The last weekend in June is the target date for the announcement of Bamberg-Ehrhardt tight end Kevin Crosby, and South Carolina is the target for the other schools in the chase.
“USC is out front,” Crosby's coach and father Butch Crosby said last week. “They've done a great job of recruiting him and keeping on top of him. They've done a great job of that. South Carolina is a good little bit in front.”
Crosby is down to USC, Clemson, Florida and Alabama. USC was his most recent visit. He plans to visit Clemson, Florida and North Carolina in June and will probably go back to USC again. Coach Crosby also said Alabama and Clemson are “coming on strong.”
He said the decision will be announced on the last Saturday or Sunday in June.
In other recruiting news:
Wide receiver Terry Googer of Atlanta has offers from USC, Boston College, Miami, Tennessee, Louisville, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Syracuse, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech and Notre Dame. USC, Tennessee and Boston College are showing the most interest, according to Googer, but he says he does not have any leaders. Googer has visited USC several times and has developed a good relationship with recruiter Lorenzo Ward. “Every time I come down, he shows me a good time,” he said. Googer played quarterback last season and will play both QB and receiver this season as well as some linebacker and safety. Some are recruiting him as an athlete, but he said USC sees him as a receiver.
LB Bryson Allen-Williams of Ellenwood, Ga., committed to USC last week, becoming the Gamecocks' second commitment for 2014. Allen-Williams, who had 88 tackles and 18 sacks last season, will play the weak linebacker spot with USC.
RB Nick Chubb of Cedartown, Ga., was thought to be a strong Georgia lean. But not any longer. Chubb visited USC on Saturday and now has the Gamecocks and Georgia at the top of his list. He also likes Auburn. Last season, Chubb rushed for 2,717 yards and 39 TDs. He plans a June decision.
DL Chris Williams of Tyrone, Ga., has a current top four of Ole Miss, Ohio State, Tennessee and USC, but he said that's not set in stone. Williams has visited USC, Georgia, Tennessee and Ohio State and will be visiting Ole Miss. And he's going to try to get back to USC. Williams also likes Georgia, but the Bulldogs have not offered. He plans a decision around mid-season.
WR Braxton Berrios of Raleigh was offered last week by Tennessee. Berrios has been a USC target and he attended the spring game. He also has offers from East Carolina, Maryland, Wake Forest, Duke, North Carolina, Minnesota, N.C. State, Kentucky and Georgia Tech.
LB Kendall Joseph of Belton Honea Path received an offer from Georgia Tech last week, bringing his total to seven. The Yellow Jackets join Clemson, Furman, Louisville, Duke, UCLA and Appalachian State as offers. Joseph plans to visit Louisville and Georgia Tech. As for the Tigers he said, “I love Clemson. I got a chance to visit three or four weeks ago and I went to a spring practice. I talked to the coaches and I like what they're doing there. They like my physicality.” Joseph does not have any favorites but did say he plans to announce his commitment in early-July.
DL Poona Ford of Hilton Head last week landed an offer from Ohio State, according to his coach BJ Payne. That's the 21st offer for Ford. Some of the others are Illinois, Arkansas, Kansas State, Tennessee, North Carolina, Arizona, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Oklahoma State and Ole Miss. Ford has visited USC and Tennessee and those two remain out front for him. Ford was unable to attend the spring game in Columbia because of the ACT. Though he has named the two schools as his favorites, with no leaders, he will continue to look at other schools. This summer he plans to attend several camps with some teammates. Ford plans to wait until close to signing day before he announces.
QB Mason Rudolph of Northwestern has offers from LSU, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma State. He recently took advantage of spring break by visiting Georgia, Alabama and Ole Miss. He does not have any favorites and is expecting several schools to stop by during his team's spring practices.
Summerville DB Darin Smalls was offered last week by Tennessee. That's his 10th offer. The others are USC, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Florida State, N.C. State, Georgia Tech, West Virginia, Marshall and Vanderbilt. Smalls planned to visit Virginia Tech over the weekend and has also visited USC and Florida State. USC is his leader, ahead of Florida State and Clemson.
