Goose Creek offensive lineman Brandon Shell (6-7, 310) narrowed his list of nearly 30 offers down to a final five last week.
Coach Chuck Reedy said Shell will make his choice from among USC, Clemson, Georgia, Alabama and Miami and that there is an order to the schools that he and Shell prefer not to disclose.
"He's going to stay in the South," Reedy said. "Other than Miami, the other four have done the best job of recruiting him."
Reedy said Shell will take visits this summer to Georgia, Alabama and Miami because he's yet to see them. He has visited USC and Clemson.
USC recruiter Steve Spurrier Jr. has been working the Jacksonville, Fla., area hard this spring and one of the prospects he's handed out an offer to is defensive back Ahmad Christian (5-10, 195). Christian also has offers from Auburn, Vanderbilt, Louisville, South Florida, Tennessee and Florida International. Christian said his top group right now is USC, Florida, Vanderbilt, Auburn, Tennessee and South Florida with no leader. He plans to make a decision in late January. Christian plays cornerback and safety. He also plays running back and receiver. Last season he had 62 tackles and five interceptions, and he rushed for 700 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also returns punts and kicks.
USC is looking at linebacker Troy Gray (6-1, 215) and DB Darren Waller (6-5, 205) of Kennesaw, Ga. USC has not yet offered. Gray's offers include Michigan State, Central Florida, Toledo, Virginia and Kentucky. He's also getting interest from Georgia Tech, Miami, Mississippi, Mississippi State and others. He's considering USC for one of his camp stops this summer.
Waller also plans to camp at USC. He has offers from Air Force, Illinois, Kentucky and Marshall. Auburn, Mississippi State and Georgia Tech also are showing interest. Both players have USC among their favorites.
--Daniel's Antonio Cannon (6-2, 180) committed to Kentucky recently. Last season Cannon had 47 catches for 734 yards and three touchdowns.
--Pat Martin (6-0, 192) of J.L. Mann received an offer from USC last week. His other offers are from N.C. State, LSU, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Cincinnati, Duke, Maryland, Minnesota, UCLA, Louisville, and Arkansas. He is hearing from Clemson, Alabama, Florida, and Florida State among other schools and thinks Clemson may offer soon. Martin says he plans to visit USC, Clemson, LSU, Tennessee, Louisville, Notre Dame, and UCLA this summer.
--Kadetrix Marcus (6-1, 190) of Stone Mountain, Ga., says all the schools which have offered him are even. Those offers include USC, Auburn, Stanford, Purdue, Mississippi, N.C. State, Maryland, Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois and West Virginia. Marcus has also been talking with Clemson and is looking for a possible offer in the next couple of weeks. Marcus is going to wait a couple of more weeks to see what other offers come in before narrowing his list. He wants to make a decision before his season.
--Neville Hewitt (6-2, 195) of Conyers, Ga., added three offers from Buffalo, Western Kentucky, and Middle Tennessee to an earlier one from USC. He believes his next offers will come from Southern Miss, Mississippi State, and Purdue. Hewitt will camp at both USC and Georgia this summer and says USC is his leader.
--Ra'chard Pippens (6-1, 181) McDonough, Ga., says that USC and Northwestern are his top two choices right now. They were the first two schools to offer. He also has offers from Maryland, Stanford, and Harvard and is hearing from Clemson, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Alabama, Florida, and Tennessee among others. He plans to make camp stops and USC, Auburn and several others.
--Ronald Baines (6-0, 180) of Voorhees, N.J., had planned on being at USC for a camp this Saturday, but will be unable to attend because he's taking the SAT that weekend. He was at Temple on Sunday and plans to camp at Rutgers this summer. He recently received his first offer from East Carolina. As a junior, he had 45 tackles, five for loss, and six interceptions.
-- (6-2, 204) of Lithonia, Ga., also was offered by USC last week. Cooper already had offers from Clemson, Minnesota, Middle Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, West Virginia, and Georgia Southern. He is hearing from Tennessee, Ohio State, and Toledo. Cooper is favoring Tennessee ahead of Ohio State, Minnesota and West Virginia. This summer, he plans to visit Clemson and USC along with Minnesota, Ohio State, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
--Marquis Roberts (6-1, 205) of Powder Springs, Ga., has offers from USC, Memphis, Virginia, Louisville, and Wisconsin. USC was the first to offer him and he has already visited Columbia for a spring practice and the spring game. He had said USC was his favorite but now says he is "pretty open". Other schools showing interest include Vanderbilt, Auburn, Central Florida, Illinois, and Michigan State. He says he believes Vandy or Michigan State will be his next offer.
