USC continues to build an impressive 2015 recruiting class with a commitment Saturday from DE Chauncey Rivers (6-2 232) of Stone Mountain, GA. Rivers made his commitment while on campus for an unofficial visit with his parents. “Today was my first time going up there and we fell in love with the education part and fell in love with the football program,” Rivers said. “When they told me they really liked the program, and I really liked it, so we decided to make the decision today to just end the recruiting process.” The heavily recruited Rivers also holds offers from Clemson, Auburn, Florida, Georgia Tech, NC State, Southern Miss, Tennessee and Vanderbilt among others. He said Auburn and Florida were two others high up on his list. Last season Rivers, playing strictly defensive end with his hand down, totaled 67 tackles with 8 sacks. “I’m physical with good speed and I get off the line quickly,” he said. “And I’m aggressive.” Rivers was recruited by Lorenzo Ward and bought in to what the coach told him about how he would fit in with their defense. “I’m in love with the defense,” he said. “They run a nice scheme and they told me they year I come in they will be low on defensive ends and I can come in and play as a freshman.” Rivers is the Gamecocks’ fourth commitment for the 2015 class, the third defensive end and the second from Stone Mountain’s Stephenson High School. His teammate, WR DJ Neal, committed to the Gamecocks in May. Rivers knows the recruiting won’t stop despite his commitment, but as far as he’s concerned, the commitment is solid. “100%,” he said. “No wavering.” Rivers said his father is 6-6 and he’s projected to grow to be about 6-5 or 6-6.
Clemson landed a commitment Friday for the 2014 class from DL Jabril Robinson of Leland, NC and his coach feels the Tigers got a steal. “He’s a great athlete with great feet and real good speed for a guy his size,” coach Garry Bishop said. Robinson is a three sport athlete who also plays basketball and is on the track and field team. Bishop plays Robinson at defensive end but can play inside and could also develop into an offensive tackle. “They think he’s got a lot of upside because of his athletic ability,” Bishop said of the Clemson coaches’ view of Robinson. “He’s going to get bigger and he’s got good speed for his size. I think he can be a player that can be an offensive lineman, a defensive tackle, a defensive end. He plays hard and plays quick.” Robinson also plays offensive tackle for his high school and Bishop said he’d be a more effective defensive player if he only played one way. “He’s hitting the weight room hard,” the coach said “He didn’t do that his first couple of years. I told him if he’s going to play at the next level, he’s got to be strong. When he started getting recruited pretty heavily, he started to hit the weight room and his strength is going to increase tremendously which will make him a better college football player.” Robinson also had offers from NC State and East Carolina. Bishop said Robinson is good academically and won’t have any problems qualifying. He is Clemson’s 15th commitment for the 2014 class.
WR Braxton Berrios of Raleigh made an unofficial visit to Kentucky over the weekend. He sat down with Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops while there. Berrios visited USC earlier this month. He’s also had Clemson, Tennessee and West Virginia high up on his list.
USC is back in the running for DL Anthony Moten of Fort Lauderdale after his decommitment from Florida Saturday. Moten feels some other schools will offer him a better chance for early playing time. He said USC, Miami, Florida State and Alabama are four of those. He is still considering Florida as well. Moten plans to take official visits to USC and Florida State during the season.
DL Abu Lamin of Fort Scott JC, KS made his third official visit Thursday thru Saturday at Arkansas. His earlier visits were to USC and Florida. “The visit was good, I really enjoyed the visit,” Lamin said. “What stood out was the coaches and the love you get from the coaches and knowing where you are going to fit in. The facilities are some of the best I’ve seen so far.” Despite all that, Lamin still has USC number one on his list, “but Arkansas is right on their heels,” he said. “The decision is going to be a tight race, but South Carolina is still in there.” Lamin said Tennessee will get one of his final two official visits and he’s looking at Auburn, Nebraska and Georgia for the final one. He hopes to get those visits in this summer and if he does, he’ll make his decision before his season. Lamin also plans to return to USC for a game this season. He said he talks almost daily with USC recruiter Deke Adams.
USC Monday offered DB Mike Hughes of New Bern, NC. Clemson and Florida have also offered him.
LB Raekwon McMillan of Hinesville, GA has Alabama and Ohio State as his top two right now with Clemson, Georgia and Florida rounding out his top five.
USC Sunday picked up a commitment for the 2015 class from RHP Cody Morris of Laurel, MD. He also considered offers from Clemson, North Carolina, Florida, Miami, Kentucky and others. He’s the 7th commitment for USC’s 2015 class. Here is an overview of Morris from DynamicBaseball.com.
At 6’4 Morris burst onto both the scene in 2012 with a high 80′s fastball, a plus change-up and a projectable frame that screams the best is yet to come. Along the way Cody has picked multiple accolades including a top 100 ranking on Perfect Game, Howard County Pitcher of the Year and was one of only 2 sophomores to receive MD Pre-Season All-State Honors.