#STRecruiting Notebook 8-9

Murphy Holloway, stepdad of Dutch Fork WR Antonio Williams, said Sunday night there’s been little movement with Williams and his recruitment over the last few weeks. Williams did attend the USC cookout July 31st, but for only about a half-hour due to commitments at his school. While there, he was able to meet the Gamecocks’ 2022 quarterback commitment Braden Davis. Holloway said how the USC quarterbacks play this season, and how that position for them projects for the future, will be an important part of Williams’ evaluation of the program. Williams remains in regular contact with USC receivers coach Justin Stepp. Clemson receivers coach Tyler Grisham also is staying connected though Clemson has not yet offered. Williams has not decided if he will take more official visits in the fall than the two he has scheduled, USC on September 24th and Ole Miss October 22nd. If he does schedule other official visits, Williams said they will be with the other schools he visited unofficially in June…Clemson, Georgia and Auburn. Holloway, by the way, is to have an audition with the SEC Network later this month for an on-air position, either in the studio or as a game analyst.

LB Stone Blanton of Madison, MS narrowed his list to USC, Mississippi State and Texas A&M in late July, but he said Sunday Ole Miss also is in there even with Texas A&M for his third favorite. He is still planning to visit USC again this fall for a game early in the season. A date has not been determined. He made official visits to USC, Louisville and Stanford in June. He is certain to take one to Mississippi State in the fall, and Texas A&M is a possibility for one. He made unofficial visits in June to Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Auburn and Louisville. Blanton said he hears regularly from USC head coach Shane Beamer and defensive coordinator Clayton White. He plans to make his decision after his fall visits are completed.

USC missed on a top running back candidate when Jaylon Glover committed to Utah Friday. Another running back position coach Montario Hardesty is keeping in touch with is Anthony Hankerson of Fort Lauderdale. Hankerson said he last talked to Hardesty about two weeks ago and he told him he plans to get down to see a couple of his games this season for further evaluation. Hankerson calls USC one of his top options along with USF and Arizona State. In June, Hankerson took unofficial visits to USC and USF as part of camp stops. He also camped at UCF. He has not scheduled any official visits for the fall.

Clemson target DE Cyrus Moss of Las Vegas has set an official visit to Florida for September 18th. He made officials to Oregon and Notre Dame in June and has one set with Clemson for October 1st.  He also plans to visit Alabama.

Clemson is in the top 10 with 2023 RB Richard Young of Leigh Acres, FL, ranked the #1 RB in his class. The others are Miami, Florida, Georgia, Ohio State, Alabama, Florida State, Oregon, Oklahoma and Southern Cal.  He visited Clemson in late June. 

2023. DL Keldric Faulk of Highland Home, AL included Clemson in his top five along with Florida State, Auburn, Alabama and Tennessee.  He camped at and visited Clemson in early June.

2023 TE Luke Hasz of Bixby, OK committed to the Sooners. He visited Clemson last month.

USC is in the top 10 with 2023 SAF Elliott Washington II of Venice, FL. The others on the list are Indiana, Alabama, Georgia, Florida State, Florida, Michigan State, Ohio State, Maryland and Oklahoma. In June, Washington made unofficial visits to USC, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Florida State and Michigan State.

Goose Creek OT Jayden Johnson committed to Howard.

USC offered 6-9 PF Dominick Barlow of Newark, NJ. He’s rated a three-star and ranked the #27 PF nationally by 247Sports. Florida, Kansas, Syracuse, DePaul and Iona are some other offers

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