DL Abu Lamin of Fort Scott JC, KS has been committed to USC since July, but in interviews after visiting Tennessee over the weekend, Lamin indicated he had some thinking to do between the Gamecocks and Vols. Apparently he’s thought enough about it and will be sticking with his pledge to the Gamecocks. “It’s close to home and they’ve been loyal from the beginning,” said Lamin who is a native of Fayetteville, NC. “There’s no need to switch. They’ve been doing everything right. It’s the loyalty. I went on the visit to check it out. I really enjoyed it but I was committed to South Carolina and they just didn’t sway me off things that I should get off South Carolina.” Lamin said his academics look good as he needs only to complete a college algebra course and a couple of electives to be able to graduate in December and enroll in January. He also took official visits to USC, Florida, Nebraska, Arkansas and he plans to be at USC for the Clemson game. Lamin finished his season with 34 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss and he hopes to give the Gamecock defensive line another force in the middle. “I feel good about it and confident,” he said. ‘I’m an inside pass rusher and that guy fighting in the trenches to hold my side down.”
LB Ricky DeBerry Jr. of Richmond is one of the nation’s top prospects for 2015 with nearly 50 offers at this point. He visited Clemson for the Georgia game to open the season and he will visit USC for the Clemson game to close out the season. His father said Sunday night his son plays his games on Saturdays and that’s kept him from getting out to see many games this season. But he was at North Carolina this past Saturday and plans to go to Virginia Tech and Penn State the next two weekends. An Oregon recruiter is coming for a visit and an offer is expected to be made. DeBerry is hoping to get out to Eugene in December. DeBerry has never been to USC so he wants to get a good look at the campus and the academic side of things on his trip. He was at Clemson last summer and again for the Georgia game and he holds the Tigers in high regard at this point. DeBerry has not narrowed his list and has no favorites according to his dad. One of the measuring sticks is the style of defense each school plays. DeBerry Jr. wants to be in attacking style of defense and in a position where he’s given the chance to rush the quarterback and disrupt play in the backfield. DeBerry is not planning to make his decision until the end of next year.
QB Kelly Bryant (6-4 200) of Wren continues to show the doubters he is a Division One quality quarterback prospect. In Friday night’s wild playoff victory over Greenville, Bryant passed for four touchdowns and ran for three more in leading the Hurricanes to their first playoff victory since 1992. Bryant passed for 296 yards and he had a 79 yard touchdown run. “He’s playing really well,” Wren coach Jeff Tate said prior to the game. “He’s a great kid, a hard worker at practice and a good student.” Bryant transferred to Wren from Abbeville where he was considered an athlete in recruiting circles because he hadn’t convinced the analysts he could be a big time quarterback. But the new staff at NC State saw something they liked and was the first to offer him strictly as a quarterback. “He really likes NC State,” Tate said. “He likes the atmosphere. Dez Kitchings if his his recruiter and they’ve made a connection.” Clemson and USC also have offered. “USC first offered as an athlete and they’ve come back and said we’ll give you a shot a quarterback,” Tate said. “Clemson was the same way.” North Carolina jumped on board with an offer last week. Bryant also has offers from Georgia Tech and Appalachian State. Bryant has visited Clemson. He went to Ohio State two weeks ago and North Carolina this past weekend. He’s going to Louisville and plans to be at USC for the Clemson game. There is no front runner at this point.
OL Jake Fruhmorgen (6-5 280) of Tampa will be one of the most heavily recruited linemen in the country in the 2015 class. He’s already received 26 offers with USC and Clemson in that group. In fact, Clemson was one of the first seven or eight offers to come in. “He’s not narrowed it down, he’s still out there,” said Fruhmorgen’s father John, a former Alabama offensive lineman where his teammates included Dabo Swinney and Lorenzo Ward. “It’s a little overwhelming. Everything is still wide open. He hasn’t even been to an Alabama game and every thinks he’s a lock there, but that’s not the case.” Fruhmorgen has film study every Saturday and that’s prevented him from getting out for games. He’s only been to Florida this season. Next spring and summer father and son play to take a tour of the schools in the Southeast and USC and Clemson will be two stops. Some of his other offers include Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Notre Dame, Louisville, Ole Miss, Ohio State and Cal. Fruhmorgen has put on more than 50 pounds since last year and his father says he’ll be a 300 pounder in college. His father described him as having a strong lower body and legs and quick feet.
USC women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley Sunday night gained a commitment for the 2014 class from 6-4 Jatarie White of Charlotte. White made her official visit with the Gamecocks two weekends ago. She also considered North Carolina, Ohio State, Tennessee and Texas. White is rated the #1 center and the #14 overall recruit in her class by ProspectsNation.com. Here’s the website’s scouting report: “She has a polished skill set which allows her score with her back to the basket and hit the face-up jumper.” White is rated by ESPN HoopGurlz as the #7 overall prospect nationally in her class. They’re evaluation: “Strong, agile and aggressive center finishes vs. contact, catches and completes the play; mobile in uptempo game, executes in traffic with consistent results; the premier low-post finisher in the Class of 2014.” White is the 4th commitment for the Gamecocks’ 2014 class and the early signing period begins Wednesday.