DL Zeek Rodney of South Pointe has offers from S.C. State and Charlotte and is hearing from Clemson, UCLA, Indiana and Kansas State among others. UCLA and Indiana are showing the most interest in Rodney.
LB Jalen Williams of Blythe-wood has picked up offers from Furman and Appalachian State.
6-8 Darryl Reynolds of Philadelphia made an official visit to Utah late last week. He has also visited USC and Villanova and will announce his decision Tuesday at his high school, Lower Merion. “I think he's contemplating South Carolina or Villanova,” said Reynolds' coach at Worcester Academy in Massachusetts Jamie Sullivan prior to his Utah vist. “He's always been really high on South Carolina. He enjoyed his time with Frank (Martin) and everyone down there. I think they are neck and neck with Villanova. He likes being in his hometown and he knows some of those coaches. But the idea of playing in the SEC really intrigues him. Everyone on the (USC) staff did a tremendous job with him.”
6-9 Demetrius Henry of Bradenton, FL trimmed his list last week to USC and Miami eliminating South Florida. He will announce his decision Wednesday. Henry has not given an indication about a favorite.
USC still maintains some interest in 6-3 Shadell Millinghaus and 6-6 Leroy Fludd of Believe Prep in Rock Hill. Both have visited twice. They have not yet taken any official visits.
6-10 Sidy Mohamed Djitte of Senegal took an official visit to Cincinnati over the weekend. He has also visited Clemson. Djitte has not scheduled any other visits. “He's still going through the thinking process,” said Djitte's coach at Northwood Temple Academy in Fayetteville, NC Chris Lattimer. “It's a huge decision. It is truly a life changing decision, so he wants to think through everything. I really admire him for being so thorough.” Some of his other offers include Ohio State, Temple, Connecticut, NC State, Auburn and Old Dominion.
Clemson's other 6-10 spring target, Ibrahim Djambo of Mali visited Southern Miss over the weekend and will visit Saint Louis next week. He has also seen Clemson, Loyola of Chicago and SIU Carbondale.
USC added a wing with an NBA pedigree last week with a commitment from 6-6 Reggie Theus Jr. of Los Angeles. His father, of course, was a standout at UNLV and later in the NBA. Theus Jr. averaged 18 points per game last season for Fairfax High School and caught the attention of major college head coaches including USC's Frank Martin. “They came out during our league season and were very interested in the play of Reggie,” said his coach Harvey Kitani. “It's his constancy and staying within the framework of the team and staying within the game plan.” Theus Jr. made an official visit to USC in March and that trip convinced him to come across the country to play his college basketball. “He had thought about this ever since his visit,” the coach said. “He pretty much told me that's where he liked to go. The reason being Frank Martin.” Kitani said he expects Theus Jr. to have a bright future in a Gamecock uniform. “There's so much upside in Reggie,” he said. “He will continue to get better because of the attitude and character he possesses.”
USC also last week signed 6-2 Duane Notice of Toronto who had committed to them March 31st.
Charleston Southern signings…6-8 Ty'Quan Biting of Winston-Salem, NC; 6-6 Bakari Copeland of Lithonia, GA; 6-7 Will Saunders of London.
Presbyterian signings…6-4 Reggie Dillard of Greensboro, NC; 6-5 Danny Herrera of Miami Dade JC, FL
The College of Charleston Monday picked up two basketball commitments last week, one for the 2013 class and one for 2014. 6-11 Glenn Pierre of Oldsmar, FL will join the Cougars next season. And 6-9 Donovan Gilmore of Greensboro, NC committed for the 2014 class.
Coastal Carolina signed 6-1 Josh Cameron of Connors State JC, OK and 6-1 Deonte Houston of Olney Central JC, IL.
Newberry signed 6-6 Vincent Hicklin of Lower Richland and 6-0 Cole Birchfield of Trenton, GA.