DL Peyton Newell of Hiawatha, KS is deciding between USC and Nebraska and will announce his decision August 30th at his school at 2:30 PM. Newell visited USC in March for a junior day and is looking at attending the Black Magic Camp later this month. “I have a birthday in the family that weekend, so I guess if something comes up with that, but otherwise we’re planning on coming,” Newell said. “If I don’t make it down that doesn’t mean I’m not interested. I don’t think it’s that important just because I’ve already been down there. I know everything about South Carolina. Just because I don’t go down there doesn’t mean that they are still not in my top two.” Newell talked with USC recruiter GA Mangus a couple of days ago and he last talked with Nebraska about two weeks ago. He does not plan to visit Nebraska again before his decision. Newell is working on his decision and is finding it hard to identify a leader. “I’m kind of going back and forth,” he said. “South Carolina keeps popping up in my head compared to the other schools so I know that’s a sign of something, but you know, no leader right now, but they are definitely at the top. I think it will come down to which school enters my mind first when I wake up on August 30th. Obviously I’ve been thinking about it every day and by then I’ll know.” Newell will have a news conference at his school to announce his decision.
DL Dexter Wideman of Saluda originally named USC his “top school”, paused, and corrected himself. “Well, I would say they’re in my top three,” said Wideman. “I don’t really have a favorite.” He named the Gamecocks along side Florida and Florida State as those schools. Wideman will attend a camp at FSU this week marking his first visit this summer. His relationship with Brad Lawing has the Gators in the mix. “Me and coach Lawing have a real good relationship so I’m just looking forward to getting down there and seeing what it looks like,” said Wideman. The Gamecocks have remained in contact with Wideman and he expects to attend some games at Williams-Brice this season. Outside of his top three, Wideman says he continues to receive a lot of interest from Ole Miss and Alabama. “I’m pretty much focusing on Florida State, Florida and South Carolina but I want to take all of my official visits,” he said.
Rising junior WR Freddie Phillips (6-2 185) of Pelion will visit North Carolina Friday. The wide receiver is hearing from USC, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, NC State and Appalachian State “I’m going to visit North Carolina Friday and that should be nice up there,” said Phillips. “Coach (Gunter) Brewer wants me to come up and check it out. He said there is a camp going on later that day and I might do that while I’m there, but for now, I’m just going up for a visit.” Phillips has camped at USC, Florida and FSU this summer. Speaking on USC he said, “It was nice. I didn’t get to stay the whole day but I was there for a half-a-day. I got to work with coach (Steve) Spurrier, Jr. and he taught me some little things that I can take back to my school and work on.” He also enjoyed both camps in the state of Florida. Phillips has yet to receive an offer and does not have any favorites but expressed interest in Clemson and USC. “I like them both because they’re in-state schools and they play in big conferences,” he said. “I’ve been up to Clemson a couple of times and am talking to coach (Jeff) Scott. I’ve also been to USC a couple of times.” After his trip to UNC, he plans to focus on the season. “I may take some visits to catch some games, but I don’t have any plans yet,” said Phillips.
WR Terry Googer of Atlanta said today he will announce his decision on August 16th at this school. He said last week he was going to do it August 12th. USC looks like the front runner ahead of North Carolina, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Miami.
QB Sean White of Fort Lauderdale committed to Auburn today. He was the MVP of the Elite 11 competition earlier this month. He had planned to visit USC for the Black Magic Camp this month prior to his commitment.