WR Blake Bone of Woodruff spent much of Tuesday at USC getting a lesson on Gamecock receivers and getting a look at spring practice. “It was a pretty good day,” Bone said. “I met all the coaches, shook hands with coach Spurrier and sat down with coach Spurrier Jr. and watched some film on their receivers. I went to practice and it was fun to watch the receivers get after it hard and work on their craft and try to beat the man in front of them.” Bone spent a lot of time with Spurrier Jr. and got a good feel for what it might be like to play for him. “He’s an interactive coach, a players’ coach,” he said. “He knows how to get after it.” And the Gamecocks are getting after Bone with a lot of intensity. “They are looking at me pretty hard,” he said. “It’s a pretty good feeling. Coach Spurrier Jr. and coach Elliott are telling me they’ve got short receivers since Alshon (Jeffery) left and that’s whey they are going after me hard. They need another big guy. I like everything about Carolina and I hope everything goes good in the future.” Bone will visit Ole Miss this weekend and will try to get to Tennessee and Kentucky as soon as he can. Clemson also has offered but is not in his plans at this point. “I’m liking Carolina more than Clemson as a rivalry thing,” he said. He has a top four of USC, Ole Miss, Kentucky and Tennessee. The Vols have not yet offered. Right now Bone plans to wait until National Signing Day to announce but said he could make an announcement at the Semper Fidelis Game in January.
DL Da’Shawn Hand of Woodbridge, VA will visit USC Saturday for a junior day his coach confirmed Wednesday afternoon. Coach Karibe Dede said they will arrive in Columbia late Friday night and check in at USC at 9:00 AM Saturday for the start of the activities. “They have a day that’s planned out for all the recruits,” he said. They plan to stay the night, eat lunch on Sunday in Columbia and then get back on the road. USC is one of the current five favorites Hand has identified along with Michigan, Alabama, Florida and Virginia Tech. USC and Florida are the only two he hasn’t visited.
DL Anthony Moten of Fort Lauderdale committed to Florida Tuesday night. He had USC and Clemson in his final 10.
WR Jamil Kamara of Virginia Beach has not narrowed his list but did say, “Clemson would be in my top ten if I had one.” Kamara wants to wait until the semester ends before narrowing his list to five. “I still hear from Clemson on facebook and I get letters from them,” he said. “I want to try and get down there this summer.” His most recent visits were to NC State and Old Dominion. “ODU is a local trip so I went to check them out,” said Kamara. “I like the way they throw it around. NC State was really nice. It was a good trip and they have nice facilities. I like the energy their coaching staff has.” Other that Clemson, Kamara would like to see Wisconsin, North Carolina, Virginia and Vanderbilt this spring. He was supposed to attend UVA’s spring game Saturday but has a 7-on-7 tournament to attend in New Jersey. Kamara does not have any favorites.
RB Caleb Kinlaw of Goose Creek named Tennessee and North Carolina as his top two. The Lowstate running back recently visited both schools. “I liked Tennessee a lot,” he said. “I liked everything, especially the hospitality. They educated us on the program and what would be expected of us. UNC was the same deal. They took us on a tour of the campus.” Kinlaw also visited USC but is not sure of how his relationship will progress with the Gamecocks. “I got to know my positions coach (Everett Sands) better and joked around with (Steve) Spurrier, Jr.,” said Kinlaw. “I’m not sure how things are going (with USC). We’ll have to see how things play out.” Kinlaw has also cooled on Clemson. “The last time I saw them was about a month-and-a-half ago at my school,” he said. “I don’t really talk to them anymore.” His offers are from Clemson, USC, North Carolina and Tennessee. Other schools courting Kinlaw include Arizona, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Florida State, Miami, Florida and Ohio State. He did not name a leader.
Believe Prep teammates 6-3 Shadell Millinghaus and 6-6 Leroy Fludd spent Tuesday afternoon getting an inside look at USC basketball under Frank Martin. The two along with their coach Tyson Waterman met with members of the Gamecock staff and got a tour of the campus and basketball facilities. “It’s a beautiful campus,” Millinghaus said. “We didn’t get to talk that much with coach Martin but we were with coach Underwood the whole day.” Martin had to leave during the afternoon to tape a segment for the Coaches Cook-Off which will be part of the Final Four events in Atlanta. Millinghaus said the coaches didn’t talk to them much about their decision making process. Millinghaus plans to have a decision by April 25th or 27th and between now and then is looking to take official visits to USC, Oregon, Marquette, Tennessee and Tennessee Tech. Fludd also plans to visit Utah and Colorado State. Millinghaus said there’s no clear cut leader for him but he has a top three of USC, Oregon and Marquette.
Clemson has offered senior small forward 6-7 Donte Grantham of Martinsburg, WVA. He was the West Virginia player of the year this season after averaging 18 points and 9 rebounds per game. Grantham told his hometown newspaper, The Journal, that he finds Clemson appealing. “That’s the ACC, that’s playing against Duke and (North) Carolina,” Grantham said. “It’s a beautiful place. Imagine trying to put (turn) that down. That’s what I’m saying. It’s a really hard and tough thing. Right now, all the schools are equal to each other.” He also has offers from Maryland, Cincinnati and others. He’s also hearing from West Virginia.