OL Kareem Are of Fort Scott JC, KS made his official visit to Florida State over the weekend, the first of four possible official visits he plans to take. Are said he had a very good time with the Seminoles. “I really liked meeting with coach Trickett. I just love the way he coaches. When you are over there you are going to become the best player you can be. That’s what really attracts me. I know he won’t let me give him anything but my best effort which will make me the best player I can be. Right now I’m really liking them because they were my first offer, and before last week they were my only offer.” Are will visit Penn State this coming weekend followed by an official visit to USC for the Clemson weekend. He said his mother talked recently with Gamecock defensive line coach Deke Adams. “She likes it a lot,” Are said. “She had a great conversation with him and she was all excited about it. She doesn’t really care about all of this football stuff but she sounded excited about it.” Are added that Ole Miss recently offered him and could get a fourth official visit. Right now Florida State is his favorite coming off his first offer and he can’t rank the other three because he hasn’t seen them in person. He’ll make his decision sometime in December.
Down to four schools, DB DJ Smith of Marietta, GA took an unofficial visit to USC over the weekend for an extended stay. Smith spent the night in Columbia and took a closer look at USC. It was enough to convince him to return for an official visit. Smith is down to USC, Clemson, Georgia and Tennessee, in no order, and plans to take official visits to each school. He will visit USC in January but has not determined which weekend it will be. He has not set the date for any of his other official visits either. “It was a good visit,” Smith said. “The fans were real loud. I enjoyed the game. The visit helped USC’s (status) with me.” Smith will not take a visit next weekend and did not indicate when his next trip will be. With his season ending last weekend, his attention turns to his decision. His final four schools will likely have to wait until National Signing Day to find out what that decision will be.
Junior RB Isaiah Hill (6-2 210) of Byrnes is looking to visit Clemson in the future. Though he has no offers, Hill has heard from USC and North Carolina. He has visited each school. Clemson is another visit he wants to take. “I like the spread offense they run,” Hill said. “It’s an offense I am familiar with.” He does not have any favorites but does like what he saw at USC. The running game caught his eye. “They’re running style is very physical,” he said. “I like that.” North Carolina impresses him for other reasons. “I really liked their facilities and how they treat their players.” Hill will wait until after the season before deciding on other visits. His squad plays Lexington Friday night in the second round of the 4A playoffs. This season, Hill has over 1,200 all-purpose yards and 15 touchdowns.
On a return trip to SC State Thursday, OL Christian Taylor of White Knoll was sure SC State was the school for him. “I went down for homecoming last weekend and I went back down there for their game on Thursday night,” Taylor said. “I committed that night and am 100 percent committed to SC State.” Taylor chose the Bulldogs over NC State, Marshall and Coastal Carolina among others. He said a lot of factors led to his decision. “I’ve got family members that played there,” he said. “And I feel like their coaches care. The players made me feel welcome and like a part of the family. They have a great head coach and I think I can help me get to the next level.” Taylor says he will not visit any other schools.
Signees for Presbyterian…Davon Bell – G – 5-10 – 155 – Charlotte, N.C./Northside Christian; Desean Murray – F – 6-4 – 210 – Stanley, N.C./Northside Christian Academy; Stephen Osu – F – 6-9 – 240 – Hernondon, Va./Bishop O’Connell