WR Isaiah Ford of Jacksonville, FL was unable to attend USC’s spring game but is hopeful of a visit this summer. “Something came up and my mom couldn’t take me,” he said, “but this summer my coach is taking me and several of my teammates to visit a bunch of colleges. I’m going to make sure South Carolina is one of them.” Ford has offers from USC, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Oregon, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Florida International, Vanderbilt, Auburn, Kentucky, West Virginia Penn State and Georgia Tech among others. “I don’t have any favorites but I definitely like South Carolina a lot,” he said. Ford has shown interest in Clemson as well but says he has not heard from the Tigers of late. Ohio State, Virginia Tech and Louisville are other schools he would like to see. “I’ve been to Florida and Florida State a bunch of times but it’s always good going back,” Ford added. USC, Ohio State, Florida, FSU, Louisville and Virginia Tech are showing are showing the most interest according to Ford. He did not name a leader.
DB Darin Smalls of Summerville has added three more offers to his list. Charleston Southern, Oklahoma and Louisville join USC, Clemson, Florida State, Virginia Tech, NC State, Georgia Tech, Marshall, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and West Virginia. Though USC continues to lead for his services, Smalls is excited about the new offers. “I’m not going to commit until next signing day and I’m going to try and visit Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Charleston Southern and Louisville,” he said. ‘USC is my favorite but Clemson is recruiting me really hard!” Smalls is expecting several coaches to come see him during spring practice. He did not give a list of his favorites.
Clemson QB commitment Deshaun Watson of Gainesville, GA, who recently was named by ESPN.com as the #1 quarterback prospect in the country in the junior class. has ended his recruiting and will not take any more visits. Watson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he is rock solid with his Clemson pledge. “I’m 100-percent solid with Clemson,” Watson said on Wednesday. “I’m not going to visit anybody else. I’m just going to focus on Clemson and my high school season. I’m not interested in going to visit anywhere.” Watson had visited several other schools this spring and was getting a particularly strong push from Urban Meyer at Ohio State who had personally taken over his recruiting. “I just found a place there (with Clemson) and I’m comfortable with the coaches,” Watson told the AJC. “I like the academics and it’s close to home. I just really want to focus on my senior year and focus on winning a state championship. I want to do something that no other quarterback in Gainesville history has ever done.” Going into his senior season, Watson has passed for 9360 yards and 108 touchdowns in his career, both prep records in Georgia.
A number of college recruiters are getting by Goose Creek High School to show their interest in TE Kalan Ritchie and RB Caleb Kinlaw. Gators’ coach Chuck Reedy said USC and Clemson were in on Thursday. Georgia, Louisville and Florida recruiters also have been in. Ritchie visited USC earlier in the month and has USC out front. Kinlaw has not gotten as much interest from the Gamecocks and Tigers. He’s been favoring Tennessee and North Carolina.
LHP John Parke of Greenville, who had been committed to Clemson as a walk-on for the 2013 class, has changed his commitment to USC according to TheBigSpur.com. Parke made a visit to USC over the weekend and decided Thursday to change his pledge. This season Parke is 5-1 with a 1.56 ERA.