DB DJ Smith of Marietta, GA has visited three of his final four schools. He’ll make it four for four this Saturday when he comes to Columbia to watch USC take on Florida. “I want to see how the crowd and the team are in to it,” said Smith. “I’ll be checking out the coaches and how they prepare the corners, and checking if the players are having fun.” Smith said his dad and some teammates will join him and he plans to stay overnight. He was at Tennessee last weekend and has also been to Clemson and Georgia. All four are even and he plans to take official visits to each before making his decision. That decision may not come until National Signing Day. Smith talked to USC recruiter GA Mangus Monday and Clemson recruiter Brent Venables last week, but he feels right now Tennessee is recruiting him the hardest of his final four schools.
USC is getting one large player out of Fort Scott JC, KS in DL Abu Lamin (6-5 300). Now, the Gamecocks are going after his even larger teammate, OL Kareem Are (6-6 330). USC recruiter Deke Adams met Are for the first time Friday while checking on Abu. He liked what he saw and got film to offensive line coach Shawn Elliott. Elliott also liked what he saw and called Are Monday with the offer. “He’s excited about me and liked my film a lot and hopes I become a Gamecock,” Are said of his conversation with Elliott. Florida State also has offered and Penn State has made an offer contingent on Are graduating in December which he said he’s on track to do. Florida State has recruited Are the longest and he heard Monday from Seminole line coach Rick Trickett. He is supposed to go to Penn State for the Nebraska game and he will take an official visit to USC. “I’m just waiting on a date,” he said. He also hopes to visit Florida State. He’s also hearing from Kansas State, South Florida, Temple and Maryland. He has an official visit scheduled for Temple for December 6th. Are said Elliott likes his versatility because he can play tackle and guard. He’s also played some tight end. Are, who is from Long Island and is close friends with Lamin, said the fact Lamin is going to USC is a factor. “Him being at South Carolina definitely makes me want to go there a little bit more,” he said. Are was committed to Connecticut out of high school but did not qualify. He will have three years to play two at the next level.
Surprised but pleased was WR Jamil Kamara of Virginia Beach when he received a call from USC assistant coach Steve Spurrier, Jr. Monday afternoon. Spurrier called Kamara to extend an offer. “I didn’t expect it,” Kamara said. “He told me when they first looked at me they didn’t have a spot at wide receiver open. He said that when that spot opened up, they wanted to offer me.” Kamara, who has taken two of his official visits and has two more planned, is now considering USC as his final visit. “Coach Spurrier told me he still wanted to speak with my family so I’m going to call him back in a day or two and see what they want me to do,” he said. His top four schools are Wisconsin, Michigan State, Pitt and Virginia with the possibility of USC sneaking into the picture. Kamara has taken official visits to Michigan State and Wisconsin and has scheduled his other two for Pitt and UVA. “I don’t really have a favorite but Wisconsin is my leader,” Kamara said. This season he has 60 receptions for 1,200 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Junior WR Jerad Washington (5-11 165) of Jacksonville, FL has offers from USC and North Carolina. He committed to USC in July. Washington received an offer from USC while attending a camp over the summer and has returned to USC for a game. “I love it there,” Washington said. “I love the way it’s set up from the city to the campus to the athletic facilities. I was there for the Kentucky game and the fans show up. They really love their team.” Washington has not taken any other visits. “Right now, it’s just South Carolina,” he said. “If I decide to take any other visits, I’ll let you know.” He is hearing from Duke, Indiana, Wisconsin, Miami, Florida State and Florida International but is calling the Gamecocks his leader. “What I really like is my recruiter is Steve Spurrier, Jr. and he would be my position coach,” Washington said. “We’ve built a really good relationship.” As a junior, he has 30 receptions for 400 yards and seven touchdowns.
DL Cory Thomas of Mccalla, AL committed to Tennessee. Clemson was one of his favorites.