USC added another piece for its secondary Monday night with a commitment from DB TJ Gurley (5-11 190) of Cairo, GA. He’s the 18th commitment for the 2012 class and the third for the defensive backfield. Gurley was recruited as a safety and he picked the Gamecocks over Tennessee and Mississippi State. Gurley visited USC earlier this summer and was in regular contact with coaches John Butler and Jeep Hunter. “They like me as a roll down safety, a cover safety and a nickel back,” Gurley said. “I like the program and the education. I like the coaches and they play my style of play. I feel like it’s a good program. It was the best fit for me.” Gurley also had offers from Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Louisville and Southern Miss.
Wayne Morgan (5-11 191) of Brooklyn, NY was contacted by USC and told they were showing interest in him. He has reciprocated. “I told them I was interested too,” Morgan said. “I took a look at their depth chart and they don’t have any DBs committed yet.” Morgan is looking for early playing time. He is waiting to hear back from the Gamecocks and is considering taking an official visit to Columbia should the opportunity present itself. “I haven’t visited any schools yet,” he said. “I’m going to wait for my officials. I’ll probably take three trips.” His offers include Alabama, Penn State, Boston College, Connecticut, Michigan, Penn State, Rutgers, Syracuse and Maryland. USC has not offered. Morgan does not have a favorite.
DL Dalvin Tomlinson (6-3 270) of McDonough, GA visited Clemson in the spring and will visit USC in two weeks. “I loved the coaches and the campus up at Clemson,” Tomlinson. “I’ve got a real good relationship with coach (Dan) Brooks and I like that their players are real aggressive.” As for USC, Tomlinson said, “I know their defensive line plays real aggressive and I’ve heard a lot of good things about (coach Lawing). I want to get down there and see the campus and the facilities and stuff.” His offers include Clemson, USC, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, North Carolina, LSU, Arkansas, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Southern Cal and California. He has over 30 in all. “Pretty much everyone in the SEC and ACC have offered me,” he added. Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama were the schools he visited this summer. After his trip to Columbia, he plans to visit Florida and Central Florida. Tomlinson wants to narrow his list to ten schools before the beginning of the season and indicated Clemson and USC are schools he will strongly consider. He does not have a favorite.
RB Kenno Loyal (5-10 234) of Decatur, GA is scheduled to visit USC Friday along with his teammate DE Jhaustin Thomas. Loyal is a nationally ranked fullback but considers himself more of a tailback prospect. USC has not yet offered and is in the process of evaluating him. Loyal has offers from Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Minnesota, Ole Miss and Penn State, He’s also getting interest from Auburn, Alabama, LSU, Tennessee, NC State, Georgia and Ohio State. He has not narrowed his list.
LB Nick Dawson of Charlotte has had Clemson and Louisville at the top of his list for months and that remains the case as the season approaches. But he’s a little concerned about Clemson’s interest at this point as the Tigers are close to a full class. “I haven’t heard from Clemson since their camp,” Dawson said. “I talked to Louisville just the other day.” Dawson also camped at Louisville. He’s also looking at Tennessee and North Carolina. Dawson said he has not definite date for a decision.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, 6-4 Kedar Edwards, a native of Brooklyn who attends West Oak Academy in Orlando, committed to USC on Saturday night for the 2012 class. The paper reported that Edwards committed to the Gamecocks while competing in the AAU 11th grade Super Showcase at Disney World. However, Edwards’ AAU coach, Dana Dingle, denied that report. “We haven’t even lined up official visits and won’t do that until after the AAU season.” Edwards also denied talking to the reporter and committing to USC. The Gamecocks reportedly offered Edwards earlier this month after seeing him in a tournament in Pennsylvania. He also has an offer from Manhattan and is drawing interest from Rutgers and Tulsa. Edwards was a member of the all state independent team in Florida last season.
Former Clemson guard Corey Stanton is transferring to Lipscomb. Bison coach Scott Sanderson, the former USC guard, made the announcement. Stanton will have to sit out this season and will have three to play for the Bison.