WR Shaq Davidson of Gaffney has seen his number of offers rise to 12 with Auburn, Notre Dame, Tennessee and NC State his most recent ones. Auburn has been making a strong push according to Gaffney coach Dan Jones, and Oregon wants him to fly out for a visit. But everyone is chasing USC for Davidson’s talents at this point. “We’re pretty close,” he said of the Gamecocks. “They are looking forward to having me down there. They said there’s early playing time if I come down there. South Carolina is out front. It’s not too big of a lead.” He added that Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio State and Notre Dame are the schools trailing the Gamecocks. He has been to junior days at USC and North Carolina. Davidson said he might visit USC this Saturday along with his former basketball teammate 6-4 LJ Peak who is considering returning to Gaffney for his senior season after spending this season in Chicago. Davidson was supposed to go to Clemson’s junior day but had to take the SAT that day. He says he hasn’t talked much with the Tigers. Davidson has no other visits planned and is not sure on when he’ll make a decision though he said he’ll wait until after he sees more places.
USC and Tennessee have separated from the field in the competition for DL Poona Ford of Hilton Head. “His top two are USC and Tennessee and who’s got the lead right there, flip a coin,” said his coach BJ Payne. “He likes both staffs and the facilities. He talks about Arkansas and Ole Miss as well, so there’s some interest there.” Payne said Clemson is not a factor with Ford by their choosing. “Tony Elliott said Clemson is taking no more than one inside guy and right now they are looking for someone taller.” Ford attended the combines in Orlando and Charlotte the last two weekends and did well at both according to Payne. Ford will attend USC’s spring game April 13th and Tennessee’s the following weekend. He’ll also visit Louisville and possibly Ohio State this summer. Northern Illinois and Ole Miss are the latest offers giving Ford 20. His coach would like a decision before the season but right now he’s not expecting that to happen. The coach said he and Ford were going to hit up Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Oklahoma State and Missouri over spring break but Ford decided he wanted to stay home and visit with his younger brother.
DB Nick Glass of Atlanta released an updated lead group today. In order he has a top eight of Georgia, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Kentucky, Auburn, UCLA and Texas Tech. Clemson is one of his offers and had been in his lead group.
6-8 PF Darryl Reynolds of Philadelphia made an official visit to USC Sunday thru Tuesday with his mother. Reynolds, who attends Worcester Prep in Massachusetts, said the visit moved the Gamecocks to the top of his list right now. “I would say South Carolina is out front but I still have to take more visits,” he said. “My mind might change any second, but it seems like the best situation. I really enjoyed it. I like the direction the school is going in with all the new facilities. But what stood out the most was how genuine coach Martin and his staff and the players were. What you see is what you get.” Reynolds will visit Utah this weekend and will take trips to Seton Hall and Villanova before making his decision. He visited St. Bonaventure last year before deciding to attend the prep school but is no longer considering the Bonnies. Reynolds weighed 225 pounds at USC and plays the four. “I’m very mobile for someone my size,” he said. “I can shoot from anywhere on the floor.” Reynolds attended Lower Merion High School in Pennsylvania before going to Worcester. At Lower Merion, he drew some comparisons to the school’s most famous alum, Kobe Bryant. “I didn’t break any of Kobe’s records,” he said. “I heard I have broken his blocked shots record.” Reynolds said he won’t make a decision until after his visits.
6-1 Dominique Hawkins of Richmond, KY, the Kentucky player of the year, has offers from USC, Purdue and Western Kentucky among others. The one he is waiting on, however, is Kentucky, and Tuesday Wildcats’ coach John Calipari met with Hawkins at his school. Hawkins expects to learn Friday if Kentucky will offer. That offer is expected to end his recruiting. If UK does not offer, Hawkins is likely to set up official visits with USC and others. Louisville has offered him as a walk-on but his coach has said he will only choose a school which has offered.
LHP Kyle Anderson of Evans, GA has committed to USC for the 2015 class according to John Whittle of TheBigSpur.com. Anderson picked the Gamecocks over Georgia and Georgia Tech. He and his twin brother Matt are considered two of the top prospects in Georgia for their class. Matt Anderson remains undecided. Kyle Anderson is the fifth commitment for USC’s 2015 class.