Two more players will come off South Carolina’s board this week.
Wide receiver Blake Bone of Woodruff plans to reveal his decision Tuesday. Bone has USC, Kentucky, Louisville and Mississippi on his short list. In late July, Bone stated that USC was his favorite, but with two receivers committed for the 2014 class and only a few spots left, the Gamecocks may not have room for Bone. Some Kentucky recruiting observers are highly optimistic about the Wildcats’ chances to land Bone. He visited Kentucky and USC this summer.
Defensive lineman Peyton Newell of Hiawatha, Kan., will announce for either USC or Nebraska on Friday. Newell has been very quiet regarding his recruiting in recent weeks because of his focus on school and his upcoming season.
“There’s nothing really new,” he said. “Just waiting for August 30.”
Newell said he’s been in touch with USC recruiter GA Mangus.
“I’ve had several letters and messages from coach Mangus a few times,” he said. And Newell believes he’s still wanted by the Gamecocks. “Yeah, I definitely get that impression that they do,” he said. Newell has also had Kansas and Kansas State on his short list.
USC continues to wait on the official word from DE Dante Sawyer of Suwanee, Ga. USC, Tennessee, Georgia and Auburn are the four he’s been considering and Sawyer has said he would have a decision by the end of August.
In other recruiting news:
Defensive end Jessie Aniebonam of Olney, Md., who had Clemson in his final five, committed to Maryland last week.
Jefferie Gibson of Hope Mills, N.C., an athlete who committed to N.C. State over Clemson in June, announced Sunday he has decommitted and is considering the Tigers along with the Wolfpack, North Carolina and others. Gibson committed to N.C. State as a receiver, while Clemson is recruiting him as a safety. He plans to be at Clemson’s game Saturday.
Offensive lineman David Sharpe of Jacksonville, Fla., plans to be at Clemson for the Georgia game. He visited USC in the summer. Among his other offers are Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Miami, Michigan State and Ohio State.
Clemson and USC have some catching up to do when it comes to junior DE Michael Barnett (6-4, 248) of Woodland. Right now, he favors Virginia Tech, Florida and Florida State, in that order. Clemson has offered Barnett but USC has not at this point.
Junior OL Steven Gonzalez (6-5, 310) of Union City, N.J., named USC and Rutgers as his early leaders.
“I don’t have any favorites right now, but I would say that of the schools that have offered me, I like South Carolina and Rutgers,” he said. He has not visited USC but hopes to get down for a game this season. USC, Rutgers, Louisville, Boston College, Virginia, UMass and Syracuse have offered, and he’s getting interest from Miami, Florida State, Alabama, Penn State, Ohio State and Notre Dame among others. He camped at Rutgers and Miami this summer and took a visit to Penn State.
Junior WR Freddie Phillips of Pelion will be in Atlanta for Georgia Tech’s season opener versus Elon. Phillips says recruiting is picking up, though he’s awaiting his first offer. He continues to hear from USC, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Florida, Florida State and North Carolina among others.
“I think Georgia Tech is showing the most interest right now, since they’ve invited me to their first game,” he said. “I like them a lot. They have a great history, and they also have a lot of receivers doing big things in the NFL.”
The Gamecocks and Tigers have maintained contact with Phillips, and he plans to attend games at each school this season. He does not have any favorites.
Junior LB Jeffery Holland (6-3, 230) of Jacksonville, Fla., has an offer from Clemson and Georgia and plans to attend the season opener between the two schools at Death Valley. It will be Holland’s first trip to Clemson’s campus. He has over 40 offers, including USC, Florida, Florida State, Miami, North Carolina, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisville, Auburn, Arkansas, N.C. State, Mississippi State, Notre Dame and Penn State. Holland took an unofficial visit to USC this summer and would like to get back for a game this season. Other schools he has visited include Ohio State, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Florida and Florida State. Holland does not have any favorites.
Junior DE Clelin Ferrell (6-5, 220) of Richmond visited USC this summer and is showing a lot of interest in the Gamecocks. Ferrell has an offer from USC and met with assistant Deke Adams while on campus. Clemson, Florida State, Penn State, Iowa, Charlotte, Virginia, Virginia Tech and James Madison have also offered. Though he has not visited Clemson to date, Ferrell has interest in the Tigers. He would like to attend games at USC and Clemson this fall, as well as Virginia, Virginia Tech and James Madison. As a sophomore, he totaled 91/2 sacks, 26 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. Ferrell does not have any favorites.
Junior DB Terry Godwin of Hogansville, Ga., participated in USC’s Black Magic Camp last month, and the experience proved positive from a Gamecocks standpoint. “It was great,” Godwin said. “The coaches, we all got along great. They treated my mom real well. It was awesome.”
Godwin also got to Georgia this summer. USC and Clemson are two of his offers, along with Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Virginia.
Godwin does not have favorites, but his USC visit helped the Gamecocks’ cause. “I like them, but I’m still open to a lot more schools,” he said. That includes Clemson, which he has not yet visited. Last season at cornerback, he had four interceptions and 49 tackles. He also plays wide receiver.
Isaiah Wilkins of Suwanee, Ga., has trimmed his list to Memphis, Miami, SMU, Virginia and Wichita State. Clemson was one of the schools cut from his list.
Junior Tevin Mack of Dreher visited Georgia on Sunday. He visited Clemson earlier in the month.
Junior Jawun Evans is leaving Greenville Legacy Charter School and transferring to Kimball High in Dallas. Clemson and USC are among his offers. He also has offers from SMU, Illinois, DePaul, Cincinnati and Southern Cal.