While most prospects are trimming their lists, South Pointe defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (6-6, 240) is going the other way. He's actually expanded the list of schools he's considering, according to his coach Bobby Carroll. Miami and Auburn are the newest additions.
Clowney previously was most focused on USC, Clemson, Alabama, Florida State and LSU. Clowney said recently he's not holding any favorites right now and Carroll confirmed that. Clowney was at USC for the Georgia game and he's planning to be at Clemson for the Miami game. He has no other visits planned.
In other recruiting news:
TE Drew Owens (6-5, 230) of Charlotte already has scheduled an official visit to USC on Oct. 29, and he made an unofficial visit for the Furman game. Owens has scheduled another official visit to Virginia Tech for Oct. 15 and is close to scheduling his visit to N.C. State. Owens says his top five are USC, Clemson, N.C. State, Virginia Tech and North Carolina. He plans to take official visits to all five but says he wants to commit by Nov. 1. He also plans to be at the Clemson-North Carolina game in Chapel Hill. Owens does not have a leader.
Calhoun County QB Shamier Jeffery was at Auburn on Saturday for the USC game. He was joined on the trip by teammate WR Brandon Thomas. Jeffery has been favoring the Gamecocks. He's coming off a monster game Friday night in which he passed for 350 yards and 5 touchdowns. Thomas caught 11 of the passes for 188 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Marlboro County LB made an unofficial visit to USC for the Furman game and is expected to be at Clemson this weekend. Townsend has a top five of USC, Clemson, LSU, Southern Cal and Florida. He was scheduled to visit Southern Cal this weekend but has scratched that date and will reschedule.
Other prospects who have said they will be at Clemson for the Miami game include DL Phillip Dukes of Manning, South Pointe DE Clowney, LB Marcus Bullard of Spring Valley, LB B.J. Goodson of Lamar, DB Geraldo Orta of Valdosta, Ga., and WR Sammy Watkins of Fort Myers, Fla.
USC target DB LaQuentin Smith of Orlando committed to Arkansas. Smith had narrowed his decision to USC, Arkansas and South Florida.
Another USC target, OL Josue Matias of Union City, N.J., cut his list to a final six of Rutgers, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Wisconsin and Connecticut.
DL (6-4, 230) of Philadelphia has a top five of USC, Pitt, Penn State, Michigan and Georgia, in no order. He also has offers from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Louisville and Temple. Barnes has taken unofficial visits to each of his top five except for Georgia. He says he would like to take all five officials before committing but says that could change. He does not have a favorite.
WR Justin Scott (5-11, 205) of Camilla, Ga., is committed to Georgia but wants to take official visits to Clemson and USC. He will take an official to Georgia and he could take another to Louisville. Despite his plans to visit other schools, Scott says his commitment to Georgia is solid.
DB Maika Polamalu (6-0, 210) of Pottsgrove, Pa., attended camp at USC this summer and he plans to be back in Columbia for the Alabama game. USC is still evaluating the strong safety and running back for an offer and he has sent recruiter G.A. Mangus new film. Polamalu rushed for 1,800 yards and 25 touchdowns last season. On defense he had 78 tackles and one interception. Most schools are recruiting him as an athlete but he said USC likes him as a safety. He has offers from Penn State, though he hasn't heard from them in awhile, Navy, Temple, Villanova and James Madison. He has not been to any games yet, but he plans to go to Penn State. Polamalu does not claim a favorite.
LB (6-2, 204) of Lithonia, Ga., has scheduled a visit to USC and plans to schedule one to Clemson. He will be in Columbia for the Troy game and is unsure when he will visit Clemson. Cooper's first official visit will be to Ole Miss for the Kentucky game this weekend. He plans to take all five visits and does not have a favorite.
LB (6-1, 228) of Virginia Beach, Va., has taken official visits to Maryland and Virginia Tech. Right now he's scheduled for LSU this weekend but might have to reschedule because of a conflict with his football schedule. He's also scheduled to visit North Carolina on Oct. 8, but he is not sure on that visit. Hughes said either of the LSU and North Carolina visits could be switched with Virginia. He is set to visit Clemson on Oct. 22, and said that visit is solid. Hughes is not claiming a leader.
DL Roderick Byers (6-4, 262) of Northwestern has dates set for two official visits and has a third visit set in his mind. He will go to USC on Oct. 8 and to Georgia Tech on Nov. 12. And Byers said he will set a date with Oregon. He also plans to take two more official visits and is considering Clemson, South Florida and Texas Tech. He's not claiming a favorite but said USC and Georgia Tech stand out the most right now.
