Amongst the crowd Sunday at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia for the USC-Tennessee basketball game was Gaffney WR Shaq Davidson. Davidson was back in Columbia for the second straight weekend after attending the junior day the previous weekend. Davidson said he had minimal contact with the football coaches Sunday at the game but got plenty of football information on the prior visit. “I got to know the coaches better and they talked to my dad about school and other stuff,” Davidson said. Davidson is scheduled to go to Georgia Saturday but if his basketball team wins Wednesday, he won’t be able to make the visit. He’s supposed to go to North Carolina the next weekend but again, that depends on his basketball schedule. And he plans to attend Clemson’s next junior day March 2nd. Davidson said at this point USC remains the leader. “USC is up top right now with Georgia, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Ohio State,” he said. “They make me feel at home when I’m there and I like the coaching staff and atmosphere. And they have nice facilities.” Davidson wants to trim his list to five by the start of football season.
Woodruff WR Blake Bone Tuesday was offered by Kentucky. He also has offers from USC, Clemson and Ole Miss. He was at USC’s junior day earlier this month.
USC today offered WR Thaddeus Snodgrass of Springfield, OH. Some of his other offers are Michigan State, Kentucky, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin. Snodgrass has listed a top five of Penn State, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Nebraska and Ohio State.
OL Orlando Brown Jr. of Suwanee, GA will attend Georgia’s junior day this Saturday. Brown was at USC’s junior day earlier this month. Brown has a top eight of USC, Alabama, Michigan, Oregon, Ohio State, Florida and Georgia. Brown Jr. is not claiming a favorite.
LB Dillon Bates of Ponte Vedra, FL has added Texas and UCLA to his offer sheet while gaining interest from Southern Cal. The increased attention has him reevaluating his future. “I kind of had an idea (who my favorites were) but now that these new schools are offering and showing some interest, I want to see how it plays out,” said Bates. “South Carolina is still definitely involved.” Bates continues to speak with Steve Spurrier, Jr. and would like to visit USC soon. “If I can’t make it up there for a junior day, I’ll probably go during the spring,” he said. He has visited Tennessee and Miami for junior days and heads to Florida this weekend. Bates other offers include USC, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Maryland, UMass, Colgate , Florida, West Virginia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee, Miami and North Carolina.
ATH Artvais Scott (5-11 180) of Tarpon Springs, FL has offers from Clemson, USC, Georgia, Florida, Florida State, South Florida, Central Florida, Ohio State, Mississippi State, Michigan, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Indiana, West Virginia and Arkansas among others. Scott visited Clemson recently for a junior day. “I had fun and I got to see snow,” said Scott. “I had a great time with the coaches. It’s a great school. It seemed like a family so it was pretty cool.” He heads to Michigan next week for a junior day and it will be his third trip to Ann Arbor. “I like everything they bring to the table,” he said. “It’s a tradition and they play in the biggest (stadium) in the country so that’s pretty cool.” Scott has not heard as much from the Gamecocks but he would like to visit. “When I’ve talked to them, they’ve told me how they want me to come there and just kept me up-to-date on what’s going on,” said Scott. He did not name a leader.