USC landed one of the state’s biggest prospects, in terms of size and stature, Friday when OL Donell Stanley (6-5 330) of Latta announced his commitment at a ceremony at his school. The Shrine Bowl offensive tackle picked the Gamecocks over Clemson after eliminating Alabama and North Carolina. “It’s closer to home, a quality SEC school, one of the top ones in the conference, and I just like what the coaches bring to the table, especially coach (Shawn) Elliott,” Stanley said after his announcement. “I like the way he coaches. He’s an energetic coach and gets his point across. He’s going to push you to be the best you can be.” Stanley said a key moment in his involvement with USC came when he attended the Black Magic Camp last July. “Coach Elliott worked me hard and showed me everything South Carolina has to offer.” Some recruiting analysts consider Stanley to be the state’s #1 prospect in this class. “His lower body is really good,” Latta coach Kelly Williamson said. “He has really good foot work (and size 22 shoes) and his lower body is really strong. He has exceptionally long arms and big hands. He’s the most athletic kid in school.” Stanley also stars on the Vikings’ basketball and baseball teams and said he might attempt to join the Gamecock baseball team. He’s the 13th commitment for USC’s 2014 class.
WR Braxton Berrios of Raleigh has spent this week making his decision. He took official visits to USC, Oregon, Miami and Tennessee. He’s also considering Kentucky. Berrios grew up a Miami fan but USC is the school closest to his home, and proximity may be a factor in the Gamecocks favor.
Thursday was special for DL Dexter Wideman and Saluda High School. Wideman was one of the 40 players selected for the South Carolina Shrine Bowl team. “It’s a big honor for our school especially being a small town and a small school,” Saluda coach Doug Painter said. “He had a decent year last year but not great. We talked about some things he needed to do to get better and get recruited and he bought in to that. He got himself into the best condition he’s ever been in and I think that shows in his play. He’s probably got as many tackles after 6 games as he had last year after 12 games.” Wideman has been publicly committed to Florida State since the summer but he never closed the door on USC and his coach says the commitment to the Seminoles is very soft at best right now. “He’s still got Florida State in his mind too,” Painter said. “He doesn’t know right now to be honest with you. He’s torn because South Carolina is closer to home and he’s been to a lot of games there. He likes the coaches but he likes the coaches at Florida State too.” Wideman will take an official visit to Florida State for the Miami game. “I now he’s going to go down there and he said hopefully after I get back from down there I can make up my mind for sure,” Painter said adding that Wideman will also take an official visit to USC. “I think right now he’s still committed but he’s still talking, if that makes sense,” Painter said. Wideman is playing in the Under Armour All American Game and his coach said he wants to make his announcement then.
WR Artavis Scott of Tarpon Springs, FL committed to Clemson is July and is not wavering from his decision. “I am committed (to Clemson) 100 percent,” Scott said. Though Scott continues to hear from other schools, he has not communicated with them. “I guess this is part of the recruiting process so it’s no big deal, but I get letters from a whole bunch of schools,” he said. Those letters have not changed his mind. “I’m not visiting any other schools,” he said. “I’ll be a Tiger next year.” Scott visited Clemson for the home opener versus Georgia and plans to be there the next two weeks when Boston College and Florida State come to town.
DL Quaven Ferguson of Easley has two offers, but neither school seems to appeal to him. Furman and Duke have extended offers already with Georgia Tech showing interest. He has been to games at Duke and Georgia Tech this season and did like some things about both schools. “I liked the atmosphere and the coaches at Duke,” Ferguson said. “I liked the campus.” When asked if he was interested in the Blue Devils, he responded, “A little bit.” As for his trip to Atlanta he said, “I liked the atmosphere and the coaches but I didn’t like that it was in the city. It’s a little too big.” Ferguson does not have any plans to visit Furman and stated that he does not have much interest in the Paladins. As for now, he is remaining patient to see if another school comes along that could excite him more. He does not have a favorite and no plans to commit anytime soon.
TE KC Crosby, Jr. of Bamberg-Ehrhardt committed to USC in June and remains strong with the Gamecocks. “I’m pretty solid,” Crosby said. “I’m not going anywhere else and will sign my Letter of Intent (with USC).” Alabama, Tennessee, Florida and several other schools continue to send Crosby mail but he says he is not speaking with any other program other than USC. Though he has not made a USC home game this season, Crosby plans to be at Williams-Brice for the final four games of the season. “I don’t know when I’m taking my official visit, but I know that when they come back home, I’ll be at all of the games in November,” Crosby said. His only visits will be to USC.