LB TJ Holloman (6-3 220) of Atlanta committed Sunday to USC becoming the Gamecocks’ second commitment for 2012. Holloman visited USC over the weekend for the spring game with his entire family. “I was in Friday and sat in on some meetings and stayed for the spring game,” Holloman said. “I thought it was amazing. The spring game showed me the fan support. That’s big and important to me because I’m all for the fans. That showed me how important football is to the city of Columbia.” Holloman played quarterback as well as linebacker last season and said the Gamecocks like him as an outside linebacker. “They told me I have a chance to fit right in,” he said. “I will work as hard as I can to compete for a sport when I get there.” Holloman also had offers from Louisville, Illinois and NC State, and he drew interest from Clemson, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Vanderbilt and North Carolina. Last season he had 48 tackles and 4 interceptions.
QB Chad Kelly (6-3 205) of Buffalo visited Clemson over the weekend along with his father and his uncle Chuck from Michigan. Kelly is the nephew of Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly. That uncle didn’t make it in this weekend but Kelly said he and his uncle Jim plan to visit Clemson together in about a month. Kelly said the weekend at Clemson has put the Tigers firmly on top of his list right now. “Those people are the most polite, genuine people I have met in my entire life,” he said. “Everybody is so kind, and that means a lot. It was definitely nice meeting the coaching staff. I met everybody from head to toe. It’s a family atmosphere and that’s really what I want.” Social kindness aside, Kelly also liked what he saw from the football team. “They are powerful on offense,” he said. “If they get the right quarterback they are going to be deadly.” Kelly has offers from Clemson, Alabama, Florida State, Purdue, Rutgers, Cincinnati, Louisville and Vanderbilt. After the weekend he has a clear favorite. “Clemson is at the top, they have to be,” he said. “They set the bar really high. I’m going to wait and see how these other trips turn out.” Kelly is headed to Florida State Thursday for the weekend. He also plans to visit Purdue, Alabama, Miami and Syracuse. Kelly said a decision “would be soon,” perhaps in another month or so.
DE Michael Moore (6-4 255) of Hyattsville, MD spent much of the weekend in the Palmetto State scouting USC and Clemson. Friday Moore was in Columbia and Saturday he was in Clemson. “South Carolina, I really liked the coaches and the campus,” Moore said. “At Clemson I sat down with the head coach and the other coaches. Both (USC and Clemson) said I would have a chance to play early.” Moore also has visited Tennessee, Rutgers, Notre Dame, Virginia, Florida and Florida State. He has no other visits planned right now. Moore wants to have a list of favorites worked out by the end of the school year, and things look good for USC and Clemson to be on that list. ‘They will be pretty high,” he said of both. “I liked my visits.” Moore said he won’t wait until signing day for a decision. One could come before the season. Moore registered 8 sacks last season. He can play outside linebacker but is projected for defensive end.
5-11 Anthony Hickey of Hopkinsville, KY plans to take an official visit to USC in late April his coach told the Louisville Courier-Journal. Hickey is down to USC, LSU and Dayton. And Butler could jump in if Shelvin Mack opts for the NBA. Hickey met with USC coach Darrin Horn over the weekend. He was named Mr. Basketball in Kentucky this season, and this past Saturday earned MVP honors in an all star game featuring Kentucky standouts against Ohio all stars.