Defensive back Jordan Diggs of Cape Coral, Fla., decided on four of his official football recruiting visits. South Carolina will get one of them, though the date has not been determined.
He will go to Nebraska on Oct. 8, Vanderbilt on Oct. 15 and to Ohio State on a date to be determined. Diggs is undecided about his fifth visit and is considering Tennessee, Mississippi, South Florida and Michigan State. He recently took an unofficial visit to Nebraska, and plans to go to South Florida and Florida for games. There is no order to his top list right now.
"I'm still trying to narrow it down," Diggs said. He remains on the sidelines, even for practice, after being ruled ineligible following a transfer. He has one final appeal to be heard later this week.
In other football recruiting news:
DE Ty McCord of Tampa cut his list to a final six of South Carolina, Florida, North Carolina, Miami, Georgia and TCU. He has not set any of his official visits but said USC will definitely get one.
"South Carolina is pretty much No. 1 on my list," McCord said. "It's because of the coaching relationship (with G.A. Mangus), and I'll have a chance for early playing time. And my cousin (Aldrick Fordham) goes there." McCord said Florida is second on his list. He will make all of his official visits after the season. He's not sure when he'll make a decision.
Clemson has been on OL Nick Davidson of Eden Prairie, Minn., since he lived in Charlotte while his father, Jeff Davidson, coached for the Panthers. He relocated this summer when his dad went to work for the Vikings. His coach, Mike Grant, said Clemson is one of the five schools Davidson is considering.
He set his first official visit for Stanford on Oct. 8 for the Colorado game. His other three finalists are Clemson, Ohio State and Oregon. He said there is no order to his final five.
DL Eddie Goldman of Washington, D.C., made his official visit to Florida State over the weekend. That was his first official visit and the only one he has scheduled. Six other schools are on his list: Clemson, Miami, Maryland, Cal, Alabama and Auburn.
DL Carlos Watkins of Forest City, N.C., was among the prospects at the Clemson-Auburn game. Watkins also will get to games at USC, Florida, UNC and Tennessee. Clemson, his first offer, has been his favorite and remains so. He plans to announce his decision on his team's Senior Night, Oct. 14.
ATH Marty Williams of Fox Creek has starred at quarterback in his team's 5-0 start. He also plays safety for his team, the position he likely will play in college if he chooses to play for an FBS program. Clemson, which is recruiting him as a safety, scouted him recently. He has not scheduled any official visits but is considering going to the Clemson-Florida State game on an unofficial visit.
USC has three defensive backs committed for 2012 and is expecting a fourth in Chaz Elder. USC is also strongly in the mix for DBs Eli Shumate and Jordan Diggs. If USC lands all three, that might be all USC take for its secondary. However, another player USC is keeping in touch with is Wayne Morgan of Brooklyn, N.Y. He attended a USC camp and remains interested in the Gamecocks. Morgan said most of his other interest right now is come from Eastern schools: Rutgers, Maryland, Syracuse and Connecticut. He has not decided on official visits and does not have any favorites.
OL Bryce Kennedy of Southern Pines, N.C., is keeping USC high up on his list though he's not heard from the Gamecocks in some time. He has been called this month by ECU, Maryland, Duke, N.C. State and UNC. He plans to get to games at USC, UNC, N.C. State and Duke, and those are the ones he is planning to set official visits with. He does not claim a favorite.
WR Stefon Diggs of Olney, Md., has a top eight that he will release Oct. 1. He is looking at Auburn, Miami, Florida and maybe Clemson for official visits. USC also has been recruiting him.
DB Elijah Shumate of Ramsey, NJ wants to visit USC officially the second weekend of October. He also wants to visit Notre Dame. Shumate has a top six of USC, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Michigan, Georgia Tech and Oklahoma.
RB Wes Brown of Olney, Md., narrowed his list to 10 but is not ready to reveal them. Maryland has been making a strong push, and USC also is recruiting him.
RB Keith Marshall of Charlotte made an official visit to Georgia for the USC game and reportedly has the Bulldogs at the top of his list. He is also going to take official visits to Notre Dame, Florida and Virginia Tech.
