USC stands in strong shape with two of the top quarterbacks in the country after their visits last week.
In fact, after his visit for the spring game Saturday, Connor Mitch of Raleigh declared USC as his favorite. “I’m loving USC more and more each day,” he said. Mitch spent time with USC head coach Steve Spurrier and quarterbacks coach GA Mangus after the game. Some of his other offers are North Carolina, N.C. State, East Carolina, Wake Forest, Syracuse, West Virginia, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and LSU. Mitch said he will come up with a top three soon and will make a commitment within a couple of weeks. Last season, Mitch passed for 3,900 yards and 51 touchdowns.
On Thursday, Kevin Olsen of Wayne, N.J., was on the USC campus with his father, who is also his coach.
“It was everything we thought it was going to be,” Chris Olsen said. “It’s a beautiful campus. We spoke with coach Spurrier and coach Mangus, and they were very impressive. They like Kevin. They didn’t push hard. They were very low key, very professional.”
Olsen also has visited Miami, Auburn, Florida State and North Carolina. He will visit Wisconsin this weekend and might take some visits over the summer. Right now there is no favorite. “He would like to get it done (commit) before the season,” coach Olsen said.
Among Olsen’s other offers are Arkansas, Iowa, East Carolina, Rutgers, Alabama, Stanford, Michigan State and Georgia. Last season, he passed for 1,686 yards and 20 touchdowns.
In other recruiting news:RB Wayne Gallman of Loganville, Ga., committed to Clemson last week. He is the teammate of DE Robert Knemdiche, the nation’s top-ranked player by some organizations. Gallman’s commitment is expected to be another major selling point for Clemson with Knemdiche, who is also strongly considering LSU and Alabama. Clemson also has offered DB David Kamara of Loganville and is expected to get a commitment from him.
The Tigers last week also landed Oklahoma transfer LB Kellen Jones, who chose them over Purdue. He will enroll this summer and count toward the 2012 class. Jones will sit out this fall and will have three years to play three.
WR Jonathan “Bug” Howard of Rochelle, Ga., was offered by Clemson last week. He has not made a final decision, yet, but Clemson looks like his ultimate destination. “Clemson was the offer I was looking for, and I finally got it,” Howard said last week. “I think it’s pretty much that I’m going to commit. My parents were hoping I would get the offer because it’s where I want to be. My father wants me to wait it out to see on other offers, but I’m pretty much set on Clemson.” Howard said a commitment wouldn’t come before the summer. Howard also has offers from N.C. State, Louisville and South Florida.
DL Kelsey Griffin (6-2, 290) of Hoschton, Ga., was at USC’s spring game Saturday. That was his first visit to USC. He has been to Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn and Mississippi State. He has offers from USC, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida and Mississippi State. Griffin said he does not have a favorite and has no timetable for a decision. Last season as an interior defensive lineman, Griffin had 98 tackles with 24 tackles for loss.
Florida last week landed commitments from four prospects that also had offers from USC and/or Clemson. OL Joshua Outlaw of Atlanta and WR Ahmad Fullwood of Jacksonville, Fla., have offers from the Gamecocks and Tigers. OL Cameron Dillard of Canton, Mich., has a Clemson offer. And DB Tre Bell of Jersey City, N.J. has a USC offer.
Basketball newsUSC basketball coach Frank Martin Friday met with 6-8 Tevin Glass of Alpharetta, Ga., and offered. Glass will take an official visit to USC in two weeks. He also plans to visit Memphis. Some of his other offers are Auburn, Mississippi State, Nevada and Jacksonville. He does not have a favorite.
Mindaugas Kacinas (6-8) of Lithuania and Wichita, Kan., has scheduled an official visit to USC for Wednesday. Kacinas was placed at Word of Life Academy by Martin’s staff when they were at Kansas State. He averaged 22 points per game this season as a small forward.
USC has offered 2013 teammates 6-7 Tyler Roberson and 5-11 Hakim Saintill of Roselle, N.J. Martin offered both while he was at Kansas State. Roberson also has offers from Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, Marquette, Penn State, Syracuse and Virginia Tech. Saintill’s other offers include Cincinnati, Rutgers, Seton Hall, SMU and Syracuse.
According to the website CincyPrephoops.com, USC is now one of the schools involved with 6-3 Willie Moore of Cincinnati. Moore signed with Duquesne in November but asked for his release after the coaching change there. The report said Moore is now considering the Gamecocks, Virginia Tech, Dayton, Mississippi State, Miami of Ohio and Wright State. Duquesne also remains in the mix after announcing new coach Jim Ferry on Thursday night.
Presbyterian last week signed 6-1 Jake Campbell of Centerville, OH, and Furman signed 6-0 Stephen Croone of Covington, Ga.
6-5 Michael Enanga of Montverde Academy in Florida committed to Coastal Carolina.