OL Bryce Kennedy (6-3 285) of Southern Pines, NC visited USC Thursday. Since picking up an offer from the Gamecocks in late April, Kennedy has received offers from North Carolina, NC State, East Carolina and Temple. He already had one from Florida International. Kennedy is very interested in USC but did not commit Thursday. “I think I am going to wait for (the football) season before I make a commitment,” he said. Kennedy is impressed with the facilities and the coaches in Columbia. “They seem like the type of coaches that got your back [sic],” he said. “If you need some help, they’ll look out for you.” He is very familiar with USC offensive line coach Shawn Elliott from his days at Appalachian State where Kennedy attended camp. “He is a no non-sense kind of guy,” Kennedy said. “He demands the best from you.” Kennedy did not name a favorite.
OL DJ Humphries of Charlotte has three of his top five schools in place and is in the process of deciding on the final two. Humphries said Florida, Tennessee and USC are his top three in order right now. The other schools he’s looking at for his final two are Clemson, Auburn, North Carolina, NC State and Alabama. Recruiters from all of his favorites have been in. USC’s Jay Graham was at his school on the first day allowed, and Clemson’s Danny Pearman was by about two weeks ago. Humphries heard from Graham two days ago thru Facebook but hasn’t talked to Pearman since he was at the school. Humphries said he will take all five official visits before making his decision about midway thru the season. He said Florida’s lead right now is a “pretty big one.”
David Hood of Tigernet reports PK Will Roper is transferring from Arizona State and is considering Clemson, USC, LSU and Ole Miss. Roper is from Hendersonville, NC and was a walk on at Arizona State last season. He visited Clemson Thursday. He said if he can get into Clemson, that would be his favorite. He will have to sit out next season wherever he goes.
USC and Clemson are among the many schools which have had recruiters stop by Henry County High School in McDonough, GA to check on QB Chris Moody (6-1 195) and DL Delvin Tomlinson (6-3 270). The Gamecocks and Tigers have offered both players. Each is heavily recruited with Tomlinson holding over 30 offers. Moody’s offers also include Virginia Tech, South Florida, Central Florida, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Indiana, Purdue and Georgia Tech. Moody is being recruited as both a quarterback and an athlete. He runs the spread and the zone read as a quarterback, and is a free safety on defense. He plans to narrow his list this summer. Tomlinson has many of the same offers as Moody plus Alabama, Auburn, Michigan, Southern Cal and Virginia. The two have visited Clemson, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State. Coach Mike Rozier said academics will be key in Tomlinson’s case. He has not narrowed his list. Rozier said USC and Clemson are making a strong push for him. Tomlinson is a two time state wrestling champ.
RB-DE Torray Amlett (6-2 221) of Ridgeland has received interest from several schools and is awaiting his first offer. Schools showing interest include Clemson, USC, NC State, Tennessee, Miami-Ohio and Ball State. “He is an explosive player,” coach Richard Kirkland said. “He’s a versatile player that can play of lot of different positions for us.” Amlett has played running back, defensive end, linebacker, safety and cornerback for his squad. “We visited Clemson last summer and he (Amlett) really liked it up there,” Kirkland said. “They are looking at him as a defensive end. They could look at him as a running back but want to evaluate him more.” This summer, Kirkland will take Amlett to USC and Clemson camps and has plans for one more. As a junior, Amlett had 1200 all-purpose yards on offense and 23 total touchdowns. Six of those scores came on special teams. USC was at the school today and Clemson is expected to visit next week during spring practice. Amlett does not have a favorite, according to Kirkland.
Spartanburg junior LB/SS Justin Bridges Thompson (6-3 195) picked up his first offer this week from Pittsburgh.
6-10 Brice Johnson of Edisto no longer is claiming an overall favorite but said he does favor Clemson over USC as far as the in-state schools are concerned. Johnson had been favoring Florida but he said the turnover on the coaching staff of the assistants led him to back off of that for now. “I’m still looking around and I’m going to visit a bunch of places,” Johnson said. “I really don’t have a favorite.” USC and Clemson recruiters stopped by to watch Johnson workout during spring break. He said he’s more impressed with what he’s seen of the Tigers. “It’s just the way they play,” he said. Johnson said Florida and Clemson are recruiting him the hardest at this time. He plans to attend several elite camps this summer and will take his official visits this fall. He wants to make his decision before his season. He also has offers from Wake Forest and Georgia Southern and is also hearing from Ohio State, Tennessee, Marquette, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, South Florida and Florida State.
SC State has signed 6-2 DJ Coleman of Sumter and 6-3 Devon Joint of Darlington.
Forward Justin Kelly of Wilson signed with Carl Alberts State JC in Oklahoma.