OL Cody Waldrop (6-4 295) of Seffner, FL announced a commitment to USC Thursday afternoon. Waldrop picked the Gamecocks over Georgia. He also had offers from Tennessee, LSU, Florida State, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt and Cincinnati. Waldrop visited USC earlier this week with his father and younger brother and saw enough to convince him that it was the right place for him. “I want to play early and I want to win,” said Waldrop who will be an offensive guard with the Gamecocks. “I can do both of those and be coached by a hall of fame coach. I’m going to USC and I can’t wait.” Waldrop is the 15th new commitment for the USC class of 2012, the 18th overall, and the 5th for the offensive line.
LB Jamal Marcus of Durham, NC has 11 schools left on his list. “All the schools are recruiting me hard,” said Marcus who would like to make his decision before the season if possible. The schools on his list are Clemson, USC, Auburn, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Notre Dame, Florida, Southern Cal, Alabama and Miami. Marcus was at the Nike combine in Oregon last week. He said he might get to Clemson, USC, Florida, Auburn, Alabama and Georgia Tech before the summer is out. He does not have a favorite. “I’m still evaluating,” he said. Marcus said he talked to Clemson about two weeks ago. He’s not had a recent conversation with USC. Last season Marcus had 72 tackles with 17 sacks.
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.
OL Alex Kozan of Castle Rock, CO does not plan to make a decision until October and realizes some of his opportunities, like USC, might not be available then. “I know they are going to pick up another commitment,” Kozan said. “They are a fit for me. If they are filling up, I’ll let it go. If not, I’ll be interested.” Kozan said he has been in touch with USC line coach Shawn Elliott. Kozan visited USC recently on a trip that also took him to North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, LSU and Auburn. He also plans to visit Oregon. Kozan has over 20 offers and plans to narrow his list in August. He will take some official visits with Iowa the only definite trip at this point.
6-9 Brice Johnson of Edisto has been impressive at the Peach Jam AAU tournament this week in North Augusta. In fact, he made his first 15 shots in his opening games, though he admitted 13 were dunks. Plenty of major college head coaches were watching and Jim Calhoun of Connecticut and Steve Lavin of St. Johns were two to come forward with offers. Johnson also has offers from Clemson, USC, Ohio State, Marquette, Tennessee, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Florida State, South Florida and Florida. “I’m open right now,” Johnson said Wednesday night. “I’m taking it all in. I’m just looking for wherever fits me best.” Johnson said Clemson and USC continue to recruit him hard and he claims no favorite there. He plans to focus more on recruiting in August and he will take his official visits. He plans to decide in November.