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Class of 2013 ATH Zach Bradshaw (6-3 205) of Damascus, MD received an offer from USC Tuesday, his seventh. The others came from Maryland, Boston College, NC State, West Virginia, Georgia Tech and Rutgers. He is hearing from Purdue, Michigan State, Virginia and Virginia Tech. “My dad went to Michigan State so I grew up a fan of theirs, ” Bradshaw said. “They haven’t offered but if they do, it doesn’t mean I’m going to commit immediately or anything like that.” He went on to say that he is “very open-minded” about all of the schools showing interest. Bradshaw plays several positions for his team. “On offense I play wide receiver, quarterback in the wildcat and some running back,” he said. “I play outside linebacker on defense. Schools are recruiting me as an athlete and aren’t really sure where they would play me yet.” Bradshaw does not have a preference. He plans to visit Columbia in the future. This season, he has 20 catches for over 400 yards and 10 touchdowns, has 19 rushes for 250 yards and another two scores and has returned two punts to pay dirt. No favorites for the Maryland product.
Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia has four players committed to USC and Clemson on its roster this season and coach John Shuman says the four are all making progress toward becoming eligible in December. The Gamecocks placed TE Jerrell Adams, OL Quincy McKinney and LB Jordan Montgomery with Shuman, and the Tigers sent him OL Isaiah Battle. “They look like they are ready to go,” Shuman said of the Gamecock trio. “They’ve got some work to do but I’ve got a good feeling. Adams is a little bit ahead. The other two have got some work to do. Battle is starting for us at right tackle and he’s real close.” Shuman’s goal is to get all the players qualified by December so they can be mid-year enrollees. USC recruiter Brad Lawing was by the school Monday and met with all three of his players. Battle has set his official visit with Clemson for November 12th. Shuman also said his former linebacker Michael McAlister, a Timmonsville native, has transferred to Independence JC in Kansas where he is playing defensive end. The Fork Union team will be in Columbia Saturday to play Gray Military Academy at Benedict College.
Byrnes High School has a history of producing major college prospects. But the Rebels ran short of big time college talent for the 2011 and 2012 recruiting classes. It appears the next major prospect coming out of the program will be junior WR Akia Booker (6-1 195). “He has great hands,” said Byrnes offensive coordinator Bobby Bentley. Booker has no offers at this point but he’s getting interest from Clemson, USC, Georgia, Wake Forest and Tennessee. He has been to Clemson and to Tennessee for games this season and he plans to be at Clemson Saturday for the North Carolina game.
ATH Tysean Holloway (6-0 195) of Asheville, NC will visit Furman this weekend with several teammates. He has an offer from the Paladins along with Duke, Minnesota, Wake Forest and Appalachian State. “I’m looking forward to it,” Holloway said. “It should be a lot of fun.” It will be his first visit to the Greenville campus. Holloway is favoring Duke and Minnesota and has not taken any official visits but plans to do so very soon. “I’m graduating in December and I want to enroll early,” he said. “I need to take some visits and make up my mind.” Holloway got some interest from Clemson earlier in the year but says the Tigers are no longer involved. He has rushed for over 1100 yards and has 23 total touchdowns on the season. He did not name a leader.
The Clemson basketball team will have a busy weekend starting with their “Rock the John” celebration Friday night. And the Tigers will have several players on campus for official visits. Those prospects who are scheduled to visit for the weekend include committed forward 6-7 Jaron Blossomgame of Alpharetta, GA, 6-10 Phillip Nolan of Milwaukee, 6-3 Adonis Filer of Fitchburg, MA and 6-10 Tonye Jekeri of Miami. Several players are planning to make unofficial visits for the game Saturday. They include 2013 commitment 6-4 Patrick Rooks of Charlotte, 6-8 junior Quinton Stephens of Marietta, GA, 6-3 sophomore Kurt James of Porter Gaud, 5-7 sophomore Ty Solomon of St. Johns and 6-2 sophomore Keyshawn Woods of Gastonia, NC.
With Edisto’s Brice Johnson no longer an option, USC has turned most of its attention for the November signing period to 6-10 Tyrone Haughton of Miami. The Gamecocks, of course, have two players committed for the early signing period in Ian Baker and Carlos Morris. They would like to cap off the class with Haughton who made his official visit to USC in September. Haughton is also considering Alabama, West Virginia, Marshall, Virginia Tech and Connecticut. He plans to make his decision in early November.
Baseball America has ranked South Carolina’s recruiting class No. 6 in the country as announced on Thursday morning. The Gamecock newcomers include seven players that have been drafted as well as several standouts from both the high school and junior college ranks. The class also received a No. 1 ranking in the country last month by Collegiate Baseball.
Baseball America’s Top 25 Recruiting Classes:
1. Vanderbilt 2. Texas 3. Southern Mississippi 4. North Carolina State 5. Mississippi 6. South Carolina 7. Oregon State 8. Virginia 9. Oregon 10. Texas Christian 11. Southern California 12. Louisville 13. Oklahoma 14. Mississippi State 15. Florida 16. Pepperdine 17. Central Florida 18. Arizona 19. Fresno State 20. North Carolina 21. Georgia 22. Arkansas 23. Loyola Marymount 24. Alabama 25. San Diego State