OL Mason Zandi (6-9 275) of Chapin followed thru with his plans and committed to USC Friday morning. Zandi had said Thursday night he would be committing to the Gamecocks. Originally he had planned to wait until after the July 4th holiday but he decided to go ahead and make his call to offensive line coach Shawn Elliott today. Zandi also had an offer from Clemson and he drew interest from East Carolina. Chapin coach Justin Gentry said after two years starting on the defensive line, he’s looking forward to using Zandi as the left tackle on his offensive line. “He’s athletic,” Gentry said. “He has a frame that can carry another 40-50 pounds. He has great hands and long arms. And he’s only 16 years old. He’ll grow some more.” Zandi is the 10th commitment for the Gamecocks’ 2012 recruiting class and the second this week.
OL Joe Harris of Lithonia, GA made an unofficial visit to USC Friday. Harris, who grew up in Spartanburg, has made several trips to the campus, so he said he really didn’t see anything he hadn’t seen before. “It was good,” he said. “I liked what they had to offer.” Harris spent most of his time with recruiter Lorenzo Ward and offensive line coach Shawn Elliott. He did not commit and said he’s still working on that final decision. “I’m just looking at everybody,” he said. “I’m taking my time. I will have a decision by the beginning of my season.” Harris was joined on the visit by two of his coaches and his mother. He said he does not have any other visits planned at this time. Some of his other offers are Clemson, Georgia, Florida State, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Florida and Mississippi State.
OL Alex Kozan (6-4 295) of Highlands Ranch, CO is making his way across the Southeast visiting several schools that include USC. He has been to Oklahoma State, Arkansas, LSU and Auburn with Columbia next. He will visit USC Friday. “I’m really looking forward to it,” Kozan said. “I want to see the area, meet the coaches and find out if it’s a good fit for me.” Kozan will head to North Carolina next ending his tour at Vanderbilt. His offers include USC, Arkansas, LSU, Vanderbilt, North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Syracuse, Colorado, Colorado State, Arizona, Arizona State, Iowa, Utah and UConn among others. “I want to narrow my list to around five to seven schools before the end of July,” he said. “Then I want to take a couple of official visits before I commit mid-season.” Kozan remains unsure of which schools could make the list except for one. “I know Iowa will be on it,” he mentioned. He did not name a favorite.
DE Tyler Knox (6-4 228) of Myrtle Beach has offers from USC, Tennessee, Southern Cal, Illinois, Memphis, Kentucky, Miami, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, NC State, Oklahoma, Pitt, Purdue, Central Florida and Middle Tennessee among others. Knox has not taken any visits this summer but will make an appearance in Columbia for the Showcase Camp in July. As for USC, “It’s a nice school,” Knox said. “I like the weight room and the atmosphere. I like their coaching staff.” Knox is in no rush to narrow his list and plans to take several official visits. “I’m going to college to get better and compete against the best,” he said. “I can’t really worry about who is playing there and who isn’t.” After his visit to USC, he does not have any plans. “I am just working hard to get ready for the season,” Knox said. He does not have a leader.
With over 30 offers, QB Devin Fuller (6-0 185) of Old Tappan, NJ does not have any favorites. He is “working on narrowing his list” but was not ready to identify any schools. Fuller will visit Nebraska and UCLA in July and has not made plans beyond that. “I’m not going to lie to you, I don’t really know what I’m going to do,” Fuller said. “I’m not sure if I’ll visit South Carolina. It’s possible I could take an official (visit) there but I don’t know.” The versatile athlete is being recruited at different positions by different schools and says, “playing quarterback is very important to me”. He confirmed that the Gamecocks are looking at him under center. His offers include USC, UCLA, Nebraska, Rutgers, Pitt, Penn State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Miami, Maryland, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Virginia, Boston College and Cincinnati. He does not have a leader.
ATH Ti’on Green (6-0 195) of Altamonte Springs, FL has not picked up an offer from USC but stays in touch with coach Jeep Hunter. “As a matter of fact, I was about to give him a call today,” Green said. “I like him a lot. He talks to me about staying focused in the classroom. He says you’re going to have to hang up the cleats some day.” Green has received offers from Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Cincinnati, Purdue, NC State, Illinois, Temple, Memphis and Washington State. “Coach Jeep says he wants to come by the school and see my transcripts and pick up my (highlight) tapes. It’s a school (USC) I’m interested in but it’s hard to talk about them too much because they haven’t offered.” Green does feel good about his chances and would visit should he receive an offer. In two weeks, he is visiting West Virginia. Green does not have a favorite.