Brendan Nosovitch (6-2, 195) of Allentown, Pa., plans to visit South Carolina on Thursday.
The Gamecocks have not offered, but quarterbacks coach and recruiter GA Mangus has let him know he's plenty interested.
"He told me he's excited about me and excited about getting me down to see the school," Nosovitch said. "It's been all positive stuff. He said I'm high on their list. I have a good relationship with him. They are real interested."
Nosovitch has offers from Virginia and Temple.
He's also getting interest from Penn State, Maryland, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Northwestern, Pitt, Purdue, Vanderbilt and North Carolina. He has been to Maryland and Penn State and might be back at Penn State for the spring game this Saturday. And he will visit North Carolina the day after USC.
His parents and brother will join him on his visits this week. Nosovitch said Virginia has been showing strong interest as has USC. Last season, in a spread offense he passed for 3,111 yards and 43 touchdowns and rushed for 1,700 yards and 25 scores as he led his team to the AAA state title.
In other recruiting news: QB Chad Kelly (6-3, 205) of Buffalo visited Clemson for the spring game along with his father and his uncle, Chuck, from Michigan.
Kelly is the nephew of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly. That uncle didn't make it, but Kelly said he and his uncle, Jim, plan to visit Clemson together in about a month. Kelly said the weekend at Clemson has put the Tigers firmly on top of his list right now.
"Those people are the most polite, genuine people I have met in my entire life," he said. "Everybody is so kind, and that means a lot. It was definitely nice meeting the coaching staff. I met everybody from head to toe. It's a family atmosphere and that's really what I want."
QB Zeke Pike (6-6, 225) of Ft. Mitchell, Ky., made a stop at Clemson last week as part of his tour of schools in the Southeast. He made stops at Tennessee, Georgia and Auburn. Pike is regarded as one of the top quarterback prospects in the country.
OL D.J. Humphries (6-6, 275) of Charlotte made another visit to USC for the spring game.
Humphries said Florida, USC, Tennessee and Alabama are his four favorites. Humphries visited Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, Auburn and Alabama. He was at Alabama for the spring game over the weekend.
DE Michael Moore (6-4, 255) of Hyattsville, Md., recently visited the Palmetto State scouting USC and Clemson.
Moore visited Tennessee, Rutgers, Notre Dame, Virginia, Florida and Florida State. He has no other visits planned right now. Moore wants to have a list of favorites worked out by the end of the school year, and things look good for USC and Clemson to be on that list. 'They will be pretty high,' " he said of both. "I liked my visits."
WR JJ McCullough (6-5, 235) of Nation Ford didn't have a great junior season in the opinion of coach Michael Allen. He did have 35 catches for 300 yards and 6 touchdowns, but Allen is expecting much more this season. McCullough also plays running back but receiver will be his college position. Clemson jumped on him early with an offer and since then Kentucky and Miami of Ohio have joined in. McCullough is also drawing interest from USC and N.C. State. He's visited Clemson and N.C. State.
Allen has two more prospects the recruiters are noticing. OL JT Boyd (6-4, 280) is hearing from Clemson, N.C. State, Georgia Tech and Georgia. He has visited Clemson, N.C. State and Georgia and Georgia Tech. DE Abri Tate (6-6, 235) is drawing interest from Kentucky and his coach feels others will jump in when they see him this spring and this season. He will visit Kentucky later this month.
DB Ronald Geohaghan of Allendale-Fairfax was offered Thursday by North Carolina and Friday he visited Chapel Hill for a closer look. Geohaghan also picked up an offer from Wake Forest recently. He also has offers from Clemson, USC, Illinois, Kentucky, Tulane, East Carolina, N.C. State, Vanderbilt, Duke and Pittsburgh. He did not make it to USC or Clemson for a spring game but he did talk to his Clemson and USC recruiters last week. Geohaghan does not claim any favorites right now.
Columbia High WR Casey Gladney was offered last week by Tennessee, according to his coach Kemper Amick. Gladney also has offers from Kentucky and Cincinnati. Notre Dame also called about him and he's also drawing interest from Clemson, USC, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois and Nebraska. Gladney attended the USC spring game and the Gamecocks want to see him in camp. He was the most valuable receiver at a recent combine and was at Georgia Friday for a combine.
