One of the quickest prospects in the Northeast will announce this week if he will join South Carolina's talented receiving corps next season. Wide receiver Damiere Byrd (5-9, 165) of Sicklerville, N.J., plans to have a decision Wednesday between the Gamecocks, Iowa, Ole Miss and Florida. He took official visits to USC and Iowa. His visit to Columbia was for the Alabama weekend.
In other recruiting news:
QB (6-4, 195) of Dublin, Ohio, made an official visit to Clemson over the weekend. Stoudt is the son of former NFL and USFL quarterback Cliff Stoudt, and the brother of Louisville quarterback Zack Stoudt. Stoudt has committed to Wyoming, but Clemson wanted a close-up look at him. He's also drawn interest from Arizona State, South Florida, Colorado, Cincinnati, Akron, Toledo, Ohio and Miami of Ohio. Stoudt played in just six games last season due to a broken leg. He passed for 1,200 yards and 16 touchdowns with just one interception.
LB Lateek Townsend (6-3, 207) of Marlboro County said last week USC is now his leader. "I was at the Alabama game," he said. "That pretty much showed me they have everything to compete for a national championship and SEC championships every year." Townsend also says USC is "pretty much the only school I'm looking at right now". He may cancel his official visit to Southern Cal, which is scheduled for Oct. 30, because he does not want to miss a football game. He says he plans to take official visits to USC and Clemson. Townsend says he plans to announce at the Army All-America game.
WR Hakeem Flowers (6-3, 189) of Wade Hampton was to make an official visit to Michigan this past weekend. He also plans to take official visits to LSU, UCLA, Georgia and Oregon. USC and Clemson have had a standoff attitude toward Flowers because he had not indicated much interest about staying in the state. But his coach says that seems to be changing. "He's been talking to USC and Clemson," Kent Haltiwanger said. "Don't be surprised if they come into the picture." Flowers made an unofficial visit to USC for the Alabama game, along with his junior teammate RB Blake Hughes. "If he wants to go there, they will offer," Haltiwanger said of the Gamecocks. Flowers plans to take all five of his official visits. LSU is coming to scout him in the next week or two. Flowers also plans to get to Clemson for a game. He went to two games there last season. Flowers is averaging 26 yards per catch. Haltiwanger said Flowers is healthy this season after two injury-marred seasons, so schools are getting a chance to see what he can do. Hayes has rushed for over 1,000 yards and has had three 200-yard games. Haltiwanger said USC, N.C. State and Georgia Tech are showing the most interest in Hayes.
South Pointe DE Jadeveon Clowney (6-6, 240) had been looking at seven schools, but now there are just five on his list, according to his coach. "Ohio State, LSU, South Carolina, Alabama and Florida State are the ones he's looking at right now," Carroll said. Clowney has not scheduled his official visits. Carroll said most, if not all, will take place after the season, though he might get to Ohio State for the Penn State or Michigan game. "I still think USC and Alabama are his top two in no particular order," Carroll said. Clowney had thought about announcing his school at the Under Armour game but now will wait until January after taking his official visits. Clowney has been to two games at USC and one at Clemson this season.
OL Brandon Shell (6-8, 280) of Goose Creek made an unofficial visit to USC for the Alabama game with his mother. Shell talked with Steve Spurrier and Steve Spurrier Jr. along with Shawn Elliott and Lorenzo Ward. He also made it to Clemson for the Miami game and the Tigers remain a factor. Shell is down to USC, Clemson, Georgia and Alabama and is undecided about future visits. He's not yet scheduled official visits. Shell will play in the Army All-American Game but plans to wait until Signing Day to announce his choice.
OL Errin Joe (6-4, 295) of Lakeland, Fla., took in the USC-Alabama on an unofficial visit and is now very interested in the Gamecocks. USC hasn't offered him yet, but he said he likely would set up an official visit with an offer. Joe has 23 offers, including Florida State, Miami, Stanford and Texas Tech. Florida State has been his favorite.
DL (6-3, 290) of Garden City JC, Kan., committed to Tennessee last Thursday but quickly changed his mind. "It's between South Carolina and Tennessee," said Couch. "I'm going to wait until I go visit Tennessee to make my decision " Couch made an official visit to USC for the Alabama weekend.
DB Dominique Cooper (6-1, 200) of Darlington was at the USC-Alabama game. The Gamecocks have offered Cooper strictly as a safety, which is fine with him, though he would prefer playing running back in college. Cooper also has offers from East Carolina, S.C. State and North Carolina Central. He'd like a chance to play running back for a major program. Cooper does play safety and linebacker at Darlington. And if he wants to play at USC, it will have to be on the defensive side. The Gamecocks have no plans to take him as a running back.
DL Roderick Byers (6-4, 262) of Northwestern was in for the USC-Alabama game and was impressed by what he saw. Byers is still working on his official visits and is looking at USC, Georgia Tech and Oregon for trips. Clemson remains a possibility as well. Byers said USC and Georgia Tech remain tied at the top of his list.
TE(6-5, 220) of Scotts Branch made an unofficial visit to USC for the Alabama game. He's been favoring the Gamecocks and that remains the case after that trip. Adams said he will set an official visit with USC. Clemson, Florida and Auburn also remain on his short list. He plans to attend the Georgia Tech at Clemson game this weekend.
LB Ralph Cooper (6-1, 222) of Fairfield Central has set an official visit to Illinois for Dec. 3. That's the only official visit he has set at this point. Cooper has offers from Illinois, Georgia Tech and Coastal Carolina. He also wants to take an official visit to Georgia Tech.
LB Mike Rose (6-4, 215) of Hillcrest has taken unofficial visits to N.C. State and Georgia over the past two weekends. He has also taken unofficial visits to Maryland and Wake Forest. He is planning to make an official visit to West Virginia this weekend and he's scheduled to go to Louisville on Nov. 12.
6-3 PG Daniel Sapp of Jacksonville made an official visit to Clemson from Thursday thru Saturday. He did not commit but did declare the Tigers as his favorites with one more visit to make, Murray State in two weeks. Sapp said his decision will come down to Clemson and Murray State. But the Tigers lead as of this weekend. "It's a good fit for me," Sapp said.
6-9 Nick Jacobs of Atlanta concluded his official visits over the weekend with a trip to Clemson. Jacobs also took official visits to Georgia, Alabama and Florida. "He said it was a good visit, which he's said about all of them," said Jacobs' coach Michael Reddick. "I didn't want to hear too much on emotion. I don't want emotion playing a part in it. I told him not to talk about the visit, even to me, for about three days." Reddick said he and Jacobs will get together about midweek to evaluate things. The coach expects Jacobs to make his decision before the end of the month.