DB Wesley Green of Lithonia, GA confirmed via text Thursday morning he will attend the USC-Florida game Saturday night. His coach said Wednesday Green was also considering going to the Auburn-Georgia game. Green is a former Gamecock commitment. He is down to USC, Georgia, Tennessee and Auburn. He said he does not have a favorite and he has not scheduled his official visits.
WR Jamil Kamara of Norfolk, VA just picked up an offer from USC Monday. At that time he had not scheduled an official visit with the Gamecocks. That’s changed now as Kamara revealed on his Twitter page Wednesday that he will visit the Gamecocks officially for the Clemson weekend. That visit replaces one he had scheduled for Virginia. Kamara has taken official visits to Michigan State and Wisconsin and is scheduled to visit Pittsburgh November 22nd. Earlier in the week he stated that Wisconsin was his leader ahead of Michigan State.
From the famous sugarcane muck of Pahokee, FL, USC may pluck a talented athlete named Rashaun Croney (6-0 175). Croney says he has offers from the Gamecocks, Arkansas, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Bowling Green and Mississippi State. He plays quarterback, receiver, linebacker and safety and has scored 13 touchdowns this season. He’s not visited anywhere thus far this season but he was at USC’s spring game last April “It was great, the fans and the coaches stood out to me,” he said. “What I really liked the most was the stadium.” GA Mangus is recruiting Croney for USC and he talked to him last week. “He said to get my senior film ready and get my grades up,” Croney said adding that Mangus did not discuss an official visit with him. Mangus scouted Croney in the spring. Croney said the only thing standing in his way of committing to USC is a qualifying ACT score. He took the test a few weeks ago and is expecting the score next week. He said he would commit if the score is good enough and he believes USC would take it. He’s also hearing from Arkansas and is interested USC is the favorite. “It’s closer to home,” he said. “I want to be away but not too far away.” And yes, Croney does participate in the practice of chasing down rabbits in the muck around his hometown.
Goose Creek RB Caleb Kinlaw today switched his commitment from Georgia Tech to Wisconsin. He had committed to the Yellow Jackets in August.
6-2 Marcus Stroman of Keenan signed his letter of intent with USC Thursday morning during a ceremony at his school. Stroman is regarded as the top senior prospect in the state. He has been committed to the Gamecocks since July of 2012. At that time Clemson was his other and he was also getting interest from Virginia Tech, Tennessee and Auburn. The Gamecocks are also expected to sign 6-5 TeMarcus Blanton of Locust Grove, GA during the early signing period.
Geoff Beans, a standout at Ottawa Hills High School in Toledo, Ohio, has inked a national letter of intent to join the Furman men’s basketball program next season, it was announced by Paladin head coach Niko Medved. “We are thrilled to add Geoff to our program,” said Medved, who has led the Paladins to a 2-0 start in his first season at the helm of the program. “He is a great fit for Furman Basketball. Geoff brings a high level of skill and toughness as well as being an outstanding student with tremendous character. Geoff comes from a basketball family. His brother played at Holy Cross and his mother played at both Indiana and Toledo.” Beans, a 6-foot-7 forward, averaged 16.4 points per game while pacing the Green Bears by shooting 45% (47-104) beyond the arc as a junior in 2012-13. He garnered Toledo Area Athletic Conference and District 7 Coaches Association first team honors while leading Ottawa Hills to the postseason.
South Carolina head women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley announced that Doniyah Cliney (Newark, N.J./Malcolm X Shabazz) has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University and play for the Gamecocks. Cliney will have four years of eligibility beginning with the 2014-15 academic year. “We’re so happy to have Doniyah Cliney as part of our Gamecock family,” Staley said. “She brings a certain toughness on both sides of the basketball. We look for her to come in and have an immediate impact on both ends. She can get to the basketball at will and create her own shot. She gives us length on the perimeter.” Cliney is a six-foot guard who helped her high school team to a 33-1 record and the Group 2 State Championship last season, averaging 10.3 points and 1.9 assists en route to all-state honorable mention status. Equally adept on defense as she is on offense, Cliney is rated as high as the No. 13 guard in the Class of 2014 by ProspectNation.com.
The USC baseball team picked up a commitment earlier in the week from catcher Christopher Cullen (6-4 190) of Cumming, GA. “It’s an honor and a blessing to say that I have committed to play baseball at the University of South Carolina!” Cullen tweeted Monday night after visiting USC over the weekend. PerfectGame.com named Cullen a 2nd team underclass All American last season and offers this scouting report on the righthanded swinger.
Long and slender athletic build. Right handed hitter, exaggerated open stance, bent knee start, deep hand load, exaggerates staying inside the ball, has bat speed and the ball comes off the barrel very hard when weight comes through and he squares up, has hitting tools that project very well but a complicated approach. 6.98 runner, very good arm strength behind the plate, lower release angle creates issues when throwing with left handed hitters at the plate, can soften hands behind the plate. Has the athleticism to play in the outfield. Young player with lots of athletic tools to grow into with experience.
Cullen played on USA Baseball national teams in two of the past three summers. Cullen is the 12th commitment for the Gamecocks’ 2015 class and the second catcher.