OL Cameron Fordham (6-3 284) said Wednesday night he has been granted a full release by LSU and is interested in Clemson and USC. Fordham said he was on the two deep depth chart at center with the Tigers but decided the situation wasn’t right for him. “I just feel I’m best served somewhere else,” he said. Fordham is from Duluth, GA and was recruited, but not offered, by Clemson and USC prior to committing to LSU in June of 2009. He attended a Clemson junior day and had talked with USC about attending a camp. He said his high school coach has contacted Clemson and Fordham will be sending his paperwork to athletic director Terry Don Phillips. Fordham said he’s also strongly interested in USC. He said NC State already has offered him, and he also wants to look at Georgia, Auburn and Florida State. He added he is really open to any school that would be interested in him. Fordham redshirted last season. He will have to sit out this season leaving him three years of eligibility.
LB Raphael Kirby (6-2 218) of Stone Mountain, GA committed to Miami several months ago and does not believe any other visits are in his future. “Right now, I don’t plan on going to any other schools,” Kirby said. “I’m going to take my official (visit) to Miami and that should be it unless something happens between now and February.” He took visits to Clemson and USC and had offers from each. The Gamecocks stood out to the Atlanta linebacker. “I really like South Carolina,” he said. “I went there and hung out with Coach (Lorenzo) Ward. He was real cool. He showed me around and I got to meet Coach (Steve) Spurrier. They’re going to be very successful. I have no doubt about that. Their coaching staff is great. They were definitely in my top five.” He had over 25 offers but says Miami is the right place for him. As a junior, Kirby totaled 120 tackles, three sacks, 21 quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery for a touchdown.
LB Adam Ah Ching (6-1 223) of Greer is waiting on his first written offer but has several schools showing a lot of interest. According to Rob Nielsen, a family friend helping Ah Ching through the recruiting process, he has received several verbal offers. “A lot of schools are saying that when school starts, they want to get him on campus and make him an offer,” Nielsen said. “We’re not looking to wait until February. His family is ready for him to be committed this year. If USC were to get up here and show they want him, I think he could commit.” Nielsen named USC, Nebraska, Georgia Tech, Duke and Arkansas as the schools showing the most interest in Ah Ching and added that these were his top five in no order. This summer, Ah Ching took several visits and attended several camps. Some of the schools he saw were Nebraska, Notre Dame, NC State and Utah. “We couldn’t get down to USC because there always seemed to be a scheduling conflict,” Nielsen said. “But we know we can get down there anytime during the season since it’s just 90 miles from home.” USC has extended an invitation to Ah Ching to attend some games this year, according to Nielsen, and he plans to do so. Other schools showing interest in the Upstate linebacker are Colorado and Rutgers.