South Carolina and N.C. State have more in common this football season than being two of the nation's surprise success stories. They also are the finalists to get a commitment from tight end Drew Owens (6-5, 230) of Charlotte.
Owens had set last Saturday as his announcement day, but none was made. He has not indicated when he will reveal his choice.
"This is the hardest thing of my life," he posted Wednesday night on his Facebook page. "To run with a pack of wolves, or be with the chickens and be a (game)cock."
Sources have indicated Owens has been leaning toward USC.
In other recruiting news:
DL (6-5, 266) of Hinds JC, Miss., completed his official visit to USC on Sunday afternoon. Mackey, a former Gamecocks signee, could be headed back to the Gamecocks if he can complete the necessary academic work to graduate and get accepted to USC. That will not be determined until the summer. He also plans to visit Alabama, Mississippi State and Texas Tech. His former prep school coach is now an assistant at Texas Tech.
South Pointe DE Jadeveon Clowney has not been including Clemson in his official visit plans to this point, but that might change. His coach said Friday night that Clowney is now thinking about setting an official visit with the Tigers. Coach Bobby Carroll said he's encouraging Clowney to take officials to both in state schools. Clowney has already taken his official visit to USC. Alabama, Miami, Florida State and Ohio State are the other schools Clowney has been considering for official visits. He will be at Clemson for the USC game, and Carroll said the Clemson coaches really don't want him to use his official visit that weekend. Clowney did not go to a game this past weekend but his teammate, DE Gerald Dixon, went to Wake Forest.
WR (6-2, 191) of Fort Myers, Fla., has Clemson as his leader over Michigan, his coach said last week. Coach Grant Redhead said Watkins has cut Florida and Alabama from his list. Watkins has been to Clemson and Michigan twice, and he's planning to make an unofficial visit to Clemson for the USC game. Right now, Watkins plans to take official visits to Clemson and Michigan, but dates have not been set.
LB Marcquis Roberts (6-1, 205) of Powder Springs, Ga., says USC is still his leader. He took an official visit to Columbia for the Arkansas game and is plan to visit West Virginia, Ole Miss and Cincinnati. Roberts does not have a time frame for a decision.
LB Lateek Townsend (6-3, 207) of Marlboro County will be at Clemson for the USC game and is not sure yet if that will be for an official or an unofficial visit. He's also looking at LSU and Florida for possible official visits. He's taken his official visit to USC. Townsend is not claiming a favorite at this time and said he'll probably make his announcement at the US Army All-American Game. As for which team he will cheer for in the USC-Clemson game, Townsend said neither. He's just going to observe the game.
LB Michael McAlister (6-2, 230) of Fork Union Prep, Va., and Timmonsville would like to be a part of USC's 2011 class, but if he doesn't become qualified for that, he'll plan to join the Gamecocks in 2012, according to his coach. John Shuman said they are waiting on McAlister's SAT and ACT scores to return. "If he moves and gets cleaned up, we'll get him into South Carolina this fall," Shuman said. "The interest in him is still there. We're trying to get it done as quick as possible. If he doesn't get it he'll come back for our post graduate program." Because he's a senior, McAlister doesn't have the chance to graduate in December. This season McAlister led the team in tackles and had four interceptions. Coastal Carolina and Memphis also have shown interest.
Manning DL Phillip Dukes (6-3, 280) continues to favor USC, according to his coach. "It's status quo," said coach Robbie Briggs. "He's pretty low-key. He's still a lean to USC." Dukes will schedule his official visits the end of this week. He's already down with USC for Jan. 21. He'll also set dates with Clemson, Miami and Alabama.
DB (6-1, 208) of Orlando, has had USC on his list for most of the recruiting season, and he's still keeping the fires burning with the Gamecocks. Smith has been in regular contact with recruiter Jeep Hunter, and he may schedule an official visit at some point. He's visited Arkansas and is also considering South Florida, West Virginia and Cincinnati for visits.
TE Jerrell Adams (6-5, 220) of Scott's Branch has USC out front at this point ahead of Clemson and Auburn. He has not set his official visits, but those three along with Florida and Alabama will get those. Adams said he won't announce a decision until Signing Day.
LB Cedrick Cooper (6-2, 204) of Lithonia, Ga., is scheduled for official visits to Clemson this weekend and Arkansas on Dec. 10. He's also considering a visit to Ole Miss.
QB Shamier Jefffery (6-2, 190) of Calhoun County continues to favor USC and has not scheduled any of his official visits yet. He plans to visit USC, Tennessee, Auburn and Kentucky, and will save the USC visit for last. He says he will not commit until all of his visits are complete.
DL (6-3, 290) of Garden City JC, Kan., committed to Tennessee last week, picking the Vols over USC.
LB Marcus Bullard (6-3, 202) of Spring Valley has offers from Wake Forest and Furman and is hopeful of a couple more. He recently made an unofficial visit to Wofford.
Wofford signed 6-5 Lucas Brown of Minneapolis and 6-1 Karl Cochran of Marietta, Ga. Brown was an all-conference player last season and averaged 17 points per game. Cochran averaged 10 points and five rebounds per game last season.