Offensive lineman Will Sport (6-5, 280) of Pace, Fla., became USC’s 19th commitment for 2011 on Sunday when he accepted the offer made to him on Friday by recruiter Jay Graham. He’s the fourth offensive lineman to commit to the Gamecocks.
Sport has visited USC twice, and when Graham made the offer, he already knew it was the place for him.
“I was told that I’d know about a school when that school just stood out, and it was South Carolina,” Sport said. “It’s where I want to be. I just like the offense they run. I’ve talked to (OL coach) Shawn Elliott, and he’s real energetic and coaches hard, and that’s what I’m used to.”
Sport also had offers from Southern Miss, Central Florida, South Florida, Florida International and Florida Atlantic. He also drew some interest from Kentucky. Sport plays right tackle.
“I’m a physical player who plays hard,” he said. “I can hold them (defensive linemen) out.”
Sport has not set his official visit to USC. He said that will be his only official visit.
In other recruiting news:
It's a month into the football season and Clemson finally had a marquee home football game Saturday to attract some major recruits.
Most of the Tigers' committed prospects attended the Miami game. Among the uncommitted players who planned to be at the game were linebacker Lateek Townsend of Marlboro County, wide receiver Stanton Seckinger of Porter-Gaud, DL Phillip Dukes of Manning, RB Shon Carson of Lake City, OL Brandon Shell of Goose Creek, DE Jadevon Clowney of South Pointe, LB Marcus Bullard of Spring Valley, LB B.J. Goodson of Lamar and DB Geraldo Orta of Valdosta, Ga.
Clowney (6-6, 240) is close to lining up his official visits and wants to spend one of his trips on Ohio State a source close to Clowney said last week. The other schools he's considering are USC, Clemson, Alabama, Florida State and Miami. It appears LSU and Auburn have slipped down the list with Clowney at this time.
Seckinger (6-5, 200) has offers from Clemson, Furman, N.C. State, and Memphis and is hearing from USC and Duke. Clemson's offer at this point is for a January enrollment. Seckinger also has been to games at USC and Duke and will go to NC State this weekend.
Bullard (6-3, 202) of Spring Valley has offers from Wake Forest and Furman and is he's hoping more big schools will come forward with offers in the weeks ahead to give him more options. He's been hearing from Clemson, Vanderbilt, N.C. State, Maryland, Auburn, Tennessee, Wofford and Richmond. Bullard is still being evaluated by several of those schools showing interest.
USC recruiter GA Mangus spent the Gamecocks' off weekend in the Northeast scouting prospects in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Saturday his focus was on QB Tanner McEvoy (6-6, 205) of Oradell, NJ, his top quarterback target for this class. McEvoy has not scheduled his official visits and all will take place after his season. Miami will be a definite visit and USC is a very good possibility for one. North Carolina also is under consideration for a visit. McEvoy has nearly 30 offers with some of the others being Michigan State, Michigan, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Maryland, NC State, Duke and Rutgers. McEvoy's brother plays for Rutgers and that will be a factor. His parents are USC graduates and he has family in Columbia and Hilton Head. He has not indicated a favorite.
TE Drew Owens (6-6, 230) of Charlotte has changed some things with his official visit plans. Owens told Allan Wallace of Scout.com he will make an official visit to Michigan Oct. 16 and not Virginia Tech which was previously scheduled. He has moved his USC visit to Oct. 22 from the 29th, and he will visit North Carolina on Oct. 29. Owens said Clemson, N.C. State and Arkansas are the other schools he's considering for his final two official visits. He plans to take all of his trips in October and have a decision in November.
WR Damiere Byrd (5-9, 160) of Sicklerville, N.J., made an official visit to Iowa this weekend, the first of three official visits he will make. He will visit USC this weekend and he will go to Ole Miss on a date to be determined. It's a tight three way race for Byrd as he begins the visits. "They are all right there," He said. "I've just been waiting to take a visit to each one. South Carolina probably out front because I've been there already." Byrd said there's one major factor he will use in making his decision. "In looking at the school, would I be able to go there without football," he said.