LB Eric Striker (6-1, 195) of Seffner, Fla., has offers from Iowa, Miami, Oklahoma, Indiana, Vanderbilt, Western Carolina, and Cincinnati among others. He also is garnering interest from USC and Clemson. Striker went to Florida's junior day in February but has not taken any visits since then. He plans to visit Oklahoma and USC this summer.
As a junior, he had 127 tackles and 12 sacks. He does not have a favorite.
LB Tajarvis Fuller (6-1 187) of Fort Myers, Fla., is the cousin of Clemson freshman running back Mike Bellamy. He's also good friends with Tiger freshman receiver Sammy Watkins. Clemson has invited him to a camp. Fuller has interest in the Tigers and he expects them to scout him this spring. Fuller has offers from Illinois, Indiana, Georgia Tech, UCLA, Western Kentucky, Wisconsin, Maryland and Central Florida. He's also hearing from Miami. He has visited Miami, Central Florida, Florida State and Florida. Fuller said he favors Clemson, Miami, Alabama and Illinois at this point. He can play linebacker or safety. Last season he had 133 tackles and 4 sacks.
ATH Cordrea Tankersley (6-1, 175) of Silver Bluff has offers from Clemson and USC at this point and is drawing interest from Nebraska, N.C. State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. He was at Clemson for the spring game and has also visited USC. He does not have a favorite according to his coach Al Lown. Tankersley plays quarterback, defensive back and receiver. Last season he had 1,664 yards rushing with 12 touchdowns and passed for 900 yards and 3 scores. He's being recruited for defensive back and slot back.
DB Geno Smith (6-0, 170) of Atlanta plans to take a visit to Clemson at some point to give the Tigers a close up look. He has been to Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and Miami and will go to Florida State on April. Smith said right now he has Alabama and Tennessee at the top of his list.
LB Jacob Sealand (6-2, 220) of Tucker, Ga., was in attendance for the USC spring game.
"I like them a lot. They will definitely be in the running." His offers are from USC, Vanderbilt, Louisville, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Purdue, Southern Miss, Boston College and Cincinnati. He is hearing from Tennessee, Georgia, and Stanford. Sealand has visited Auburn, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Louisville, and Alabama. He plans to camp at USC this summer. As a junior, he compiled 86 tackles, 30 for loss, six sacks, eight forced fumbles, and two pass deflections. He does not have a favorite.
DB Jordan Diggs (6-1, 194) of Cape Coral, Fla., has offers from USC, Purdue, Maryland, Ohio State, West Virginia, Connecticut, Boston College, Nebraska, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Kansas, Louisville, South Florida, Central Florida, and Auburn among others.
Diggs will visit USC during his spring break. He has visited Florida State, Miami and South Florida. And he plans to visit Ohio State and some other out-of-state schools. He does not have a favorite.
DE Jhaustin Thomas (6-4, 233) of Decatur, Ga., has offers from USC, Clemson, Georgia, Florida, Auburn, Ole Miss, Virginia, Penn State, and Oklahoma State among others. He is hearing from Alabama. Thomas says Clemson, USC, Florida, and Alabama are his favorites, but did not name a leader. He has visited Auburn and Alabama and plans to see Georgia.
WR Mark Irick of Calhoun County picked up an offer from Virginia Tech last week. He also has an offer from Kentucky. Irick recently visited Georgia Tech. Clemson and USC also have shown interest in Irick and he's visited both. This summer he will attend on day camps at N.C. State, Georgia Tech, USC and Clemson.
LB Karl Joseph (5-11, 190) of Orlando, Fla., had offers from USC, Florida, Cincinnati, Central Florida, Miami, and West Virginia and has added Tennessee, Nebraska, Louisville, Memphis and Purdue to that list. Joseph was scheduled to attend USC's spring game but could not make the trip. He plans to visit in the summer. He went to Florida and UCF during the spring and will make a trip to Miami soon. He says other visits he would like to make this summer are LSU, Nebraska, West Virginia, and Cincinnati.
DE Leonard Williams (6-5, 260) of Daytona Beach, Fla., has 20 offers including Miami, Florida, Tennessee, Auburn, LSU, and South Florida. He is hearing from Clemson and USC. Florida, Auburn and Tennessee stand out the most with him at this point. Williams has visited Miami for a camp and a junior day and attended junior days at Florida and South Florida. He wants to visit Clemson and Tennessee this summer. Williams had 99 tackles, 14 for loss, and six sacks in his junior campaign. He did not name a favorite.
