DB Wesley Green of Lithonia, GA is in the middle of a tense recruiting battle between USC and Georgia and his coach said Wednesday the decision could go either way at this point. “If I had to say, it’s 50-50 right now,” coach Cortez Allen said. “I think both schools are great places. He can perform well at either school. It’s all about how he feels about it and where he fits in well.” Green has visited both schools and he plans to take an unofficial visit to Georgia this weekend though he can’t have any contact with coaches due to the dead period. He will take his official visit to USC January 17th and his official visit to Georgia the following weekend. “Once he takes his trips, a lot of things are going to come to fruition,” Allen said. “He’ll have something to compare each school to, just to see how he fits in with the guys and what it’s like to really be on campus, get a feel for the school in general.” Allen said he talked with USC recruiter Grady Brown last week and with Georgia recruiter Chris Wilson Tuesday. He expects Green to make a relatively quick decision after the Georgia visit and not drag things out to Signing Day. “He’s ready for this to be over with. As soon as he can make a clear cut decision, he’ll probably tweet it out.”
USC commitment TE Kalan Ritchie of Goose Creek recently picked up an offer from SC State and that led to some speculation that if he didn’t qualify for USC, he would go there instead. But his coach Chuck Reedy said today Ritchie is firmly committed to the Gamecocks and will stay the course with them. “He’s South Carolina’s,” Reedy said adding that the plan is to place Ritchie at Georgia Military JC if he does not qualify.
Junior DB Tyrek Cole of Miramar, FL plans to announce a commitment tonight after 8:00 PM. Clemson and USC have offered along with Florida State, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Miami and West Virginia. His high school coach just took a job at West Virginia and the popular feeling is he will follow him.
Junior WR Tavin Richardson (6-4 205) of Byrnes has seen his offer list expand in recent weeks though Clemson and USC are not among those interested at this point. Richardson has offers from Pittsburgh, Arkansas, Boston College, Cincinnati, Illinois, Louisville, Maryland, Ole Miss, Miami, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Kentucky and Virginia Tech. Richardson said his last contact from the schools came before the holiday break. He’s visited Maryland, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech and plans to take more offers in the spring. Richardson said he won’t make his decision until around signing day of 2015 and right now he doesn’t have any favorites. This season Richardson had 63 catches for 836 yards and 8 touchdowns.
Two highly-regarded academic institutions are showing interest in junior OL TJ Haney (6-6 315) of Gaffney. Duke and Vanderbilt are two of the schools interested in Haney and their academic integrity has caught his attention. “My grades are really strong, so it’s important to me,” he said. “Those are two very good schools.” It is not just the academics that interest Haney, however. “I went to the Duke and Miami game this season and I loved it there,” Haney said. “It’s was a great game and I loved the campus. I think I could fit in well.” He has yet to visit Vanderbilt but that will change very soon. The coaches have maintained contact with Haney and are looking to get him on campus. “They want me to come up for a junior day so I’m definitely going to do that, “he said. Clemson, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida State have also expressed interest. Haney has built a solid relationship with coaches at UNC and has become familiar with the program through former teammate, WR Quinshad Davis. As for other visits he said, “I plan on going to a lot of junior days.” He remains unsure of which trips we will be able to make. His sole offer to date is Marshall.
Junior QB Will Brunson of Carolina Forest is waiting on his first offer but continues to hear from Duke, Tennessee, Florida State and East Carolina. Duke and Tennessee, according to Brunson, are showing the most interest. Brunson is very interested in Duke and is a big fan of David Cutcliffe. With Cutcliffe losing his offensive coordinator to Florida, a name that surfaced has Brunson even more excited about the Blue Devils. “I heard somewhere that Steve Spurrier, Jr. might be a candidate for that job,” he said. “I know it’s his alma mater. Coach Spurrier and I talk a lot and I really like him. That would be really cool.” Brunson attended several camps last summer and is planning to be more selective this season. “I will probably only attend camps of schools that are showing interest,” he said. “I do know I’ll be going to spring practices at Duke and Tennessee, though.” Brunson finished season 196 for 301. He threw for 2,967 yards, 28 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He does not have a leader.