6-1 Jaylen Shaw of Hartsville, who announced a commitment to USC Friday, won two state championships during his career with the Red Foxes. He also earned MVP honors in a pair of all-star games last month. His coach said Friday it’s that kind of winning approach Shaw will bring to the Gamecock program. “He’s been fortunate to be a winner on every level he’s played on,” coach Aric Samuel said. “He wanted to go to a school that wants to win. He’s focused on winning, he’s focused on the details and what the coach is trying to teach. Basically they are getting a winner.” Gamecock coach Frank Martin offered Shaw in person last month and that immediately put the Gamecocks at the front of the list. And Samuel believes Shaw will thrive under Martin’s coaching style. “We all know you do what the coach asks you to do and you do it halfway decent, there’s nothing really to think about,” Samuel said. “Also, the opportunity to play close to home I think was the biggest thing. To play at home, to play in the state, to play for USC, a school we attended every year for camp, the facilities, I mean, I think it could be a dream come true.” Shaw also had offers from Clemson, Tulane, Evansville, Coastal Carolina and High Point. “Clemson came on maybe too late,” the coach said. “We went to camp at USC, he won two state championships down in Columbia, his parents are really close, it just all made since for him.” Shaw is USC’s second spring commitment. He averaged 24 points and 8 assists per game as a senior.
6-1 Edward Stephens of Gray Military Academy in Columbia committed to SC State according to his coach Dion Bethea.
6-8 Darryl Reynolds of Philadelphia made an unofficial visit to Rhode Island Wednesday with his coach but said Thursday night the Rams are not in the picture. Reynolds said his decision remains between USC, Villanova and Seton Hall with his announcement to be made at his high school April 24th. He has visited USC and will visit Villanova and Seton Hall later this month. Reynolds talked with Gamecock coach Frank Martin earlier this week. “I appreciate everything they did more me (on his visit),” Reynolds said. “They are still my number one but I’ve got to weigh my options. I have to look at the other schools. I like South Carolina but I don’t want to say too much.” Asked if it will be hard for one of the other schools to overtake USC, Reynolds responded, “yes.” He added that the proximity of Villanova and Seton Hall to his home is not a factor. “I have family all over the country,” he said. “You’ve got to go where you’ve got to go.”
USC’s 2014 QB target Drew Barker of Hebron, KY had planned to visit USC next weekend for the spring game but has had a change in plans. Barker will spend next weekend at Kentucky to give himself a complete look at the Wildcats. Barker visited USC for a weekend last month and feels he has a good enough feel for the Gamecocks to make a decision about them. This weekend Barker is visiting Tennessee. He is expected to make his decision sometime in May.
LB Chris Register of Greensboro, NC has offers from Clemson, USC, Duke, Florida State, North Carolina, NC State, East Carolina, Wake Forest, Tennessee, Ole Miss an Indiana. He attended a junior day at Clemson and looks forward to a return trip. “I had a good time and I want to get back down there for some football games,” said Register. “They still hit me up on Facebook all of the time.” USC is another visit he wants to take during the season. “Coach (Shawn) Elliott contacts me from time-to-time and told me he really wants to get me on campus,” he said. “I went there for a junior day when I was a sophomore and I really liked it. I want to get back for a football game this year.” Register attended junior days at UNC and NC State but had little to say about the visits. “They went pretty good,” said Register. “They’re both recruiting me hard.” His most recent trip was planned for Florida State but a scheduling conflict forced Register to cancel the visit. He does not have any favorites but did express interest in the Tigers and Gamecocks.
DB Dravon Henry of Aliquippa, PA picked up an offer from USC this week. “South Carolina seems like a great school,” said Henry who’s never visited the campus but would like to this summer. He has been to West Virginia and Pittsburgh for spring practices. He plans to take several other visits especially during the football season. Henry said he had a top four of Pitt, Penn State, Ohio State and West Virginia. “I’m not rushing the process,” he said. “Things could change. I’m not sure when I’ll make a decision. When I feel the time is right for me.” Henry played safety last season and had 6 interceptions but said he can also play cornerback.
LB Bryson Allen-Williams of Ellenwood, GA will continue his tour of schools Saturday when he visits Georgia. He was at USC’s junior day last month, and last Friday he visited Clemson. He’s also been to Tennessee. Allen-Williams said the Clemson visit has regenerated his interest in the Tigers. “Clemson, at first, I was not very interested,” he said. “I didn’t get the feeling they were recruiting me hard. I talked to coach Venables and coach Swinney and they said they are very high on me. They practice with a lot of intensity on the defensive side of the ball and I really liked it.” That was his second visit to Clemson. Allen-Williams said USC remains his favorite with Alabama second and Georgia third on his list. “I hear from South Carolina almost every day,” he said. “I’m taking it all in and going on visits and trying to see different kinds of schools.” He will cut his list down at the end of the school year and will take more visits over the summer. Allen-Williams still plans to announce his decision August 9th.