WR Tyshun Samuel of Chapman Thursday announced a commitment to USC. The Shrine Bowl selection also considered North Carolina and Vanderbilt but the Gamecocks moved to the top of his list once they offered him late last month. And that offer came shortly after he received a qualifying test score. ‘I’ve been waiting on this for a while,” Samuel said. “When they decided they wanted to take me as a receiver, they weren’t going to take another one.” Samuel made a couple of visits to USC this season and got a good feeling for the program. “I like the environment and the way they treat their players,” he said. “With the receivers we’ll have there, no one with stop us.” This season Samuel had 61 catches for 1184 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also scored 13 touchdowns rushing and two more on interceptions. He becomes the 15th commitment for USC’s 2014 class and the third wide receiver.
USC apparently is still not finished flushing out prospects to offer for the 2014 class. Wednesday recruiter Grady Brown visited DE Kevin Bronson (6-4 233) of Delray Beach, FL and offered him. Bronson said Brown told him one reason they like him is because he is bigger than some other defensive ends they have been recruiting. Bronson had 58 tackles with 20 tackles for loss and 6 sacks this season and said he was used at all the positions along the line. Bronson has set an official visit with the Gamecocks for January 17th. He is going to Rutgers this weekend and is set to visit Virginia Tech January 24th. He’s also looking at Arkansas for a visit and is also considering Nebraska, Central Florida and South Florida. There is no favorite at this point. Bronson said Brown and Gamecock defensive line coach Deke Adams saw him in the spring and liked his film and that’s when the recruiting relationship started to build.
OL Kareem Are of Fort Scott JC, KS said Wednesday night he will make an official visit to Ole Miss this weekend. This will be his fourth and final visit before making his decision. He has set December 9th for an announcement. Are has also visited USC, Florida State and Penn State. USC recruiter Grady Brown was in for a visit with Are Tuesday. Penn State recruiter Mac McWhorter met with him Wednesday. Are said he does not have a favorite at this point.
USC fans left an impression on junior OL Zack Bailey (6-5 307) of Summerville Saturday. Bailey attended the USC-Clemson game and liked what he saw. “They have a spectacular atmosphere,” he said. “The people and the fans are crazy. USC played well. Their coaches are really nice and it’s in the middle of Columbia so it’s big.” His other two visits this season were to Clemson and Florida State. Bailey liked both programs. “I liked the atmosphere at Clemson,” he said. “The people were really nice and it’s a classy school. FSU was awesome. I went to their spring game. I got to meet their coaches. It’s a peaceful town and they have a nice stadium.” His offers include USC, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and The Citadel with interest from Auburn, Georgia and Oregon. “I plan on visiting Auburn and Georgia this off-season,” Bailey said. “I would like to see LSU if I can. I want to check out their facilities.” Though he does not have any favorites, Bailey did say, “I grew up in Washington (state) so I was a big Oregon Ducks fan.”
The Citadel has landed a commitment from WR A’lencio Graham (6-0 180) of Flowery Branch, GA according to SOCONRecruiting.com.