South Carolina received some encouraging news from two of the top defensive prospects in the junior class last week.
Defensive end Bryson Allen-Williams of Ellenwood, Ga., released his top seven and USC is at the top of his list.
Allen-Williams attended football camp at USC last summer and visited for the Georgia game.
“I have a great relationship with coach (Lorenzo) Ward,” he said. “I like the coaches. They are like a family.”
Allen-Williams also is attracted by what the Gamecocks are doing on the field.
“You can tell South Carolina is dominating this season,” he said. Allen-Williams said USC has a small lead on Florida right now and he is keeping his options open.
The rest of his short list, in order, is UCLA, Southern Cal, Washington, Georgia Tech and Clemson. He visited Clemson for the N.C. State game, and the Tigers offered. This season, Allen-Williams had 92 tackles with 17 sacks.
DE Da’shawn Hand of Woodbridge, Va., regarded by some analysts as the top prospect in the nation for the 2014 class, also announced a reduced list of 10 schools and USC is among his final 10. The others, in no particular order, are Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, LSU, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Virginia Tech.
In other recruiting news:
USC lost a major piece of its 2013 class last week. DB Brendan Langley of Marietta, Ga., switched to Georgia. He wants to play basketball and football in college and said Georgia gives him the best opportunity for that. Langley’s decommitment leaves USC with 21 commitments in its class.
USC has been the favorite of OL Na’Ty Rodgers of Pomfret, Md., for the past few months. The Gamecocks are no longer alone. Rodgers now has co-leaders in USC and Maryland after Rodgers made an unofficial visit to Maryland. “I liked the campus life and how everything is set up there. And I would be close to home,” he said. He has taken an official visit to Oklahoma and plans to set other visits with USC, Maryland, Nebraska and maybe Michigan.
Former Clemson commitment DE Robert Nkemdiche of Grayson, Ga., will commit to Ole Miss within two weeks, his brother Denzel said after Saturday’s game with Mississippi State. Denzel is a safety for the Rebels. “Robert told me personally. I don’t know if I’m supposed to say it, but he told me he’s committing in two weeks,” Denzel Nkemdiche told reporters.
Georgia commitment WR Tramel Terry of Goose Creek was in Athens on Saturday. Terry has been to several Georgia and Clemson games this season and has taken an official visit to Clemson. He has publicly maintained his commitment to Georgia, but there is speculation he will switch to Clemson at some point. Terry will be an early enrollee.
Former Brookland-Cayce WR Jonathan Rumph, who attends Holmes JC, Miss., committed to Georgia last week.
Junior OL Donnell Stanley of Latta was at Alabama on Saturday. He visited Clemson for the first time this season the weekend before. He does not have favorites but says Clemson and USC continue to be strong contenders.
Junior DB Devante Shepherd of Cross made an unofficial visit to USC for the Wofford game. The Gamecocks are interested and will evaluate Shepherd in the coming months. Georgia Tech and Wofford also are showing interest in Shepherd, who also plays fullback.
Junior OL Nolan Kelleher of Wando is receiving interest from Clemson, USC, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Stanford, Duke, Georgia Tech and Mississippi State among others. He named Clemson, Stanford and Notre Dame among his favorites.
Spring Valley LB Christian Miller was among the prospects attending the USC-Clemson game Saturday night. He did so with two more offers in his pocket. Boise State coach Chris Peterson called Saturday with an offer. And Duke also recently offered. Miller also has offers from Clemson, USC, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, N.C. State and Houston. He has not named any favorites.
White Knoll junior OL Christian Taylor was at Clemson Saturday and the weekend before. Taylor went to a pair of USC home games as well and is being evaluated by the Gamecocks. Taylor has offers from NC State and Coastal Carolina. He hears a lot from North Carolina and thinks that’s where the next offer may come from.
Junior LB Richard Yeargin III of Hollywood, FL has offers from Clemson, Wake Forest, UCLA, Wisconsin and Purdue with interest from Georgia Tech, Miami and Notre Dame among others. He visited Clemson last summer. Other visits he has taken include Miami, Georgia Tech and Ohio State. He did not name a favorite.
Junior QB Will Hunter of Lexington is receiving interest from East Carolina, Virginia Tech, Duke, LSU and Alabama among others. Hunter said that he had received interest from Clemson and USC but has not heard from either in some time. Hunter was at Clemson Saturday. Alabama and LSU are two schools Hunter wants to see in the future.
Junior WR Demarre Kitt of Tyrone, GA was at Clemson Saturday. He also visited Clemson the previous weekend. Kitt once was committed to Georgia but broke that off last month. He’s been looking hard at Clemson and Southern Cal along with the Bulldogs. He and his parents visited Southern Cal earlier in the month.
Former Villanova 6-3 guard Tyrone Johnson visited USC the weekend before last according to Bill Gunter of TheBigSpur.com. Johnson announced earlier this month he was leaving the Wildcat program and would transfer. He is a sophomore and will enroll at his new school in January. He was expected to visit George Washington this past weekend.
6-8 Tavario Miller of Houston signed with Texas A&M. Miller had narrowed his decision to the Aggies and USC.
Furman signed 6-6 Kris Acox of Iceland, 6-7 Christian Hairston of Greensboro, NC and 6-6 Adonis Rwabigwi of Rwanda. Acox played two seasons at Spring Valley.