South Carolina has had a positive working relationship with Fork Union (Va.) Prep over the years.
With assistant coach Brad Lawing building a strong rapport with head coach John Shuman, the Gamecocks have sent many of their non-qualifying football signees to Fork Union, and Shuman has protected the Gamecocks' interests in those players. Lawing visited Fork Union on Friday and is in position to get three, and possibly four, players from there this recruiting season.
Defensive end Kelcy Quarles (6-4, 275), defensive back Brison Williams (5-11, 200) and linebacker Brandon Golson (6-2, 218) signed with USC last February but did not qualify. Each remains committed to USC, according to Shuman, and each is on track to graduate in December.
The fourth player could be LB Michael McAlister (6-2, 230). The Timmonsville native has conditionally committed to USC, according to Shuman. "He is going to South Carolina if he gets his academics," Shuman said.
McAlister is a regular high school senior at Fork Union but plays on the prep school team because of his age. He will have to graduate in May and meet the university and NCAA requirements before he can be admitted to USC. But as of now, according to Shuman, USC plans to sign him in February.
"He's a true (middle) linebacker," Shuman said. "He's physical, very heady, and can go sideline to sideline. McAlister is the team's leading tackler through two games."
Counting these four players toward next year gives the Gamecocks 19 newcomers right now for the 2011 class.
In more football recruiting news:
QB Tamyn Garrick (6-3, 210) of Williston-Elko has not heard back from Clemson since Tigers quarterbacks coach Billy Napier scouted him two Fridays ago. Garrick passed for over 300 yards and three touchdowns in that game.
"They (Clemson) are waiting and making a slow decision," said his father and coach, Dwayne Garrick. "We'll get in touch with them this week and see where we stand." Garrick also is drawing interest from USC and was at the Georgia game.
Garrick currently has offers from Newberry and Presbyterian.
DL Gerald Dixon Jr. (6-7, 270) of Northwestern says he and his brother, DE Gerald Dixon (6-3, 245) of South Pointe, have set official visits with USC for Oct. 8, the weekend the Gamecocks play Alabama. That's the first official visit scheduled by the Dixons, who plan to play together in college. USC is their only common offer. Dixon Jr. said he's still favoring USC. Dixon Jr. has no other visits planned right now. He also has an offer from Maryland and is getting interest from N.C. State and Oregon.
WR Stanton Seckinger (6-5, 200) of Porter-Gaud was on hand for the USC-Georgia game and is under consideration for an offer from the Gamecocks. He has been in touch with N.C. State and will make an unofficial visit there Oct. 1. N.C. State and Clemson have offered, though Clemson's right now is a greyshirt offer. Seckinger says that might change after the Tigers scout him later in the season. He's going to Clemson for the Georgia Tech game. Duke also is showing interest, and he might go there for a visit. But his focus is on USC, Clemson and N.C. State right now. He does not have a favorite.
Marlboro County LB Lateek Townsend planned to be at USC Saturday for the Furman game. Townsend has a top five of USC, Clemson, LSU, Southern Cal and Florida. He is set for an official visit to Southern Cal this weekend.
TE Jerrell Adams (6-5, 220) of Scott's Branch attended the Georgia-USC game and says the Gamecocks continue to lead for his services. He also plans to see games at Clemson, Auburn, Alabama, and Florida.
DL Maurice Couch (6-3, 290) of Garden City JC, Kan., received offers from Miami and Georgia last week. He says Kansas, Southern Cal, Tennessee, USC and Miami are his top five in that order, and he will set his official visits with them. He is set to visit USC on Oct. 9.
RB Marcus Caffey (6-1, 184) of Atlanta is planning official visits to USC, Arkansas, Kentucky and Purdue. Caffey does not have a favorite but did say he has always liked the Gamecocks.
RB Mike Blakely (5-9, 193) of Bradenton, Fla., will make his first official visit to Auburn when the Tigers host USC this weekend. He's also decided on two more official visits, USC and Florida, but has not determined those dates. The other schools he's considering are Tennessee, Ole Miss, Southern Cal and Georgia. Blakely said he's heard this month from Florida, Auburn, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Florida and Georgia. He's going to try to visit Florida on Oct. 9 for the LSU game.
QB Morgan Roberts (6-4, 205) of Charlotte talked with Clemson recently but has not been given a decision yet from the Tigers regarding an offer. Roberts was scouted three ago by quarterbacks coach Billy Napier. He had planned to go to Clemson for the PC game but didn't make it. He's expecting Vanderbilt to scout him in the next few weeks. Roberts has offers from Dartmouth and Western Carolina.
DB LaQuentin Smith (6-1, 198) of Orlando, Fla., has eliminated Michigan from his top four and is down to USC, South Florida, and Arkansas. Smith takes his first official visit to Arkansas this week for the Alabama game. He also is planning to take an official visit to USC but has not scheduled it yet. Smith says he does not have a leader.
TE Brandon Fulse (6-5, 245) of Fort Meade, Fla., has narrowed his list to 10 with Clemson on that list. Fulse says he would like to take all five of his officials but may have to wait until after the season. He has not decided on his visits but did say Clemson has a good shot at being one of his destinations. Also on his list are Florida State, Miami, Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee, South Florida, UNC, Texas Tech and Oregon. He did not name a favorite.