Class of 2014 WR Wesley Green and 2015 DE Arden Key of Lithonia, GA have de-commited from USC. Citing Dwayne McLemore of GoGamecocks.com, their high school coach Cortez Allen confirmed the pair’s decision. Allen told McLemore that the teammates, along with their parents, decided it was the best decision to open up their recruitment. According to the article, USC remains in play with to two Georgia products. However, Green told Kipp Adams of 247Sports later Sunday night that USC is not among his top schools any longer. He has set an official visit to Georgia for this weekend and lists Ole Miss, LSU and Tennessee as the “other main schools.” Green committed to the Gamecocks on June 21st choosing them at the time over Georgia, Clemson, Ole Miss and Tennessee. Key committed to the Gamecocks June 16th saying at the time, “I’m very solid, 100%. The only way I would decommit is a change in the coaching staff or some other school says something really crazy to get me to decommit.” Some of his other offers are Clemson, Georgia, Arkansas, Miami, Ole Miss, LSU, Southern Cal and Virginia Tech. Green’s decommitment leaves USC with 12 in the 2014 class, two in the secondary, and one of those, Darin Smalls of Summerville, just tore his ACL. Key’s decommitment drops USC’s 2015 class back to five commitments.
Florida has been one of the three favorites of DE Michael Barnett of Woodland and Saturday he was at The Swamp to watch the Gators take down Tennessee. “The crowd was real loud,” Barnett said. “Coach Lawing said he was glad I came to watch a game. He was saying he really wants me to come there and he’s going to be recruiting me ever harder than he was.” That game was the third college game Barnett has ever attended. The first was the Georgia at Clemson game earlier this season. “I like how they come down The Hill,” he said. “I’ve been hearing from them a lot. I’ve been hearing from coach Hobby from time to time and I talk to coach Elliott. He was by the school the other day.” Dez Kitchings from NC State has also been by the school and Barnett will go to State this Saturday for their game. Barnett was also at USC for the Vanderbilt game. The Gamecocks are showing interest but have not offered. “I’m hearing from them and they are saying they are going to offer me but I’m not too sure,” Barnett said. While at the game he talked with USC coaches Deke Adams and Everette Sands and that’s the last time he’s heard from USC. Right now Barnett is holding with his top three of Virginia Tech, Florida and Florida State in that order, and he said Clemson is creeping up but has not cracked his top three. He also talked with Florida State last week and plans to get there for a game. He also plans to return to Clemson for a game.
USC basketball coach Frank Martin was back in Jacksonville last week to check on 6-7 Dante Buford according to Arlington Country Day coach Rex Morgan. And he’s expecting USC back to see Buford October 3rd. Morgan said Martin has made it clear to him and Buford what he thinks of the player. “He’s their number one guy at that position, so he said it’s imperative they get him,” Morgan said. “He said it’s important to him.” Morgan said Buford, a native of Simpsonville, still isn’t tipping his hand. “He’s enjoying being recruited a little bit,” the coach said. “I think he likes everybody. Does he want to stay close to home and play in state or go outside?” Buford is set with three official visits for sure. He will go to Oklahoma October 4th and Miami October 11th. And he is set to visit USC November 1st. He is also scheduled to visit Oklahoma State and Southern Cal for Morgan is not sure he will take those two trips. Morgan said Martin also remains interested in 6-9 Ledamian Keys though Keys is partial to DePaul right now. Morgan said one of his former assistants is an assistant coach at DePaul and that’s a big reason for Key’s affection for the Blue Demons.