TE Kalan Ritchie of Goose Creek will be committing soon to USC a source said on Tuesday. Ritchie, who is now listed at 6-6, 226, last visited USC April 4th with his family. He has had USC as his favorite over offers from Clemson, UConn, NC State and Virginia Tech.
OL Orlando Brown Jr. of Suwanee, GA will announce his college decision Thursday at 3:00 PM. USC has been recruiting him but Tennessee, Arkansas and Oklahoma are his finalists.
DB John Battle (6-2 180) of Hallandale, FL has offers from USC, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Kentucky, Louisville, Vanderbilt, South Florida, LSU, Tennessee, Florida State, Marshall, Rutgers and Northwestern among others. Battle has not yet visited USC but plans to change that over the summer. “Right now, I’m just building a relationship with coach (Grady) Brown,” he said. “I got a chance to follow them a lot last year because they were always playing on ESPN. It would be pretty cool to play for them.” Battle cited the defense and the success of USC defensive backs in the NFL that interests him in the Gamecocks. He has already visited Florida State and South Florida and enjoyed both trips. Other than USC, Battle would like to visit Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisville and several schools in the state of North Carolina this summer. He plans to narrow his list to six prior to his senior season. “I want to know which schools I’m focusing on before the season begins,” he added. Battle does not have a leader.
DE Jesse Aniebonam of Olney, MD has not narrowed his list to a top group but when he does, Clemson and USC stand a very good chance of being on that list. Aniebonam said Monday night he remains very interested in both, and both are “on top of my list” though he’s not naming any favorites right now. Neither school has been by this spring but he’s expecting Clemson’s Brent Venables to visit soon. He has been in touch with Venables and USC recruiter GA Mangus. Tennessee visited Monday and Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame and Stanford have been thru. Aniebonam visited Maryland and Virginia Tech this spring and will visit USC and Clemson this summer. He’s also looking at possible visits to Ohio State, Michigan, Alabama, Georgia Tech and Notre Dame. Aniebonam is interested in Clemson and USC for several reasons. “At Clemson, it’s the football success and academic success,” he said. “I feel like they are that one all around school. I like the coaching staff. They are great people. I’ve been hearing good words from Clemson. South Carolina, it’s a beautiful campus from what I’ve see, and the football team of course. The defensive scheme is something that really attracted me to them also. It feels like it would be a good fit in the long run.” Aniebonam said he’ll evaluate both schools further after his visits. He plans to make a decision before the season.
DB Dominique Brown of Ocala, FL has offers from USC, Florida International and Middle Tennessee. He is hearing from Florida, Florida State, LSU, Auburn, Duke and North Carolina among others. Brown named USC, LSU and Florida State as his favorites but said, “I am still keeping my options open.” He has not spoken with anyone from the USC coaching staff recently but continues to receive mail from the Gamecocks. “They keep me up-to-date on what their schedule is and want me to come up for some football games this year,” he said. Brown has every intention of making that trip. His most recent contact has come from Missouri. “They came by the school Friday to talk to me and let me know they’re going to keep up with me,” said Brown. “They’re coming back for my spring game. I am interested in them too.” Several of the aforementioned schools are scheduled to drop in on his spring practices. This summer he plans to attend camps at FSU, Florida and North Caroling among others. He did not name a leader.
DL Zeek Rodney of South Pointe added offers from Boston College, Louisiana-Lafayette, Marshall and Appalachian State to his offers from SC State and Charlotte. One of these offers was a pleasant surprise. “I got a letter from Boston College telling me to call them,” said Rodney. “I hadn’t heard from them before so it surprised me. When I called they told me they weren’t worried about my height and they liked the way I play so they offered.” He plans to visit in the future. Rodney is expecting several schools to come by during spring practice including Kansas State and UCLA. He wants to attend several camps over the summer but has only one scheduled to date. “I’ll definitely camp at Clemson,” he said. There are no favorites for Rodney.