Latta OL Donell Stanley raced down the field with a 90 yard fumble return last week in a win over Aynor. But Stanley is not racing to make a final college decision. According to Latta assistant coach Chris German, Stanley may have an idea about where he wants to go at this point but he plans to take his four official visits before making that decision final. Those visits will be to USC, Clemson, North Carolina and Alabama. The dates have not been set but they plan to work on a schedule next week which is an off week for the team. The visits will come during the season. “He was going to go ahead and commit but he wants to make sure that where he goes everything is good. He’s going to take his four officials and after he takes the last one he said he’s going to commit,” German said. But there was a recent time when it appeared Stanley was ready to make his call. “I think he was wanting to but he came back to me and said I want to make sure this is the place for me to go, so let me take my officials so I can get into it so I can spend the weekend somewhere and really get to know the place. I think he just wants to be sure. He’s still playing it close to the chest.” German confirmed that Stanley has a good idea about where he wants to go but wants to be sure and he has not told any schools what he’s thinking. No coaches have been by the school to see Stanley but German said USC recruiter Shawn Elliott may be at Friday’s game against Lincoln. Stanley talked with Elliott earlier in the week.
Saluda DL Dexter Wideman, in an interview with GamecockCentral, gave a strong indication that he is still strongly considering USC despite a commitment to Florida State. Wideman was at the USC-Vanderbilt game. He said it’s 50-50 between the Gamecocks and Florida State right now. Wideman added that it’s a “really, really big chance” that he will sign with USC in February.
Junior DB Tanner Muse (6-3 200) of Belmont, NC has offers from Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, Duke, Virginia, Louisville and Ole Miss, and is drawing interest from Nebraska, Arkansas and Tennessee. He was at Clemson for the Georgia game, the spring game and last year’s Georgia Tech game. “Clemson is a real great atmosphere and I love how the whole state shuts down to watch Clemson,” Muse said. “I’m a huge fan of (defensive coordinator) coach Venables. He’s a great defensive coordinator. They are high tempo and the come get you.” Muse hopes to get back to Clemson for the Florida State game. He’s also been to North Carolina, NC State and Duke. The Tar Heels are showing him the strongest interest at this point with Clemson and NC State next. Muse said he talks with his North Carolina recruiter two or three times a week. Muse wants to make his decision by the start of next summer or before his senior season. Last season he had 52 tackles with 14 passes broken up and 4 interceptions. Muse plays free safety but could grow into an outside linebacker.
DB Minkah Fitzpatrick of Jersey City, NJ was recently named one of the early five-star prospects for the 2015 Class by Rivals and named the 2015 Class Recruit-of-the-Week by another publication. He has offers from across the nation, to include USC, and has maintained contact with the Gamecocks. “I still talk to G.A. Mangus a lot and I’ve watched all of their games,” he said. “I’m trying to get down there for a game but with my schedule and my parents schedule, it’s kind of tough.” Fitzpatrick has not attended any games this season but says that could change soon. “I’ll probably go to a Rutgers game because it’s so close to home.” Fitzpatrick said. “I may go to the Penn State-Ohio State game. I want to go to either a South Carolina game or a Florida State game before the season ends.” He did attend a camp in Columbia over the summer and is showing interest in the Gamecocks. His other offers include Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State, Connecticut, Rutgers, Boston College, Stanford, Virginia, Maryland, Virginia Tech and Syracuse. In his first two games this season, Fitzpatrick has an interception for a touchdown, two pass deflections and over 100 yards receiving. He does not have a favorite.