OL Jonathan McLaughlin of Mauldin knows three schools on his final list, Wake Forest, ECU and Marshall in no order. McLaughlin was at the ECU-Virginia Tech game. He also has offers from S.C. State, Coastal Carolina, Furman, Hampton and Liberty.
OL Tyler Stasky of Wando is hearing from Clemson, USC, N.C. State and Liberty but is waiting on his first offer. He was at N.C. State's opener against Liberty.
DE Wesley Scott of Ridgeland committed last week to Miami of Ohio.
Coastal Carolina last week gained a commitment from DL Marcus Crowder of Burlington, N.C.
Junior QB Cord Sandberg of Bradenton, Fla., has offers from Clemson, Auburn, Iowa State, USF and Cincinnati. Clemson and Auburn are showing the most interest. LSU, Stanford and Georgia also are showing interest. He visited Tennessee, Florida State, Alabama and Auburn over the summer.
Junior ATH Jasper Sasser of Jacksonville, Fla., has offers from Clemson and Southern Miss and is hearing from USC and Valdosta State. He camped at Clemson this summer and plans to take in a game. He plays running back, receiver and defensive back.
Junior DB Darius Curry of Flowery Branch, Ga., has offers from N.C. State, Tennessee and Oklahoma State and is hearing from Clemson, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Purdue and LSU, among others.
He has camped at Clemson and is interested in the Tigers, but he has Oklahoma State, Florida, Auburn and LSU as his top four.
Junior DB Brian Walker of Charlotte has offers from USC and Auburn and favors the Gamecocks. He's also interested in Clemson and will visit for the Wake game.
It appears more and more as if 6-9 Brice Johnson of Edisto, the state's top prospect for 2012, will not sign with either USC or Clemson. He has not publicly ruled out either team. But he has yet to commit to an official visit to either despite the fact both teams' coaches made their in person pitches to him. Johnson has indicated to USC he might visit either Sept. 24 or Oct. 8. He's given Clemson no such indication. Johnson made an official visit to UNC over the weekend, and the Tar Heels made it clear to him they want him for their program. Johnson also has visited N.C. State officially and set an Oct. 1 visit to Florida.
With Johnson slipping out of reach, USC is keeping up interest in 6-10 Tyrone Haughton of Miami, a player it has been recruiting along with Johnson. USC coaches recently met with him. He is also getting interest from Connecticut, Alabama, Marshall, Miami and West Virginia.
6-9 junior PF Kyle Washington of Champlin, Minn., attends The Hotchkiss Prep in Connecticut and is hearing from Clemson. He plans to visit the Tigers according to his father and has serious interest in the Tigers. His offers are from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Xavier, Marquette, Iowa State, Central Michigan, Drake and Penn State. Clemson, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Connecticut and Washington are a few of the schools that have not offered but are showing a lot of interest.
Junior 6-4 SG Matt Howard of A.C. Flora visited Clemson recently and loved his time there. The Tigers have not offered Howard but did tell him it could happen in the future. USC, Clemson and VCU continue to lead for Howard. His next visit could be to N.C. State. Howard also plans to a return visit to Clemson.
Brad Brownell and assistant Rick Ray visited the Milwaukee home of 6-10 Phillip Nolan, one of the top targets on the board for Clemson in 2012. He was the first head coach to make his home visit with Nolan. Oklahoma, Marquette and Oregon visited him last week. He said he will set an official visit with Clemson and is looking at Oct. 8 or Oct. 21. He's not claiming favorite but Clemson looks good after his conversation with Brownell. Plus, he's known Ray, for a few years. He plans to sign in November.
6-10 Richard Peters of Phoenix was also visited last week by Ray. Peters said Brownell also is coming in for a visit. He has met with Washington State, Washington and Auburn and is expecting a visit from Marquette. Clemson will get one of his official visits.
Class of 2014 PG 5-10 Marcus Stroman of Keenan was visited by USC coaches Darrin Horn and Mike Boynton at his school last week. He attended Clemson coach Brad Brownell's Elite Camp last month and planned to be on USC's campus this past weekend for a visit.
USC has a commitment from junior RHP/OF Tray Roberts of Aiken. He is the eighth commitment for the Gamecocks' 2013 class.
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