DB Wesley Green of Lithonia, GA gave put the cap on a four for four finish for USC on Signing Day by announcing for the Gamecocks over Georgia. Green had committed once before to the Gamecocks after visiting last summer with his father before backing off that in September, and in announcing his decision on Fox Sports South Green said that stuck in his mind. “I first made the decision in the summer,” he said. “I loved every aspect of South Carolina. I met with the players and coaches and that’s where I wanted to be.” Green said his official visit to USC last month also was important because he got the chance to hang out with other recruits and get to know them better. He said he also developed good relationships with the coaches. “I like coach Spurrier and coach Brown,” he said. “Me and coach Brown have developed a relationship and he coached one of my favorite cornerbacks, Patrick Peterson. We have this thing we’re trying to start, the new Legion of Boom.” Green’s commitment closes out the USC recruiting class at 21.
Long time Florida State commitment Dexter Wideman of Saluda today switched his allegiance to USC and signed with the Gamecocks at a ceremony at his school. Wideman had been committed to the Seminoles since last summer but USC kept up their recruiting efforts on him and it paid off today. “I am going to keep my talents in the state of South Carolina,” Wideman said in announcing his decision. The Shrine Bowler makes it a three for three day thus far for the Gamecocks and their targets with DB Wesley Green expected to make it four for four at 5:00. Wideman was a Shrine Bowl selection and regarded as the state’s top defensive lineman last season. “He’s extremely explosive and real quick off the ball,” said former Saluda coach Doug Painter. “He’s got good upper body strength but needs to learn how to use his body better.” Wideman’s signing gives the Gamecocks 20 recruits in their class.
DB Chris Lammons of Plantation, FL signed with USC over Wisconsin Wednesday giving the Gamecocks another significant football related victory over the Badgers in the state of Florida. The Gamecocks defeated Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando on January 1st. Lammons once was a Florida commitment but ended that on January 9th. He visited USC the weekend of January 17th. “It took till this morning to really sit down and think about where I was going,” says Lammons. “South Carolina and Wisconsin both were bumping heads all week. This morning I was just like, ‘I’m going to go with this one. “I could start, play early, and I feel comfortable there.” Lammons played mostly at quarterback last season but will be a corner at USC. In the Wing-T, he passed for 1100 yards and 13 touchdowns and rushed for 895 yards and 12 touchdowns. “He’s an outstanding athlete with real good speed,” said his coach Steve Davis. “He’s a 4.4 kid. And he’s got long arms. He has the reach of a person 6’3.”
DE Blake McClain (6-4 284) of Jacksonville, FL signed with USC flipping from Nebraska to whom he committed last weekend. McClain picked the Gamecocks sight unseen. He’s never visited. But USC recruiter Steve Spurrier Jr. worked him hard over the last week after he decommitted from Florida State. “It was the fact the coaches were very genuine and really showed tat they wanted me,” McClain said. He also said the chance for early playing time at USC was an important factor. Last season McClain had 24 tackles for loss, 15 sacks and forced 15 fumbles. “He’s very athletic and can play inside or outside,” said his coach Adam Geiss. “He’s a heck of an athlete. He can run and make plays.”
WR Richard Yeargin III (6-4 225) of Fort Lauderdale, FL signed with Clemson. Yeargin III decommitted from Notre Dame in late November and Clemson moved right to the top of his list. Texas made a late move with Yeargin but he basically had his mind made up for Clemson after changing from the Irish. He had visited Clemson earlier in the year and he has family in the Upstate. His brother played at SC State. “I was very excited when they offered me,” Yeargin III said. “They are the kind of people you want to be surrounded by. Coach Venables likes the way I run.” Last season Yeargin III had over 100 tackles and 15 sacks. He played in the Army All American Game.
DE Andrew Williams of McDonough, GA signed today with Auburn over Clemson. He also considered Georgia late in the process but it was the Tigers on the Plains and the Tigers by the lake who were at the top of his list the longest. Williams made official visits to all three of his finalists with Georgia getting the final shot last weekend. It’s the second big miss of the day for Clemson who also came up short for DL Cory Thomas who signed with Mississippi State.
Clemson did not land DL Cory Thomas today, and neither did Tennessee, the team he had been committed to since November. Thomas did a complete switcheroo and signed with Mississippi State. He visited Starkville in between visits to Clemson and Tennessee. Indications earlier this week pointed to a Tiger-Vol battle with his mother expressing great feelings for both schools.
Shrine Bowl DL Poona Ford of Hilton Head today announced a commitment to Texas where he will get to play for his original coach of choice Charley Strong. Ford originally committed to Strong when he was Louisville but decommitted from the Cardinals when Strong left. And the addition of Chris Rumph to the staff also attracted Ford. “I’ve known coach Rumph for a while and he welcomed me with open arms to Texas,” Ford said on ESPNU after making his announcement.” Ford said the chance to help rebuild the Longhorn’s defense also was key. “It makes you want to go there even more knowing that I have a chance to be a factor and help this defense get back to where it was.” Ford took official visits to Texas, Purdue and Missouri. He also talked about taking a visit to USC but never took an official visit though he did visit unofficially.
WR Shaedon Meadors of Byrnes signed with Appalachian State over Rutgers.
Punter Scott Mode of Easley signed with Tusculum.
DL Quaven Ferguson of Easley signed with Duke.
Tyriek Bell of Westwood signed with Tusculum.
Anthony Friday signed with Limestone
Former Shrine Bowl WR Casey Gladney signed with Tommy Tuberville out of Columbia High School when Tuberville was the coach at Texas Tech. After two years at East Mississippi JC, Gladney said early Wednesday morning he will sign later today with Tuberville at Cincinnati. Gladney had a brief flirtation with USC talking as recently as last weekend with recruiter GA Mangus about a possible offer. That had not come as of early Wednesday morning so Gladney said he will move forward with his plans to sign with the Bearcats.
Clemson signed a top 15 recruiting class for 2014 Wednesday and added a major piece to their 2015 class. OL Mitch Hyatt (6-6 265) of Suwanee, GA announced a commitment to Clemson at a school signing day ceremony at his school. Hyatt is regarded as one of the top offensive line prospects in the country for his class. He attended Clemson’s junior day last weekend but was well on way towards a Clemson commitment before that. He’s been around the school a great deal as his uncle, Dan Benish, played for the Tigers in the 1980s. And he saw no reason for delaying his decision. “I just want to get it over with so I can focus on having the best season and helping my teammates,” Hyatt said. Hyatt’s coach Bob Sphire says Hyatt is a great character kid and has all the tools to be a great player at the next level. “He is old school tough, with modern-day athleticism,” Bob Sphire said. “He is an effort guy, and he plays through the whistle on each and every play. He never misses a rep in practice. He just brings his lunch pail and goes to work. Physically, he is very gifted and very athletic for having that kind of size.” And his coach said he could see Hyatt playing early for the Tigers in 2015. “He definitely could play right away. We are in 6-A ball here in Georgia in the state’s toughest region, and we play the best,” he said. “We have also played against Byrnes and Crenshaw and East St. Louis, on top of that schedule. He has started for us at left tackle since he was a sophomore, and he has done a tremendous job. He was not overwhelmed as a sophomore here, and I don’t think he will be overwhelmed up there.” Hyatt’s commitment gives Clemson six for their 2015 class.