Two Shrine Bowl defensive line prospects from the state will be at USC Saturday on unofficial visits. Dexter Wideman of Saluda and Naquez Pringle of Carvers Bay will bring a combined 570 pounds of defensive tackle to Williams-Brice Stadium. Wideman has been committed to Florida State and his coach said Friday that Wideman has not told him anything differently but USC is still a player. “His head is spinning,” coach Doug Painter said. “He goes back and forth.” Florida State recruiter Jay Graham was in to see Wideman last Friday. Two days before that USC recruiter GA Mangus was in to see him. Painter said Wideman has not indicated to him when he’ll finalize a decision. After the Shrine Bowl Wideman will play in the Under Armour All American Game. Wideman finished the season with 71 tackles and 6 sacks with 11 tackles for loss.
Pringle played Friday in the 1A-Division 1 state title game. He said earlier in the week he has offers from USC, Clemson and NC State. He’s also gotten interest from Tennessee. Going into Friday’s game he had 75 tackles with 6 sacks.
DE Andrew Williams of McDonough, GA confirmed via text that he will attend the Clemson-USC game. Both teams are high up on his list and he plans to take official visits to both. He also plans to set official visits with Auburn and Ole Miss.
Two players will make official visits to USC this weekend, committed DB Al Harris Jr. and OL Kareem Are of Fort Scott JC, KS. Are also has taken official visits to Florida State and Penn State. He could have a decision shortly after his USC visit, or he might wait and take another visit to Ole Miss.
Some other prospects expected to visit Saturday include DB Wesley Green, DE Arden Key, WR Michael Bowman, OL Zack Bailey, LB Ricky DeBerry Jr., DE Clelin Ferrell, DL Albert Huggins, ATH Jeffery Holland, LB Roquan Smith, DB Mike Hughes, DB Mark Fields Jr., and QB Kelly Bryant.
Tennessee’s coaching staff visited with WR Josh Malone of Gallatin, TN Friday and is scheduled to revisit him Sunday and Monday according to 247 Sports.com. Clemson coaches, including Dabo Swinney, are scheduled to visit Malone on Monday. Clemson and Tennessee appear to be the top two for Malone who will announce his decision on Wednesday at 1:00 PM Eastern at his school. Georgia, Ohio State and Florida are the others that have been involved.
Chapman coach Mark Hodge Wednesday night clarified that his receiver Tyshun Samuel does have an official offer from USC. That was thought to be the case early in the week but in an interview here Tuesday night Samuel stated he wasn’t sure if he had a USC offer and had to talk to them some more. “He knew he had gotten offered but he didn’t know how to not answer that question,” Hodge said. The coach added that it’s been a whirlwind week for Samuel with the offer, senior class project and preparation for Friday’s playoff game and he’s a little overwhelmed by the attention. Hodge said he explained to Samuel how to talk with the media in the future so avoid the confusion. The coach also said he’s not aware of an announcement date for Samuel though the player has identified December 14th, his birthday, as his announcement day. But Hodge said that’s a Saturday and Samuel is scheduled to take the SAT again that day. Samuel did say Tuesday night a USC offer would lead to a commitment from him. He plans to be at USC Saturday.
The Clemson-USC rivalry attracts another prospect. Junior RB Bryce Love of Wake Forest, NC will be attend the game with his family. Love has visited each school this season and has offers from both. Love has ties to both programs. “My mom and dad went to USC but I also know people that went to Clemson…so I like them both,” he said. Love’s last visit was to Ohio State in October and he had planned to visit Tennessee prior to this weekend but was unable to make that trip. His father said they will visit Knoxville in the future. Love has several offers to include USC, Clemson, Tennessee, North Carolina, Ohio State, Penn State, Georgia Tech, Northwestern, Stanford, NC State, Duke, Arkansas, East Carolina and Virginia Tech. He does not have any favorites.