RB (5-10, 190) of Jacksonville has not reduced his list from the 17 or so offers he holds. USC is one of those offers, and he remains interested in the Gamecocks. Auburn, Ole Miss, Louisville, Tennessee and Pitt are the other schools recruiting him the hardest. Buie was at the Clemson-Auburn game and USC wants him to come in for a game as well. He has not decided on his official visits and he doesn't have a favorite.
DB Brandon Ellerbe (6-1, 210) of Wadesboro, N.C., says he's still solid with his North Carolina commitment but may take some other official visits Ellerbe was once a Clemson commitment and Clemson is still showing interest, along with Texas Tech and West Virginia. Ellerbe said he plans to set official visits with North Carolina, Clemson and West Virginia. He's also looking at Georgia and N.C. State.
Former Clemson commitment DB Geraldo Orta (6-0, 180) still thinks highly of the Tigers. Right now he has Clemson and Tennessee as his top two and will be at Clemson for the Miami game. He's also been to Georgia for a game and plans to go to USC and Tennessee for games. He also likes Wake Forest, Louisville and Maryland. He's not scheduled any official visits.
LB Mike Rose (6-4, 215) of Hillcrest has already taken an official visit to Maryland and has set up the last four visits. He heads to Wake Forest this weekend, N.C. State on Oct. 9, Kentucky on Oct. 16, and West Virginia on Oct. 23. Rose plans to wait until after the season to make his decision. He does not have a leader.
OL Stephen Grommer (6-4, 285) of Spartanburg High School committed last week to Maryland. Grommer also had offers from N.C. State, East Carolina and Harvard.
6-5 Damien Leonard of JL Mann made his commitment to USC last week picking the Gamecocks over Oklahoma State. "They have a good business program which is my major," he said. "The coaching staff is outgoing and I feel like I can trust them with the promises they made me. They don't really have a shooter and I feel like I can go in and make an impact. I'm comfortable with the players and I feel like we can play together." Leonard appeared to be headed to Clemson early in his recruiting but that changed after Oliver Purnell left for DePaul. USC, Arizona and Oklahoma State eventually moved to the top of his list. Leonard is regarded as the state's top prospect for 2010-11. He averaged 21 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3 assists per game last season.
6-9 PF Nick Jacobs of Atlanta recently made an official visit to Georgia. He will also visit Clemson, Alabama, Auburn and Florida. All the head coaches have had their in home visits.
6-5 Damarcus Harrison of Greenwood and The Christ School in Arden, NC recently made his official visit to Florida State. Harrison also has visited BYU and will visit Clemson this weekend.
6-5 Aaron Thomas of Cincinnati, who was offered by Clemson and had planned to make an official visit there, committed last week to Florida State.
6-9 Brice Johnson of Edisto, one of the state's top prospects in the 2012 class, made an unofficial visit to USC for the Furman football game. Johnson's AAU coach, Dion Bethea, said Johnson likes USC and Clemson and is "wide open" right now. Florida, Ohio State and Georgia are also very interested in the big man. Bethea said Johnson might make an unofficial visit to Clemson this weekend, and he might head to Florida in November when the Gators play USC in football.
Another of Bethea's players with the Carolina Ravens, 6-6 Fred Mattison of Westside, has made official visits to Winthrop and Western Carolina. Mattison also has offers from The Citadel, Morehead State, Tennessee State and Richmond.
Furman has a commitment from 6-6 Dominic Early of Atlanta according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Early picked the Paladins over offers from Wofford, Western Carolina and Gardner-Webb. Last season Early averaged 16 points and 7 rebounds per game.
Coastal Carolina landed a commitment from basketball and baseball prospect 6-7 Tyler Poole of Hickory, NC according to the Myrtle Beach Sun News. Poole de-committed from Ole Miss in August. He also drew interest from Clemson, College of Charleston, NC State, East Carolina, Richmond and Tulane.
6-2 Trevonte Dixon, a Charleston native who attends Christ School in Arden, NC, has committed to the College of Charleston according to Bill Gunter of PalmettoScouting.com.
RHP Joel Seddon (6-1 165) of St. Clair, MI is the 16th commitment for USC's 2011 baseball recruiting class. Seddon is rated the #1 prospect in Michigan for next season by MichiganBaseballProspects.org. He made an official visit to USC the weekend of the Georgia football game and committed the following Tuesday according to the Times-Herald of Port Huron, MI. Seddon also plays shortstop and plans to compete on the mound and in the middle infield for a job with the Gamecocks. He also considered Arizona, Ohio State, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.
USC assistant head coach Chad Holbrook shook the family tree in gaining his 8th commitment for the 2012 signing class. Infielder DC Arendas (6-0 175) of Greensboro, NC committed to the Gamecocks last week. He is Holbrook's nephew. He's also one of the top rated players in North Carolina for his class. His father is the director of baseball operations at North Carolina. Arendas is a lefthander hitter who plays shortstop for Northern Guilford High School.
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