TE Jay Rome (6-6, 240) of Valdosta, Ga., was not among the prospects at Clemson Saturday for the Miami game because he had a game Saturday. Rome has not been to any games this season and has not yet set his official visits. He will take an official visit to Clemson in December or January. Rome also will take official visits to Alabama and Georgia. Florida and Tennessee also are possible official visits. Clemson, Alabama and Georgia are running as his top three.
RB Mike Blakely (5-9, 193) of Bradenton, Fla., took an official visit to Auburn for the USC game. Blakely is down to USC, Auburn, Tennessee, Ole Miss, and Georgia after eliminating Southern Cal.. USC is a possibility for one of his official visits but he's not made a decision on his other visits.
OL Xavier Ward (6-7, 260) of Moultrie, Ga., planned to be at the Florida-Alabama game over the weekend, his first game this season. His to six schools right now are Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Clemson, Auburn, and USC. He will take an official visit to Alabama in January and that's the only visit he's set on right now.
LB Brandon Chubb (6-1, 230) of Marietta, Ga., says Auburn, Air Force, Middle Tennessee, and Tennessee-Chattanooga have contacted him recently after he sent out his highlight tape. He recently sent his tape to Clemson and is waiting to hear from the Tigers. Chubb says Auburn and Middle Tennessee are his top two schools right now and is hopeful of offers from them. He also expressed interest in Furman and Wofford.
DL Gerald Dixon, Jr. (6-2, 270) of Northwestern continues to favor USC and will take an official visit to Columbia Oct. 8. He and his brother, DE Gerald Dixon of South Ponte, plan to attend the same school. Dixon has offers from USC and Maryland. He does not have any other visits scheduled but did say he would like to take one to another school.
QB Kade Bell (6-0, 180) of Neptune Beach, Fla., remains under consideration by USC, Clemson and several other schools, all of which want to evaluate him this season and study some of his early film. Bell camped at USC and Clemson over the summer and said both want to see some of his senior film before deciding on the next step with him. He is also hearing from South Florida, Oklahoma, Illinois, Appalachian State, Wake Forest and Duke.
LB Stephone Anthony (6-2, 220) of Wadesboro, NC planned to be at N.C. State over the weekend. He's also been to Virginia Tech. He has a final six of Clemson, Florida, Virginia Tech, N.C. State, North Carolina and Georgia.
LB Curtis Grant (6-3, 222) of Richmond, Va., has cut Virginia from his list and plans to leave the state to play college football. Clemson, Florida, Alabama and North Carolina are thought to be front runners with Grant though he's not publicly confirmed any favorites.
TE Justin Meredith (6-5, 215) of T.L. Hanna will be one of the state's top seniors in 2011, and as such he's already drawing the interest of major college recruiters. USC was the first school to offer Meredith. He's also getting a lot of attention from Clemson, Georgia, Alabama, N.C. State, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Arkansas and Texas A&M. As a sophomore, Meredith caught 22 passes for 272 yards and 1 touchdown.
6-5 Damarcus Harrison of Greenwood and the Christ School in Arden, NC made his official visit to Clemson over the weekend. He also has taken official visits to BYU and Florida State. Clemson and BYU coaches were by his school last week and they appear to be out front. Harrison is expected to have a decision this week.
6-9 Nick Jacobs of Atlanta made his official visit to Alabama over the weekend. He also has visited Georgia and is scheduled to visit Florida this weekend and Clemson October 16th. Jacobs has a visit to Auburn set for October 23rd, but his coach said he's also taking the SAT that Saturday, so that visit isn't definite. Clemson coach Brad Brownell is scheduled for his in home visit Monday. He's the last of the head coaches to go in the home.
6-6 Fred Mattison of Westside committed last week to Winthrop. Mattison chose the Eagles over offers from The Citadel, Morehead State, Western Carolina, Tennessee State and Richmond. Mattison took official visits to Winthrop and Western Carolina.
6-8 power forward CJ Bray of James Island committed to The Citadel last week. He also had an offer from Mount St. Mary's. Bray also plays defensive end for the James Island football team and drew interest in that sport from USC, Georgia, Arkansas, East Carolina and Duke.
6-1 Anthony Stitt of Charlotte committed to the College of Charleston last week.