There will not be a quick decision from RB Derrell Scott of Havelock, NC following his official visit to USC over the weekend his coach said Monday night. “Derrell has not made a decision,” Jim Bob Bryant said. “He has not given any indication when he will make decision.” Scott made his visit to USC with his parents. He’s also taken official visits to Tennessee and NC State. Scott has been USC’s top running back target for this class and the Gamecocks have been perceived as the leaders throughout the recruiting process. However, Tennessee apparently made a move with Scott as a result of his official visit there. Havelock is now in the playoffs and Bryant said they are focusing on the postseason right now. Scott rushed for over 1400 yards in the regular season.
DB Kaleb Chalmers of Greenwood has what he calls a “soft offer” from USC but that didn’t diminish his excitement about being at the Florida game Saturday night in Columbia. “It was great,” Chalmers said. “It was a good visit overall. I had a good talk with coach Mangus. I enjoyed the visit overall. I watched the secondary and they played pretty good overall. It was a great atmosphere.” That was Chalmers’ second game visit to USC this season. He was also in for Vanderbilt and plans to be back for the Clemson game. As for USC’s interest, Chalmers said, “It’s a soft offer. They have offered me but it’s a soft offer.” Chalmers said he really couldn’t explain what a “soft offer” is. His father went with him to USC and spoke more with Mangus about it. Chalmers also has offers from Clemson, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Duke, Stanford, North Carolina and Georgia Southern. He does not have a favorite at this point and there is no order with the schools right now.
Junior TE Jackson Harris of Columbia, TN does not have any favorites but did say, “I really like Clemson. They’re really high on my list.” Harris visited Clemson last month on an overnight trip and was extremely impressed with what he saw. “I got a chance to get down there a day early so I got to see a lot of the school,” he said. “I really love the campus and the coaches. I like Dabo (Swinney) a lot. Plus, it’s a good engineering school and that’s what I want to study.” With offers from Clemson, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Georgia, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Kentucky, Harris wants to look at as many schools as he can. He has visited Ohio State, Florida State, Vanderbilt and Tennessee and will visit Georgia this weekend and Tennessee the next. “I don’t know if I’ll be able to get back to Clemson for game this year, but I’ll definitely get down there for a junior day or a spring practice,” Harris said. He did not name a leader.
A trip to USC over the summer impressed junior DB Rico McGraw (6-0 195) of Nashville and has the Tennessee product interested in the Gamecocks. McGraw connected with defensive back coach Grady Brown while on the visit. “I like the way they go about things,” he said. “Coach Brown showed me some things and I think we’re on the same page. I liked South Carolina a lot. They showed me what I wanted to see.” His offers include USC, Clemson, Alabama, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Florida State, Vanderbilt, Ohio State and LSU among others. He plans to visit Clemson in the future but is less familiar with the Tigers. “I don’t really talk to them as much as South Carolina so I don’t know a lot about them,’ McGraw said. “I’m sure I’ll visit them though.” His only other visit was to Alabama when the Crimson Tide hosted LSU. “It was a great atmosphere,” he said. “I got to talk to a lot of the coaches so it was a good visit.” He could visit Tennessee this weekend but has not finalized the trip. McGraw does not have any favorites.