USC gained its 8th commitment for the 2012 football class Saturday from DE Darius English (6-6 215) of Powder Springs, GA. English announced the commitment Monday. “It’s a great school and it just felt like home,” said English who visited USC Saturday. He had also visited in the spring. “I have two teammates there (Marcquis Roberts and Rory Anderson). I can see them winning a national championship in a couple of years. They have the best facilities I’ve seen and a really nice campus.” English said he picked the Gamecocks over Arkansas. Some of his other offers were Kentucky, Illinois, East Carolina, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Auburn and Wake Forest. English said he will put on about 30 more pounds before getting to USC next summer, and the Gamecock coaches expect him to be a strong rusher off the end. “They see me as a pass rusher and Coach Lawing compares me to Devin Taylor,” he said. Last season English had 87 tackles and 17 sacks.
DB Will Redmond (6-0 179) of Memphis has offers from Clemson, Tennessee, Memphis, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Virginia, North Carolina, Illinois, Louisville, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Purdue among others. Last week, Redmond visited Clemson. “It was great,” Redmond said. “I want to go somewhere that feels like home. They do a good job of making you feel like a part of the family.” Redmond has not narrowed his list but is very interested in several schools. He named Clemson, Mississippi State, Tennessee and North Carolina, in no order, as schools that would make his list. Redmond has taken visits to Mississippi State, Ole Miss, UNC, Miami, Florida Atlantic and North Carolina and will visit Notre Dame, Virginia, Louisville and Kentucky this summer. UK has not offered but he is expecting one soon. Redmond does not have a favorite.
It’s decision week for Bamberg-Ehrhardt DL Martin Aiken. He plans to make his announcement this Sunday at his school. The tentative announce time is 11:30 AM. Aiken took two final visits late last week. He went to Georgia Tech on Friday and was back at USC Saturday. Earlier in the week he visited USC with his mother. Saturday he came in with his coach who was working at a Gamecock camp. “I just hung out with AJ (Cann),” Aiken said. “I watched the end of camp and talked with Coach Lawing and Coach Graham.” Aiken said USC, Clemson and Georgia Tech are all even with him at this point. He says the atmosphere where he has felt the most comfortable will be the school he chooses. “Here in Bamberg, everybody is like family and I want that to be the same way when I get to school,” he said. “I’ve been to all three of the schools and I know what it feels like to be there.” Aiken said he won’t take any more visits this week unless he goes with his coach to a camp.
Hanahan WR Chris Brown spent last Saturday at a USC camp and he left Columbia with an offer from the Gamecocks. “It was pretty fun up there,’ Brown said. “I got to talk to Coach Spurrier Jr. and Coach Ward. They offered me as a receiver. It was pretty cool.” Brown visited Clemson and Georgia in the spring. The USC camp was the first for Brown this summer and he doesn’t have any future camps or visits planned. That’s because he’s got a big track event coming up. Brown is the #1 rated high school triple jumper in the country and he will be going to Eugene, OR for the USC Track and Field Championships. He’s not claiming any real favorites but he said right now USC, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati and North Carolina stand out the most with him. He feels Cincinnati is recruiting him the hardest followed by the Tar Heels and the Gamecocks. He’s not sure when he’ll make his decision.
QB Brandon Nosovitch of Allentown, PA will take a close look at Maryland Tuesday when he goes to College Park for a camp. Nosovitch visited USC last week when his father and has narrowed his decision to the Gamecocks and Terps. He’s had the Gamecocks out front. “I won’t be making my decision right after Maryland,” Nosovitch said, “but it’s probably the last school I’m seeing this summer. So, my decision won’t be too far away.” Nosovitch has said USC has told him he is their top quarterback recruit for 2011. He also has offers from Clemson and Virginia but the Tigers and Cavaliers recently landed quarterback commitments and aren’t pursuing him. He also has offers from Temple, Georgia Tech, Ohio, Eastern Michigan and Army.
QB Greyson Lambert (6-5 200) of Jesup, GA visited USC Saturday and was impressed with what he saw. “They showed us the stadium and told about some of the changes coming soon like the new Jumbotron,” Lambert said. “They showed us the locker rooms, the weight room, the new training facilities and the meeting rooms. It was all top-notch.” This was his first visit to USC. “It was one of the most beautiful campuses I’ve ever seen,” he said. “They showed us the academic center and the dorms where a lot of the football players stay. I really liked it there.” Lambert visited NC State on Friday and said the visit, “went great”. He will visit Arkansas on July 16th, Alabama on the 18th and return to USC on the 21st. Lambert will also attend an MVP camp in Columbia on the 25th. He has not narrowed his list. “My senior year is really important to me so I doubt I’ll make any decisions during the season,” he added. His offers include USC, Clemson, Alabama, Louisville, NC State, Miami, Boston College, Purdue, Mississippi State and Virginia. Lambert does not have a favorite.