#STRecruiting Notebook 12-12

Bryce Steele

Former USC commitment LB Bryce Steele of Raleigh talked with new Gamecock coach Shane Beamer earlier this week. Steele, who committed to Boston College December 1st, listened to what Beamer had to say and took it all under consideration. But Thursday night, Steele said there are still too many unknowns for him with the Gamecock staff, and he is planning to sign Wednesday with the Eagles. “Right now, I’m still committed to Boston College and I plan on signing to BC on Wednesday.  I’m still talking to him.  I’m not trying to rush him or anything, but he hasn’t hired his staff and I’m not really sure who he’s going to hire.  I know it take time to find a really good staff especially because a lot of his contenders are still in season.  It’s a pretty tough task for him to do.  That takes time and unfortunately I don’t have a lot of time.  Like I said, I still plan to sign up with Boston College on Wednesday. I don’t think he’s going to hire a staff until after the signing period, and that, unfortunately, is a deal breaker for me.”

USC is in the top 7 with DE Ian Mathews of Columbus, GA. The others are Georgia Tech, Arkansas, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Auburn and Duke.

USC target CB Isaiah Norris of TL Hanna and Georgia Military JC was offered by Tennessee.

TE Hudson Wolfe of Savannah, TN, , who has an offer from USC, decommitted from Tennessee.

USC offered SAF Juwon Gaston (5-11 187) of Montgomery, AL. Tennessee also has offered.

North Myrtle Beach TE/DE Chase Simmons (6-4 250) is committed to Coastal Carolina, but he said he’s now getting “heavy” interest from USC. He’s also hearing from Tennessee. Right now, still committed to CCU and plans to sign next week.

Clemson target OL Tristan Leigh will visit Florida Saturday. He was at Oklahoma for a second visit last weekend.

2022 QB Ty Simpson of Martin, TN announced his top ten Thursday night and Clemson is on the list. The Tigers are joined by Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Texas, Texas A&M, Tennessee, UT-Martin (where his father is coach), Ole Miss and Oklahoma.

2022 Clemson target RB Keith Adams Jr. of Canton, GA was offered by USF.

2022 Greer WR Jaleel Skinner plans an announcement of some type on January 13th. He’s a Clemson and USC target.

The Citadel offered Carolina Forest QB Kyle Watkins.

USC target 7-0 Jonas Aidoo of Charlotte committed to Marquette.

2022 USC and Clemson target 6-9 Jai Smith of Raleigh was offered by Southern Cal, UCLA and Kansas.

2024 SS Isaac Pena of Charlotte committed to Clemson. Here’s a scouting report from Perfect Game:  Medium frame with some physicality to the build but plenty of room to fill. Ran a 7.02 second 60-yard dash. Primary shortstop, worked out in the infield with deliberate movements to the ball, shows good range laterally to either side and carries momentum into throws well, some stiffness to the glove but is able to make it work on the move, adjusts arm slot as he moves around and shows easy carry across. Right-handed hitter, sets up with a wide base, high hands and high back elbow, direct path as the hands work well to the ball, good bat speed and finds lots of barrels staying efficient to and through contact resulting in line drives to the middle and pull side and projecting well.

2022 1B Cooper Holbrook, son of College of Charleston coach Chad Holbrook, committed to Vanderbilt.

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