USC DE commitment Alfy Hill reportedly is going to go instead to UNC Pembroke after visiting there earlier this month. Hill attends Los Angeles Valley JC and is a native of Shallotte, NC. The Robesonian.com website, citing sources, reported Hill is headed to Pembroke after stops at Alabama, East Carolina, a junior college in Mississippi and the JC in California. Hill started at defensive end and linebacker this season before suffering a knee injury that ended his season. His departure leaves USC with 19 commitments for the 2013 class.
2012 Clemson signee DL Shaq Lawson tweeted this afternoon that he has successfully completed his academic work at Hargrave Prep in Virginia and will be enrolling at Clemson this week. “Got wat I need to be a tiger,” tweeted Lawson. This season at the prep school Lawson had 63 tackles with 12 sacks, 17 tackles for loss and 7 forced fumbles. He is the fourth confirmed early enrollee for Clemson.
USC’s recruiting board at linebacker continues to evolve as visits crank up this month. The Gamecocks would like to add two more linebackers to their class according to defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward. One possibility is Devaris Brunson of Lake City. The Shrine Bowler has been committed to East Carolina since late June and remains so according to his coach Jim Rowell. But Gamecock recruiter Everette Sands recently placed a call to Rowell and left a message about Brunson. Rowell said neither he nor Brunson has talked to Sands. NC State, which has been an offer for Brunson, also remains interested. And Louisiana-Lafayette also has been in touch. Brunson’s stock has gone up recently because his grades have. Rowell said Brunson should qualify as long as he doesn’t back up academically. Brunson is scheduled for an official visit to East Carolina next weekend and one to NC State the following weekend. This season Brunson had 88 tackles with 4 sacks and two interceptions which he returned for touchdowns. He also rushed for 850 yards
he Gamecocks checked in on LB Brandon Golson of Georgia Military JC last month to see if he might be an option for them. But Golson, who has been committed to Arizona, is not returning to the junior college this semester, and the SEC rule about junior college transfers having to attend the same JC for three consecutive semesters will prevent USC from moving forward with Golson according to his former high school coach at Calhoun County Walt Wilson. Wilson said Golson, who is going to attend Orangeburg-Calhoun TEC this semester, will probably stick with his Arizona commitment.
With over 35 offers, OL Orlando Brown, Jr. (6-8 343) of Suwanee, GA has USC, Georgia, Florida, Ohio State, Alabama, Michigan, Iowa and Oregon as his top eight in no order. Brown also has an offer from Clemson. “They’re recruiting me pretty hard and I’m interested in them too,” said Brown. “Just because a team is not in my top eight, it doesn’t mean I’m not interested.” As for USC he said, “They write me a letter pretty much every day and are recruiting me hard. I talk to coach (G.A.) Mangus. They’re a great program and they like big offensive linemen.” Brown has not visited USC but plans to do so “in the very near future”. He said that he would also like to visit Southern Cal and Oregon, among other West Coast schools, as well as Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin. He will narrow his list, “when the time is right.” Brown does not have a leader.
TE Kevin Crosby, Jr. of Bamberg-Ehrhardt plans to take several trips in the next few months. With offers that include USC, Clemson, Alabama, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, UCLA, Florida, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Michigan, Crosby continues to favor the Gamecocks, Tigers and Crimson Tide. He does not have a leader. “I think I’m going to take several visits in February, March and April,” Crosby said. “I don’t have any set up right now though.” Crosby confirmed his plans to visit his top three schools. “They are all still recruiting me pretty hard,” he admitted. “I’m looking for a place with a family atmosphere, a great strength program and strong academics.”