DL Lamont Gaillard of Fayetteville, NC picked up several offers last week, including USC, but won’t make an early decision. Gaillard was at USC’s practice Thursday and Clemson’s practice Saturday. “South Carolina was nice,” Gaillard said. “I like the way they coach them. I like the way they work.” Gaillard was not offered by Clemson on his visit. “They said they are still evaluating me,” he said. Gaillard also has offers from Alabama, North Carolina, Georgia, NC State, Florida State, East Carolina and Boston College. He plans to visit NC State this coming weekend. He’s also planning visits to Georgia, Alabama and Florida State. Last season Gaillard had 76 tackles with 4 sacks.
RB Wadzaire Blanc of Lake Nona, FL received a verbal offer from USC following his sophomore season. He missed his junior season due to a shoulder injury but still hears from the Gamecocks. “Ever since I got hurt, pretty much everybody stopped talking to me except for South Carolina,” said Blanc. “I talk to coach (Everette) Sands a lot. He just checks on me to see how I’m doing and tells me to make sure I’m doing well in the classroom.” The attention from USC has Blanc favoring the Gamecocks. “They just care about me,” he said. “I won’t forget that. We don’t talk a lot about football. They just want to make sure I’m okay.” Blanc has not taken any visits this year and says he is focusing on getting healthy for his senior campaign. Florida Atlantic and Florida International are his other offers with interest from Clemson, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt.
6-1 Dominique Hawkins of Richmond, KY led his team to its first state championship over the weekend and in doing so he attracted the attention of several college coaches including USC’s Frank Martin. Martin offered Hawkins on Friday. He also has offers from Tennessee Tech, Morehead State and Western Kentucky. Kentucky coach John Calipari scouted Hawkins during the tournament games at Rupp Arena and one of his assistants watched all four of his games in the Sweet 16 segment of the tournament. Alabama, Purdue and Tennessee are also showing interest. Hawkins was named the MVP of the state tournament and averaged over 26 points per game in the Sweet 16.
6-9 Demetrius Henry of Bradenton, FL has yet to schedule his official visits with his three finalists…USC, Miami and South Florida…but plans to soon after this week’s tournaments. In the meantime, Henry has kept in touch with USC, in particular, head coach Frank Martin. “I talked to him last week,” he said. “I talk to him a lot. He just called to check in on me.” Henry is also in regular contact with his other two finalists and does not have a leader. Henry has not rushed during the recruiting process and won’t change now. “I haven’t been doing too much with any of the schools,” he said.