Last week DB Al Harris Jr. of Fort Lauderdale indicated he might commit to USC within a couple of weeks. Friday he followed thru announcing his pledge to the Gamecocks over Louisville. He also considered Florida State, Wisconsin, Arkansas and NC State. Harris Jr. is the son of former NFL standout cornerback Al Harris who is now an assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs. Harris Jr. is actually in Kansas City now training for the upcoming season and contacted the Gamecocks from there with his pledge. “I really like the scheme they run, it fits my abilities,” Harris Jr. said. “I like the overall feel of the school. And I’ll have the chance to play early and make an impact.” Harris is a corner and considers himself to be a strong pass defender. “I”ll be able to play a lot of man to man and play a lot of press coverage,” he said. “That’s mainly what I do. That’s the main technique I use.” And it doesn’t hurt to learn his craft from a former NFL star. “I work with him more than any other person, he taught me everything I know,” Harris Jr. said of his dad adding that he has some of the attributes as a player his father had. Harris Jr. said the commitment ends his recruiting. He’s the Gamecocks’ 10th commitment for the 2014 class and the third for the secondary.
WR Terry Googer of Atlanta made an unofficial visit to USC Friday. Googer has visited USC multiple times and the Gamecocks are thought to be in good shape with him at this point. He’s also been looking at North Carolina, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Miami. He plans a decision before the season.
Another USC target at receiver, Braxton Berrios of Raleigh, is going to make an unofficial visit on Saturday. Berrios attended the USC spring game and also took in some games last season. He’s been focused on USC, Clemson, Tennessee and West Virginia.
RB Caleb Kinlaw of Goose Creek has a current top three of Tennessee, North Carolina and Arizona in that order. Georgia Tech is fourth on his list after a visit there earlier this summer. Kinlaw visited Tennessee and UNC in the spring. New UT coach Butch Jones moved quickly on Kinlaw when he took the job and that has paid off. “Out of all those teams that have offered, they were the first one to get an offer to me,” Kinlaw said. “I like coach Jones and the way they do things, and I like their offense. I like that they are an up and coming team.” Kinlaw said he will visit Tennessee and North Carolina again in the next couple of weeks. He said the margin between the two is narrow. He has no timetable for a decision.
Rising junior RB Bryce Love (5-9 180) of Wake Forest, NC has compiled a list of early offers to include Clemson, Tennessee, North Carolina, Stanford, NC State, Duke, Arkansas, East Carolina and Virginia Tech with interest from USC and others. Love is showing interest in the Tigers and Gamecocks. “I’ve heard nothing but good things (about Clemson) and I’m sure I will really like their facilities (when I visit),” he said. “Coach (Robbie) Caldwell came down here to talk to my coach and told him a couple of things. I feel like they really like me and they really want me.” Love is a little more familiar with USC having family that attended the university. “I’ve liked them, you know, because my parents went there, and I’ve been down to visit,” he said. “They’ve got really nice facilities and the coaches were pretty cool. Coach (Steve) Spurrier, Jr. came down to talk to my coach and seems like a pretty cool guy.” Love has not left the state for any visits this summer but did get a chance to get over to Chapel Hill and Durham for visits. He is showing interest in the Blue Devils and Tar Heels. Speaking on both programs, Love said, “I like what they have going on there and I really like the locations. They’re both really good programs.” He would like to take several visits this football season but has not scheduled any to date. Stanford was one program he mentioned that he would like to see. His father, Chris Love, did say that academics are a priority of Love who carries a 4.5 GPA into his junior year of high school. He does not have any favorites.
Class of 2015 WR Deondre Daniels of Goose Creek played defensive back as a sophomore but will make the move to the offense this season. Daniels runs track and is getting a lot of interest from several schools, including USC, and would like to play football as well. The schools showing interest in track and field are USC, Alabama, Minnesota, Princeton and Virginia Tech. According to his father, Anthony Daniels, Daniels has already attended a football camp at USC. “He’s been there once and they wanted to get him back up there for The Showcase camp but he is not going to be able to go,”said his father. Daniels will be at the USTA Junior Olympics competing in track and field that week. He competes in the 200M and 400M events. As for football, his father says Daniels is very specific in his interests. “He just told me he wants to go to an SEC school,” he said. “He talks a lot about LSU. That’s the school he grew up liking.” Daniels ran a 47.9 400M and ran the 200M in 22 flat this past weekend. He does not have any favorites.
RHP Austin DeCarr (6-3 215) of Foxboro, MA has committed to Clemson. DeCarr revealed his pledge on Twitter and drew offers from other ACC, Big Ten and Big East schools. Here is the PerfectGame.com scouting report on DeCarr:
Lean athletic build, good strength potential, projects well. Big leg raise delivery, hands stay low, leans off plate at release, doesn’t repeat release point. Primary fastball pitcher, topped out at 86 mph, very consistent cutting action. Soft curveball due to delivery/release, might be better off with a true slider, developing change up. Has prospect tools as a third baseman. Very good raw arm strength, long actions and release but shows athletic ability. Loose extended right handed swing, stays inside well, drives the ball to the gaps, squares it up, could develop serious power. Follow as a two-way prospect. Good student.
DeCarr is the seventh commitment for Clemson’s 2014 class and the first righthander.