DB Kadetrix Marcus (6-1 190) of Stone Mountain, GA became the latest commitment for USC when he contacted recruiter Lorenzo Ward Sunday night and made his pledge. Marcus picked the Gamecocks over offers from Clemson, Michigan State, Tennessee, West Virginia, South Florida, Stanford, Ole Miss, NC State and others. Marcus attended two USC games earlier in the season and had been favoring the Gamecocks for weeks. “That was the school that was always on me,” he said. “They offered the first and stayed on me. It was the right decision in my heart to commit.” Marcus can play corner and safety and the fact the Gamecocks deploy five defensive backs in their basic scheme appealed to him. And he likes the future of the program. “Great things are coming,” Marcus said. “The offense is doing great this year and just has to pick it back up. I see a lot of great things happening.” Marcus said his decision ends his recruiting and USC will be his only official visit.
DB Geraldo Orta (6-0 180) of Valdosta, GA continues to favor Tennessee but has Clemson high on his list. He has scheduled two of his official visits, the first to Tennessee in December and the second to Clemson in January. He says he would like to take all five of his visits with the other three being to USC, Louisville, and Wake Forest. “It’s a once in a lifetime chance,” said Orta. He says he plans to contact coaches this weekend to begin scheduling those visits. “I’m going to wait to see if anyone from South Carolina calls me to see if they’re still interested,” he said. “If I don’t hear from them I’ll probably call them myself.” Orta says he will not commit until he has completed all five official visits. “That should be sometime in February,” he estimated.
QB Tanner McEvoy (6-6 205) of Oradell, NJ will take an official visit to USC but says he does not know when. “We haven’t had a bye week yet so it’s hard to take any visits,” he said. “Hopefully, we will play late into the playoffs so I will probably wait until after the season to take my official visits.” He says he does not have a top five but is looking at USC, North Carolina, Rutgers, Michigan, and Boston College. He wants to take visits to each but says that could change. “I would like to visit all the schools and get a feel for them but, you never know, if I like a place, I could commit,” said McEvoy. As a senior, he has over 1600 passing yards and 19 touchdowns and has rushed for another 700 yards and 10 scores. He does not have a favorite.
LB Dexter Staley (6-2 225) of Williston-Elko did not make it to the USC game this past weekend but his coach said the Gamecocks lead. “He’s got some academic work to do, but I think that he’ll end up at USC if he can get it done,” said Dwayne Garrick. Staley has offers from USC, LSU, and Florida among others and continues to hear from all three schools. Garrick said that Staley is not interested in some of the other schools. “Dexter is a good ole country boy,” he said. “He doesn’t know a whole lot about LSU other than what he has seen on TV.” Garrick remained hopeful that Staley will qualify. “He really needs to buckle down after the season,” he said. “He’s got this semester and the next to get it done.”
QB Tamyn Garrick (6-2 210) of Williston-Elko has two offers, one from Presbyterian and the other from Newberry. He continues to hear from other schools, including USC, but has not received any more offers. “Clemson isn’t talking to me as much after they offered that kid from Ohio and he committed (Cole Stoudt),” said Garrick. “I still hear from USC’s coaches and still go to the games. I’ve talked to G.A. Mangus a lot and they are just kind of waiting to see what happens.” He says he would like more offers, but if he doesn’t get them, “It was for the best”. Garrick is also hearing from Middle Tennessee but says he never made the trip. “They keep wanting me to come up,” he added. This season, Garrick has completed 104 of 159 attempts for 2167 yards. He has 31 touchdowns and seven interceptions. PC is his current favorite.
OL Xavier Ward (6-7 260) of Moultrie, GA continues to favor Clemson, Alabama, Florida, Auburn, and Georgia in no order. He says he decided to stay home over the weekend instead of taking in any games. “I’m probably going to wait until after the season before I go anywhere,” said Ward. His team is 5-5 entering the playoffs this week. He has one official visit planned to Alabama in January and does not have any other visits scheduled. “I don’t know if I will take all of my visits or not,” he said. He says he does not have a favorite and his top five schools are even.