OL Cody Waldrop (6-4 295) of Seffner, FL has eliminated Tennessee and North Carolina leaving USC and Georgia as his top two schools. “I like both of the (offensive line) coaches and could see myself playing for either one of them for the next four or five years,” Waldrop said. Waldrop will visit USC in two weeks and it will be his only visit this summer. While in Columbia, Waldrop hopes to participate in a showcase camp. He visits Georgia on September 9th for the USC game. Waldrop is familiar with both schools and is unsure when he will commit. “I don’t know what I’m going to do, honestly,” he said. “I could commit at anytime. I’m not really sure what it’s going to take for me to make a decision. I’ll know it when it happens.” He did not rule out the idea of committing very soon. Waldrop does plan to take official visits to USC and UGA. The two schools are even.
WR Stefon Diggs of Onlney, MD spent much of Monday on an unofficial visit to USC. Diggs is one of the nation’s most heavily recruited players. His USC recruiter, GA Mangus, actually came back to Columbia from his vacation to meet with Diggs. And Diggs enjoyed his time in Columbia. “USC was a great visit for me,” Diggs said. “I loved the atmosphere. I enjoyed myself. To graduate from that university would be nice. They challenge you and I’m always up for a challenge.” Diggs added that he had a good experience with Mangus. “Coach Mangus was a great guy,” he said. “He’s kind of laid back and very knowledgeable. He sounded like he knew what he was talking about and I bought into that.” Diggs has more than 40 offers and has visited several of those schools. He’s not yet cut his list but USC is in good standing with him after the visit. “South Carolina’s sitting good with Diggs’ top 12,” he said. “I can’t tell you where, but they are in good position.”
According to web sites covering their respective schools, NC State has picked up a commitment from Boiling Springs OL Eddie Gordon (6-3 305) and Miami of Ohio has received a commitment from DB Rokeem Williams (6-2 190) of Williston Elko.
The BigSpur.com reported Tuesday several USC more signees for the 2011 class have received the news they have been admitted to the university including DE Jadeveon Clowney and DL Phillip Dukes. Those players will enroll for summer school July 5th joining the rest of the academically qualified players in the class. The only academic casualties from the USC class, according to the report, will be DB Ronnie Martin, OL Quincy McKinney and TE Jerrell Adams.
It appears Clemson will have two academic casualties from its 2011 class. Reports are that OL Isaiah Battle and DE Kevin Dodd will enroll in prep school this fall.
DL Josh Brown of South Aiken camped at NC State last week and his coach said the Wolfpack is highly interested. “He had a good camp, they liked him,” Jason West said. “He also had a good camp at Clemson. They are checking his transcripts. They liked him as a defensive lineman. Coach Harbison said Clemson’s interest in him is real high.” Brown will go to a USC camp in late July. “He was supposed to come in for a lineman camp there but couldn’t make it,” West said. “They like him for both sides of the ball. They are still interested and they want to see him live.” West said Kentucky also likes Brown as an offensive lineman. Brown has offers from VMI and Georgia State according to his coach.
DB Rhaheim Ledbetter (6-2 190) of Shelby, NC has offers from USC, Clemson, North Carolina, Florida, Auburn and NC State among others. Showing strong interest are Alabama, Illinois and Penn State and each school could be close to offering. “That’s what I am hoping for,” Ledbetter said. He has visited USC, Clemson, Florida and North Carolina and is undecided on other visits he could take this summer. “It depends on how my summer workouts go,” he said. “I could take a couple of visits but I’m not really sure.” As for his previous visits, Ledbetter said, “They were all really nice. South Carolina has great facilities, but they all do.” Ledbetter wants to begin narrowing his list before the upcoming season and says Clemson and USC are schools he will strongly consider. He did not name a favorite.
DE Jhaustin Thomas (6-6 233) of Decatur, GA has narrowed his list to USC, Clemson, Florida and Alabama. He has offers from each as well as Georgia, Auburn, Penn State, Virginia and Ole Miss among others. He has visited Florida and will visit Clemson, USC and Alabama next month. “I want to commit before my senior season,” Thomas said. “I like Clemson because they always have good defensive ends. I like the coaching staff at South Carolina. They’re real cool.” Thomas says all four of his top schools are even.
DB Will Redmond of Memphis has cut his list to a final six of Clemson, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. He said North Carolina is a narrow leader right now over Mississippi State. “It’s not that big a lead,” he said. “There’s a lot going on with the North Carolina program. They can’t fill me in all that much because they don’t know themselves. And Mississippi State is recruiting me real hard and I like the coaches and atmosphere.” Redmond camped at Clemson earlier this month and he’s going to Alabama for a camp in mid-July. He also has visited Mississippi State, North Carolina, Miami and Ole Miss. He wants to revisit Clemson and North Carolina this summer. He plans to take his official visits before committing and he said Clemson and North Carolina will be two of his visits.
LB Nick Dawson of Charlotte said Sunday he’s wide open regarding his decision with all of the offering schools on his list still alive, though he added that Clemson and Louisville are his top two with no favorite. Dawson is in Louisville right now where he just finished up a four day camp last week. His father lives in Louisville and he’s staying with him. Dawson said it was a very good camp and he feels he showed the Cardinals what he can do. “I showed them how I can move in small areas and how I can get off the ball,” he said. “Just little techniques they want to see in a linebacker.” Dawson said his next trip will be to Oregon for a Nike sponsored camp July 5-9. As for the schools on his list right now, Dawson cited Clemson, Louisville, Tennessee, North Carolina, Southern Cal, Miami, Arkansas, Kentucky, NC State, Auburn, Pittsburgh and Illinois. “I’ve opened back up to everybody,” he said. Dawson would like to make a decision around the midway point of his season.
DB Jordan Diggs of Cape Coral, FL has not visited any schools this summer because of his seven on seven schedule. But he and several of his friends who also are recruits will begin a road trip in July that will take them to several schools. “We’re going on a big road trip,” Diggs said. “Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and NC State,” Diggs said would be some of the schools they will see. Diggs said he has about 30 offers and has not cut anyone from the list. “I don’t want to cut anyone out I haven’t seen,” he said. He also hasn’t formed any kind of a favorites list. Diggs said he’s in regular contact with USC recruiter GA Mangus and has also been talking a lot with new spurs coach John Butler. “They are looking at me to play the spur and coach Butler and I are trying to build a bond and a relationship.” Some of the other offers for Diggs are Maryland, Ohio State, Boston College, Purdue, West Virginia, Nebraska, Auburn and Notre Dame. He has no timetable for cutting his list or making a decision.
USC is one of the major programs showing interest in promising 6-11 Waverly Austin of Palm Beach State JC in Florida where he is coached by former Furman coach Butch Estes. Austin is from Fredericksburg, VA and he told his hometown newspaper, The Free-Lance Star, that among the schools he’s hearing from right now are USC, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, DePaul, UAB, Wichita State, Washington State, Arizona State, Providence, Cincinnati, Miami, Maryland and South Florida. Austin signed with South Florida out of high school but did not qualify. Last season Austin averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks per game.