LB Cedrick Cooper of Lithonia, GA de-committed from Arkansas Wednesday morning and is now only committed to USC according to his assistant coach and mentor Lloyd Morrison. Cooper met this morning with Gamecock recruiter Lorenzo Ward. “This thing has been all over the place,” Morrison said. “He committed to (Steve) Spurrier on Sunday and called back Monday to tell him he was still committed but still thinking about things. But then Arkansas came in and he committed to them but didn’t de-commit from South Carolina. He was really confused. But he de-committed from Arkansas today and is committed to USC.” Cooper and Morrison plan to sit down tonight to firm up everything. Cooper still plans to visit Ole Miss this weekend since he had made that promise to their coaching staff.
Northwestern DE Roderick Byers (6-4 265) Wednesday committed to the Oregon Ducks. Byers made the announcement at his school. He picked the Ducks over USC. Byers made an official visit to Oregon last weekend. He had planned to visit USC early this week but never made it to Columbia. Byers is the first player ever from South Carolina to commit to Oregon out of high school. Former Chester High running back Maurice Morris played for the Ducks after first attending a junior college.
Alabama coach Nick Saban met with USC commitment Goose Creek OL Brandon Shell at his school Wednesday and will visit with the family in the home tonight. Saban and Shell met at the school for over 30 minutes today. “He had a very good school visit with Saban,” said his coach Chuck Reedy. “He’s still solid with USC. Saban is very impressive but he wants to go to USC.” USC head coach Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks offensive staff will meet with Shell Thursday at his school at 2:00 and will have a home visit at 6:00. “I am still committed to South Carolina,” Shell said. “I’m still committed until I decommit, and I haven’t decommitted yet.” Shell made official visits to USC and Alabama.
Dabo Swinney will visit LB Tony Steward (6-2 220) of St. Augustine, FL at Steward’s home tonight, according to Steward’s coach, Keith Cromwell. “Coach Swinney came by the school and visited with everyone for a couple of hours this afternoon,” said Cromwell. “Everybody loved him. It was a good visit. He flew down to Daytona to meet with a kid and will fly back tonight to meet with Tony and his mother in their home.” Cromwell says that Steward will likely commit on National Signing Day and has Clemson and Florida State has his top two. “Coaches from Florida State will visit Tony on Friday,” he added. “As far as I know, there aren’t any indications that Tony is leaning to either school.”
USC coach Steve Spurrier made his in home visit with Scotts Branch DE Jerrell Adams’ mother Wednesday afternoon. He was joined on the visit by assistant coaches Shane Beamer and Jay Graham. The coaches visited with Adams at the school earlier in the day. Clemson defensive ends coach Marion Hobby is scheduled to visit with Adams Thursday as is Alabama defensive ends coach Chris Rumph. Adams does plan to visit Alabama this weekend according to his coach. USC and Clemson remain in a tight race for him.
USC coach Steve Spurrier and assistant Shane Beamer met with Manning DL Phillip Dukes and his mother at the school Wednesday morning. “All went well with the visit today,” Manning coach Robbie Briggs said. “He will visit North Carolina this weekend. He’s still a lean to USC.” Dukes has taken official visits to USC, Clemson and Alabama. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney will make his in home visit with Dukes Thursday. And Alabama recruiters Burton Burns and Chris Rumph also will visit Thursday. He plans to announce his decision early next week, possibly Monday.
South Pointe DE Jadeveon Clowney will be featured on the cover of ESPN The Magazine which will be available February 7th. Clowney went to New York in early January for a photo shoot for the magazine. The New York Times also has been in touch with Clowney and wants to do a feature on him. USC recruiter Ellis Johnson met with Clowney Thursday at school and at his home. Alabama recruiter Chris Rumph is scheduled to be in on Thursday. LSU wanted to visit Clowney today but Les Miles and John Chavis couldn’t fly in due to the weather. They want to come in Friday but Clowney has a basketball game scheduled for that night so they can’t see him then. He is still scheduled for his official visit to Clemson this weekend. Right now, according to his former coach Bobby Carroll, USC remains the favorite.