DE Jhaustin Thomas (6-7 275) of Trinity Valley JC, TX, who signed with USC for the 2012 class but failed to qualify, is back on the Gamecocks’ commitment list for 2014. Thomas told TheBigSpur.com he talked with defensive line coach Deke Adams Tuesday night and was assured he is wanted even if he doesn’t graduate until next spring. Thomas said he had been hearing from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Ole Miss and Arizona State. He only played in three games last season due to an injury. He’s put on some size in junior college. He was listed at 6-6, 240 coming out of high school. He’s the 8th commitment for USC’s 2014 class.
DB Zykiesis Cannon of Carolina High committed to Louisville earlier this week. He had 108 tackles and 8 interceptions last season. He also had offers from East Carolina, Boston College and Charlotte.
USC does not have an offer on the table right now for a 2014 quarterback and may not take one, but Bo Baldwin of South Aiken did his best Saturday to convince Steve Spurrier and GA Mangus that he’s worth an offer. They must have been impressed to some degree because Baldwin was invited back for the Showcase Camp next month. Baldwin was at USC Saturday competing in a seven on seven tournament and his coach said Baldwin had one of his best days ever. “I think he impressed the people,” Jeremy West said. “He had a talk with coach Mangus and they want him to come back for the Showcase and they’ll make a decision (on an offer) by around the Showcase. He definitely helped his stock. He had a good day.” West said Mangus had several positive things to say about Baldwin after observing him in the seven on seven. “How he was able to check down when stuff was covered,” the coach said. “He had good velocity on the ball and put it in good spots. He was taking what the defense was giving.” West said he left the tournament optimistic about an offer for Baldwin who has missed most of the past two seasons with injuries. “I feel optimistic about it, I think we all do,” he said. “They were real impressed. Bo said they want him to come back for the Showcase and he feels that maybe that’s when they are going to decide what they are going to do.” Baldwin has not yet been offered and has no other visits planned this summer at this point. South Aiken 2015 DE Rasool Clemmons also was at USC Saturday. The Gamecocks have not offered. He has offers from Clemson, Florida State and Virginia. He visited Florida State earlier this month.
RB Derrell Scott of Havelock, NC visited Ohio State with two teammates for a camp last weekend. His coach, Jim Bob Bryant, and assistant coach Caleb King also were on the trip. This trip came a week after Scott visited Florida State. “He had two great trips,” Bryant said. “His top three right now, in no particular order, are Ohio State, Florida State and South Carolina.” At Ohio State, Scott participated in the prospect camp working out with the running backs. He later took a tour of the campus. “All three kids got the chance to talk with coach (Urban) Meyer for about thirty minutes,” Bryant said. Scott will attend The Opening in Eugene, OR later this week. He’s visited USC several times and his coach did not thing he would make it back this summer. Scott plans to take all of his official visits and then make his decision. He will not waiting until Signing Day because he’s going to graduate early. Scott is also considering NC State, Oregon and Tennessee for his final two official visits. There is no leader. “I think those top three schools are right there together,” Bryant said.
DB Al Harris, Jr. of Fort Lauderdale would like to visit USC, Wisconsin, Penn State, Florida State and Louisville this summer and then announce his decision prior to the season. He said he may add one of two more visits to his list. “After I take these visits, I want to go ahead and commit,” said Harris. Harris and his father, former NFL defensive back Al Harris Sr. have formed a good relationship with USC assistant Grady Brown placing the Gamecocks very much in the mix. “I really like that they always have a strong defensive line,” he said. “The front end works with back end on defense. They also put a lot of defensive backs into the NFL.” The Gamecocks recent success is another factor in his interest. “The last four years…they just keep getting better and I like that,” said Harris. He has not scheduled his visits nor does he have a specific date to make his decision. Harris did say he does not have any favorites.