At one time WR Terry Googer of Atlanta appeared to be a strong lean to USC but after receiving a new wave of offers, Googer has wiped the slate clean and is favorite free. “Everybody is even,” Googer said. His newest offers were from Clemson, West Virginia, Auburn and Ole Miss. USC receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. was thru his school about three weeks ago. “They want me to come down for another visit,” said Googer who has made multiple visits to USC. Several Georgia prospects plan to visit USC Saturday. Googer’s name has been included but he said he’s not yet sure if he’ll make it in Saturday. Clemson’s offer came last week, as a tight end, and he said he will visit Clemson at some point. Googer said he plans to visit about ten schools over the summer and he hopes to make his decision after the summer but before his season. Other offers include Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Syracuse, North Carolina, Miami and Tennessee.
LB Ty Tomlin of Marietta, GA has come up with his top five and in order he has North Carolina, Tennessee, Clemson, Ole Miss and NC State in that group. Clemson recruiter Brent Venables was in for a visit last week. “He was telling me I’m his guy and they need me to come in and they are going to lead in the ACC in everything, all the good stuff,” Tomlin said. Georgia, Miami, NC State and North Carolina have also been by. Tennessee is to be in Wednesday and Wake Forest is coming to his spring game Friday. Tomlin said he has the Tar Heels out front because of his relationship with head coach Larry Fedora and with his recruiter. “They are talking about me coming in and starting as a freshman,” he said. “Playing time is a big factor for me.” Tomlin added that Clemson has a chance to overtake the Tar Heels and Tennessee is also in the mix to do so. He has visited North Carolina, Wake Forest, Kentucky and Tennessee and plans to visit Clemson this summer. Last season Tomlin had 128 tackles with 20 for losses and 2 interceptions.
DL Thomas Holley of Brooklyn has received several visits this spring including one from Clemson. He expects the Tigers back for the spring ends. “Clemson was by last week to see me,” said Holley. “They’ll be back my next week or the week after that. They talked to my coach and told him how much they want me and how badly they need defensive linemen. They talked to me about how their practices go…and stuff like that…so I won’t be surprised if I go there.” Holley plans to visit Clemson in the future. “That’s the plan,” he said. “I’m not sure when I’ll be there but I plan on going there for a visit.” Pitt, Florida State, Alabama, and Miami have all been by to see him as well. “Those are the ones I remember because they came to watch me practice,” said Holley. “Other schools have been by to talk to my coach but I can’t think of of them right now.” He does not have favorites and has not narrowed his list saying, “I’m just going to take it day-by-day and see where it goes.”
USC assistant coach Everett Sands visited RB Wadzaire Blanc of Lake Nona, FL. Blanc says Sands came by with a word of encouragement as the Florida product continues to recover from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for his junior season. “He told me to keep working hard and I can accomplish anything,” said Blanc of their visit. “He just wanted to see how I was doing. They’re still my favorite.” The Gamecocks offered Blanc following his sophomore season prompting Blanc to tell the Orlando Sentinel, “I have always wanted to be a Gamecock.” Blanc’s other offers are from Florida International and Florida Atlantic. He says his shoulder is at 80 percent. “I am trying not to focus on me (and my shoulder),” said Blanc. “I’m just looking ahead to the season and doing whatever I can to help the team.” Blanc will not take any visits this summer and is in no rush to make a decision.
South Carolina women’s basketball head coach Dawn Staley announced today the signing of 5-foot-7 guard Olivia Gaines (Chester, S.C./Chester) to a National Letter of Intent to attend the University and play for the Gamecocks. Gaines will have two seasons of eligibility beginning with the 2013-14 season. “Olivia brings experience and athleticism to our young back court,” Staley sad. “We look forward to her contributing on both sides of the ball.” After her high school career at Chester, Gaines spent the last two seasons at Louisburg College (Louisburg, N.C.). After helping the Hurricanes to the 2013 NJCAA Division II National Championship, Gaines was named the Junior/Community College Player of the Year by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. Averaging 18.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.5 steals, the sophomore earned a spot on the NJCAA All-America team. Gaines joins the Gamecocks early signee, Alaina Coates, a 6-foot-4 center from Irmo, S.C. (Dutch Fork).
The basketball spring signing period ended Wednesday and 6-7 Donte Grantham of Martinsburg, WVA decided not to sign. Grantham decided he will attend a prep school in the fall and put himself back on the market for the 2014 recruiting season. He is considering Brewster Prep in New Hampshire and Hargrave Prep in Virginia. Grantham had offers from Clemson, West Virginia, Miami, Maryland, Penn State, Xavier and others. He took an official visit to Clemson in early May.