The offer list for junior WR Tavin Richardson (6-4 205) of Byrnes is impressive, but it does not include Clemson or USC. Richardson has offers from Pittsburgh, Boston College, Arkansas, Cincinnati, Louisville, Illinois, Maryland, Ole Miss, Miami, Georgia Tech and Mississippi State. He’s getting mail from Clemson and USC but thus far no offer. “They want to see my junior film and see how I’ve increased my talents from last year,” Richardson said. He has been to Clemson, Georgia and Ole Miss for games and will go to NC State this Saturday. Ole Miss, Richardson said, has been showing the most interest with a steady supply of hand written mail from the coaching staff. He does not have favorites but admits to growing up a Clemson fan. He would love a Tiger offer. “They want to see what I can do with the ball in my hands, yards after catch,” he said. Richardson said he might make his decision on his birthday in 2014 which will fall on November 3rd, or he may wait until Signing Day 2015. This season Richardson has 43 catches for 659 yards and 5 touchdowns.
The Byrnes offense continues to roll up big numbers (76 Friday night against Mauldin) and roll out offensive prospects. The newest to emerge, according to assistant coach Freddie Brown, is junior RB Isaiah Hill (6-2 210) who has 949 total yards rushing and receiving with 14 touchdowns this season. “He has a tremendous skill set and has matured into a D-1 prospect,” said Brown, the former head coach at Spartanburg and running backs coach at Wofford. “He runs extremely well and has tremendous ball skills, an SEC skill set.” Brown said North Carolina is showing strong interest in Hill and he will visit there Saturday. He’s also getting interest from USC and plans to be at the Gamecocks’ next home game next Saturday. Alabama, Arkansas, Texas and Wake Forest also have shown interest. Brown added that junior WR Tavin Richardson (6-4 210) just picked up an invitation to the Under Armour All American Combine. This season he has 43 catches for 659 yards and 5 scores. Richardson holds offers from Arkansas, Louisville, Maryland, Boston College, Illinois, Miami and Pittsburgh. Brown also said junior DB Lyrics Klugh (5-11 165) is also emerging as a prospect. “He’s very fast and is a great ball skill guy,” Brown said. ‘He’s a tremendous athlete.” Klugh plays corner and safety and returns kicks. This season he has 19 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries and is averaging 30 yards per kick return. And Brown said sophomore WR Chavis Dawkins (6-8 180) is another young, emerging major prospect on the team.
6-7 Dante Buford of Jacksonville, FL made official visits to Miami and Oklahoma last week and will take his third and final official visit this weekend to USC. “He said he liked both visits, they were both good,” Buford’s coach Rex Morgan said Monday afternoon. The coach added that Buford has not told him he’s favoring a school at this point and will wait until after this weekend’s visit to begin the process of finalizing his decision which he plans to make before the beginning of the November signing period November 13th. “He’ll sit down with his mother when he gets back and talk about things over,” Morgan said. “Where he feels the most comfortable,” Morgan said will be the key factor in his decision. Buford is a native of Simpsonville and his coach does feel the fact he is a South Carolinian will work some in the Gamecocks’ favor. USC coach Frank Martin has made several visits to Jacksonville to see Buford. Morgan said he’s not heard from Martin as to whether or not he’ll visit this week before Buford visits Columbia.
The USC women gained a commitment for the 2014 class from 5-6 PG Bianca Cuevas of Brooklyn, NY. ESPN’s HoopGurlz ranks her the #8 point guard in the class nationally and the #44 player overall. Here is there evaluation of Cuevas from July: Electrifying lead guard with court savvy; flourishes in uptempo game, relying on the flashy play vs. the fundamental decision; interior passer, tempo changer, reads pressure; flamboyant finisher with inconsistent results; playground creator.