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Class of 2013 OL Bryce King (6-5 276) of Dillon has offers from USC, Clemson and LSU. He is hearing from Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn, NC State, North Carolina, Penn State and Oregon among others. So far this season, King has attended two games and USC (Navy, Vanderbilt) and one at Clemson (Auburn). He sees a lot of similarities in the schools. “I think they’re a lot alike,” King said. “They both have good coaching staffs that run a tight ship.” Over the summer, he visited LSU, Alabama and Auburn and says they’re a little different than the Palmetto State schools. “They’re really big programs,” he said. “They’re a lot different. They have a lot more equipment, everything is closer together and all. I liked them a lot.” King is unsure which games he will attend next. He does not have a favorite.
USC remains in the driver’s seat for DB Chaz Elder of College Park, GA who Monday was invited to the Offense-Defense All American Game. “Nothing has changed,” said his position coach Ryan Andrews. “He’s USC’s to lose. I think in his mind it’s over. When he’s going to go public we haven’t discussed. But I think he’s pretty much made up his mind.” Elder just returned to the lineup from an ankle injury and had seven tackles in Saturday’s game. Andrews said because of construction at their stadium, his team has to play a lot of games on Saturday’s and that has cut down on scouts coming to see Elder. It also has prevented Elder from getting out to see games. Elder’s next two games are on Saturdays, so he’s not likely to get to USC until the Florida or Clemson game. Andrews said Georgia and Vanderbilt continue to work Elder and Arizona State also has been making a push.
DB Elijah Shumate of Ramsey, NJ is in regular contact with USC and if he can work it out, he plans to take an official visit with the Gamecocks the weekend of October 9th. “I talk to Coach Mangus a lot,” Shumate said. “I just want to go to a school where I fit and get the best of both worlds education wise and on the football field. And I want to make an immediate impact and play as a freshman and find where I feel most comfortable.” Oklahoma, Michigan, Notre Dame and Georgia are other possible visits according to Shumate. He said there is no leader and no order to his schools. He will without a decision until the Army All American game January 7th.
Class of 2013 WR Jayron Kearse (6-4 195) of Fort Meyers, FL committed to Auburn in August but has a lot of interest in Clemson. “I’m very interested in them,” Kearse said. “Auburn, Clemson and South Florida were three of my first offers. I like the schools that got on me early because they saw something in me and aren’t recruiting me just because their rivals are.” His offers include Clemson, Auburn, USF, Boston College, Rutgers, Georgia Southern, Miami, Central Florida, and West Virginia with interest from USC, Southern Cal, Florida, Florida State, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Michigan State among others. He chose to commit to Auburn due to his comfort level with the coaches. “I really like the way they handle things and I love their offensive scheme,” he said. “I don’t want to lose contact with some of the other schools though.” Through three games this year, Kearse has 61 rushes for over 500 yards and five touchdowns. He is the nephew of Jevon Kearse.
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