DE Ben Councell (6-3 230) of Asheville, NC committed to Notre Dame last June but the strength of that pledge is now being tested by USC. Councell made an unofficial visit to USC for the Tennessee game. His coach, Shane Laws, talked with him Tuesday to get a read on his thinking. “He’s still committed to Notre Dame but wants to make sure and cover all his bases,” Laws said. “South Carolina is the other school he likes a lot. He’s trying to make a decision on if he’s still committed to Notre Dame. Is South Bend too far away? How much of a change (from the South) would it be going to South Bend? He’s just trying to make sure he’s signing with the right place. He’s trying to decide if he’s going to stay committed or has South Carolina become a serious option. He enjoyed his visit (to USC). He saw how easy it was to get home and for his folks to come see him play.” USC is the only other school Councell is considering besides Notre Dame. Some of his other offers were Auburn, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, NC State and West Virginia. Councell has about 100 tackles this season and leads his team in tackles and tackles for loss. He can play outside linebacker in a 3-4 and plays defensive end in a 4-3. “He’s an incredible athlete,” Laws said. “There’s not a whole lot he can’t do.”
LB Travis Hughes (6-1 228) of Virginia Beach, VA will not be able to take his official visit to Clemson this weekend because of the game time. “The game is at noon,” said Hughes. “It’s an eight hour drive and I have to split the driving with my mom. That’s hard on me because we play the night before.” He says he will try to reschedule it for the Clemson-USC game. “It probably doesn’t get bigger than that,” he added. Hughes was at Virginia this past weekend and says he had a good visit. “It was a pretty big game and there were a lot of good recruits there,” he said. “I had a good time hanging out with them. As far as the school goes, it was great.” Hughes says he will not commit until he takes his Clemson visit. He has already taken official visits to Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland, and North Carolina. He did not name a favorite.
RB Marcus Caffey (6-0 184) of Atlanta says his top five are USC, Arkansas, Kentucky, Purdue, and Illinois. “Those are pretty much the schools I’m going to take my official visits to,” he said. Caffey says he will start taking his visits in December but has not scheduled any of those trips yet. He says he could commit on any of the visits if the situation is right for him. As a senior, Caffey has over 1100 yards on 86 rushes and 11 touchdowns. No favorites for him at this time.
DB Avery Walls (5-11 185) of McDonough, GA had considered making an unofficial visit to USC for the Arkansas game but won’t make it in because his grandmother is ill. Walls said he’s put his recruiting on hold right now because of that. He’s also concentrating on his season with his team 9-0 at this point. USC recruiter Lorenzo Ward scouted Walls two weeks ago and the Gamecocks are solidly on his list. Walls has taken official visits to Michigan, Oregon and California. He’s also looking at Tennessee, Virginia, UCLA, Georgia, Michigan State and Connecticut.
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