USC may not be able to spend a scholarship on a receiver in the 2013 class but that hasn’t stopped the Gamecocks from trying to add one to the program. Earlier this week, North-South All Star WR Jordan Berry of Dutch Fork got word from his coach that USC has offered him a preferred walk-on spot for 2013. Berry said Gamecock receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. made the call to his coach Tom Knotts. “I like the idea,” Berry said. “I’ve got to get my SAT up so I can get qualified.” Berry picked up his first offer recently from North Greenville. He will take an official visit to Wingate this weekend and possibly North Greenville the following weekend. Berry led the state in receiving last season with 129 catches for 2002 yards and 13 touchdowns.
DE Robert Nkemdiche of Grayson, GA continues to add schools to his list. He said recently he was down to Ole Miss and LSU. He has since added an official visit to Florida for this weekend and and now plans to visit Kentucky as well according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Coaches from Clemson, Auburn, Alabama and Georgia met today with DL Montravius Adams of Vienna, GA. Dan Brooks and Robbie Caldwell were there from Clemson. He will visit Alabama this weekend. He has been to Clemson and Florida. He is scheduled to visit Georgia next weekend and is looking at Tennessee and Auburn for his final visit.
Two Clemson recruiters met with DE Carl Lawson of Alpharetta, GA Thursday at his house according to his coach Howie DeCristofaro. “They are all trying to figure out where he’s going,” the coach said. Auburn recruiter Rodney Garner visited with Lawson Wednesday night and apparently the visit went well. Whatever issues the two have had seems to have been put behind them. Lawson visited Clemson last weekend and will go to Tennessee this weekend. He’s taking the SAT the next weekend but according to his coach, he has an itinerary to visit North Carolina starting Saturday afternoon. Lawson plans to visit Auburn the final weekend.
Clemson secondary coach Mike Reed and defensive coordinator Brent Venables met today with DB Adrian Baker of Hollywood, FL. Dabo Swinney will make his in home visit next week. Baker is choosing between Clemson and Oklahoma and will announce on Signing Day.
DL Keith Bryant of Delray Beach, FL used Twitter Wednesday night to reveal his official visit plans for the next three weeks, and the news was not particularly good for USC. Bryant had planned to visit the Gamecocks this weekend but will go to Miami instead. The next weekend he will visit Tennessee. And his final visit will come from USC, Alabama and LSU. Bryant has visited Florida State and Purdue. Bryant wrote that he is “very wide open” and “anything can happen.”
Florida has started to make a push for OL Na’Ty Rodgers of Pomfret, MD. A Florida recruiter met with him earlier in the week. Rodgers will visit USC this weekend. He is scheduled to visit Florida State the next weekend but could switch that to Florida. He has been to Washington, Maryland and Nebraska.
USC linebackers coach Kirk Botkin is looking for at least two more linebackers for this class and Monday he met face to face with one of those targets, Skai Moore of Fort Lauderdale. “It went great,” Moore said. “He’s a really cool guy, real enthusiastic. We had a good conversation.” Moore was also visited this week by Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Arkansas and Rutgers. He makes his official visit to USC this weekend with his grandfather. He has also visited Vanderbilt and has no other visits set but is looking at Arkansas or Tennessee for a visit. Rutgers also remains in the mix. Moore does not have a favorite. “I’m evaluating each school equally,” he said. He added that Vanderbilt has been making a strong push. Moore said he wouldn’t be surprised if he went all the way to Signing Day before making a decision.
OL Tyrone Crowder of Hamlet, NC will make his Clemson official visit this weekend but won’t stay the entire 48 hours. Crowder’s brother Charles McManus will be driving the family to Clemson. They will arrive Friday afternoon and will leave sometime Saturday because of obligations back home Sunday. McManus said Clemson recruiter Dan Books visited with Crowder Wednesday. McManus said his brother is looking forward to this trip. “Once he goes down and gets that warm and fuzzy feeling and that good vibe from the coaches, he’ll be a little closer to making a decision,” he said. Georgia remains a player but no official visit has been set. “I think he wants to visit but I’m a little done (with recruiting) and I want him to make a decision and be done,” McManus said. “Nobody is pursuing him as hard as Clemson.” McManus does not expect a commitment this weekend and feels Crowder will way until Signing Day. And that announcement might be made at the ESPNU studio in Charlotte.
Junior TE Kevin Crosby Jr. of Bamberg-Ehrhardt will visit Alabama for a junior day January 26th. He also plans to visit USC and Clemson. Those are his top three schools.