LB Bryson Allen-Williams of Ellenwood, GA committed to USC Monday, a few months before he had planned to, but just a few hours after a phone call moved him to do so. “I had always said when I wake up that morning, and when I’m comfortable with my decision, I’m going to pull the trigger,” Allen-Williams said Monday night. “I wasn’t planning on committing but coach Spurrier was the first coach to call me this morning. He basically told me he wanted me to jump on board. I started thinking about it and I called coach Ward and pulled the trigger.” Allen-Williams had long been favoring USC and over the weekend updated his top three as the Gamecocks, Alabama and UCLA. He had numerous other major offers. He said the chance to excel under Ward’s guidance was a big part of his decision. “The best players, he’s going to set them up to make plays,” Allen-Williams said. “In the spring game the linebackers were set up to make plays all over the place.” Allen-Williams added that the atmosphere at Williams-Brice Stadium for home games is also alluring to him. “When I go to Williams-Brice Stadium and I hear 2001 play, something comes over me,” he said. “I just felt comfortable there and I love the game atmosphere.” Allen-Williams who had 88 tackles and 18 sacks last season, will play the weak linebacker spot with USC. Now he will turn his attention to helping Ward recruit his targets in Georgia including RB Stanley Williams, WR Terry Googer and DB Wesley Green. He’s the second commitment for USC’s 2014 class.
Summerville DB Darin Smalls was offered Monday morning by Tennessee. That’s his 10th offer. The others are USC, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Florida State, NC State, Georgia Tech, West Virginia, Marshall and Vanderbilt. Smalls has visited USC and Florida State this spring and will go to Virginia Tech this weekend. USC is his leader ahead of Florida State and Clemson.
Clemson QB commitment Deshaun Watson of Gainesville, GA attended the Tigers’ spring game Saturday. On Friday, he competed in the regional Elite 11 competition in Buford, GA. While there he told reporters he remains firmly committed to Clemson but he does plan to take all five of his official visits. Watson said the other schools he is planning to visit are Georgia, Ohio State, Oregon and Auburn. In comments made Friday to ESPN.com, Watson said before he makes visits to other schools, he makes sure his closest advisers and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and offensive coordinator Chad Morris approve. “I talk to my mom and my high school coaches before I check out another school, then I talk to Coach (Dabo) Swinney and Coach (Chad) Morris to make sure it is OK with them,” Watson said. “I am fully committed to them so if they are not cool with it then I am going to respect Clemson and not go.” Swinney is on record as saying he does not consider a prospect as committed if he is taking visits to other schools and in the past has withdrawn offers from those players. However, based on Watson’s comments, his visits don’t appear to be an issue with Swinney.
LB Deshaun Davis of Mobile, AL released his updated top five via Twitter Saturday night, and USC and Clemson are on the list. Davis listed the five favorites in order as Tennessee, Florida State, USC, Clemson and LSU. He visited Florida State Saturday.
LB Dillon Bates of Ponte Vedra, FL revealed his updated top five on Twitter Friday night, In order Bates listed Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Texas and USC. Bates added that he is still open to change. Bates visited USC last season for the Georgia game and has talked about getting in this spring. He has visited Tennessee, Miami and Florida.
DL Peyton Newell of Hiawatha, KS has not done much with his recruiting of late because of his focus on his school work. His last visits this spring were to USC and Kansas and he has no visits planned for the rest of the spring. He will visit some places this summer depending on who comes in to see him this spring. Newell is up to 32 offers with Penn State and Vanderbilt two of the most recent. He has not set dates for his official visits but he said USC and Georgia will be two of them. Newell said he communicates regularly with Gamecock recruiter GA Mangus and expects him to visit him this spring. “South Carolina is definitely towards the top,” he said. “For us to go all the way out there means I do have a lot of interest.” Newell does not have a top five but will narrow his list sometime this summer. He plans to make his decision in late November.
The College of Charleston Monday picked up two basketball commitments Sunday, one for the 2013 class and one for 2014. 6-11 Glenn Pierre of Oldsmar, FL will join the Cougars next season. He made his official visit to the school over the weekend. He was originally committed to Georgia Southern. And 6-9 Donovan Gilmore of Greensboro, NC committed for the 2014 class. he also visited Charleston over the weekend. USC also showed interest in Gilmore who attends Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point.
6-10 Sidy Mohamed Djitte of Senegal will meet with his coach at Northwood Temple Academy in Fayetteville, NC Monday afternoon to further discuss his official visit to Clemson over the weekend. Coach Chris Lattimer said Djitte decided not to make a commitment while at Clemson. Lattimer said nothing negative from a Clemson standpoint should be read into that. He said Djitte had a great time on the visit and feels very good about Brad Brownell and his staff. All Lattimer could said is that Djitte just decided not to commit on the visit. Right now Djitte has no other visits planned.
USC may have suffered a lost weekend (well, Thursday thru Saturday) at Florida, but the Gamecocks landed one of the Lowcountry’s top baseball prospects for their 2013 class in OF Zack Madden of Bishop England according to the Charleston Post and Courier. Madden is a left handed hitter who has batted over .400 the past two seasons for the Bishops. He picked the Gamecocks over NC State.