--Andrew Buie (5-10, 190) of Jacksonville, Fla., has not narrowed his list of offers, which includes USC, Michigan, Iowa State, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Louisville, Auburn, Maryland, Purdue, Tennessee, Memphis and Troy. USC will be one of about 13 schools he and a group of teammates will visit this summer.
--Dominique Cooper (6-1, 200) of Darlington had offers from USC and S.C. State and now has his third offer from East Carolina. Cooper has also heard from Clemson and Alabama of late. He plans to visit USC, S.C. State, Alabama and Georgia Tech this summer. Cooper does not have any favorites but did say he would prefer to play on offense
"If I got two schools telling me the same thing and one wants me to play running back, I'm going to choose that school," he said.
--Darrell Williams (6-5, 245) of Orlando, Fla., is the latest tackle prospect to pick up an offer from USC. Gamecocks recruiter Jeep Hunter recently made the offer to Williams, who also has offers from Ole Miss, N.C. State, South Florida, Florida International and Colorado State. Florida State, Duke and Maryland also are showing interest. Williams is considered an athletic lineman who could grow to be about 300 pounds.
--Cody Robinson (6-4, 305) of McMinnville, Tenn., has offers from Vanderbilt, Duke, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Tulane, Chattanooga, Syracuse, and Western Kentucky and is drawing interest from from USC, Clemson, Tennessee, Arkansas, Purdue, Kentucky, UCLA, Wisconsin, and Illinois. This summer, he will camp at Vandy, Duke, Syracuse, Ole Miss, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Illinois. He does not have any favorites.
--DE (6-4, 245) of Atlanta has been offered by USC and is receiving interest from Georgia Tech, Georgia, and Kentucky. Mauldin had 70 tackles, and five sacks his junior season. He plans to visit USC this summer, and he also wants to visit Georgia, Georgia Tech and Oklahoma.
--DE Darrius Caldwell (6-5, 210) of Atlanta has been offered by USC, West Virginia, Ole Miss and Memphis. Clemson also is showing interest. Caldwell had six sacks last season.
--Former USC signee DL Leon Mackey (6-6, 260) of Hinds (Miss.,) Junior College still is interested in the Gamecocks but is not a lock to resign in December. Mackey signed with USC out of Hargrave Prep, Va., in 2009 but did not qualify. He played last season at Hinds and earned first-team all-state honors.
--DL Chuck Hunter (5-11, 290) of Monroe, La., has been drawing interest from Clemson and he said he will visit the Tigers this summer. Hunter has offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, TCU, Baylor and Memphis. Hunter visited Mississippi State for junior day and he attended TCU's spring game.
LSU, Nebraska, Oregon and Michigan are also showing interest.
--ATH Brandon Thomas (6-0, 180) is closing in on an offer from West Virginia. Clemson also has been showing interest and wants to see him in camp. Syracuse also has been interested.
--Calhoun County 2012 prospect WR Mark Irick has been verbally offered by Kentucky. Clemson also is showing early interest and might offer him in camp this summer. Irick also has verbal offers from Auburn, Oregon and Duke.
--Guards and are considering Clemson among the schools they are looking at for transfer options. The Jonesboro Sun in Arkansas reported that Reed has asked for his release from Arkansas State so that he can be closer to his ill grandmother in Atlanta. The 6-3 Reed was the Sun Belt freshman of the year averaging over 15 points a game. Reed issued a statement to the paper saying he's been given a conditional release by Arkansas State and his top three choices are Clemson, Georgia Tech and Tennessee.
Lawrence is a 6-4 guard who is leaving St. John's. The NBE Basketball Report reported that Lawrence had been contacted by Clemson, Xavier, George Washington, Virginia Tech and Rhode Island.
--6-10 LaRon Dendy, the former Greer standout who is transferring after one season at Iowa State, has talked with assistant coaches from Kentucky, Wake Forest and N.C. State according to his former AAU coach. Frank Ballenger said Dendy told him of the contact from those schools. Dendy played in 24 games at Iowa State last season averaging 16 minutes, 7 points and 4 rebounds per game. He will have to sit out next season and will have one year to play.
--According to The Oregonian, USC is one of the finalists for 5-9 Shoni Schimmel of Franklin, Ore.,, ranked the No. 8 prospect in the country among senior girls. She also is considering Louisville, UCLA, Oregon and Rutgers. A point guard, Schimmel is the only unsigned Top 100 prospect from this class. This season she averaged 30 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals per game. She scored 2,120 points in her high school career, sixth-best all time in Oregon.
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