DE Darrius Caldwell of Pearl River JC, MS got the word from USC but it wasn’t what he was hoping for. Caldwell had hoped his transcripts to this point would be good enough to land an offer from the Gamecocks, after which he would commit. He’s going to have to wait a little longer. “It’s all depending on my GPA after the spring,” Caldwell said Thursday. “South Carolina is where I want to be, that’s where I want to go. If I get the grade, I’ll get the offer.” And with that in mind, Caldwell said he will wait until after the spring semester to sign. He plans to set official visits to Cincinnati and Memphis.
DE Kevin Bronson of Delray Beach, FL received an offer in early December from USC and will take an official visit to Columbia January 17th. Though they may have gotten into the game late with Bronson, the Gamecocks remain very much in the mix for his services. “It’s just crazy up there in Columbia on game day,” he said. “I really like the coaches and it’s a good program.” Not to be outdone, Florida also offered Bronson in early December. He will take his final official visit to Florida on January 31st. “They had talked to be before the season and told me they wanted to get me on campus to see a game,” Bronson said. “I didn’t hear much from them for a while but when the season ended, they started coming on strong.” Rutgers is the only school to receive an official visit from Bronson thus far. He will also visit Virginia Tech January 24th. He does not have any favorites. “I’ll know which school is the right one for me when I get on campus and it just feels right,” he said. His official visit to USC will be his first trip to Columbia. Distance from home will not be a factor in his decision, according to Bronson.
ATH Ra’Shaun Croney of Pahokee, FL favors USC and would like to make a commitment to the Gamecocks. Croney is waiting on his test score to see if he has qualified. “I talked to South Carolina last week and they’re just talking to me about getting my test score up,” he said. “I think I did pretty good on this one. I studied every day.” Croney visited USC for their spring game and plans to take an official visit to Columbia later this month though he has not scheduled the date. Indiana, Mississippi State and Florida Atlantic are also looking at Croney but all schools are awaiting the results of his test. “I should find out this week or next,” Croney said. Arkansas was another school that was showing interest but that has changed. “The coach that was recruiting me is now the head coach at FAU,” he said. He was speaking of Charlie Partridge. Croney added that FAU would be the only other school that would receive an official visit. Should he qualify, Croney is considering enrolling at USC this upcoming semester.
Junior ATH RayRay McCloud of Tampa has not cut his list down from his 21 offers which include Clemson and USC. But he told Rivals.com this week the five schools which stand out with him the most right now are Clemson, Florida, UCLA, Ohio State and Kentucky. McCloud gave a couple of reasons for liking Clemson. “Their coaching staff and their tradition,” he said. “Their coaching staff is really great.” McCloud said two of his official visits will be Clemson and UCLA. He also plans to get to Clemson this spring.