6-9 Demetrius Henry of Bradenton, FL Wednesday morning announced he will sign with USC choosing the Gamecocks over Miami. Henry attends a prep school in Brandon, FL but held his announcement at his former high school, Northeast, in Oakland Park, FL. “The next four years I will be attending the University of South Carolina,” Henry said from behind a desk on the auditorium stage as he put a USC baseball cap on his head. “I believe in (USC coach) Frank Martin and he believes in me. I feel like it’s the best decision for me.” Henry said he actually made up his mind last week after consulting with his mother. “It’s been a long process,” he said. “I prayed about it. I made the right decision.” Martin actually recruited Henry when he was at Kansas State and continued to build on the relationship when he came to USC. Henry narrowed his list to USC, Miami and South Florida and took official visits with the Gamecocks and Hurricanes before making his decision. Henry’s mother and sister live in Augusta and the opportunity to be closer to them was a factor in his decision. Henry averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks per game last season. He becomes the 8th member of the 2013 recruiting class.
6-3 Shadell Millinghaus and 6-6 Leroy Fludd of Believe Prep in Rock Hill remain on the recruiting market this spring, and activity for them is starting to heat up. Their coach, Tyson Waterman, said Millinghaus will take an unofficial visit to West Virginia Thursday and Fludd will take an official visit to Colorado State this weekend. “And they still have South Carolina in the mix,” he said. “They really like South Carolina but they want to look at a couple of things. And Shadell is still working on some academic stuff. He has to wait on some grades to make sure everything is good there. It’s up to them at this point. They are going to move forward on their recruiting, and whatever happens with Shadell, we’ll get back to them.” Waterman said Fludd is in good shape academically and is able to move forward with his recruiting. Both players visited USC twice.
6-10 Sidy Mohamed Djitte of Senegal remains undecided his coach said today. Djitte was not visited today by Memphis coach Josh Pastner. He may visit Memphis next week his coach said. No decision is expected this week.
Newberry signed 6-0 Zach Jones of Charlotte. He averaged 26 points per game last season for Moravian Prep in Lenoir, NC.
QB Mason Rudolph of Northwestern landed his fifth offer this week from Louisville. The Cardinals join LSU, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State and Ole Miss as his offers. Rudolph has visited LSU, Georgia, Alabama and Ole Miss. He plans to narrow his list to two this summer.
RB CJ Fuller of Easley has his spring football practice coming up and soon after that is over, he plans to sit down and make his college decision. He has offers from Clemson, North Carolina and NC State. He attended Clemson’s spring game and heard some things from Dabo Swinney and company that pushed the Tigers even higher on his list. “If I came there, I could be playing running back,” Fuller said he was told. “I can do a lot in their offense. They told me to stay focused and keep working hard.” Fuller said Clemson is his favorite and has a “pretty big lead” over NC State. He added that Tennessee and Louisville are also showing serious interest.
DB Trumaine Washington of Miami enjoyed a junior day at Clemson earlier this year so much that he may attend a camp there this summer. His offers are from Duke, Purdue and Florida International with interest from Clemson, Florida State, Miami, Memphis, Connecticut and Michigan among others. “I really liked Clemson and they invited me to camp there,” said Washington. “They gave us a tour of the campus and stuff like that. I liked the stadium the most where you go down and touch the rock.” Washington is expressing interest in the Tigers. Other camps he expects to attend include Miami, Florida Atlantic, Louisville and Florida. As a junior he totaled 30 tackles with five interceptions running two back for scores. Washington does not have a favorite.
After visiting USC Saturday RB Nick Chubb of Cedartown, GA has USC among his top three alongside Georgia and Auburn. “They have everything in place to be a successful program,” said Chubb. After acknowledging his interest in returning to USC for another visit and possibly a game, he stated that his commitment could come as early as June. “They told me they’re only taking one running back in this class.” said Chubb of USC. “I know they’re recruiting two other running backs…one is Dorrell Scott, I think.” Scott is from Havelock, NC and has named USC his leader on several different occasions. As for Georgia and Auburn, Chubb spoke of their proximity to home as a factor and added, “Georgia is my home-state and they run the same offense (as my high school). Auburn is changing things up and has a good offensive line.” Chubb also mentioned Florida could be in the mix though he has not heard from them lately. He does not have a leader.
WR Chris Godwin, a USC target from Middletown, DE, committed to Penn State.