Shrine Bowl DL Poona Ford of Hilton Head again pulled the plug on a USC visit this week, the second time he has canceled a trip to Columbia after saying he would visit. After the first time earlier this month, his coach BJ Payne said Ford just didn’t want to go to USC and realized that he was trying to please others rather than make a decision for himself. This time, Payne says it’s basically the same story. “Poona took a couple of days to think and he decided it wasn’t the school for him,” Payne said. “He truly wasn’t interested in continuing his career there.” Ford has taken an official visit to Texas and Longhorn coach Charley Strong is expected to visit him next week. As for now, Ford’s plans for this weekend are up in the air. He could move his Missouri visit up from next weekend or he could trip to Purdue. Ford camped at Purdue last summer and four of their coaches have known him for a while from recruiting him for different schools. Missouri visited with Ford and Purdue is scheduled to be in Thursday. Texas plans to have its recruiter in on Friday.
Several schools have been in this week to meet with WR Isaiah Ford of Jacksonville. Wake Forest coaches are in today while Tuesday he met with coaches from Louisville, Stanford and Georgia according to Trinity Christian assistant coach Gerard Ross. Ford did not make a scheduled official visit to Miami last weekend. He has visited Virginia Tech and Louisville and plans for the next two weekends have not been set. Right now Ford is most focused on USC, Virginia Tech, Louisville and Miami according to Ross. USC recruiter Steve Spurrier Jr. is expected to make a visit sometime this week.
The snow in the Washington, DC area has wreaked havoc on the school schedule and today was the first day this week OL Damian Prince of Forestville, MD has had classes. So, it’s the first time recruiters can get in to see him this week. Penn State and Florida are coming in today according to his coach. And Keith Goganious said he’s looking for USC head coach Steve Spurrier and recruiter GA Mangus to make a visit with Prince next week. Prince made his official visit to USC last weekend. “He had a great weekend,” said Goganious who spoke with Prince for the first time this week this morning. “He talked about coach Spurrier and sitting down and meeting with him.” The coach said Prince doesn’t have a visit currently set for this weekend and will go to Florida next weekend. He has also been to Maryland and Florida State. The coach said USC, Florida and Maryland look the strongest with Prince right now but Penn State is trying to get into the picture as well.
Tennessee head coach Butch Jones made his in home visit Wednesday with RB Derrell Scott of Havelock, NC. USC head coach Steve Spurrier is to visit with Scott on Thursday night beginning at 6;30 at Scott’s home. Scott has been favoring Tennessee in recent weeks after favoring the Gamecocks earlier in the process. He made an official visit to Florida last weekend but the Gators aren’t seen as a strong factor at this point. Scott will announce his decision Monday at 3:15 PM at his school.
Clemson may be the next to offer junior RB Reggie Gallaspy (5-11 220) of Greensboro, NC. The Tar Heel State product has nine current offers and is feeling good about the possibility of the Tigers joining that group. “I talked to coach (Robbie) Caldwell before the dead period and he wants me to come down for a junior day,” Gallaspy said. “I think they may be close to offering…maybe while I’m there.” The trip has not been finalized but Gallaspy plans to attend. He likes the Tigers, though they are not in his current top five. “I based that list on the schools that have already offered,” he said. “They are Duke, North Carolina, NC State, West Virginia and Virginia in that order.” He admitted that Clemson could join the list should they offer. “I like Clemson,” Gallaspy said. “I went to two games last year and they have a good tradition of football. I could see myself fitting in well there academically.” Gallaspy plans to attend a junior day at Auburn and visit Florida State during spring break. He will also take several trips over the summer. North Carolina, Duke, NC State, Wake Forest, East Carolina, West Virginia, Illinois and Virginia are the schools that have offered Gallaspy.
Junior DB Kaleb Chalmers of Greenwood continues to hear from several schools and says he has no favorites. Clemson, Tennessee, Duke and North Carolina appear to be showing the most interest but he is also hearing from several other schools including USC, “Clemson is a really good school and it’s close to home,” Chalmers said. Since the end of the ‘dead period’, Chalmers has not received any visits but feels that will change. “We haven’t started school yet so they haven’t had a chance to come by and see me,” he said. “We go back tomorrow.” He plans to take in several junior days but has yet to map out any of his trips. His offers include Clemson, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Duke, Stanford, North Carolina and Georgia Southern with interest from USC and Auburn. He is showing interest in Clemson and USC.
Junior WR Michael Bowman of Havelock, NC has visited USC and plans to visit again. Though he has not scheduled any junior days or future visits, Bowman said USC, Clemson and NC State are schools he would like to get to before the summer. “I don’t know when I’m going to take visits,” he said. “But those are the three schools I want to see.” It would be his first visit to Clemson. “Clemson is a nice school,” Bowman said. “I just want to check it out.” The Tigers have yet to offer though they are showing interest. USC and NC State continue to lead for Bowman but he does not have a favorite. Each has offered. His other offers are from North Carolina, East Carolina and Penn State.