RB Nyheim Hines of Garner, NC did not make it to USC as he had planned for the Florida game but said he will make it in for the Clemson game this Saturday. Hines went to Tennessee this past weekend and was at Duke before that. Virginia Tech was the most recent school to offer and that happened last week. He also has offers from USC, Clemson, NC State, North Carolina, East Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, Tennessee and Connecticut. Hines said he’s in touch with Clemson recruiter Robbie Caldwell and USC assistant Spurrier Jr. and Joe Robinson. Hines said he has not formulated a favorite’s list and all the schools which have offered are under consideration. He plans to graduate early and wants to make his commitment around next October. As for Clemson and USC, Hines said his interest level is high. “I’ve been a Clemson fan since I was in the second or third grade. I love Clemson. South Carolina, I’ve been a fan of them too, but you know you can’t really be both, so I’m just really neutral.” As for who he’s going to root for Saturday….”I don’t know. I’m pulling for a good game. If they score 40 points and win by 3, I like that. A high scoring, close game, that’s what I’m pulling for. I just want to see a good game from both sides of the offense.” USC and Clemson like Hines as a slot receiver. Hines has rushed for around 2700 yards and has scored 51 touchdowns this season.
USC and Miami are the current favorites of junior DB Rashard Causey of Fort Lauderdale and he’s flying to Columbia Friday to spend the weekend with the Gamecocks. Causey is not ready to make a final decision. “I have the same feeling between the two,” he said, “but if I had to choose, I would choose South Carolina. I like their defensive style and one of my best friends, Skai Moore, plays for them and it would be nice to play with him again.” Causey plans to make a decision before his senior season. This will be his second trip to USC. He stopped by in July while making a tour of several schools. USC recruiter Grady Brown was down to check on Causey recently and he says the two talk every day, as he does with his Miami recruiter. “We talk about the basic stuff,” he said of Brown. “He tells me about the defense and where I would fit in. I play corner and they are not taking that may corners.” Pittsburgh and Penn State are Causey’s most recent offers. Some of his others are UCLA, Florida, Florida State, NC State, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Notre Dame, West Virginia and Arkansas. This season Causey 40 solo tackles, 3 interceptions and 2 sacks.
Junior DB Terry Godwin of Hogansville, GA is feeling good about Clemson at this point in his recruiting though he’s not claiming any favorites. He was at Clemson for the Florida State game and is in regular contact with secondary coach Mike Reed. “He tells me they really want me and he likes my technique and how I go up and high point the ball on defense,” Godwin said. “The head coach was not in the recruits face (on his visit) and was just telling them how it’s going to be. He was not telling any stories and was real straight with them. And coach Reed was telling me how much he likes my film. Just good things.” Godwin also has been to Auburn, Georgia, Ole Miss and North Carolina for games and he’s going to Auburn this weekend. He plans to get back to Clemson next summer and he wants to make his decision around the end of the school year. USC also is an offer but Godwin says he doesn’t hear from the Gamecocks. Some of his other offers are Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
Clemson offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Chad Morris flew to Texas recently to scout junior QB Chason Virgil of Mesquite and remains strongly interested. “We just talked about Clemson and the system that they have down there,” Virgil said. Morris has offered a few quarterbacks for 2015 and Virgil thinks he knows where he stands on that list. “Do I think I have a feeling on where I fall? I think I fall number one,” he said. “That’s something that’s guessing and what he’s shared with me.” Virgil said he’s in no hurry to make a decision and will check out several more schools. Virgil was at Clemson for the Florida State and has not been anywhere since. He’s visited Clemson twice and might return next summer. Virgil also has offers from Arizona State, UCLA, Nebraska, Missouri, Mississippi State, Texas and Toledo. He finished the season with 1200 passing yards and 9 touchdowns. Morris also remains interested in Virgil’s teammate WR Akilian Butler who also has a Clemson offer.
According to SouthernConferenceRecruiting.com, Furman has a commitment from TE Kedar Bryant (6-5 230) of Jacksonville, and The Citadel has a commitment from LB Russell Hubbs (6-1 220) of Northwestern.