DB Grant Haley (5-10 180) of Atlanta has offers from USC, Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech with interest from Georgia and Missouri. Every offer he has is as a defensive back, except for the Gamecocks. “They’re telling me they want me more as an athlete and said they would like to see me on offense,” said Haley. He visited USC last month for a junior day. “I liked it a lot,” he said. “I like the facilities and I really like the coaching staff. I’ve talked to coach (Lorenzo) Ward a couple of times and I’m working on a better relationship with (USC).” Vanderbilt was his latest visit and the Commodores surprised him. “I liked it a lot more than I thought I would,” said Haley. “I like what they have going on up there.” He has also visited Florida and plans to visit Tennessee soon. As a junior he totaled 40 tackles and seven interceptions with seven offensive touchdowns. Haley does not have any favorites.
WR Chris Godwin of Middletown, DE has emerged as a major USC target and plans to visit this spring. He camped with the Gamecocks last summer and got his first look then at the program. “I was impressed with it,” Godwin said. “The facilities are top notch. Coach Mangus said he’s very interested and I’m one of the top receivers on the board.” Godwin has been to Maryland and Penn State for junior days. He will visit Ohio State this coming weekend and will Rutgers the following weekend. “No one is standing out,” he said. “South Carolina is definitely a school I’m interested in. I’m not going to rush a decision.” Godwin has 16 offers including USC, Stanford, Ohio State, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Rutgers, Maryland, Cal, Boston College and NC State. Last season Godwin had 42 catches for 900 yards and 12 touchdowns.
USC’s basketball recruiting weekend ended with no commitments from the three prospects who made official visits, 6-9 Demetrius Henry of Bradenton, FL, 6-6 Reggie Theus Jr. of Los Angeles and 6-3 Duane Notice of of Oakdale, CT. Henry will visit South Florida this weekend and Miami after the NCAA Tournament. His mother lives in Augusta and she was with him on the visit. She right now favors USC. Miami gained a commitment Saturday from a 6-8 junior college player and that could impact Henry’s thinking when it comes to the Hurricanes. Theus is the son of former UNLV and NBA star Reggie Theus. He also has an offer from Seton Hall and has drawn interest from Georgetown, Iowa and Stanford. Notice is a native of Canada. He attends a prep school in Connecticut. He also has offers from Duquesne, Seton Hall, St. Bonaventure, Oregon State and Auburn. A source said Saturday afternoon the Gamecocks feel particularly good about their chances of landing Henry and Theus Jr. The Gamecocks will have to free up some room on their roster to accommodate any spring commitments. All 13 of their scholarships for next season currently are accounted for.
5-11 Martez Harrison is a native of Kansas City and attends New Hampton Prep in New Hampshire. He’s been in touch with USC speaking as recently as Saturday with assistant Matt Figgers. “They are still interested,” Harrison said of the Gamecocks who have not offered him. “They are still recruiting, taking their time. They’ve got another person they are recruiting and deciding where they want to go.” Harrison made an official visit to St. Bonaventure over the weekend. He will visit UTEP after the Final Four. He’s also looking at Delaware, Murray State, UT Martin and LIU-Brooklyn. Harrison plans to take more visits before he decides. He averaged 13 points and 7 assists per game this season.
6-1 Jaylen Shaw of Hartsville was to meet Monday with his recruiter from Virginia Tech. He is expecting a visit from USC Wednesday or Saturday. He has visited Tulane and plans to visit Miami of Ohio.