WR Isaiah Ford of Jacksonville, FL now favors Virginia Tech after decommitting from Louisville Sunday following the departure of Charley Strong to Texas. USC is the only other school he’s considering and he said he won’t make a final decision until he visits the Gamecocks. Ford is a basketball standout as well who is averaging 31 points per game this season and he said both schools will allow him to play both sports. Ford said he and his mother have communicated recently with USC recruiter Steve Spurrier Jr. and the feedback was highly positive. “He said he was excited about the decommitment and they need another super athlete because Bruce Ellington is leaving and the spot is open.” Ford visited USC last summer and had the chance to meet Ellington. Ford said Virginia Tech leads at this point because “they’ve been the most consistent throughout the whole thing. And the opportunity to come in and play as a true freshman is wide open in both sports.” Ford added he won’t rush a second decision. “I’m probably going to pray about it and maybe just wait it out.” This season Ford had 37 catches for 720 yards and 17 touchdowns. The 6-3 Ford plays the two guard in basketball. “I let the game come to me,” he said. “I attack the basket and I can shoot the three as well.” Ford said at this point he does not expect to entertain overtures from any other schools.
OL Damian Prince of Forestville, MD remains open about his decision according to his coach and the rest of his official visits will go a long way in determining his final decision. He has visited Maryland and Florida State and USC is next up on January 17th. “He’s very interested about getting on the campus and seeing what the campus is about,” said Prince’s coach Keith Goganious. “Meeting the coaching staff and things of that nature, he’s very excited about taking that trip there and getting a feel for the campus and the campus life.” Prince is also scheduled to visit Florida January 24th and Miami on the 31st. Maryland is going thru a coaching change on the offensive line. In fact, former USC assistant Dave DeGuglielmo is a candidate. Goganious said he’s talked with Prince about that and he understands coaching changes are part of college football. “That’s why it’s important for him to get to know the campus, he gets to know the teammates who are definitely going to be there, the coaching staff and the infrastructure that’s in place because coaches come and go. My advice always has been to him to find a situation where you are going to be the most comfortable.” And Prince has yet to find that comfort level to define a leader according to his coach. “No, he really hasn’t mentioned that. Even when he went with his five it was in no particular order. He will measure them on their own merits and what he’s looking for, and their coaches on their own merits and things of that nature. He’s going to look for a situation that’s best for him on a day to day basis.”
DB DJ Smith of Marietta, GA told Rivals.com he is down to USC and Tennessee eliminating Clemson. Smith said his desire to play in the SEC is why he cut the Tigers. Smith will announce his decision Monday but will take his official visits after that. He goes to USC January 17th and Tennessee on the 24th. The story indicated Smith is favoring the Gamecocks.
DB Wesley Green of Lithonia, GA has been down to USC and Georgia for some time. He told UGAsports.com he will take an unofficial visit to Georgia this weekend. However, because it’s a dead period, he can’t have in person contact with the coaches. He has an official visit set with USC for January 17th and will take an official visit to Georgia January 24th or 31st.
RB Derrell Scott of Havelock, NC told the Wolfpacker.com today USC and Tennessee are his top two right now with NC State just behind. Florida is also in the picture after offering him last week. Scott has taken official visits to USC, Tennessee and NC State and will visit Florida this month.