Spring practice has begun for QB Drew Barker of Hebron, KY and coaches will be streaming thru over the next few weeks. Cincinnati was in on Monday. Barker plans to go thru spring practice, talk to more coaches and evaluate any new offers, and then make a decision in early May. “USC, Kentucky and Tennessee are kind of recruiting me the hardest,” Barker said Monday night. “There could be some new schools that will offer during the evaluation period and I’ll talk to some new coaches making their last pitch. It’s kind of a jumble at the top. One day I want to go to this school and the next day I want to go to that school. I’ve got to sit down with my parents and pray about it and go over everything and make sure we make a good decision.” Barker was at Kentucky last weekend for the spring game. Monday he talked to USC recruiter GA Mangus. “He told me Bryson Allen-Williams committed and he was one of their big targets on defense, and now he wants me to join and shape the class with him,” Barker said. Barker said Mangus will be by his practice later this week or next week.
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.
USC opened the spring recruiting period Monday with a commitment from LB Bryson Allen-Williams of Ellenwood, GA. And the Gamecocks appear primed to strike in the Peach State again. Sources indicated Monday USC could pick up another Georgia commitment this week with WR Terry Googer of Atlanta the likely target. Googer has visited USC a couple of times and has had the Gamecocks high up on his list. His offers also include Miami, Tennessee, Louisville, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Syracuse, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech and Notre Dame.
DL Thomas Holley of Brooklyn has offers from Clemson, Alabama, Penn State, Notre Dame, Florida, Florida State, Kentucky, Maryland, Nebraska, Ohio State, Syracuse, Rutgers, Ole Miss, Baylor and Miami among others. He has taken a few visits closer to home but plans to expand those visits this summer. “It’s hard for me to narrow my list because I want to visit a lot of schools first,” said Holley. “I want to get down to Clemson and see it for myself.” Holley likes what he has heard from the Tigers. “Once they got Ebenezer (Okundeko), they told me if I came there, we would have a pretty monstrous defensive line,” he said. “I hear they have a great environment and a pretty campus so I want to check them out.” Other schools he named as programs of interest were Florida, FSU, Penn State, Miami, Notre Dame and Ohio State. He does not have any favorites.
DL Poona Ford (6-1 285) of Hilton Head continues to favor USC and Tennessee. He has offers from each. His other offers include Kansas State, Ole Miss, Arkansas Oklahoma State and Illinois among others. Ford was unable to attend the spring game in Columbia Saturday because he took the ACT. “I did go to their junior day in February though,” said Ford. “I like USC because it’s close to home and I like the way they play.” His reasons for liking Tennessee are a little different. “I like the idea of getting to play early so I would say early playing time is what I like about them,” he said. Though he has named the two schools as his favorites, with no leaders, he says he will continue to look at other schools. This summer he plans to attend several camps with some teammates. Ohio State and Tulsa are the two he mentioned. Ford plans to wait until close to signing day before he announces.