USC defensive end commitment Taylor Stallworth made an unofficial visit to Auburn last Saturday and had a great time, but he said that visit did not affect his pledge to the Gamecocks. “I’m still strongly committed to South Carolina,” Stallworth said. “I’m sticking with my choice.” Stallworth talked with recruiter Kirk Botkin last week and says he told him everything was still good regarding his commitment. On a scale of 10, Stallworth called his USC commitment a “9”. However, Stallworth does plan to take other official visits to Auburn, Mississippi State and Florida State. He will take his USC official visit in January and he will try to get to USC for the Clemson game. Stallworth said Auburn has not offered and he’s not picked up any new offers recently. As for the the incredible finish to the Georgia-Auburn game, Stallworth said it was quite a scene inside the stadium. “It was super loud,” he said. “My brother was at work at the time about a mile away and he heard it. A bunch of stuff got dropped (popcorn, drinks) on me.” This season Stallworth had 60 tackles and 6 sacks. He will play in the Alabama-Mississippi All Star Game and the Offense-Defense All Star Game.
Junior OL Mason Veal (6-6 285) of Charlotte has Clemson, USC and North Carolina as his early favorites in no order He will make his second trip to Clemson this fall. Veal will attend Saturday’s game when the Tigers host The Citadel. Veal was at the season-opener verses Georgia. “It was great,” Veal said. “The atmosphere was absolutely electric. I have a good friend who goes to Clemson so I spent some time with him on campus and it was incredible…especially after they pulled off the win.” Veal visited USC last weekend, but it was not his first time in Columbia. “It was my first recruiting trip,” he said. “But it wasn’t my first time there. Both my parents went to USC. The trip went well. It was great atmosphere and I like coach (Shawn) Elliott a lot. I like the way USC adjusts to their players. They don’t play the same way every year and they’ve done a good job with that.” Veal has offers from USC, Clemson, North Carolina, Virginia and NC State. He is hearing from Tennessee among others. His other visits were to North Carolina and Tennessee and this weekend’s trip to Clemson will be his last of the season.
Junior WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside (6-3 205) of Dorman finished his season with 75 catches for 1500 yards and 14 touchdowns. He has been offered by Appalachian State and Elon while Clemson, USC, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Duke and East Carolina are interested. He has been to USC, Clemson, Charlotte and North Carolina for games. He was at Clemson for the Florida State game and USC for the Kentucky game. “They are both following me and want me to come to games,” Arcega-Whiteside said. He is going to Appalachian State this weekend and will be at the Clemson-USC game. Right now he feels North Carolina is recruiting him the hardest and thinks they will offer. His mother is a former star basketball player at Appalachian and he likes the Mountaineers but does not have a clear favorite. Both of his parents played pro basketball and he, too, is a standout hoopster, but he plans to play college football in college.
Junior QB Kevin Johnson of Atlanta, whose father played at USC, holds offers from USC and Boston College. He went up to BC last weekend and plans to be at USC for the Clemson game. He also visited USC for the Vanderbilt game. Johnson said his trip to Chestnut Hill last weekend went well. “It was real nice. They have good academics and the coach is changing the program around.” While he has a USC offer, Johnson said the Gamecocks wouldn’t take his offer right now. “They are telling me it’s a numbers, a waiting game,” he said. “They have a 2014 commit and they will wait until after their season. I’m coming down for junior day and we’ll see what happens. Coach Ward has offered but coach Mangus has to sign off on it.” Johnson is also drawing interest from Notre Dame, Miami, Yale, NC State, West Virginia and Southern Cal. He doesn’t have favorites. “I’m taking my time and being patient,” he said. Johnson is a pocket passer and not much of a runner. This season he has 24 touchdowns passing and 2 running.