DL Eddie Goldman of Washington, DC has a group of seven finalists he is considering and is planning to cut two from that list soon so he can set up his five official visits. “We will talk this week, or maybe not until next week,” said Goldman’s coach Aazaar Abdul Rahim. “We play again Thursday (after playing Sunday) so we don’t have much turn around. There’s nothing really to talk about right now. He’s got his seven and that’s all that’s going on. We’ve been focusing on the season.” The coach said he and Goldman could sit down as early as Friday to talk about his visits. Goldman’s seven schools are Clemson, Cal, Auburn, Alabama, Florida State, Maryland and Miami. Goldman visited Clemson earlier in the summer and has a legitimate shot with him. “I’m almost positive they do or he wouldn’t put them in his top seven,” Abdul Rahim said. “I think he feels good about Clemson. He’s high on Clemson.” Goldman might make the short trip to College Park this weekend for Maryland’s opener with Miami. And he’s looking at an official visit to Florida State for the Oklahoma game though that trip has not been set.
RB Chris Mangus of Raleigh, NC will play his college football in Virginia. It’s just a matter of whether he will be a Cavalier or a Hokie. ‘I’ve narrowed my list to Virginia and Virginia Tech,” Mangus said. His other offers were Clemson, Wake Forest, Notre Dame, NC State, Duke, Memphis and Minnesota. “Clemson was my number one at one time,” Mangus said. “But they were taking only one running back this year and Zac Brooks committed.” Mangus said he is leaning to Virginia Tech and expects to make his decision soon.
Junior OL Ander Bodkin (6-4 280) of Marianna, FL is getting interest from several schools including USC, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida, Florida State, North Carolina and Alabama. He has visited USC twice and loved what he saw. “I was up there for junior day and for a camp this summer,” Bodkin said. “It’s a really pretty place. They want me to take an unofficial visit there for a game this season but I’m not sure which game I’m going to.” Bodkin likes coach Shawn Elliott and the way the Gamecocks play. “He’s a really good guy and they play fast,” he said. “That’s how I like to play.” Bodkin’s former teammate at Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, OL Cody Gibson, is at USC giving Bodkin a familiarity with the program. “I haven’t talked to him in a while because he is really busy but I know he is happy there,” he said. Over the summer, he also camped at North Carolina, FSU, Florida and Georgia. “I loved North Carolina,” Bodkin said. “I liked FSU and Georgia a lot too.” He does not have any favorites but did name USC, UNC, Florida, FSU and Alabama as schools of extreme interest. “I like all the schools looking at me and don’t really have a top five but those are the schools I really like,” he added.
6-9 Brice Johnson of Edisto has set two of his official visits and said Monday night he is undecided on the other three. Johnson will visit NC State this weekend and will go to Florida October 1st. “I just want to see everything,” Johnson said about what he’s looking for on his visits. He said he has not decided if USC and/or Clemson will get an official visit. He also has Ohio State, Connecticut, Baylor and North Carolina on his list. Johnson said he plans to take all five of his visits before making his decision.
RHP Matt Vogel (6-0 175) of Medford, NY, who is rated by PerfectGame.com as one of the top ten prospects in the country for the 2013 class, made a commitment to USC Tuesday while in Columbia on an unofficial visit. Vogel just completed competing with the USA team in the World Youth Championships in Mexico. He helped the Americans win the Gold Medal. He was also part of the 2009 championship team. He was the winner in Game 2 against Chinese Taipei pitching five innings without allowing an earned run and striking out seven. He also had two singles, scored two runs and stole two bases. Vogel is USC’s 6th commitment for 2013.
Here is the PerfectGame.com scouting report on Vogel:
Matthew Vogel is a 2013 RHP/SS with a 6-0 175 lb. frame from Medford, NY who attends Patchogue Medford HS. Very athletic build, strong lower half, lots of room to get stronger. Slow paced full back turn delivery, deep arm circle, tight high 3/4’s release, lands closed, throws downhill, loose and fast arm. Easy fastball velocity, steady 89-91 mph, mostly straight. Nice hard curveball spin, gets over it consistently, good depth. True slider shows tilt and depth at times, tends to get on side of it, rare change up. Excellent pitching prospect who projects. 7.27 runner, compact arm with very good carry, soft hands, has some hip stiffness. Right handed hitter, reverse hitch to start hands, moves into contact, compact line drive swing, hits to all fields.