DL Carlos Watkins (6-4 285) of Forest City, NC is getting closer to announcing his commitment according to his coach Daniel Bailey. “He has indicated to us he wants to make a decision soon,” Bailey said. “He will take all of his official visits either way.” Watkins has four schools that top his list. “Florida, South Carolina, Alabama and Clemson are the schools he has mentioned to us,” said his coach. “He has not indicated a leader to anyone-not even his dad.” Bailey does believe the Tigers are strong with Watkins. “I think Clemson has a better shot at him than South Carolina to tell you the truth,” he said. He’s developed a really good relationship with coach (Dan) Brooks. Plus, he likes the proximity. His mom and dad and little brother could come watch him play there very easily.” Watkins will visit his top four and could visit a fifth school though Bailey is not sure which program that would be. A date for Watkins decision has not been set according to Bailey.
RB Todd Gurley (6-0 190) of Tarboro, NC has North Carolina and Georgia leading for his services. Clemson, Virginia Tech and Auburn round out the top five. Gurley is concerned with Clemson’s needs in the backfield and is being patient with the Tigers. “I want to visit them and check out the atmosphere but I’m not sure they’re going to take another running back in this class,” Gurley said. “It’s a good program.” Gurley will take his first official visit to Georgia when the Bulldogs host the Gamecocks and is working on scheduling others. “I’m looking at setting up visits to Virginia Tech and Auburn,” he said. North Carolina is the other school he plans to visit. His team had their season-opener Monday with Gurley rushing for 110 yards on nine carries. He had two receptions for 62 yards and had three touchdowns on the day. “My last two touches were for over 40 yards but were both called back for holding,” he added. With the threat of a hurricane hitting the Carolinas later in the week, his team could play their second game four days this Thursday. Gurley did not name a favorite.
The USC basketball team Tuesday landed commitments from teammates 6-1 Ian Baker and 6-5 Carlos Morris of Jacksonville, FL for the 2012 recruiting class. They are the first two commitments for the Gamecocks’ 2012 class. Baker is a native of Washington, DC who averaged 11 points and 4 assists per game. “I can get in the lane and create,” Baker said. “I can get to the basket and I can knock down the open jumper.” Baker also had offers from Miami, Providence, Tennessee and Marshall. Morris averaged 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists per game last season running with Baker in the Arlington Country Day backcourt. “I’m very athletic and can shoot it,” Morris said. “I can shoot. That’s what I’m known for.” Morris also had offers from Arkansas, Cincinnati, South Florida, Seton Hall, Miami, Georgia, James Madison and Providence. The two also were teammates for Coach Antwain Tennell on the Dwight Howard Warriors AAU team. “They are two competitors who love to compete and hate to lose,” Tennell said. “Carlos is a slasher who can shoot the ball well. He’s very athletic. He likes to get up and down and likes to attack the basket. Baker is very heady. He can play in a transition offense or he can settle you down in a half court game.” The Gamecocks jumped on the two prospects a couple of years ago and Tennell said building that early relationship paid off. “Mike Boynton was on the kids the last two years very hard and showed that he believed in them,” Tennell said. “When Coach Horn saw them play, it was love at first site. They just trusted the staff at South Carolina. Our staff trusted them too. We think they will play early.”