OL Zack Bailey of Summerville will make his second trip of the season to Clemson Saturday for the Florida State game. He also was on hand for the Georgia game. He’s not been to any other games this season but plans to be at Florida-USC, Clemson-USC, and he hopes to get to Oregon and Georgia Tech. Bailey said his top five schools right now are USC, Clemson, Georgia, Oregon and Florida State with no order, and he’s still considering others. “Oregon has been coming on strong of late,” Bailey said. He hears regularly from USC and Clemson saying the Gamecocks, in particular, are working him hard along with Clemson and Florida State. “I talk to coach Sands and coach Elliott (of USC) pretty much every day,” Bailey said while adding that he gets regular mail from Clemson has talks with recruiters Tony Elliott and Robbie Caldwell about every other week. Bailey won’t make a decision until his senior season. “I’m still looking at a lot of schools,” he said. “I don’t want to rush anything.”
Junior RB Rocky Reid (6-0 210) of Concord, NC has rushed for 1692 yards and 19 touchdowns this season. He said that rushing figure leads the state of North Carolina. Not only is Reid burning up gridirons in the Tar Heel state, he’s wearing out the highway between his home and Clemson. Reid made his third visit to Clemson last weekend for the Boston College game and will be back this Saturday for the Florida State showdown. While the Tigers are showing interest, they haven’t offered. “They haven’t said anything about an offer,” Reid said. “I would like to go there. It’s like a family town. Everybody knows each other and the fans get into the game. It’s like a big family.” Reid has talked with Dabo Swinney and running backs coach Tony Elliott but so far no hint of an offer. He has offers from Charlotte and Ohio and he’s also getting interest from North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, Georgia, Arkansas, Ohio State and East Carolina. Reid is going to the Miami at North Carolina game Thursday night. He’s also been to Duke, Wake Forest and Charlotte. He said Clemson is showing the most interest of the major programs. Last season Reid rushed for 1590 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Duke is the early leader for QB Will Brunson of Carolina Forest. He is hearing from USC, Clemson, Duke, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia Tech, East Carolina and North Carolina. Duke, however, appears to be courting Brunson the hardest. “I guess I would have to say Duke (is my leader) since they’ve shown the most interest,” he said. “I think David Cutcliffe does a great job with quarterbacks and it’s a great atmosphere. I love the campus.” Brunson has visited several schools including USC and Clemson and was in Columbia for the Kentucky game. “It was awesome,” Brunson said. “Great atmosphere…we spent the day up there. I went with my coach and teammate, Xavier Jones.” He plans to attend the Tennessee-Vanderbilt game as well as UNC-Duke before the season ends. Through seven games Brunson has thrown for 2,061 yards and 21 touchdowns this season. Though Duke is his early leader, he says “It’ still up for grabs.”
USC is in an early battle with Penn State for junior OL Ryan Bates of Warminster, PA. Bates has nine offers in all with interest from around the country but has the Gamecocks and Nittany Lions at the top of his list. “I still get hand-written letters from G.A. Mangus and hear from them on twitter a good bit” Bates said. He visited over the summer and wants to make it back down to Columbia. “I would love to get back there but, honestly, I don’t know when I’ll have the time,” he said. “It’s a really long drive…you know what I mean?” Bates has taken just one visit this season when he was at Penn State for the Eastern Michigan game. “I’ve been there a lot so there isn’t too much new for me to see,” he said. His offers are from USC, Penn State, Virginia, Rutgers, Temple, Georgia Tech, Maryland, PItt and Boston College. Other schools are showing a lot of interest. “I’ve heard a lot from Notre Dame, Stanford and Syracuse,” Bates said. He is taking his time in making a decision and does not have any other visits scheduled.
6-7 Cameron Jackson of Winchester, VA has committed to Wofford.
RHP Nick Neidert (6-1 170) of Lawrenceville, GA announced a commitment to USC Thursday night on his Twitter page. “Proud to say that I committed to THE University of South Carolina. Can’t wait to call myself an official Gamecock,” Neidert wrote. Neidert also plays shortstop and third base. His fastball has been clocked at 91 MPH. Neidert is the 11th commitment for the Gamecocks 2015 class and the seventh pitcher.