DB Kadetrix Marcus (6-1 190) of Stone Mountain, GA committed Sunday night to USC. Marcus had been favoring the Gamecocks over Tennessee, South Florida and West Virginia. He did not make it in for the Arkansas game but contacted recruiter Lorenzo Ward to make his pledge. Marcus made two unofficial visits earlier in the season and had a good feel for the Gamecocks. “Their defensive scheme I fit perfectly,” Marcus said. “And they were my first scholarship offer. They showed the most interest in me first.” Marcus is the 24th commitment for the Gamecocks and the second of the weekend.
OL Kyle Harris (6-3 283) of Lindale, GA committed to USC Saturday night while on an unofficial visit for the Arkansas game. “I just felt like that’s where I need to be,” Harris said. “It’s a great place and I have a chance to get early playing time. I just like everything coach Elliott does with the line. He is a very good coach.” Harris is a former Georgia Tech commitment. He also had offers from Clemson, Illinois, Louisville, Auburn, Purdue, Syracuse and Tennessee. Auburn and Tennessee also showed renewed interest after he reopened his recruiting. Harris becomes the Gamecocks’ 6th offensive line commitment and likely the last they will take at that position. He’s their 23rd commitment overall.
LB Lateek Townsend (6-3 207) of Marlboro County made his official visit to USC over the weekend and did not give the Gamecocks a commitment. “It went really good and he was excited about it,” said Marlboro County coach Dean Boyd. “He was treated very well. He’s seriously considering them. And also Clemson.” Townsend has been publicly favoring USC and gave off some indications before the weekend that he might commit. But he did not pull the trigger and has set an official visit to Clemson for the USC weekend. He’s also taken an official visit to Southern Cal. And he’s looking at LSU, Auburn and Michigan State for his remaining official visits.
DE Jadeveon Clowney of South Pointe has finished his official visit to USC and returned to his home in Rock Hill. Clowney left Columbia around 3:00 after meeting with several Gamecock coaches including head coach Steve Spurrier. “It went well,” Clowney said of the visit. “Academics stood out the most. My conversation with coach Spurrier was about the same as always. He just talked me joining the team.” Clowney did not commit and he said he will make more official visits. He’s been considering Alabama, Ohio State, LSU and Florida State for other trips. Clowney said he doesn’t have a favorite.
USC targets LB Marcquis Roberts and TE Rory Anderson of Powder Springs, GA completed their official visits to USC Sunday night. Both left Columbia without committing but the Gamecocks appear to be in strong shape with both. Roberts has also held interest in West Virginia, Virginia and South Florida. He’s scheduled for an official visit to West Virginia this weekend. Anderson has also had strong interest in Virginia. He’s also been interested in Tennessee, West Virginia, Vanderbilt and South Florida.
DB Brandon Ellerbe (6-1 210) of Wadesboro, NC made an unofficial visit to Clemson Saturday for the NC State game. “It went good,” Ellerbe said. “I talked to Coach Brooks and Harbison and Steele, but mostly with Brooks. I’m still with North Carolina but I won’t make a decision until Signing Day.” Ellerbe committed to Clemson in August of 2009 but later switched to North Carolina and has held to that commitment. He has set an official visit to Clemson in January for the weekend of the football banquet. He also plans to take an official visit to North Carolina and possibly Georgia and West Virginia.
DL Phillip Dukes (6-3 280) of Manning did not attend a game Saturday after getting back late from his Friday night playoff game and deciding to stay home with his family. He will take an unofficial visit to Clemson for the USC game and might get to an Alabama game before the season ends. The only official visit date he has is USC January 21st. He’ll also set official visits with Clemson, Miami and Alabama. USC remains a slight leader over Clemson.
DE Gerald Dixon (6-4 260) of South Pointe and his brother DL Gerald Dixon Jr. (6-2 270) of Northwestern made unofficial visits to USC Saturday for the Arkansas game. The brothers have been to four USC home games this season. Dixon of South Pointe actually stayed the weekend in Columbia with teammate Jadeveon Clowney who was making his official visit. Dixon Jr. said he and his brother plan to make their official visits to USC for the Troy weekend. He said his teammate, DE Roderick Byers, also plans to make his official visit to USC that weekend. Byers did not go to the USC-Arkansas game. Dixon said he continues to favor the Gamecocks. He also wants to take visits to Clemson, Florida State, Tennessee, LSU and Auburn but those schools have not offered him.
NORKETHEIUS OTIS LB 6-3 205 GASTONIA, NC NORTH CAROLINA