Two sport standout Anthony Alford of Petal, MS recently announced a final seven schools of USC, Southern Miss, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, LSU, Alabama and Nebraska. His coach said Thursday Alford’s interest in the Gamecocks is very real. “He felt like those are the ones he had a genuine interest in, the ones that will let him play both sports,” Steve Buckley said. “I think Coach Spurrier would let him participate in both.” Buckley said Alford is open with his final seven schools and is working on his official visits which he might announce by the end of August. USC is recruiting him as a quarterback, “but he can play anything,” Buckley said. Alford is a highly rated outfielder and USC’s back to back national titles certainly caught his eye. “We’ve also won back to back football championships here at Petal,” Buckley said. USC associate head baseball coach Chad Holbrook was expected to talk with Alford this week according to Buckley. Ellis Johnson is handling the football recruiting. Johnson and Buckley worked together at Southern Miss.
Clemson QB commitment Chad Kelly competed this week with 23 other quarterbacks in the Elite 11 camp at Pepperdine. Today he was voted one of the top 11 making him a member of the Elite 11 for this season.
USC opened a two day camp on Thursday with DB Chaz Elder of College Park, GA the top uncommitted prospect in attendance. Friday one of the top prospects who will be on campus is WR Jay Jay McCullough of Nation Ford. McCullough has been to USC before and has also been to a camp at Clemson. But his coach said there’s more than the Gamecocks and Tigers on his list. “All the schools are still on it,” Michael Allen said. “I don’t think anybody is out front. He’s pretty open but he wants to stay close to home. It’s up to him and his mama.” McCullough also has offers from Kentucky, Duke, Miami, NC State, East Carolina, Connecticut and Alabama. Allen said McCullough remains focused on his team and the upcoming season and not so much on recruiting, but he said he could commit before the season.
Gaffney WR Quinshad Davis, who at one time early in the recruiting process looked like a lock for either Clemson or USC, appears at this time to be locked out of options with the Gamecocks and Tigers. “They have told me that they might have filled their slots at wide receiver,” said Gaffney coach Dan Jones. “But, they said they will still recruit him in case something opens up.” Davis visited USC earlier this month and camped at Georgia last week. This Friday he is taking a visit to Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons are a long time offer. NC State also has offered and Jones said the Wolfpack remain interested and Davis will try to get there for a visit as well.
WR Chris Black of Jacksonville, FL is down to two schools eliminating USC and Florida from his list. He will choose between Florida State and Alabama. “I just felt that those were the two best schools for me,” Black said. “It came down to relationships and I think my best fits are with one of those two schools.” The Gamecocks recently received commitments from three wide receivers but Black said his decision had been made prior to those commtiments. He recently visited Alabama and attended a team camp at Auburn. Black will announce his decision on August 24h. Both schools are even for his services.