Will South Carolina find a player in this recruiting class who will be the next Eric Norwood? That remains to be seen. But the Gamecocks' most recent commitment is one who has been told by the coaches that he has similar traits and could one day fill that role.
Defensive lineman Angelo Watley (6-3, 220) of Suwanee, Ga., committed on Friday As a junior, Watley totaled 30 tackles and seven sacks. He is the sixth commitment for USC's 2011 class.
--OL Kaleb Broome (6-6, 310) of Georgia Military Junior College is a native of Aiken who did not have the grades to land a scholarship offer coming out of Aiken High School. So, he enrolled at Georgia Military where he excelled last season at right tackle and offensive guard. And if he does well enough this summer to be able to graduate in December, he would like to go to USC.
Broome said he should know after the summer quarter that ends Aug. 7 if he's going to be able to graduate in December. He said he will try to visit USC, Clemson, East Carolina and Georgia this summer. He's also had some contact from Kentucky, Tennessee, Middle Tennessee, Washington State and Georgia Southern.
--USC target WR (6-1, 180) of Lawton, Okla., has committed to Oregon State. Zimmerman narrowed his list to the Beavers and Gamecocks. Zimmerman has family in Orangeburg and it was thought that was a strong lure for him to pick USC.
--USC is one of 32 offers for OL Joshua Matias (6-5, 300) of Union City, N.J. Some of his other offers are Florida, Georgia, Rutgers, North Carolina, Maryland, Michigan State, Michigan, Cincinnati and Wisconsin. He has visited Rutgers and Maryland and plans to visit Georgia in mid-July when his coach goes there to work a camp.
--Northwestern QB (6-5 210) was scheduled to visit Notre Dame over the weekend according to his coach Jimmy Wallace. Worley has visited LSU and Tennessee. He has offers from those three along with Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Stanford, Arizona State, East Carolina, Kentucky and Texas Tech. Worley has been among the state's leading passers the past two seasons totaling over 8,000 yards and 80 touchdown passes.
--RB Mike Blakely (5-9, 194) of Bradenton, Fla., is focusing on USC, Florida, Auburn, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Southern Cal and North Carolina. He camped this month at USC and Clemson. Blakely has 33 offers and is not sold on any one school right now. He said he's always liked Florida but he grew up a Florida State fan. But FSU is not a factor because it hasn't offered.
--DE Ray Drew (6-5, 250) of Thomasville, Ga., is up to 27 offers with Clemson and USC on the list. Some of his other offers are Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, LSU, Southern Cal, Notre Dame, Miami and Michigan.
--He has not trimmed his list and won't announce a choice until Signing Day. Drew recently visited Florida State and Florida. He will be in Tampa the week of July 4th and might get by to see South Florida. He's not sure about any other visits.. He visited Clemson and USC in the spring and between those two, Drew says he favors Clemson.
DB Pat Martin (6-0 192) of JL Mann says he will make his commitment this summer and he has a top five of USC, North Carolina, LSU, UCLA, and Tennessee. He was at Tennessee over the weekend and currently has the Vols out front. He visited USC on June 15th and is going to Georgia on July 16. He said he will either attend USC or Florida on July 23rd for their showcase camps.
LB Serdarius Bryant (5-10 214) of Sanford, FL took a long trip this summer where he visited Clemson, Georgia, Ole Miss, Middle Tennessee, Memphis, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Florida State and North Carolina A&T. Prior to the trip his leaders were USC, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Central Florida, Illinois, and Miami. "I like Ole Miss, Wake Forest, and Middle Tennessee now," said Bryant. He says he continues to talk to USC coaches "every couple of weeks" and is planning a visit to Columbia over the summer. Clemson is not showing him much interest. USC has not yet offered.
RB Brandon Wilds (6-1 220) of Blythewood camped recently at Kentucky. Wilds has offers from USC, East Carolina, Maryland and Illinois. He said he has no other camp plans for the summer at this time, and he is not claiming a favorite.
