Shrine Bowl DL Poona Ford of Hilton Head has been committed to Louisville since late summer, but he got a visit last week from USC recruiter Lorenzo Ward and told media at Shrine Bowl practice this week he might take a visit with the Gamecocks in January. “We’ve talked a little bit and I don’t know how much of that was him just saying that or him actually doing that,” Hilton Head coach BJ Payne said. “I know it’s crossed his mind. But me, just knowing the kid and the communication that I’ve had with the kid, I think he’s a lot more locked in to Louisville than he appears to let on. If you’re asking me if he’s wavering or anything like that, not at all. I think he’s a kid that’s true to his word and I think the only thing that would really change anything is if Charley Strong took the job in Texas, and then I think he might open things back up again.” Ford will take an official visit to Louisville in January and Payne is not convinced he’ll take one to USC. “After I talked to him, he seemed a lot more locked in that maybe people think,” Payne said. “If he did flip, I would think there would be only one school he would flip for, and that would be them (USC).” Payne said USC recruiter Everette Sands also was in to visit Ford and along with Ward expressed serious interest for Ford. Louisville, USC and Tennessee were Ford’s top three before he committed to the Cardinals.
Goose Creek WR Jordan Barnes has an offer from Tusculum and is hearing from Presbyterian, The Citadel and Charleston Southern. He had 48 catches for 673 yards and 8 touchdowns this season.
Gators QB Dantez Bennamon has been offered by Presbyterian. He passed for 1443 yards and 9 touchdowns and rushed for 840 yards and 7 touchdowns this season.
Goose Creek RB Evan McField has offers from SC State, North Greenville and Limestone. This season he rushed for 1125 yards and 12 touchdowns.
And Gators DB Omar McRae has an offer from Charleston Southern. This season he had 89 tackles and 5 interceptions. He had 11 picks as a junior.
Northwestern DB Corey Seargant is close to a commitment to East Carolina. He also has offers from Nebraska and Kansas State along with Appalachian State and Charlotte. The Shrine Bowler this season had 143 tackles and 3 interceptions.
Hartsville DL DeQuan Reddick is looking at SC State, Fort Scott JC, MO and Georgia Military JC.
DL Albert Huggins of Orangeburg-Wilkinson said Wednesday night he had received an offer from Vanderbilt. The Commodores are the 13th program to offer Huggins and the seventh from the SEC. He also has offers from Clemson, USC, Florida State, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Louisville, Georgia, NC State, North Carolina, Auburn and SC State. Huggins said he didn’t see many coaches come thru his school during the contact period and he’s not lined up any junior day visits at this point. He does not claim favorites.
Junior DB Mark Fields Jr. of Cornelius, NC visited Clemson and USC this season. They were the only two schools he visited for games. Fields was at Clemson for the Florida State game and at USC for Vanderbilt as well as Florida. He is showing a lot of interest in the two programs. “I feel like Clemson had a really good season,” he said. “Obviously it didn’t end the way they wanted to but it was still really good. I really like (defensive back coach) Mark Reed. I am very interested in them. South Carolina is about the same. I enjoyed watching them play. They’re an SEC team so the big crowds are always a factor.” His latest offer is from Georgia and though he does not have any favorites, Fields named USC, Clemson and Georgia as schools he is very interested in. “Georgia is another SEC team that I could see myself playing for,” he said. “I feel like the best players come out of the SEC. Although I haven’t reached my potential, I feel like playing against the best would help me get there.” Fields finished the season with 43 tackles, three interceptions and one sack. He does not have a leader.
Junior DB Minkah Fitzpatrick of Jersey City, NJ has attended a camp at USC and plans to return this spring. Fitzpatrick has over 20 offers including USC. He remains in contact with some of the coaches and is showing interest in the Gamecocks. “Coach Grady Brown and coach (G.A.) Mangus are still talking to me,” Fitzpatrick said. “We’re just building a relationship. They want me to come down this spring so I am trying to work it out.” His first trip to Columbia was a positive experience. “It’s a great school,” he said. “They have a need at my position and it’s a great school for defensive backs.” His only visit this football season was to Ohio State where he saw the Buckeyes host Penn State. “I went with three of my teammates and it was a great visit,” Fitzpatrick said. “The atmosphere was crazy.” This winter he plans to visit Maryland, North Carolina, Florida State and Miami. His other offers include Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State, Connecticut, Rutgers, Boston College, Stanford, Virginia, Maryland, Virginia Tech and Syracuse. As a junior, Fitzpatrick totaled 62 tackles, 18 pass deflections, four interceptions and three forced fumbles. He does not have any favorites.