DL Abu Lamin of Fort Scott JC, KS made his commitment to USC official Wednesday when he signed with the Gamecocks on the first day of the signing period junior college mid-year transfers. Lamin had committed to the Gamecocks last July but ended up taking official visits to Nebraska, Arkansas, Florida and Tennessee as well as USC. After wrapping up his visits in November, Lamin reaffirmed his commitment to USC. “No need to switch,” Lamin said in November. “They’ve been doing everything right. It’s the loyalty.” Lamin had 34 tackles with 7.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks this season. “I’m an inside pass rusher and that guy fighting in the trenches to hold my side down,” he said. Lamin is expected to give the Gamecocks some immediate help at defensive tackle with the departure of Kelcy Quarles for the NFL. Lamin is a native of Fayetteville, NC and will have three years to play three at USC. Also today, Lamin’s teammate, OL Kareem Are, who was also recruited by USC, signed with Florida State.
DE Darrius Caldwell of Pearl River JC, MS last talked with his USC recruiter Deke Adams Sunday but said Wednesday morning he plans to get in touch with him later today to see where things stand for him from a USC standpoint. Caldwell has a tentative offer from the Gamecocks pending on a review of his transcripts. If USC believes he’s on course to graduate in May, he’s likely to get an official offer, and he said he would commit to the Gamecocks if one is made. “It’s a historic place athletic wise,” said Caldwell who was offered by USC out of high school in Atlanta. “I always wanted to play for a big time coach. I always wanted to play for an established coach. And their defense is tough. They play great defense and I think I can go in and help.” Caldwell has offers from Southern Miss, Louisiana-Lafayette, UAB, South Alabama and West Alabama. He signed with Illinois out of high school and spent two seasons there before transferring to Pearl River for this season. He would have two years to play two.
DE Darrius Caldwell of of Pearl River JC, MS may soon end up with an offer from USC, and he has said if the Gamecocks offer, he will commit. And if that happens, his coach says the Gamecocks will be gaining an excellent prospect. “He’s probably the best defensive end in our state,” coach William Jones said. “He has the measurables to be considered one of the best in the league. Darrius is an NFL guy. He’s the best pass rusher I’ve ever had, a legitimate, premier pass rusher. He has a pass rush plan every time the ball is snapped.” Jones said Caldwell can be an end in a 4-3 scheme or an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. USC offered Caldwell in high school but the Atlanta native signed with Illinois in 2011. He played in 12 games as a redshirt freshman but Jones said the departure of his position coach led to Caldwell leaving. “He needed a change,” the coach said. “He’s a good person, a good kid. He just has to decide academics are important.” USC recruiter and defensive line coach Deke Adams worked with Jones in 2001 and they remain friends, and Adams called Jones seeking information on Caldwell. Adams has visited with Caldwell and is waiting on a USC evaluation of his transcript before making a formal offer. Caldwell is working to graduate in May.
It looks like two SEC East rivals will battle it out for DB Wesley Green of Lithonia, GA. “Things are heating up between South Carolina and Georgia,” Green’s coach Cortez Allen said Tuesday. “It’s down to USC and Georgia, that’s my feeling. He’ll take his trip to Ole Miss I think but I haven’t heard much from Ole Miss in a couple of weeks and they have not been in. We haven’t talked about them. And I haven’t heard much from LSU or Tennessee either.” USC and Georgia recruiters were in last week on the same day about ten minutes apart. The head coaches will be in next month. Allen said he gets no feeling from Green of a leader. “I think it will come down to his officials and how things take place on campus,” the coach said. “He wants an opportunity to play right away and both schools have expressed that’s a major possibility.” Allen said Green plans to major in business so the academic environment will be important. And a third key factor will be Green’s relationships with players at both schools who are from the Atlanta area. Allen said one thing that won’t be a factor is him. “Contrary to some reports that are out there, coach Allen is not pushing Wesley one way or another,” said Allen who knows the fact he’s a Georgia grad has been raised on Gamecock websites. “I don’t advise kids on where to go to school, I just mentor them. It’s all going to come down to where he fits best.” Green will visit the two schools on consecutive weekends in January with USC currently set for the 17th.