WR Tyshun Samuel of Chapman could soon be joining USC’s 2014 commitment class after receiving an offer from the Gamecocks Saturday. “I know he’s super excited,” Chapman coach Mark Hodge said. “I don’t know his time frame and I won’t be surprised or disappointed if that’s what he decides to do (commit to USC). He was flattered. It’s a top ten school, you can’t do much better than that. He knows some kids down there and the coaches have treated him real nice.” Hodge said it’s possible Samuel could make the pledge Saturday while in Columbia for the Clemson game. Or because he’s still in the playoffs and he’s saddled with some important school work, Samuel may hold off on the final decision for a couple of weeks. “I’d like for him to get it down before the Shrine Bowl,” Hodge said. “His stepfather went with him Saturday and he hasn’t had the chance to sit down with his parents and discuss things. There’s a lot coming at him at one time.” USC receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. recently scouted Samuel and once the Panther standout received a qualifying test score, USC decided to make the offer. “His test score is fine and he’ll be core eligible,” Hodge said. “His grades are good.” And so are his receiving skills. Though he’s missed the equivalent of three games this season with injuries, Samuel still has 52 catches for 927 yards and 12 touchdowns. He’s also rushed for 827 yards and 12 scores, has 302 yards on returns and has 4 interceptions with 2 returned for touchdowns. Samuel scored 20 touchdowns last season. North Carolina is the other school Samuel has had strong interest in but the Tar Heels have not officially offered. Vanderbilt was another favored program but he’s not heard much from there recently.
DB Wesley Green of Lithonia, GA confirmed via text message that he does plan to attend the USC-Clemson game Saturday. Exchanging texts with Green, he did answer a few more questions. When asked if this trip would be an official visit, he responded, “I’m not sure yet.” Green also said that he does not have a list of favorites but is interested in the Gamecocks. When asked if he had any other visits scheduled, his response was, “Not at the moment.” Green has been tight-lipped since de-committing from USC but is giving the indication that the Gamecocks are very much in the picture. Georgia, Tennessee and Ole Miss are also expected to receive visits from Green. He did not name a leader.
OL Kareem Are of Fort Scott JC, KS said Monday he could be ready to make his decision soon after he makes his official visit to USC this weekend. Are has also visited Florida State and Penn State. He has thought about visiting Ole Miss but that seemed less likely Monday. ‘I’ve got a lot of school work,” Are said. “I’m enjoying all the visits but I’ve got to get caught up on all my work.” Are said he enjoyed his visit to Penn State, as he did when he went to Florida State the previous weekend. He went alone on those visits and will travel solo to USC. He talked with Gamecock recruiter Deke Adams Monday. “He let me know they are excited for me to be there and it’s going to be a great game,” Are said. “I’m excited to be going there and hopefully the experience is great. I should have an idea about what I’m going to do after that. I’ll talk to my mom about it and make my decision. To be honest, right now I don’t have a leader. I’m looking for an opportunity to compete for a starting job, that’s the main thing.”
Junior DL Albert Huggins of Orangeburg-Wilkinson will make his first appearance at a USC game this season when the Gamecocks host Clemson Saturday. Huggins has only made it to one other game this season when he witnessed the Clemson-Florida State game in October. Interest level is building in Huggins who already has several offers and is looking to add more. “I hope they offer,” Huggins said. “The more offers I have, the more opportunities I have. If they don’t offer, it’s OK, but it does give me the chance to explore more options.” The schools he was speaking of are Notre Dame, Southern Cal, Georgia Tech, Arkansas, Indiana, Miami, Ole Miss an Mississippi State. His list of offers include USC, Clemson, Florida State, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Louisville, Georgia, NC State, North Carolina, Auburn and SC State. With his season over, Huggins has begun to think about what visits he could take in the off-season. “It’s just me thinking,” he said, “but I would like to go to Alabama or Georgia for a camp.” Huggins said that Clemson, USC, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida State appear to be showing the most interest in him. He does not have any favorites.