Former USC signee DL Leon Mackey (6-6 270) of Hinds JC, MS will make another official visit to USC this weekend. Mackey signed with the Gamecocks in February of 2009 out of Hargrave Prep, VA but did not qualify. He was first team all state both seasons at Hinds. This season he had 47 tackles with 15.5 for loss and 4.5 sacks. He played defensive tackle and defensive end. Mackey still has some work to do academically but the major schools, like USC remain interested. Texas Tech, where his former prep school coach is an assistant, has also been showing strong interest.
LB Marcquis Roberts (6-1 205) of Powder Springs, GA says USC is still his leader. He took an official visit to Columbia for the Arkansas game and said he enjoyed the visit. Roberts did not make the trip to West Virginia last weekend but said he plans to reschedule the visit. “We couldn’t get a flight,” he said. “Hopefully, I’ll be able to go another time.” He also plans to visit Ole Miss and Cincinnati. Roberts does not have a time frame for decision.
TE Drew Owens (6-5 230) of Charlotte made official visits to USC, Michigan, North Carolina and NC State and has narrowed his decision to the Gamecocks and Wolfpack. He plans to announce his choice this Saturday. “This is the hardest thing of my life,” Owens posted Wednesday night on his Facebook page. “To run with a pack of wolves, or be with the chickens and be a (game) cock.” One source indicated tonight Owens may be leaning towards USC at this point.
LB Lateek Townsend (6-3 207) of Marlboro County spent part of Wednesday night on the phone with Clemson recruiter Kevin Steele. “He told me just to relax and everything will take care of itself,” Townsend said. Townsend has taken official visits to USC and Southern Cal. He might come in to USC Saturday for the Troy game but won’t make that decision until Saturday morning. He talked with USC recruiter Ellis Johnson last week. Townsend will be at Clemson for the USC game and is not sure yet if that will be for an official or an unofficial visit. He’s also looking at LSU and Florida for possible official visits. Townsend is not claiming a favorite at this time and said he’ll probably make his announcement at the US Army AA Game. As for whom he will cheer for in the USC-Clemson game, Townsend said neither. He’s just going to observe the game.
LB Michael McAlister (6-2 230) of Fork Union Prep, VA and Timmonsville would like to be a part of USC’s 2011 class, but if he doesn’t become qualified for that, he’ll plan to join the Gamecocks in 2012 according to his coach. John Shuman said they are waiting on McAlister’s SAT and ACT scores to return. “If he moves and gets cleaned up, we’ll get him into South Carolina this fall,” Shuman said. “The interest in him is still there. We’re trying to get it done as quick as possible. If he doesn’t get it he’ll come back for our post graduate program.” Because he’s a senior, McAlister doesn’t have the chance to graduate in December. This season McAlister led the team in tackles and had 4 interceptions. More schools will get a chance to see him December 7th when a “skills day” is held at the school. Coastal Carolina and Memphis also have shown interest. Shuman added that USC commitments DB Brison Williams and LB Brandon Golson have completed all of their academic requirements and are set to enroll at USC in January. USC’s third commitment at the school, DE Kelcey Quarles, has not yet completed all the academic work according to Shuman.