Hanahan WR Chris Brown has been out of action since the opening game with a broken collarbone. His father said Wednesday night Brown will see a specialist next week. He hopes to be able to play again by the last two weeks of the regular season. Meantime, Brown has been active on the recruiting front. He made an unofficial visit to Alabama last Saturday, primarily for track, but he did meet with Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban in his office. “Saban told him he would love to coach him,” Brown’s father said. Brown, the nation’s top high school triple jumper, has a track offer from Alabama. Brown will take the ACT this weekend, though, according to his father, he already has a qualifying score. He will take an official visit to Notre Dame the following weekend, LSU the weekend after that, and then he will visit Virginia Tech officially October 1st. USC remains out front for Brown but his dad said they may not spend an official visit with the Gamecocks. “There’s no need for him to take an official visit to USC,” Joe Brown said. “We’ll try to go to a couple of games and visit the campus. We want to use the official visits for the colleges he wouldn’t normally see. I believe that USC, Virginia Tech and Cincinnati are his top three now for football.” Brown will make his decision after the football season and before his track season.
Junior DL Greg Gilmore (6-4 279) of Hope Mills, NC has offers from USC, Clemson, North Carolina, NC State and East Carolina. Other schools showing interest include Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Purdue, Duke, Wake Forest, Miami, Virginia Tech and Arkansas among others. Gilmore has not taken many visits but did camp at USC over the summer. “I saw the practice fields and the indoor facilities but I didn’t tour the campus,” Gilmore said. “I had a good camp. That’s when they offered me.” The versatile lineman plays tackle and end. “They moved to the inside this year but I feel like I’m an end,” he said. “I’m really quick for my size and ran a 4.8 (40).” He is considering a trip to East Carolina for the Virginia Tech game Saturday. “Every time I go up there I see a lot of new buildings,” he said. “They’re adding a lot of new facilities.” Gilmore plans to take in several games this season but has not made any decisions as to which games he will attend. He does not have a favorite. “I’m interested in everyone that offers me,” Gilmore said. “I need to do my research and see where I can play. I want to look at the depth charts and who they’re recruiting. Some schools will over-recruit.”
Junior DL Greg Webb (6-2 290) of Erial, NJ has offers from Connecticut, Rutgers, Syracuse, NC State, Michigan State, Central Florida, Iowa and Penn State and is hearing from USC and Alabama. Webb has visited USC and Rutgers and is planning a return trip to Columbia. “I really liked it there,” Webb said. “I liked the campus and the city. I love the people and the coaching staff.” Webb added that he wants to take in a game at Williams-Brice this season. “I want to go to South Carolina and Alabama,” he said. “Those are the two games I’m choosing.” He will also go to some games closer to home. Originally from Columbus, GA, Webb has no problem returning to the region. “I love the South,” Webb said. As a sophomore, he totaled 54 tackles, 26 for loss and seven sacks. He does not have a favorite.
Junior SG Matt Howard (6-4 180) of A.C. Flora has his favorites as USC, Clemson and VCU. USC and VCU have offered. His others offers are from Presbyterian, Virginia Tech, Harvard, Richmond, Holy Cross, UNC-Wilmington, William & Mary, Jacksonville and Georgia Southern. Howard is hearing from Clemson, Arizona State, NC State, Florida State, Boston College and Georgia among others. He recently sat down with USC head coach Darrin Horn for a conversation. “He told me they really want me and this is a chance to be a home-town hero,” Howard said. Last weekend, he took a visit to VCU. “I got a chance to see their campus and their weight room and stuff,” he said. “The whole coaching staff was with me the entire time. That showed me they really want me.” Clemson is his next stop as he returns to the Upstate this Sunday. “I was at the North Carolina game last year,” Howard said. “I always have a good time when I’m up there.” As a sophomore, the shooting guard averaged 15 points, three assists, six rebounds and two steals per game. He did not name a leader.