WR Braxton Berrios of Raleigh has taken official visits to USC, Oregon and Miami. He plans to visit Tennessee for the Georgia weekend October 4th and make his decision soon after that his coach said on Wednesday. “He’s getting tired, I think he’s ready to make his decision,” Leesville Road coach Chad Smothers said. “He enjoyed his visit to South Carolina. They did a great job, pulled out all the stops. He enjoyed his time down there. He’s told South Carolina and everybody else that in four weeks or so he will make his decision on where he’s going to go.” Smothers added that USC has always been a strong player for Berrios. “South Carolina has always been in high regard by Braxton,” he said. “They’ve done an outstanding job recruiting him. He’s been there four or five times. They are up there one, two, three. He’s strongly considering South Carolina. He just wants to take his time and do his due diligence and make sure he’s choosing the right place.” Smothers said USC recruiters Joe Robinson and Steve Spurrier Jr. are keeping in touch with him and Berrios. The coach said Berrios will not visit anywhere else between now and when he goes to Knoxville. The coach added that Berrios is anxious to end the process and would do so sooner if the Tennessee visit were sooner, but he’s never been to UT and wants to make that visit before making his decision.
USC recruiter Deke Adams stopped by Dillon High School Monday to check in on the Wildcats, in particular Gamecock commitment LB Joe Blue and sophomore QB Avery McCall. Coach Jackie Hayes said Blue remains firm with his commitment and McCall continues to draw plenty of major interest. He now has offers from USC, Clemson, LSU, North Carolina, East Carolina, Ohio State and Tennessee. McCall suffered a shoulder injury in the season opening game and has missed the past two games, but Hayes said McCall will be back in the lineup for this Friday’s game against Lake City. Hayes said Adams was just making a casual stop by the school while making his rounds. “He was just down to see what was going on with us and we were feeling him out about what’s going on with them.” McCall hasn’t made it to any games this season but Hayes said he will start going to games later this month and in October. Hayes said Clemson also is very strong on McCall. “He’s kind of like the guy they’ve got up there now,” he said. “I think Avery throws the ball a little bit better than Boyd does but he’s still young and has a long way to go and a lot of work to do.” As for other Wildcats, senior RB Anthony Blue has offers from Appalachian State, Georgia Southern and Miami of Ohio. Newberry has offered senior defensive lineman Jalen Washington and senior LB Damu Ford. Hayes said Ford has visited Appalachian State and Florida State has offered him as a preferred walk-on at fullback. In his junior class, Hayes said WR Er’reon Hayes (6-3 180) will be one to watch. And Hayes added that Hayes brother, 8th grade tight end and defensive end Ze’reon Hayes, will become a major prospect.