USC Wednesday offered RB Lavonte Valentine (6-0 188) of Melbourne, FL and immediately moved to the top of his list joining Florida and Oregon. “They love my speed. Speed kills. They said I will be able to run track and play football which is great. They are very excited about me. Best thing is most of my family is from South Carolina and lives in South Carolina. This is awesome.” Valentine has family in Columbia, Edgefield and Trenton. He said with the offer from USC his interest in the Gamecocks is “1-10, at least an 11.” He plans to visit soon. He recently visited Florida. Valentine has run a 10.44 100 meters, third best in Florida this spring. He rushed for 890 yards last season.
USC offered DB Derek Turner (5-11 182) of Saint Francisville, LA on Wednesday. Auburn and Kansas State are two other Power 5 conference offers for him. “I like the Gamecocks and I always liked Muschamp. He said he loves my film and can’t believe this big school close to me hasn’t offered me. He likes that I’m versatile and physical.” Turner has visited LSU, Tulane and TCU and has visits upcoming with Auburn, Kansas State and Louisiana Tech. He said he will visit USC “sooner than later.”
DE Xavier Thomas of Florence and IMG Academy in Florida will be at USC Thursday morning to watch the Gamecocks in their spring practice. Thomas also visited USC earlier this month on a bus trip with teammates and he plans to take in the Gamecock spring game April 1st.
DL Dantrell Barkley of Independence JC, KS has set an unofficial visit to USC for June 9th. USC coaches plans to visit him at Independence on April 18th. He’s also going to visit Colorado and NC State.
USC and Clemson target DL Darnell Jefferies of Covington, GA was offered by Ohio State and Memphis.
TE John FitzPatrick of Atlanta was offered by Tennessee and Appalachian State.
6-4 Sharone Wright Jr. of West Florence picked up an offer from Texas Tech. He also has Clemson and USC offers.