The Palmetto Brawl will attract a large number of prospects to Williams-Brice Stadium. One of the most heavily recruited of those prospects will be ATH Jeffery Holland (6-3 232) of Jacksonville. Holland is at 59 offers and counting as he approaches the end of his junior season. USC and Clemson are among those offers. “I like South Carolina,” he said. “They were one of my first offers. Me and coach Spurrier Jr. are pretty cool. I visited them last summer and one of my former teammates, Ahmad Christian, is there and he says good things. Clemson, I like coach Dabo. He’s a pretty cool guy. I got to meet him. He and my coach are good friends. Two other players from here, Jamie Harper and Daniel Andrews, went there.” Holland has not yet visited Clemson. He has been to Florida and Miami this season and he plans to check out other schools. “I want to explore around and see what type of environments I like,” Holland said. “I want to see the coaches and how they work with their players and how loyal the players are.” Holland said some of his coaches and teammates will join him in Columbia. He said right now Florida and Ohio State are recruiting him very hard. He does not have favorites nor a timetable on a decision.
DE D’Andre Walker (6-3 210) of Fairburn, GA is having a big season with 15 sacks to this point. He plays mostly defensive end though he can also play outside linebacker. Walker has 39 offers with USC and Clemson among them. “South Carolina is showing more interest than Clemson right now,” Walker said. “I did see a Clemson coach at one of my games. I don’t know too much about Clemson but I know South Carolina has good defensive ends and I’ve been thinking about what would happen if I was to go there.” Walker has not yet visited USC or Clemson. He has been to Auburn and the Tigers along with Georgia and Louisville have been showing the strongest interest to this point. Some of his other offers include Alabama, Florida State, Florida, Miami, Ohio State, Tennessee and Southern Cal. Walker plans to make his decision before next season.
Class of 2015 WR Dominique Lemon of Blythewood has several options for this weekend and has not made his mind up as to which visit he will take. “I’m definitely going to take one but I probably won’t know until Thursday (which visit he will make),” he said. Lemon has garnered a lot of attention from Towson and has reciprocated the interest. He plans to visit at some point but it may not be this weekend. “Georgia invited me to their game this weekend,” Lemon said. “And then Georgia Tech invited me to theirs. I have to make up my mind which school I’m going to visit.” It is quite the conundrum for Lemon who has already visited Charlotte and NC State. “I really liked Charlotte,” he said. “Everything is brand new there but they act like they’ve been around a long time. I see the potential for them to grow into a big-time program. NC State was everything I expected from a big school. The fans were really excited the whole time. What stood out to me is how much they care about their players.” Other schools showing interest include Clemson, Auburn and Virginia Tech. Lemon did not name a leader.
WR Josh Malone of Gallatin, TN has signed financial aid papers with Clemson, Georgia, Florida State and Tennessee and has sent those papers to the schools. He is an early enrollee and will announce his decision December 4th. He takes his official visit to Clemson this weekend.
RB Josh Moore of York committed to Youngstown State last week after his official visit there. He’s rushed for 1466 yards and 17 touchdowns this season.
South Carolina head women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley announced that Bianca Cuevas (Bronx, N.Y./Nazareth Regional) has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University and play for the Gamecocks. Cuevas will have four years of eligibility beginning with the 2014-15 academic year. “Bianca is every bit of New York,” Staley said. “She comes to us with a lot of flash and can put the ball in the hole. She has deep 3-point range and can get to the basket at will. She has a New York floater and incredible court vision. We’re looking for her to make the people in Colonial Life Arena very happy about her sparky play.” Ranked as the eighth-best point guard in the nation, Cuevas is slated as high as No. 44 in the nation by ESPNW. The 5-foot-6 point guard has helped her high school team to consecutive state titles and is already a three-time all-state selection. As a junior, she averaged 17.1 points, 2.0 assists and 3.8 steals. White joins Doniyah Cliney (Newark, N.J./Malcolm X Shabazz), Kaydra Duckett (Columbia, S.C./Dreher), Jatarie White (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day), who signed last week, in Staley’s 2014 class.