DE Darrius Caldwell of Pearl River JC, MS had been waiting for weeks on a call from USC with an official offer because he planned to commit if one came. USC had to look over his transcripts first and finally Caldwell got that call. On January 7th, Gamecock defensive line coach Deke Adams contacted Caldwell with the news his transcript was good enough for enrolling at USC, and Caldwell followed thru on his pledge. “I had told coach Adams if he made me the official offer I would commit on the spot and when I got back to school he called and asked me if that still stands and I said yes,” Caldwell said. “I was probably more excited than he was.” USC recruited Caldwell out of high school in Atlanta but he signed with Illinois. He spent two seasons there but left after the coaching change played this season at Pearl River. He will have two years to play two. “They need a guy that’s ready to play and I would add a little more versatility to their defense in my playing style,” Caldwell said. “I’m excited about the opportunity to attend the university and play SEC football.” Caldwell said he’s on track to graduate in May. “I only need a few more credits to get out and I just have to take a few more classes here at the JC.” He has set an official visit to USC for January 24th and won’t take any other visits. Caldwell becomes the 18th commitment for USC’s 2014 class.
DB Chris Lammons of Plantation, FL will make his official visit to USC this weekend and he told SouthFloridaHighSchooSports.com he will not commit on his visit. Lammons is down to the Gamecocks and Wisconsin. He has already visited Wisconsin.
DE Kevin Bronson of Delray Beach, FL is no longer considering USC. He had scheduled a visit with the Gamecocks for this weekend but is going to South Florida instead. He has Virginia Tech set for the 24th and has penciled in Nebraska for the 31st replacing Florida. He has visited Rutgers.
DL Arthur Williams of Fayetteville, NC remains committed to Florida State but plans to visit USC January 31st. He’s planning to visit Florida State on the 24th.
LB Michael Roach (6-4 210) of Kenosha, WI has committed to Wofford according to the Kenosha News. Roach made an official visit to Spartanburg last weekend. He also had an offer from North Dakota while Wisconsin and Northern Illinois talked to him about walking on. This season Roach had 13.5 sacks and 16 tackles for loss.
WR Kameron Uter of Atlanta is back on the market right now after decommitting from Vanderbilt after James Franklin bolted for Penn State. USC touched based with him thru Facebook last weekend but he’s heard nothing since from the Gamecocks. However, he has talked to Clemson about baseball. Uter is a pitcher with a reported 92 MPH fastball. Uter said he talked Monday night with Clemson baseball assistant Bradley LeCroy. “He’s going to try to get me over there to talk to the football coaches but I don’t know how they are going to respond.” Uter said he’s looking to sign for football since that’s a full ride unlike baseball which offers partial scholarships. He’s also looking at Wake Forest, which has offered, and Virginia, which has not. He’s hoping to know more from Clemson and Virginia later this week. And he’s also keeping in touch with Vanderbilt. Uter has not set any official visits but he and his mother are meeting with his coach this week to work on that.
DL Dexter Wideman of Saluda will take his official visit to USC this weekend with several members of his family, and he’ll do so as a Florida State commitment, which he has been since the summer. Wideman put the strength of his commitment “at a 6 or 7” on a scale of 10. In an interview at his school Tuesday, Wideman said nothing has changed with him as he goes into the final weeks of the recruiting season, and no definite decision has been made. “I’m committed to Florida State but I’m going to go down to Carolina and have a good time, spend time with the coaches and talk to them,” Wideman said. He will take his official visit to Florida State January 31st and his family will also join him on that visit. “Go down, spend a good time with the coaches, talk to them and then after that I’m going to put things down on paper and see where I’m going to go.” Wideman has visited both schools before so on these trips he has some specific questions he wants answered. “I’m going to ask the coaches to lay everything out for me, let me know how it’s going to be, don’t sugarcoat anything to me, tell me straight up how everything is going to be, and I just want to build my relationship with all the coaches.” Wideman added that the depth charts at both schools are very important to him because he’d like to play early. “I haven’t studied them that much but I know at Carolina I’ve got a real good chance of playing my first year, and I know at Florida State if I work hard I still have a chance.” Speculation has been running strong in USC recruiting circles that Wideman is prime for flipping to USC at some point. Wideman has heard that kind of talk as well. “My commitment is strong,” he said. “Well just have to see when Signing Day comes what happens.” Wideman said his grandmother, uncle and some other family members will play a role in his decision making process, but he pointed out the pull of staying close to his family won’t be a factor. “I thought it was going to be a factor but it’s not going to be a factor. My grandma told me she’s going to make it to all my games and don’t worry about trying to stay close to home if I don’t want to do that. The decision is going to be on me so family is not going to be a factor.” So, could Wideman sign today if it were Signing Day? “I can’t answer that. I just don’t know right now. I’m going to have to wait until after these official visits and we’ll see.” There’s also the matter of Wideman getting his grades to be able to qualify, something his former coach Doug Painter really emphasized for him last summer and this season. “I’m going to qualify. Everything has been improving big time. I’m going to qualify.”
ATH RayRay McCloud of Tampa has been offered as a running back by Clemson and USC. McCloud has not visited USC but has been to Clemson twice. He says he is interested in both programs. “I took a couple of unofficial visits to Clemson so I haven’t seen everything,” he said. “The things I saw there make it seem like a good football town.” As for USC, McCloud said, “I know I haven’t been there yet but it is a good program and seems like a good place to be.” Auburn, Georgia, Tennessee and Vanderbilt are the other schools he has visited. He plans to visit Florida, South Florida and Southern Cal this spring. McCloud plays on both sides of the ball and says he does not have a preference. “If I can help out at running back, I’ll play there,” he said. “If I can help out at cornerback, I’ll play there.” He does not have any favorites but said that USC, Clemson, Ole Miss, Kentucky and Florida are showing the most interest. All have offered. His other offers include UCLA, Ohio State, Louisville and Wisconsin.