USC continues to lead for WR Blake Bone of Woodruff. He has a top four of USC, Louisville, Kentucky and Ole Miss with interest from Clemson, Georgia and Tennessee. “Tennessee and Georgia have been coming at me pretty hard lately,” said Bone. “But right now, I’m sticking with my top four.” Bone did not take any visits this summer and says a commitment could be coming soon. “I want to go ahead and commit pretty early,” he said. “I don’t have an exact date but it could come anytime now.” When asked if he were to commit today he named USC as the school he would choose. Bone does not have any definite plans for future visits and could take “one or two” official visits following his decision. He also mentioned that Clemson continues to pursue him but says he is not currently interested in the Tigers. He remains a Gamecock lean.
Clemson remains in contention for WR Trey Quinn of Lake Charles, LA. His father said Tuesday his son is trying to make his decision before school starts. “Clemson and few others are looking very good,” Dave Quinn said. “LSU is one. I know Texas Tech and Ole Miss are still recruiting pretty hard.” Quinn is keeping in regular contact with Clemson recruiter Jeff Scott.
WR Moral Stephens, FL was at USC last weekend for the Black Magic Camp. He was there with his parents. Stephens attended Kentucky’s Friday Night Blue Lights camp the week before and the Wildcats appear to be the team to beat. Some of his other offers are Clemson, Florida State, Louisville, LSU, Miami, Ohio State and Penn State. Several schools are recruiting Stephens as a tight end.
RB Derrell Scott of Havelock, NC named a top four of USC, Florida State, NC State and Ohio State. He has USC and FSU in a close battle for his leader. “I have a clear one-two…it’s South Carolina and Florida State,” he said. “It’s hard to say who is first right now. NC State is third and I would probably put Ohio State in my top four.” Scott visited all four campuses this summer for camps. “I enjoyed USC but it was really more for my parents,” said Scott. “The coaches wanted m parents to come down and see the campus. We got to see where we would stay and stuff like that.” He plans to take several visits during the season, including official visits. Scott is unsure of all of the official visits he would like to take but said he would definitely take one of those visits to USC.
Story from Knoxville News-Sentinel:
When Tennessee parted ways with signee Jabo Lee last week, the South Carolina running back told a local newspaper “everything was good.’’ Lee also said via Twitter, “all respect to Tennessee.’’ His high school coach isn’t quite as conciliatory about the way things worked out. Jackie Hayes, coach at Dillon High School in Dillon, S.C., said Monday he was “upset” at the way UT handled Lee. “I think they just left him out to dry,’’ Hayes said. Lee flipped his commitment from East Carolina to Tennessee right before signing day in February, responding to a late push spearheaded by running backs coach Jay Graham. Shortly after signing day, Graham left for Florida State and was replaced by Robert Gillespie. Lee, a three-star prospect, lacked the standardized test score to qualify. Through the spring and into summer, the assumption was that he would not be admitted to school. He is not listed in UT’s 2013 media guide. In June, however, Lee made the test score on his last try, Hayes said. Then, last week, Lee revealed he would be attending a four-year school, but it wouldn’t be UT. That school will be Temple, Hayes said. Dillon assistant coach Kelvin Roller was upset enough to contact the News Sentinel on Monday. Roller said the Vols were casting Lee aside because they had recruited other prospects for the class of 2014. Hayes agreed. “I don’t think this is a good way of doing business,’’ Hayes said. “They told him the whole time all he had to do is make the test score. “Last Wednesday they called him and said he can’t get through admissions. He graduated from high school in December. They’ve had his transcript since January. Looks like they’d know whether he could get through admissions.’’ UT released Lee from his Letter of Intent, which means he can be put on scholarship at Temple. Coach Butch Jones and a Tennessee spokesman both declined to comment about Lee’s situation. Hayes said that in May, Lee was on UT’s campus and it was discovered he had a torn anterior cruciate ligament that would require surgery and, thus, a redshirt season. It’s not clear if the ACL dated to Lee’s knee injury in the opening game of his senior season or had occurred since then. “I think what happened,’’ Hayes said, “is they got some (higher rated) recruits for 2014.’’ Hayes said the only person he had heard from at UT was an administrator in the football office. “Don’t you think it would be better,’’ Hayes said, “if the head coach or running backs coach called me up and said, ‘We’ve got a problem here?’ ” Hayes did appreciate UT helping Lee find a new school. “To give credit where it’s due, somebody at Tennessee knew somebody up there and called Temple,’’ Hayes said. “Jabo’s (originally) from up in New Jersey so maybe it’s a good fit.’’ Hayes, however, questioned whether any of his prospects would be a good fit at UT. The Vols have already offered Dillon’s Class of 2016 quarterback, Avery McCall, according to Hayes and several recruiting services. “There wouldn’t be no use for (Tennessee recruiters) to come back to Dillon,’’ Hayes said.