DB Sheldon Royster of Jersey City, NJ has canceled his official visit to North Carolina scheduled for this weekend his coach said Wednesday night. Coach Rich Hansen said North Carolina had filled up at Royster’s position. Royster will now choose between USC and Rutgers. Hansen believes the decision will come sometime this weekend.
LB Stephone Anthony (6-3 220) of Wadesboro, NC will make his official visit to Clemson this weekend. He was at Florida last weekend, according to his coach, Luke Hyatt. “He said it went well,” said Hyatt. “That’s about all he said. Stephone is a man of few words.” Anthony will visit Virginia Tech next weekend and NC State the following weekend. “I would say they are all about even,” said Hyatt. Hyatt believes Anthony will wait until he completes his visits before committing but says that it is not written in stone. “I think he’ll take his time and make sure he makes the right decision,” he said. “That doesn’t mean that something could happen and he (Anthony) could go ahead and commit.” Hyatt says that Anthony is down to the four schools he is visiting and does not have a favorite. “It wouldn’t surprise me if he goes to any of those schools,” added Hyatt.
RB Mike Bellamy (5-11 182) of Punta Gorda, FL will take his official visit to Clemson this weekend, according to his coach, Binky Waldrop. “I’ve been out of town all week but I saw him this morning for about three minutes and he said he was going,” said Waldrop. “I don’t know if he’s talked to coach (Chad) Morris yet but I don’t think he’s planning any other trips.” There were some internet reports that Bellamy could consider other schools after the firing of Billy Napier at Clemson. Coach Waldrop said that he does not believe Bellamy is talking to any other schools. Waldrop also said he believes Bellamy is solid with the Tigers.
While USC has focused on Tanner McEvoy of New Jersey as a quarterback target, the Gamecocks also remain involved with QB Jacoby Brissett of Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Brissett will make his official visit to USC next weekend his coach said Thursday. Brissett is not taking a visit anywhere this weekend. As for January 28th, his coach said Brissett is looking at Miami, Florida and Washington for that weekend. Florida State is also a major player but he won’t take an official visit there because he’s plenty familiar with the program. Jimbo Fisher has had his in home visit with Brissett and his coach said USC coach Steve Spurrier may be in next week. Coach Jack Daniels said Brissett is strongly interested in USC. “He has talked about wanting to take a visit there for a long time,” the coach said. Daniels said Brissett does not have a favorite. “He’s completely wide open,” he said. The coach is not sure when Brissett will make his decision. He’s also a basketball player and a former teammate of USC’s Ramon Galloway in that spot. He’d like to play both sports in college.
WR Sammy Watkins of Ft. Myers, FL has shut down his recruiting and is “as solid as he can be” with his Clemson commitment his coach said Thursday. “He told me yesterday he has not interest in anyone else or anywhere else,” Grant Redhead said. ‘I’ve told the other recruiters he doesn’t want to talk to anybody.” Florida recruiters Charlie Weiss and Aubrey Hill are coming to the school Friday to see Redhead. The coach said if Watkins wants to talk with the coaches, he’ll get him out of class. Otherwise, he won’t. Watkins is scheduled for his Clemson official visit January 21st.
Bamberg-Ehrhardt DL Martin Aiken received a verbal offer from USC Thursday according to his coach.. USC is the first of the in-state schools to offer Aiken who is projected as one of the top prospects in the state for 2012. He also has offers from Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Illinois.
Manning DL Phillip Dukes is set for a pair of visits starting Friday and running thru Tuesday. But before he leaves on the trip with his mother, two of the schools he’s not visiting on the trip will have coaches in to see him. Manning coach Robbie Briggs said USC recruiter Shane Beamer and new North Carolina defensive line coach Brian Baker plan to visit with Dukes on Friday, the first day coaches can go back on the road following the end of the dead period. Dukes is scheduled for an official visit to USC January 21st and is set to visit North Carolina January 28th though his coach is not sure he’ll make that visit right now. Briggs said Dukes continues to favor USC going into his visits. Dukes has planned a signing day announcement though his coach said the word could come a few days before that.
QB Loranzo Hammonds of North Augusta has committed to Florida International. He passed for 2446 yards and 21 touchdowns this season and rushed for 652 yards and 14 touchdowns. James Madison, Appalachian State and Georgia Tech also showed interest. Hammonds disclosed his decision to the Aiken Standard Wednesday night prior to his team’s banquet. Hammonds played in the North-South All Star Game.
USC commitment OL Brandon Shell of Goose Creek will take an official visit to Alabama this weekend with his mother. Mrs. Shell, who is still in San Antonio trying to get a flight home after watching her son in the US Army All American Game, said this will be a serious visit for them as they want to take a closer look at Alabama. “Just after talking to some of the fellows at the Shrine Bowl he wanted to take another look,’ Mrs. Shell said. “I’m thinking it’s (his USC commitment) is still firm but he wants to go and take a look at Alabama.” Shell is scheduled to make his USC official visit January 21st. He committed to the Gamecocks November 1st.
OL Josue Matias (6-5 300) of Union City, NJ says he is no longer looking at USC and has cancelled his scheduled visit to Columbia this weekend. Instead, he will visit Miami. “I’ve heard from (USC) but I felt that Miami would be the better visit,” said Matias. He is down to Florida, Miami, and Rutgers. Matias has already visited Florida and will visit Rutgers on January 21st. That will be his final trip. He did not name a favorite.
DB Calvin Caldwell (5-10 185) of J.L. Mann has offers from North Greenville, Lenoir-Rhyne, Wingate, and Tusculum and is waiting on another from The Citadel. “They came up and watched me at the Shrine Bowl and I think they might offer,” said Caldwell. “If they do, I could take a visit.” As of now, Caldwell says Lenoir-Rhyne is out front with him. “I just like their atmosphere and their coaching staff,” he said. “I think they’re going places.” Caldwell will visit them this weekend. He says he will visit either Wingate or Tusculum the following weekend and may visit The Citadel, should they offer. Caldwell says he plans to make a decision in the next few weeks.
DE Roderick Byers of Northwestern had scheduled his official visit to USC for this coming weekend but after talking with recruiter Ellis Johnson he has decided to reschedule the visit. Byers would have been the only recruit on campus this weekend so he now plans to wait on that visit. In fact, all of his visits are up in the air. Byers is scheduled to visit Clemson January 21st, but he might go to USC that weekend, or possibly to Oregon. Those are the three schools he’s considering and one will not get an official visit. Byers does not have a favorite but said he could have one soon. “I’ll be a silent commitment but won’t announce until after the 21st,” he said. “South Carolina is recruiting me the hardest. They were the first to offer.” Clemson has not officially offered but Byers said the Tigers will do so if and when he visits there. He talked with Tiger recruiter Jeff Scott last week. He talked to Oregon last Sunday.
Clemson recently offered a kicker in Georgia for this year’s class and the Tigers are also checking out one from Dabo Swinney’s home town of Pelham, AL. The Birmingham News reports Clemson is interested in Cameron Haynes (6-2 175). Tiger assistant coach Charlie Harbison is supposed to visit Haynes once the dead period is over later this week. Samford and Troy also are showing interest in Haynes who was 9-12 on field goals with a long of 50 this past season. He also averaged over 45 yards per punt.