At the Shrine Bowl earlier this month DL Poona Ford of Hilton Head said USC had re-entered the picture with him, and despite his commitment to Louisville, he was giving the Gamecocks renewed consideration. A couple of weeks later, that situation has not changed. “I might set up an official visit with USC,” Ford said. “It depends on how my official visit with Louisville goes.” Ford said he’s continuing to get a strong push from the Gamecocks. “I talk to coach Sands pretty much every day,” he said. “He’s been asking when I’m going to take my visit. I like Louisville but South Carolina is my hometown team. Everything is based off my visit to Louisville. At the Shrine Bowl, I was chilling with some of the South Carolina commitments (Shaq Davidson, Kevin Crosby Jr.) and we kind of bonded. But as of right now, I’m committed to Louisville.” And a third school in the mix, according to Ford, is Missouri. He’ll make the final call on Signing Day.
During the evaluation period earlier this month, USC recruiter GA Mangus stopped in at Chapin High School to look over junior center Stephen Haralambis (6-3 270). Haralambis also plays defensive tackle and had 72 tackles and 2 sacks in 8 games this past season. He had 58 tackles and 2 sacks as a junior. Haralambis is also getting interest from Clemson, Wake Forest, Wofford, Appalachian State, The Citadel, Youngstown State, Coastal Carolina and Charleston Southern. He has visited Appalachian State and Youngstown State.
DL Kwamelle Barnes of Saluda will play in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Orlando next weekend. SC State is his sole offer but Barnes wants to see if next week’s game will draw more interest. “A lot of coaches evaluate players in that game and wait until after (the game) to make an offer,” Barnes said. “I just want to see what happens.” Barnes has visited SC State and likes the school and plans to visit again. He says that he wants to wait to see if he will have other options. NC State continues to show interest in Barnes but he is unsure if that will produce an offer. “They keep sending me a lot of mail,’ Barnes said. As for the Bulldogs, Barnes said, “I haven’t talked to SC State in about a month. They just told me to keep working on my grades and they would be there to help me.” Though Barnes did not indicate a favorite, he has strong interest in SC State.
DB Chris Lammons of Ft. Lauderdale is committed to Florida and said today at the Army All American Game practice that it’s 100% solid, but he said he still is interested in Wisconsin and USC. He visited Wisconsin November 9th and is scheduled to visit USC January 24th. He lists Wisconsin second on his list behind the Gators.