He plans to get down to a final two by Labor Day.
TE Jordan Davis of Thomson, GA will visit USC July 11th. It will be his second trip to Columbia. This time, he will be accompanied by his mother. “I’m taking my mom with me so she can see it too,” he said. “I love everything about (USC). I like the facilities, the offense…they told me they could get me on the field because they play two tight ends.” His offers are from USC, Florida, Georgia and Louisville. Davis did not name a favorite.
DB Kendall Fuller of Olney, MD has set a visit to Clemson July20th. He’s focused on the Tigers, Virginia Tech and Michigan.
DB Adrian Baker of Hollywood, FL has attended camps at Florida State and Ohio State. That may be it for Baker until school resumes. “I don’t have other plans this summer,” Baker said. “I’m going to relax for the rest of it.” He did enjoy the two camps. “FSU went really well and I got a chance to work with the coaches,” he said. “Ohio State was pretty much the same way.” He plans to take his official visit to Clemson for the Virginia Tech and has the Tigers in his top five. Baker considered taking another trip to Tigertown but says it unlikely. His offers include Clemson, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Vanderbilt, Florida, Florida State and LSU. Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables remains in contact with Baker. “We talk about every week,” he said. “I think we have a pretty good relationship.” No favorites for Baker.
DL Montravius Adams of Vienna, GA visit Clemson last week and had a good time. “I mostly hung out with the players and went to practice with them,” Adams said. “I did sit down with the coaches and watch some film.” Adams does not plan to narrow his list until after the season but did say of the Tigers, “They stand pretty high with me.” He does not have any other visits scheduled for the summer but does plan to visit some schools. “I don’t really know where I’ll go next,” he said. Adams does not have a favorite.
DL Jay Woods of Jackson, GA visited Clemson last week and came away impressed. He has the Tigers in his top 11. “I’ve already seen the recruiting side of Clemson, like the facilities and all,” he said. “I wanted to see the academic side. I talked to the coaches and they took me to see what they have to offer.” Woods top 11 are Clemson, USC, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Duke, Missouri, Central Florida, Kentucky, Nebraska and Texas A&M. He will visit Vandy July 8th and is planning a visit to USC this summer as well. “I just talked to their coaches and they are trying to schedule a time when they’ll be there for me to come,” Woods said. “To get an offer from South Carolina meant a lot to me because they’re putting out great defensive linemen. My coach told me they have a great coaching staff.” Woods plans to narrow his list to five before making a decision. “You can only take five official visits and I would like to do that,” he said. “I’m not sure I will though. If I go someplace that I really like and it feels like the right place, I could commit then.” His visit to Clemson was his second trip to the Upstate. His visit to USC will be his first. Woods does not have any leaders.