DL Terry Redden (6-3 285) of Memphis has been to Memphis and plans to visit Ole Miss soon. He's also going to see Vanderbilt and Tennessee, and he plans to get to Clemson. He last heard from the Tigers in the spring. Redden said he remains very interested in Clemson which has offered along with Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Western Kentucky and Kansas.
DE Darrius Caldwell (6-5 210) of Atlanta has offers from USC, West Virginia, Virginia, Illinois, Central Florida, Ole Miss, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, Memphis, and Buffalo and is hearing from Florida, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Georgia, and Georgia Tech. He says USC, Ole Miss, West Virginia, Central Florida, and Virginia are his top five in no order.
DL Roderick Byers (6-4 262) of Northwestern does not have a favorite but says he is high on USC, Clemson, and Georgia Tech. "I don't have a top five, but I do like those schools," said Byers. Byers has not taken any visits this summer but plans to visit Clemson and USC in July, and he may visit Florida State. He recently picked up an offer from Oregon.
OL Nathan Theus (6-3 248) of Jacksonville, FL had a single offer from USC and now has picked up offers from Georgia and Florida State. Theus also camped at Florida and expects an offer from them as well. He was at USC a few weeks ago. Theus plans to commit after week four or five and does not have a leader.
QB Shamier Jeffery (6-2 190) of Calhoun County has offers from USC, Tennessee, Kentucky, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Illinois, West Virginia, Nebraska, East Carolina, NC State, and Louisville. He took in Clemson's camp recently where he played mostly quarterback and some receiver. Jeffery has not taken any other visits but says he would like to hear from Georgia. He also says he will take all five officials before making a decision and will only visit one school between Clemson and USC. He plans to commit after the season. Jeffery has not narrowed his list and does not have any favorites.
RB Shon Carson (5-9 195) of Lake City was in Auburn with his baseball team and was offered by the Tigers while working out in their weight room. His other offers are from USC, Clemson, East Carolina, North Carolina, Florida State, Tennessee, Alabama, Southern Cal, Kentucky, and UCLA. He has an offer from USC in baseball as well and says he is interested in playing both sports in college. Carson has not taken any visits this summer. He did say LSU, Miami, Georgia, and possibly Auburn are schools he is strongly considering for official visits. Carson says he has no favorites and has not narrowed his list.
DB Maika Polamalu (5-11 191) of Pottsgrove, PA was at a 7 on 7 camp at USC earlier this summer and says he is still receiving interest from USC. He says he had a strong camp at USC but is being told was told by coaches they want to see him perform in a game. His current offers are from Penn State, Navy, Temple, and Villanova and he is hearing from USC, Michigan, and Pitt. He does not have any favorites.
DB Neville Hewitt (6-2 195) of Conyers, GA will attend USC's showcase camp in late July and says he could commit to USC then because he's favoring the Gamecocks. Hewitt has offers from USC, Memphis, Buffalo, Middle Tennessee, Western Kentucky, and Delaware State. He says Michigan State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Georgia, Purdue, Maryland, and Southern Miss are also showing interest. Hewitt has not taken any other visits over the summer and USC will be his first. He is also considering a camp at Florida.
Clemson commitment ATH Robert Smith (6-0 185) of Woodland says his commitment remains firm but he is going to visit some places over the next month. He and a teammate planned to be at an NC State camp late last week, and he also will visit Florida State, Georgia and Georgia Tech.
LB Treymaine McNair (6-2 215) of Jacksonville, NC has a top three of Clemson, North Carolina and Georgia Tech with no leader. He visited Clemson about two weeks ago. McNair was last at North Carolina for the spring game and plans to go back next month. McNair said he might make a commitment before his first game.
6-5 Damien Leonard of JL Mann is back to considering all five schools on his list, at least right now according to his AAU coach Willis Holiday. Earlier this month Leonard had told Holiday he was down to a final three. But Holiday said late last week Leonard now plans to take all five of his official visits before making a decision in November. His final five are USC, Clemson, Arizona, Oklahoma State and Virginia Tech and he will schedule official visits with those five. At least, according to Holiday, that's the plan today. Holiday indicated things are fluid with Leonard and he could change things up this week.