Goose Creek High School tight end Kalan Ritchie attended South Carolina’s football scrimmage and junior day earlier this month and continues to have the Gamecocks at the front of his list.
He brought his family with him, and their interaction with the Gamecocks coaches was important to him.
“All the coaches got to meet my family, and my mother really likes the school,” said Ritchie, a 6-5, 215-pound junior. “That’s a big factor. They went more in depth about education and the resources I would have if I went there.”
Ritchie also has visited Clemson, Georgia and Tennessee. He plans to visit Kentucky, LSU, Florida, N.C. State, Alabama and Georgia. And he’s not rushing into a final decision.
“I’m waiting,” he said.
In other recruiting news:
LB Bryson Allen-Williams of Ellenwood, Ga., committed to USC on Monday, a few months before he had planned to, but just a few hours after a phone call moved him to do so. “I had always said when I wake up that morning, and when I’m comfortable with my decision, I’m going to pull the trigger,” Allen-Williams said Monday night. “I wasn’t planning on committing, but coach Spurrier was the first coach to call me this morning. He basically told me he wanted me to jump on board. I started thinking about it, and I called coach Ward and pulled the trigger.” Allen-Williams had numerous other major offers. He said the chance to excel under Ward’s guidance was a big part of his decision. Allen-Williams, who had 88 tackles and 18 sacks last season, will play the weak linebacker spot with USC. He is the second commitment for USC’s 2014 class.
DL Dexter Wideman of Saluda also was at USC’s junior day, and he was at Clemson’s spring game. “He wanted his grandmother to go to both places,” Saluda coach Doug Painter said. “He got to get a good feel (at USC), but he’s not there yet, He’s working on his grades so he can do what he wants to do. He’s still pretty wide open. If I had to guess, I would say he’s a closer-to-home guy. He wants to go (visit) Florida and LSU and look. And Florida State, I think he wants to go look.” Wideman has offers from USC, Clemson, Michigan, Florida, Ole Miss and Florida State.
DB Darin Smalls of Summerville did not make either of the spring games Saturday. Smalls was at USC’s junior day in March. He also visited Florida State this spring, and he will go to Virginia Tech this weekend. Right now, USC remains the team to beat. “It’s not a huge lead, but they are out front pretty far,” he said. Smalls said Virginia Tech has been making a strong push, but his top three are USC, Florida State and Clemson. Smalls plans to wait until signing day before declaring his intentions.
OL Donnell Stanley of Latta did not make it to USC or Clemson for a spring game Saturday. His last trip was to North Carolina for a junior day last month. Ole Miss was his most recent offer and he talked with Rebels coach Hugh Freeze and his offensive line coach. . He also talked recently with USC offensive line coach Shawn Elliott and his recruiter from North Carolina. Stanley remains open and has not formulated a favorites list.
LB Deshaun Davis of Mobile, Ala., released his updated top five via Twitter on Saturday night, and USC and Clemson are on the list. Davis listed the five favorites in order as Tennessee, Florida State, USC, Clemson and LSU. He visited Florida State on Saturday.
LB Dillon Bates of Ponte Vedra, Fla., revealed his updated top five on Twitter on Friday. In order Bates listed Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Texas and USC. Bates added that he is still open to change. He visited USC last season for the Georgia game and has talked about getting back this there this spring.
He has visited Tennessee, Miami and Florida.
LB Chris Register of Greensboro, NC attended a practice at Wake Forest last week and has also been to an NC State practice. He’s also interested in Clemson and USC. Though he does not have any favorites, he named Clemson, USC, Florida State and Tennessee as schools of interest.
QB Jalan McClendon of Charlotte picked up offers from Florida State and Appalachian State recently to go with his offers from SC State, Wake Forest, North Carolina and East Carolina. Clemson has yet to offer but that did not stop McClendon from naming them among his favorites along with Florida State and North Carolina. He plans to attend a camp at Clemson this summer.
DL Kwamelle Barnes of Saluda has yet to receive an offer but does have a top three of LSU, Florida and North Carolina. He recently visited LSU. He said he’s not hearing much right now from USC or Clemson. LSU is expected to evaluate Barnes during spring practice and has Barnes confident an offer could be coming soon. Other schools showing interest include UNC, Florida and Duke.
OL Reilly Gibbons of Ft. Lauderdale committed to Miami. He had offers from USC and Clemson.
DE Harold Landry of Fayetteville, NC, who has offers from Clemson and USC, committed to Boston College.
6-10 Ibrahim Djambo of Mali made his official visit to Clemson over the weekend. He did not commit. Djambo, who attends a junior college in Missouri, also has visited Loyola Chicago and SIU Carbondale. He said he will visit Saint Louis and Southern Miss before making his decision which he will announce April 30th. He does not have a favorite. He averaged 18 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks per game this season.
6-10 Sidy Mohamed Djitte of Senegal made his official visit to Clemson this weekend and surprisingly did not commit on the visit. There were indications going into the visit Djitte would make his pledge. He has several other offers but has not scheduled any other visits. Djitte averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds a game this season.
USC targets 6-9 Demetrius Henry of Bradenton, FL and 6-8 Darryl Reynolds of Philadelphia made official visits over the weekend to Miami and Villanova respectively. Henry will visit South Florida this weekend and will announce April 24th. Reynolds plans to visit Seton Hall this weekend and will announce April 23rd. Both have visited USC.
One time USC target PG Dominique Hawkins of Richmond, KY committed last week to Kentucky.
USC may have suffered a lost weekend (well, Thursday thru Saturday) at Florida, but the Gamecocks landed one of the Lowcountry’s top baseball prospects for their 2013 class in OF Zack Madden of Bishop England according to the Charleston Post and Courier. Madden is a left handed hitter who has batted over .400 the past two seasons for the Bishops. He picked the Gamecocks over NC State.