WR Alton Howard (5-9, 170) of Orlando took in the USC spring game. Howard has offers from USC, Florida, Miami, Ohio State, Purdue, East Carolina, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Virginia, UCLA, and Utah. He does not have favorites. As a junior, he caught 61 passes for 1,100 yards and 13 touchdowns.
OL Joey O'Connor (6-5, 285) of Winsor, Colo., has offers from Colorado, Colorado State, Utah, and Penn State and is expecting one from USC.
"I called them and they told me that they will have a scholarship waiting for me," O'Connor said. He says he does not have any ties to the state of South Carolina but is interested in the Gamecocks and wants to visit. He attended junior days and Colorado and Colorado State and is heading to Penn State for a visit this month. He will visit Utah in May.
Bruce Ellington was an athletically gifted point guard for USC last season. His decision to play football could leave a huge void in that department. But recent commitment Brenton Williams (5-11, 170) of Sante Fe JC, Fla., has the stuff to offset the loss of Ellington, according to assistant coach Brendan Foley.
"He's a real athletic, scoring combo guard," he said. "You won't find a kid at his size faster or more athletic. He shoots it from deep. He is explosive off the dribble, can blow by a defender. And he can jump out of the gym. I think his best basketball is to come."
Williams is from Kissimmee, Fla., and averaged over 26 points per game as a senior at Osceola High School. He had some small school offers his senior season but wanted to improve his recruiting stock, so he enrolled at Sante Fe. Because he made that decision late and Sante Fe didn't have a scholarship, Williams did not join the team until the second semester. He played in 10 games averaging over 11 points per game.
USC coach Darrin Horn saw Williams earlier this month on the first day coaches could see prospects and offered him that day. Williams made an official visit to USC last Thursday thru Saturday and loved what he saw.
"I went to the baseball game (Friday night) and saw how the fans supported their athletics, and that really surprised me," Williams said. "That was something I want to be a part of. I'm sure they support the basketball team as well."
Williams added that he also was impressed by what he learned about Horn.
"I liked how he developed some of the former guards that he coached and some of them go to the next level," he said. "Some of his former players told me about how he made them a better person off the court."
Williams also had offers from Louisiana Tech, Central Florida, Creighton and Morehead State. He will sign his letter of intent at a ceremony at Sante Fe on Monday or Tuesday.
Clemson and USC have added guards to their 2011 classes. 6-2 shooting guard Rod Hall of Augusta was offered by Clemson Friday night during his official visit and committed to the Tigers. Hall had offers from Nebraska, N.C. State, Coastal Carolina and Tennessee State. Hall averaged 26 points per game this past season. He will be the 5th player for the 2011 class when he signs this week.
PG Eli Carter of Brewster Prep, N.H., visited Rutgers over the weekend. USC has been showing interest in Carter who said Gamecock coaches plan to visit with him this week. Carter has offers from Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Iowa and Providence. Pittsburgh, Tennessee and Oklahoma also have shown interest. Carter has not set any other visits.
PG Anthony Hickey of Hopkinsville, Ky., has scheduled an official visit to LSU for April 24. He also plans to set visits with USC and Dayton. The USC visit may take place the weekend of April 28. Horn met recently with Hickey.
"It went great," said Hickey's high school coach Kerry Stovall. "I know he was very impressed with coach Horn and coach (Neill) Berry."
Hickey plans to announce his college choice on May 6.
Clemson is scheduled to be among the schools to see junior center Joell James (6-10, 285) of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., this week. James said the Tigers, North Carolina and Ohio State have said they will be in. Florida and West Virginia have been in. James has not taken any visits, but said he will visit Florida, North Carolina, N.C. State and Wake Forest. James said he does have interest in Clemson. USC has offered James but he said he's not heard from the Gamecocks in some time.
6-8 Jared Guest is a native of Columbia and a product of Richland Northeast High School who is now attending Charis Prep in Wilson, N.C. He recently visited VCU and will be visiting Georgia and Maryland. VCU has offered and he expects Georgia and Maryland to offer on his visit. Guest said Clemson also has been showing interest checking in on him about three weeks ago. He is not getting any interest from USC. Guest said he can play the three or the four. He averaged 15 points and 8 rebounds per game last season. Guest said VCU and Georgia are his top two.
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