Rising junior WR DJ Neal of Stone Mountain, GA committed to USC Thursday evening following his spring game. Neal becomes the Gamecocks’ first commitment for the 2015 class. Neal had been planning to commit to the Gamecocks ever since he received an offer from them earlier this month. Neal has visited USC in the past and will visit again Saturday. “I felt like I fit in around their program,” Neal said. “The depth chart is what really pulled me towards South Carolina. I think I’ll be able to make big plays for them.” Last season Neal caught 91 passes for nearly 1000 yards. Neal said he might visit some other schools over the next several months but his mind is set on the Gamecocks. “It’s going to be pretty hard to pull me away unless something happens with the depth chart,” Neal said. “That’s the only thing that might change my mind.” Neal said Clemson and Tennessee were the other schools high up on his list. He also has offers from Vanderbilt, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Cincinnati and Connecticut.
WR Blake Bone of Woodruff was offered today by Central Florida. That’s his seventh offer. The others are USC, Clemson, Ole Miss, Kentucky, Louisville and North Carolina.
LB Kendall Joseph of Belton-Honea Path is moving towards the end of his recruiting now that he’s cut his list to a final three of Clemson, Duke and Louisville. All three schools have had coaches come thru this spring. Clemson recruiter Brent Venables was at practice Monday and Joseph talked with him Monday night. “He likes the way I move and the way I play,” Joseph said. “He feels I can be a leader on defense at middle linebacker. He’s telling me real good things.” Joseph also has been in touch with his recruiters from Louisville and Duke. “Louisville wants me to come in and be the middle linebacker and the leader of the defense,” he said. “Duke is showing me a lot of love, saying good things can happen and that Duke is on the rise.” Clemson seldom misses on top Upstate targets not far from campus. Joseph said he has no favorite among the three and Clemson’s proximity is not a major issue. “It’s a plus for them to be 40 minutes away but not a big factor in my decision,” he said. “The playing time at each is about the same. Each has a great coaching staff. I can’t go wrong. God will let me know what’s best for me.” Joseph went to a pair of Clemson games last season and to a spring scrimmage. He visited Duke this spring and was at Louisville two weeks ago. He is going back to Clemson in early June and will make his decision around the middle of the month. He plans to talk things over with his family then tell his coach about his decision and let him put it out publicly.
DE Kendal Vickers of Havelock, NC has had his mind made up to go to USC for months dating back to when Brad Lawing was recruiting him for the Gamecocks. He never publicly committed because early in the school year it did not look like he would qualify. But all of that has changed now. “He’s turned out to be a qualifier,” said his coach Jim Bob Bryant. However, Vickers will not enroll at USC this semester. Bryant said Vickers will enroll at Georgia Military JC this fall and will need to be there just one semester. So, he will play this season for GMA and then he plans to transfer to USC in January according to his coach. That transfer, of course, hinges on USC re-evaluating Vickers in the fall and deciding to take him. He has been talking with Gamecock recruiter Deke Adams and those talks have been positive for Vickers. Vickers will play defensive end or outside linebacker at GMA. Assuming he plays and does not redshirt this season, Vickers would have four years to play three at USC. If counted towards the 2014 class, Vickers stands as the fourth commitment for that class.
RB Derrell Scott of Havelock, NC will make an unofficial visit to USC Saturday with his father his coach said Wednesday night. “His dad has not been to South Carolina and this is a look-see opportunity for him,” coach Jim Bob Bryant said. USC has been strong with Scott for more than a year but other schools, most notably Florida State, have made a move with him in recent weeks. “South Carolina is still in his top five,” Bryant said. Florida State, Clemson, Ohio State and Oregon round out the five. USC and Clemson have been in this spring. In fact, Clemson has been by twice according to the coach. Oregon plans a return trip in a couple of weeks. Bryant said Scott will not make a quick decision. “He’ll take his official visits and then decide,” the coach said.
QB Tyler Harris (6-4 220) of Blackshear, GA plans to attend a camp at USC this summer based on a conversation he had with the Gamecocks coaching staff recently. “I knew they were pursuing (Drew) Barker pretty hard and after he committed to Kentucky, I got in contact with (USC),” said Harris. “They told me they wanted to see me at camp because they don’t offer guys they haven’t seen. So I’ve got to get up there.” Since then, USC assistant coach Everett Sands paid Harris a visit. His offers include Alabama, Mississippi State, Kentucky, Troy, South Florida, Samford, and Middle Tennessee. Other schools that have visited him include Alabama, Mississippi State, Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky. Wisconsin is scheduled to stop by his school Thursday. “If I got an offer from South Carolina, they would be one of my favorites,” said Harris. “It’s a good school in the SEC and coach (Steve) Spurrier knows how to win games and coach quarterbacks.” Harris plans to take several visits over the summer before narrowing his list. He does not have any favorites.