DE Darrius Caldwell of Pearl River JC, MS talked today with USC recruiter Deke Adams and was told there is no decision yet from a university standpoint about being able to admit him. “Things are still at a standstill until the semester grades come out,” Caldwell said. “I think I did alright. I think it should come thru. Not much has changed. They still want to get me in but they want to see how the academic things turn out, see how I finish the semester and this May.” Caldwell said he is on track to graduate in May and he’s hopeful of then moving on to Columbia from his Atlanta home. “South Carolina is where I want to be,” he said. Caldwell continues to pick up offers with Memphis and Cincinnati the latest to offer. He also has offers from Southern Miss, Louisiana-Lafayette, UAB, South Alabama and West Alabama.
OL Ryan Bates of Warminster, PA plans to make his college decision in the spring of 2014 and right now, of the schools offering him, he likes USC and Penn State the most. “They both have good football programs, good legacies and phenomenal coaching staffs,” Bates said. USC is recruiting Bates as a guard and he’s in regular contact with recruiter GA Mangus. “I feel like he has a lot of interest in me,” Bates said. Mangus did not make it to Bates’ school this month but he did see recruiters from Virginia, Miami, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Virginia Tech, Duke and Syracuse. Bates plans to visit some schools this off season but is not sure where though USC is possible. “They are attractive,” he said of the Gamecocks. Bates holds offers from USC, Penn State, Rutgers, Virginia, Temple, Georgia Tech, Boston College, Maryland, Duke, Illinois, Pittsburgh and Miami.
Junior OL Steven Gonzalez of Union City, NJ continues to call USC his favorite but added, “They’re my favorite of those who have offered.” This is not to say that Gonzalez favors other schools that have not offered but he wanted to make sure he was understood. “It could change if I get another offer but South Carolina is still going to be way up there,” Gonzalez said. The Gamecocks continue to court Gonzalez and he appreciates the school. “I definitely want to try and see if I can get down there for a visit soon,” he said. Miami is starting to show more attention visiting him twice at his school last week. “I’ve been down there for a camp and an unofficial visit,” Gonzalez said. “It’s a great campus and a great place. I really like their coaches.” His next visit will be to Ohio State. “It’s the only visit that’s set in concrete,” he said. “I know I’m going there in the spring.” His offers are from USC, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Rutgers, Louisville, Connecticut, Virginia, Boston College, Syracuse and Massachusetts.
NC State and Appalachian State are the first two schools to offer junior WR Markeyvious Adams of Greenwood. Adams is receiving interest from Clemson, USC, North Carolina, Duke, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Georgia State, Florida State, Louisville and Missouri among others. Clemson may be showing the most interest of these schools. “They came by the school a couple of weeks ago and told me they really liked me,” Adams said. “They told me that the wide receiver coach really likes me and after the bowl game, I could get an offer.” Adams visited Clemson in October and is showing a lot of interest in the Tigers. Another schools Adams is interested in is USC. He visited Columbia for a home game against Kentucky. “I liked it there,” he said. “I like the atmosphere. They send me mail and talk to me some.” As for NC State, Adams witnessed their rivalry game versus North Carolina and enjoyed the trip. “I like the place,” Adams said. “I like how they play. I like the school and the academics and I got a chance to talk to the head coach while I was there.” He does not have any favorites and is unsure of his next visit.
DB Kaleb Chalmers of Greenwood saw recruiters from Clemson, Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and North Carolina at his school during the recent contact period. USC did not come thru and Chalmers said the Gamecocks have not officially offered him. Clemson has and continues to show Chalmers real interest. “Coach Reed came and talked about what I was doing since football,” Chalmers said. “I like Clemson. It’s a great school and it’s close to home.” Chalmers plans to go to Clemson, USC and Georgia for junior days, and he’s going to try to get to some bowl practices. He does not yet have favorites. Last season Chalmers had 80 tackles with 4 interceptions and 12 passes broken up.