USC hit on one of its big recruiting needs Tuesday with a commitment from highly regarded DE Dante Sawyer (6-3 250) of Suwanee, GA. Sawyer announced the commitment on Twitter, on his birthday no less, and picked the Gamecocks over Missouri, Auburn and Tennessee. “I AM OFFICIALLY COMMITTED TO THE UNIVERSITY SOUTH CAROLINA” Sawyer tweeted. However, Tuesday night Sawyer said he “probably” will take other visits naming Georgia, Missouri and Auburn as other stops besides a January 17th visit to USC. With the Gamecocks losing starting defensive ends Jadeveon Clowney and Chaz Sutton, recruiter Deke Adams sold Sawyer on the chance for early playing time saying that “played a big factor.” Sawyer visited USC for the Mississippi State game and it was then when he got the feeling about becoming a Gamecocks. “Being at South Carolina was just a great feeling,” Sawyer said. “That’s where God wants me to be and I follow what God says. When I went there I saw how it was to be there.” Sawyer helped lead his team to a state championship game and finished the season with 60 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and 3 sacks in 12 games. “He’s really an athletic defensive lineman,” said Sawyer’s coach Bob Sphire. “He can make game changing plays. He has great skill level to go with his size and he has a sense for where the ball is. He makes big plays in big situations.” Sawyer becomes the 16th commitment for USC’s 2014 class and the third listed as a defensive end.
North Carolina Shrine Bowl DL Arthur Williams (6-5 285) of Fayetteville plans to visit Miami, USC and Florida State the last three weekends in January and then make a final decision on Signing Day. Williams currently is committed to the Seminoles but wants to take a look at the Gamecocks and Hurricanes. “I just want to see the classroom settings and sit down with the players and the staff,” Williams said. “South Carolina seems like a real cool place. I could see myself going to school there.” Williams camped at USC last summer and has also been to Florida State and Miami. He’s also visited Auburn, North Carolina, NC State and East Carolina. Williams committed to Florida State October 22nd and he’s not backing off that for now. “It’s very strong,” he said of his commitment. “Me and the coaches feel like nobody can take me away, but I’m keeping my options open and giving everybody a fair chance to recruit me.” USC recruiters Joe Robinson and Deke Adams met with Williams earlier this month. He said they did not make him an official offer but he feels one is close. “They are real cool, down to earth and very understanding,” he said. “They just want me to get down to the campus, meet with the defensive coordinator and look at my grades and I should get an offer.” Williams has had an in home visit with Florida State while Miami met with him at his school. This season Williams had 104 tackles and 6 sacks.
Class of 2015 DB Desmond Cain of Delray Beach, FL received a visit from USC assistant Grady Brown recently as the Gamecocks continue to be Cain’s top school. “He just came by to talk to me and see how my season went,” Cain said. “He wanted to see when I was planning on taking the SAT…stuff like that.” USC and Clemson are Cain’s offers but he’s receiving interest from other schools. “I know Michigan State and Penn State have been looking at me,” he said. “They’re both supposed to come see me in January.” Cain has already visited Penn State. He was there when the Nittany Lions hosted Purdue. “It was a really cool trip,” Cain said. “I liked the coaches and the game atmosphere. It wasn’t too obnoxious and was quiet and calm.” He expects another visit from USC this spring. As a junior, Cain had six interceptions returning one for a score. He had over 300 receiving yards, over 1,000 all-purpose yards and three total touchdowns.
Clemson is working hard to impress WR Juval Mollette of Randleman, NC. Tiger recruiter Robbie Caldwell stopped by twice to check on Mollette in the past couple of weeks. “He was telling me how much they love me and how much they want me at their school,” Mollette said adding that Clemson is one of the stronger teams with him though he’s not claiming favorites. He went to one Clemson game this season. Recruiters from North Carolina, NC State and Tennessee also have been in. Ohio State is the most recent offer for Mollette giving him 11. The others are Clemson, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Georgia Tech, NC State, Wake Forest, East Carolina, Duke, North Carolina and Tennessee. Mollette has not set any junior day plans and he won’t make a decision until after his senior season. This season Mollette said he had over 700 yards receiving.