When Boeing built a plant in North Charleston many of its employees in Seattle moved to South Carolina. That included the Bailey family. And part of that family is OL Zack Bailey (6-5 307) who is now in his second season playing for John McKissick at Summerville and emerging as one of the state’s top prospects for 2015. Bailey is playing tackle this season after being a guard last season. His versatility and flexibility are just two of the traits the college coaches covet. His early offers include Clemson, USC, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and The Citadel. He was at Clemson for the Georgia game and had planned to go to Georgia for the USC game but didn’t make it. He plans to be at Clemson for the Florida State game and at USC for the Clemson game. He also wants to get to Georgia Tech for a game. Bailey said early on he has no recruiting favorites. “I’m keeping my options really open. Location will not be an issue. I have family in the West and the South.” Though he’s new to the state, Bailey has gotten familiar with the Tigers and Gamecocks and has no preference between the two. “I like the rivalry,” he said. “They are both great teams. There’s no real favorite between them.”
Junior WR Freddie Phillips of Pelion attended the Clemson-SC State game Saturday. Phillips attended the Georgia Tech season-opener last weekend after an invitation and was waiting for another school to invite him before deciding on his next visit. He did not have to wait long for his second visit this season. “Coach (Jeff) Scott sent and invite and I accepted it,” said Phillips. This will be his second trip to Clemson. “The Tigers have a really good receiving corps,” he said. “I’m pretty excited to see them play.” He will be accompanied by his mother and father to the game. Phillips likes the Tigers and is confident the feeling is mutual. “I think they’re pretty interested,” Phillips said. He is waiting on his first offer and does not have any favorites.
6-7 Dante Buford of Jacksonville, FL is USC’s top target for the 2014 class and the Gamecocks are scheduled to be in to see him Monday according to his coach. Buford is a native of Simpsonville and his South Carolina roots are working in the Gamecocks’ favor. “I know it’s in their best interest that he’s a South Carolina boy,” coach Rex Morgan of Arlington Country Day School said. “All these places are pretty far away from his mother and friends. I think he’s comfortable with the coaching staff at South Carolina.” Buford is down to USC, Southern Cal, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Miami and is scheduled for official visits to each starting in October. He’s been to USC before, most recently for the North Carolina football game. “He liked the enthusiasm and the atmosphere at the game,” Morgan said. Buford is not Morgan’s only player the Gamecocks like. 6-9 LeDamion Keys just arrived at the school from New Orleans. Morgan said USC and DePaul are interested in Keys who the coach calls a “shot blocker with a high motor. He rebounds and jumps extremely well. He’s very athletic and long with a long wingspan.” Basketball fans in the Midlands can get a look at Morgan’s team in December when they play in the Chick-Fil-A Classic. Morgan said Oak Hill Academy in Virginia is also coming in for that tournament.
Clemson coach Brand Brownell checked in today on 6-7 Dante Grantham of Hargrave Prep, VA. He’s a top target of the Tigers. Grantham made an official visit to Michigan over the weekend and is scheduled to visit Cincinnati this coming weekend.