USC quarterbacks coach GA Mangus is starting to build his target list at the position for the 2013 class and one prospect he’s interested in is Boeing Brown (6-4 215) of Brookfield, CT. Brown has had various forms of contact with Mangus in recent weeks and the two are just starting to build a relationship. “I’d love to get an offer from South Carolina and see what happens” Brown said. “The tradition is amazing. I would love to play for Coach Spurrier. And my mom has family in Charleston. If South Carolina were to offer me I would commit on the spot.” USC wanted him to come to camp last June but because he didn’t get out of school until late in the month, he couldn’t make it down. He plans to come down to USC for a visit in November. He’s going to Penn State for the Iowa game and Illinois wants him to visit. He camped at Northwestern last summer and also visited Notre Dame. Mangus and Spurrier aren’t the only attractions to USC for Brown. Thru a third person he made contact with Gamecock quarterback Stephen Garcia and the two have struck up a friendship. “We’re friends thru Facebook and Twitter,” Brown said. “He’s become like a mentor. I really like his style. I won’t quit either (on the field). It’s the same mentality. He’s where I want to end up being.” Brown has also been getting a lot of attention from Penn State, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Illinois and Northwestern. He also was recently contacted thru the mail and Facebook by Clemson. As for his unique first name, Brown explained that his grandfather was one of the first pilots hired by American Airlines, and his dad also is a pilot and is involved in the aviation business. Last season Brown passed for 1511 yards, 18 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. In two games this season he’s passed for 500 yards and 2 scores.
Two of USC commitments from Stephenson High in Stone Mountain, GA, DB Kyle Fleetwood and DL Carlos Hood, will be at the Auburn game Saturday on unofficial visits. They will be joined by teammate LB Rafael Kirby. Kirby is a Miami commitment but USC’s Lorenzo Ward has continued to recruit him. “They must be in pretty good shape if he’s coming in for the visit,” said Stephenson assistant coach Corey Johnson. “He’s weighing his options. He’s still going to take his visit to Miami.” In fact, Johnson said Kirby also will take official visits to USC, Georgia and Vanderbilt. Kirby made an unofficial visit to Georgia two weeks ago. Kirby will be a December graduate so he plans to get in all of his official visits in October.
ATH Kenny Orjioke (6-4 220) of Marietta, GA is new to football but has received several offers from across the country. His mother a medical doctor, the family recently moved to the Atlanta area from California but has lived around the world. Orjioke will graduate high school at 16-years-old and his parents place a lot of importance on his education. “He’s an exceptional student and his parents saw that early on,” coach Jep Irwin said. “A lot of schools have talked to him about red-shirting and his parents are all for that. You don’t see that a lot these days.” With offers from Arizona State, Duke, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, North Carolina, NC State, Purdue, San Diego State, SMU and Vanderbilt, Orjioke is also hearing from USC, Auburn and Stanford among others. He made an unofficial visit to USC last Saturday for the Vanderbilt game. “His parents have visited Duke and if Stanford offers, I think he will take an official (visit) there,” his coach said. Irwin noted that Orjioke will take an official visit to Arizona State this season. Orjioke plays safety and tight end at his school and is being recruited as a safety, linebacker and defensive end. He does not have a favorite.
Class of 2013 QB Eddie Printz (6-4 195) of Marietta, GA committed to SMU in August but that has not deterred USC. “Coach (G.A.) Mangus has visited the school and been to a game this year and continues to recruit Eddie,” coach Jep Irwin said. “That’s a good thing. That’s what you want.” Printz developed a strong relationship with the Mustangs coaching staff and thinks highly of head coach June Jones. “He’s one of the best offensive minds to come around in 20 years,” Irwin said. “Eddie feels it’s a program on the rise and felt good about going ahead and committing.” Printz made an unofficial visit to USC for last weekend’s game with Vanderbilt. Printz has offers from SMU, Purdue, Arkansas and NC State with USC showing a lot of interest. “Recruiting a quarterback can be tricky,” Irwin said. “You don’t want to extend offers to seven or eight guys because you’re going to end up with a lot of unhappy kids. I feel confident he will get a lot of offers from around the SEC before it’s all said and done.” As for Printz changing his mind Irwin said, “It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see him suiting up for SMU in the future.”
DL Carlos Watkins (6-6 285) of Forest City, NC will travel to Gainesville for the Florida-Alabama game this weekend on his first official visit. Watkins was in Clemson last weekend for the Florida State game on an unofficial visit and has the Tigers and Gators as his top two schools according to his coach Daniel Bailey. “I would say it’s between those two schools,” Bailey said. “He is still planning to make his announcement on October 14th.” Bailey added that Watkins would like to take all five of his visits but will not take an official one to Clemson until after the season. Other schools Watkins is considering visiting are USC, Alabama and Nebraska. For the Clemson-FSU game, Watkins traveled with his parents and coach Bailey. “He really enjoyed it,” Bailey said. “It was a nice trip.” Bailey does not believe that Watkins has a leader between the Tigers and Florida.
DB Deion Bonner of Columbus, GA has re-emerged as one of the top prospects in the Georgia. Bonner’s future was in doubt earlier this year when he was charged with a misdemeanor theft charge for taking some items from the Georgia locker room while on a visit to Athens. He was suspended from his team until that situation was settled. It was and he returned to his team. And the recruiting interest in him also has returned. Clemson is one of the schools interested in Bonner according to his coach Dell McGee. Charlie Harbison is recruiting Bonner for Clemson. Alabama, LSU, Miami and Southern Cal are others showing interest. “I’m trying to get a handle on all that and see what direction he and his family want to go in,” McGee said. “Everything is open.” Bonner is a cornerback who had five interceptions last season.
Clemson recruiter Marion Hobby has jumped in on DE Kenderius Whitehead of Atlanta and now has the Tigers as a factor according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Whitehead told the paper that Hobby has been doing the best job of recruiting him and he wants to come in for a visit. He had planned to visit last weekend but couldn’t make it. Whitehead has taken an official visit to North Carolina and right now has the Tar Heels and Georgia at the top of his list. He’s also looking at Tennessee. This season Whitehead has 45 tackles and 10 sacks.