Apparently the ride home from Columbia was enough time for DB Kyle Fleetwood of Stone Mountain, GA to make a decision. After visiting USC earlier Sunday with his family, Fleetwood notified recruiter Lorenzo Ward Sunday night that he is pledging to the Gamecocks. “South Carolina is a great school,” he said. “It’s a great coaching staff and Columbia’s a great city. The shoe fits me just right and I’m excited about my bright future at USC.” Fleetwood was recruited by USC as a strong safety. He had 42 tackles and 3 interceptions last season. “I have good size and speed and I move well,” Fleetwood said. “I’m aggressive. I bring energy and play with a lot of emotion. And they play a lot of DBs on the field which means possible early playing time.” Fleetwood also had offers from Vanderbilt, Cincinnati, Louisville, Indiana, Ole Miss, South Florida, Southern Miss, Syracuse, Stanford, LSU, Boston College and Penn State. He’s the sixth commitment for the 2012 class, the third from Georgia and the second from Stone Mountain High School which has had 9 players commit to BCS schools this spring. He’s the Gamecocks’ first commitment for the secondary.
QB Chad Kelly of Buffalo made an unofficial visit to Syracuse Sunday. Kelly had been favoring Clemson but said Sunday night it’s all bunched up among the seven schools he’s still considering. “The Syracuse visit went great,” Kelly said. “They pushed themselves to the top tier of the seven. Let’s just say a few are up there and there will be a decision within a few weeks. It’s close. We will see how this next visit (to Clemson) goes and to ‘Bama.” Kelly will visit Alabama June 13th at night and all day on the 14th. He will be at Clemson all day on June 15th. His final seven list is Clemson, Alabama, Florida State, Syracuse, Purdue, Michigan State and Buffalo. He plans to make a decision in early July.
OL Cody Waldrop (6-2 295) of Seffner, FL named USC, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina has his top choices. This summer, he plans to visit USC for a second time. “I really like it there,” Waldrop said. “I talk to coach (Shawn) Elliott all of the time.” He will visit North Carolina this summer and may return to Georgia for another visit as well. As for camps, Waldrop does not have plans to attend any this summer. He does not have a leader but says two of his official visits are already decided. “USC, definitely,” he said adding, “Them and Georgia for sure.” His offers include USC, Clemson, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma, NC State, Minnesota and Texas Tech. He has 21 in all.
DB Rico McWilliams (6-0 175) of Hampton, GA visited USC over the weekend along with his parents. It was his first visit to USC. “I had a good time with coach (Lorenzo) Ward and I had a good time in Columbia,” McWilliams said. “We talked about academics and the depth chart. They really like me a lot down there but I don’t have any favorites at this point. I love them all and that’s while it’s so hard right now.” McWilliams plans to take some official visits this fall before making a decision. He has 18 offers including USC, South Florida, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Kentucky, Michigan State, Nebraska, NC State, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Pittsburgh and Virginia. Clemson also is showing interest and he talked with recruiter Charlie Harbison last week. He plans to visit Clemson for a second time later this summer. He’s also been to South Florida and Vanderbilt. He does not have any favorites at this point. McWilliams also plays receiver but schools like him as a cornerback. He scored six touchdowns last season, five as a receiver.
DB Chaz Elder (6-2 180) of College Park, GA visited USC Friday and enjoyed his visit. “I really liked the campus,” Elder said. “It’s a beautiful campus. I also like the facilities.” Elder is at Vanderbilt today. He is unsure of other trips he will take this summer but does plan to attend a 7-on-7 camp at Auburn. Elder has offers from Clemson, USC, Georgia, North Carolina, Auburn, Vanderbilt, LSU, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Nebraska among others. He named his favorites as Georgia, Clemson and North Carolina adding, “maybe LSU.” USC is a school in which he has an interest. Elder was unsure of other schools he could visit and is undecided on a return trip to Columbia. This spring, he visited Clemson and Georgia.