Offensive lineman may be close to committing to Gamecocks
Offensive lineman Joe Harris of Lithonia, Ga., appears close to making a commitment to the South Carolina football program.
"I'm thinking about it," Harris said when asked if the commitment was forthcoming. "USC is a big leader, somewhat. I have no idea on a time (for a commitment). There's a possibility I would commit and there's a possibility I wouldn't."
Harris visited USC last month and has had the Gamecocks and Georgia at the top of his list. USC likes him as a guard.
In other recruiting news:
QB Brendan Nosovitch of Allentown, Pa., continues to weigh the options available to him, but his father said last week USC remains the frontrunner.
"He really likes South Carolina but he wants to make sure," Gene Nosovitch said. "He's getting a little bit antsy. He's continuing to talk with coach (G.A.) Mangus. I think he'll be ready to do something in the next two to four weeks."
Virginia and Maryland continue to be involved, and Nosovitch will decide within the next week if he's going to visit Oregon. Vanderbilt also is expressing interest.
WR Jabril Solomon (6-2, 180) of Hemingway committed to East Carolina last week , choosing the Pirates over Clemson, Nebraska and N.C. State.
"I told my mom I wanted to commit to East Carolina because I want to play wide receiver and they led the nation in passing yards last year," Solomon said.
DB Chaz Elder of College Park, Ga., has trimmed his list to USC, Georgia and Vanderbilt. He has not taken any visits this summer and does not plan to do so. He has been to USC before. He plans to take official visits to each of his favorites. He did not name a leader.
OL D.J. Humphries of Charlotte has narrowed his list to USC, Clemson, Florida, Tennessee and Auburn. He has not taken any visits this summer but is considering trips to Florida, Auburn and Tennessee. Humphries is undecided on official visits and has no timeframe on a decision.
DB Trae Elston of Oxford, Ala., recently returned home from a 7-on-7 camp at Oregon and has narrowed his list to Clemson, LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Oregon and Miami. It was Elston's first trip of the summer and he does not have plans to take any other before practice begins. He remains in contact with Clemson and continues to show interest in the Tigers. He did not name a leader.
DL Carlos Watkins of Forest City, N.C., made an unofficial visit to Clemson on Thursday. His mother was among those with him on the visit. She said they spent most of the day with coaches Dan Brooks and Jeff Scott. They talked a lot about his academic needs for his senior season and toured the campus. Clemson was the first school to offer Watkins. He was scheduled to visit Alabama on Friday and Georgia on Saturday. He also has visited Notre Dame. USC also has been in pursuit of Watkins. He wants to make his decision by the start of his season.
Ninety Six OL Oliver Jones has made just one camp appearance this summer and that was at Clemson last month. He is going to Georgia on Friday for a camp and is considering unofficial visits to USC and UNC. He has no current plans for a return trip to Clemson this summer. Jones said he has a top five, in no order, of USC, Clemson, UNC, Georgia and N.C. State. There is no leader. He's also picked up offers from East Carolina, Kentucky and Illinois. Jones is not sure when he will make his decision.
WR Jay Jay McCullough continues to work on getting his nagging hamstring in top shape for the coming season, according to Nation Ford coach Michael Allen. McCullough has sat out most of the 7-on-7 tournaments his teammates have played in this summer. As for recruiting, Allen says McCullough has not narrowed his list. "He's got all the time in the world," the coach said. McCullough has offers from Clemson, USC, Miami of Ohio, Kentucky, Duke, Miami, N.C. State, ECU, Connecticut and Alabama. This summer he has camped at Clemson and has visited USC and N.C. State. There is no leader at this point.
Gaffney WR Quinshad Davis has visited USC and Clemson but will be making return trips soon with his mom, who was not with him on the earlier trips. Davis was actually planning to visit USC last Friday but did not make it in. Davis was laid up for about six weeks after recent foot surgery, keeping him from making visits and working out in camps. In fact, he canceled a Georgia camp visit because of the surgery, but the Dawgs want to get him in so they can make a decision on an offer. Right now, he has offers from USC, Clemson, N.C. State and Wake Forest.
Gaffney LB Savon Dukes made a recent visit to N.C. State and is getting strong interest from the Wolfpack, according to his coach, Dan Jones. Clemson and USC also are interested in him but want to see how he progresses academically. Jones said Dukes has work to do in the classroom but does have a chance to make the grade.
WR Chris Brown (6-2, 185) of Hanahan has offers from USC, UNC, Arkansas, Notre Dame, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Illinois, Maryland, Marshall, Vandy, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech. He is hearing from Clemson, Georgia, Miami and Kansas State, among others. He has not taken any trips this summer but is considering visits to USC, UNC, Virginia Tech and Cincinnati. He is interested in USC and Clemson but has not narrowed his list nor does he have any favorites.
The Clemson and USC baseball programs have added commitments for the 2013 class. Infielder Glenn Batson of Greenville committed to the Tigers. USC had also shown strong interest but Batson has long been a Clemson fan. He's the nephew of former Clemson star Bill Spiers and is also a quarterback on the football team.
The Tigers also have a commitment from shortstop Eli White of Wren. White is regarded as the top player in the state for his class by DiamondProspects.com.
The Gamecocks picked up shortstop Jordan Gore of Conway, beating out Clemson, the College of Charleston and The Citadel. Gore, whose mother is a Clemson graduate, made his commitment after visiting USC on Saturday. DiamondProspects.com refers to Gore as one of the top two-way players in the class.