WR Isaiah Ford of Jacksonville, FL has had an offer from USC since his tenth grade year and the Gamecocks are keeping in touch. He talked with recruiter Steve Spurrier Jr. a few days ago. “I like him a lot,” Ford said. “He was telling me to keep working hard, stay in the weight room and the class room. He said I’d play the role (Alshon) Jeffery played. South Carolina is at the top of my list, if I did have one.” Ford has not been to any junior days. He was invited to USC, Florida and Florida State for junior days but couldn’t make it. He does plans to visit USC, North Carolina, Florida, Florida State, Virginia Tech and Ohio State. All but Florida have offered. He does not have a favorite. Last season Ford had 45 catches for 700 yards and 14 touchdowns.
DB DJ Smith (6-0 185) of Marietta, GA has offers from USC, Clemson, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Ohio State, Michigan and North Carolina among others. His most recent visit was to Clemson for a junior day. “I got a chance to talk to coach (Brent) Venables and coach (Dabo) Swinney,” he said. “They’re telling me that if I went there, I would have a chance for early playing time.” It was his first trip to the Upstate school. “It was pretty good,” said Smith. “I thought it was going to be bigger that it was but it’s a nice little town. I like it because it’s like a family…different than any other school.” He visited USC last summer. “I like the campus a lot,” he said. “It’s different as well. I talked to G.A. Mangus today and he asked me when I’m coming back. I’m going to go in April during spring practice.” He will visit Tennessee this weekend and UNC the next. Smith does not have any favorites.
Three players signed by USC in the 2012 recruiting class who were placed in junior college remain on the Gamecocks’ board for the 2014 class. The Gamecocks are keeping in touch with OL Joe Harris of Georgia Military JC, DE Jhaustin Thomas of Trinity Valley JC, TX and DL Carlos Hood of Trinity Valley. The Gamecocks have not made a decision about offering any of the three at this point. Circumstances with high school recruits and scholarship availability will impact if the Gamecocks will offer any of their junior college placements.
Clemson 2012 signee Shrine Bowl DB Marty Williams of Fox Creek has, for at least the time being, given up football according to his former high school coach. Russ Schneider said Williams has been working in his home town after failing to qualify for his scholarship with Clemson.
DB Denzel Franklin of Atlanta is waiting on his first offer but says USC is his leader. He named USC, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Florida and UCLA as his top five in that order. Franklin was in Columbia for a junior day recently. “It’s so beautiful,” he said. “The city was beautiful. I love the facilities, coach (Lorenzo) Ward and coach (Grady) Brown, and I love the defense they run.” While on his visit, he had an opportunity to discuss the USC defensive scheme with the coaches. “I mostly asked them questions,” said Franklin. “We talked about the 4-2-5. I love it because, as a defensive back, there is a lot of opportunity to play. You can move from corner back to safety and I like that.” Franklin will attend a junior day at Georgia this weekend, Alabama the next and goes to Duke in March. He plans to visit Georgia Tech as well.