WR Chris Brown of Hanahan wants to play football and run track in college. And right now USC is where he’s planning to apply his talents. “It’s highly probable he will be going to USC but my mission is to show him other places before he signs,” Brown’s father Joe Brown said. “Steve Spurrier Jr. has been communicating with him pretty hard. I got a feeling it’s going to be around the end of the football season (before he commits). He wants the focus not to be on him but on the team.” Joe Brown said his son is going to visit Virginia Tech unofficially in a couple of weeks, and he is planning to take official visits to Cincinnati and LSU. He’s also talking with Notre Dame about an official visit. The elder Brown said USC wants his son first as a wide receiver though he could end up playing cornerback there. “He plays defensive back, but he’s more comfortable as a wide receiver,” Mr. Brown said. Chris Brown had 50 catches for 1098 yards and 16 touchdowns last season. He’s also a nationally ranked triple-jumper.
RB Todd Gurley (6-0 190) of Tarboro, NC has set his first official visit. He will visit Georgia on September 10th win the Bulldogs host USC. Gurley has not set any other visits but is likely to visit Clemson. “They’re in my top six,” he said. “I think I’ll take an official (visit) there but I don’t know if they have space for another (running) back.” The other five in his top six are North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia Tech, NC State and Auburn. He recently took his first visit to Virginia Tech and was impressed. “I got a chance to meet the coaches and watch the team practice,” Gurley said. “I really liked the way they practice and carry themselves. They act like a championship team and their coaching staff has been together a long time.” The other school he will likely visit will be North Carolina. He is unsure of other possible official visits. Gurley does not have a favorite.
WR Mark Irick (6-4 187) of Calhoun County committed to Virginia Tech back in July and is very happy with his decision. “After I talked to coach (Walt) Wilson, I felt like it was the right fit for me,” Irick said. Though he is strong with the Hokies, he is not ruling out anything. “I can say I am really happy with them but I don’t want to say I wouldn’t look at other schools,” he admitted. Irick had offers from USC, Kentucky and Auburn before committing to Virginia Tech and did acknowledge that he is unsure if his coach continues to receive inquiries about his services. “I really don’t know if any schools are still showing interest, to be honest,” he said. “Coach hasn’t really told me anything.” Irick is considering taking in some games this season. “I would love to go,” Irick said. “But I really don’t know what I’m going to do.” He would like to attend games at Clemson and USC.
SF Montay Brandon (6-7 195) of High Point, NC has named Florida State, Tennessee and Georgia Tech as his leaders. Early playing time is important to Brandon giving these schools the advantage for his services. “I’m focused on these schools because they’ve done the best job of selling me on making an early impact,” Brandon said. “They are the ones who have done the best job selling their program. It’s very important to me to play early.” Brandon named FSU as his leader. His other offers include USC, Clemson, Georgia, Missouri, Cleveland State, Oklahoma State and Nebraska. He will take official visits to his top three and Missouri and will take unofficial visits to Clemson and USC. “I talked to coach (Brad) Brownell this week,” he said. “I like him a lot. I really like where he is taking their program.” He did give the edge to USC over the Tigers, however. “USC is special to me because they were the first D-1 schools to offer me,” Brandon admitted. “I’m going to get down there for a game. I talk to coach (Neil) Berry all the time.” He is unsure of when he will make a decision.