QB Brendan Nosovitch (6-2 201) of Allentown, PA committed Tuesday to USC becoming the Gamecocks’ 14th commitment for the 2012 class. He likely will be the only pure quarterback taken in the class. Nosovitch picked USC over Virginia and Maryland and he was also drawing late interest from Oregon. Nosovitch and his father had a long discussion over the weekend about his decision and decided they had seen enough to make the call. “I just liked all aspects of the school,” Nosovitch said. “The academics, the football and the social life. And I think Coach Mangus and Coach Spurrier would be two great guys to play under. I feel like it’s the place to be.” Nosovitch added he’s well aware of Spurrier’s reputation for being demanding of his quarterbacks. “He’ll get the best out of me and be tough on me,” he said. “He will help me get better.” Last season Nosovitch passed for 3111 yards and 43 touchdowns, and he rushed for 1700 yards and 25 scores. “We run the spread but I like to throw the ball around,” he said. “I have good arm strength and I throw the deep ball well.” Nosovitch led his team to the 3A state championship last season.
OL Cody Waldrop of Seffner, FL made an unofficial visit to USC Tuesday with his father and younger brother. He met with his territorial recruiter in GA Mangus as well as offensive line coach Shawn Elliott who has handled much of his recruiting of late. “The visit was great, I loved it,” Waldrop said. “The coaching stood out. They are great. It’s Georgia and USC. I will commit soon. It’s between them. I’m not sure of a date, and it’s even.” This was Waldrop’s second trip to USC. He also visited in the spring. And he says this will be his only trip of the summer. He does plan to take an official visit to Georgia for the USC game. USC is recruiting him for offensive guard.
LB Kaiwan Lewis (6-2 230) of Hammonton, NJ is preparing to embark on a two-week trip through the Southeast. He will visit USC, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida and Florida State. It will be his second visit to Columbia and his first trip to the other schools. “Unless one of the visits goes extraordinarily well, I won’t commit on the trip,” Lewis said. “I am interested in all of the schools. If I weren’t, I wouldn’t visit them.” Lewis speaks with each school on a regular basis. “I talk to coach (G.A.) Mangus all of the time,” he said. “I talk to coach (Jeep Hunter), coach (Ellis) Johnson…I have a really good relationship with all of the coaches.” Lewis went on to say he has very good relationships with coaches from each school. He has not narrowed his list and wanted to wait until he had taken more visits before doing so. There is a chance he could begin that process following his four-state trip that begins Friday. He believes that Tennessee is his first destination. Lewis does not have a favorite.
ATH Marty Williams (6-2 210) of Fox Creek named Clemson, Florida and Miami as his top three schools. All three have offered. His other offers include Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Arkansas, NC State, East Carolina and Wake Forest. Williams visited Florida recently and returned home impressed. “It’s Florida,” Williams said. “Gainesville is a great football town. Everywhere I went, people treated me well just because of football. I like the coaches and all of their facilities are new and up-to-date.” Williams returns to Florida next week for Friday Night Lights. This weekend, he will camp at Georgia Tech and it will be his first visit to the Atlanta campus. As for Clemson, Williams worked out for coaches in June and plans to attend most of Clemson’s home games this season. “Coach (Charlie) Harbison, my recruiter, told me he would have tickets for me and all I had to do was show up,” he added. USC showed some interest in Williams but he has not heard from them in some time. “They came by the school to look at me,” he said. “They weren’t sure where I would play for them. I’m not sure if they have talked to my coach lately.” He went on to say Clemson is looking at him as a safety. Williams will take official visits to each of his top schools and is in no rush to make a decision. He does not have a leader.
Calhoun County WR Mark Irick (6-4 187) will commit to Virginia Tech later this week his coach said Monday night. Saints coach Walt Wilson said Irick probably will make the call on Friday, which is his birthday. Irick looked hard at Clemson, Georgia Tech, NC State and Virginia Tech, all strong engineering schools. “He wants to be an engineer and Virginia Tech has one of the top five programs in the country,” Wilson said. “He and his mom visited there last Wednesday and they fell in love with the place.” Last season Irick had 37 catches for 821 yards and 10 touchdowns. “He’s developed each year he’s played for me,” Wilson said. “I expect to see the complete package this year.”
As for other prospects on his team, Wilson said DL Clyde Johnson is hearing mostly from FCS schools and OL Jake Scott (6-3 260) has offers from Furman, Citadel, SC State, Presbyterian, Newberry, North Carolina A&T and NC Central.
CB Chris Bivins (5-11 170) of Gainesville, FL named USC, NC State, Arkansas, South Florida and Kentucky as his top five. He plans to make his visit to USC an official one but has not set a date for that trip. Bivins has been quiet this summer without taking a visit but is heading to the Gridiron Kings 7-on-7 tournament on July 22nd in La Buena Vista, FL. He did not discuss which visits he plans to take other than USC but will likely take all five of his official visits. His offers include USC, Arkansas, NC State, South Florida, Florida International, Temple, Marshall, Utah, Illinois and Middle Tennessee. He says his top five are in no order and are all even.
OL Jonathan McLaughlin (6-5 280) of Mauldin could be nearing a decision. “I wanted to commit before my senior season,” McLaughlin said. He has offers from SC State, Furman, Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, Wake Forest, Florida International, Marshall, Hampton and Liberty. “I really haven’t started narrowing my list, ” he admitted. Last weekend, McLaughlin attended camp at Virginia Tech and was at Clemson for a camp back in June. “I was planning on visiting East Carolina later this month but I don’t know if I can go,” he said. “If I’m not committed by then, I plan to go to the USC-East Carolina game in Charlotte.” East Carolina and Wake Forest are showing the most interest. “I’m sure I will know no later than the third game of the season if I don’t commit before then,” McLaughlin said. He did not indicate a leader.