List of Palmetto State commitments at 23
Two more in-state football prospects made commitments last week, with tight end Jay Jay McCullough of Nation Ford picking Clemson and offensive lineman TJ Jones of Myrtle Beach choosing Kentucky.
Twenty-three Palmetto State prospects have made commitments to this point. Clemson has nine of them. Joining McCullough on the Tigers' 2012 commitment list from South Carolina are DE Martin Aiken of Bamberg-Ehrhardt, DB T.J. Burrell of Goose Creek, OL Patrick DeStefano of Dorman, DB Ronald Geohaghan of Allendale-Fairfax, OL Oliver Jones of Ninety Six, DE Shaq Lawson of Daniel, OL Javarius Leamon of Woodruff and ATH Cordrea Tankersley of Silver Bluff.
USC has commitments from four in-staters: WR Shaq Roland of Lexington, RB Kendrick Salley of Williston-Elko, WR Kwinton Smith of Dillon and OL Mason Zandi of Chapin.
The other in-state committed prospects to this point are TE Justin Meredith of T.L. Hanna to North Carolina, though he is wavering on that pledge some since the firing of Butch Davis; OL Eddie Gordon of Boiling Springs to N.C. State; DB Rokeem Williams of Williston-Elko and DL David DeLeon of Bamberg-Ehrhardt to Miami of Ohio; QB Caleb Rowe of Blue Ridge to Maryland; DB Devontre Parnell of Fairfield Central to Louisville; WR Jabril Solomon of Hemingway to East Carolina; DE Gimel President of Wando to Auburn; WR Mark Irick of Calhoun County to Virginia Tech; and WR Casey Gladney of Columbia to Alabama.
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The top uncommitted players, based on major offers, left in the state are LB Adam Ah Ching of Greer, WR Chris Brown of Wando, WR Quinshad Davis of Gaffney, DB Marquise Jones of A.C. Flora, OL Jonathan McLaughlin of Mauldin, DE Tyler Knox of Myrtle Beach, and ATH Marty Williams of Fox Creek.
Williams should be the next to come off the uncommitted list and is expected to pick Clemson. An announcement could come at anytime. Florida and Miami also have been high up on his list.
WR Chris Brown of Hanahan received an offer in track from Florida State recently and is waiting to hear if the football program will follow suit. He has tentative plans to attend the FSU-Miami game. His top three are USC, Virginia Tech and Cincinnati, and he plans to visit each once the season begins. Brown camped at Florida this summer. His offers include USC, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Arkansas, Maryland, Marshall, East Carolina, Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Wake Forest.
Gaffney WR Quinshad Davis was offered last week by Illinois. He also has offers from USC, Clemson, N.C. State and Wake Forest. USC and Clemson aren't showing much interest at this point.
DL Eddie Goldman of Washington is sitting on 15 schools, including USC and Clemson. But in the near future he plans to cut his list down to six or seven schools.
"In about a week or so," said Goldman's coach, Aazaar Abdul Rahim. "He's finished with visits until his officials. He'll start setting those up in a week or so."
DB Jordan Diggs of Cape Coral, Fla., made a run through several schools last month and plans to narrow his list to his five for official visits before his first game Aug. 20. Diggs visited Michigan State, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Ole Miss on the road trip. He had hoped to get to USC but a trip through the Carolinas didn't pan out. However, that hasn't affected his interest in the Gamecocks, for whom his father was a linebacker. Diggs does not have a favorite at this point. He said he will choose a school outside of the state of Florida.
DB Eli Shumate of Ramsey, N.J., is maintaining regular contact with USC recruiter G.A. Mangus. He has a top five of USC, Michigan, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame and Rutgers, in no order. He will take his official visits and then come up with a favorites' list. He said USC, Michigan and Notre Dame are possible official visits. He said he'll make his decision in December after his visits but won't reveal it until the Army All American Game Jan. 7.
DE Jamal Marcus of Durham, N.C., has offers from USC, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, UNC, Auburn, Minnesota, East Carolina, Vandy, Southern Cal, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Maryland, Miami and Florida among others. He has not narrowed his list but would like to do so before the season starts or shortly thereafter. Marcus is looking at the Tigers and Gamecocks. Marcus wants to decide on a top five and then take official visits to each of those schools. He does not have a leader. As a junior, Marcus compiled 72 tackles and 17 sacks.
DE Jhaustin Thomas of Decatur, Ga., has USC in his top five and plans to take an official visit to Columbia this season. His top five are USC, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama and Auburn in no order. His plans are to take some official visits and commit before the season ends. He does not have a favorite.
RB Todd Gurley of Tarboro, N.C., has a top six of UNC, Georgia, N.C. State, Auburn, Clemson and Virginia Tech. The recent dismissal of Butch Davis at UNC did not deter Gurley from naming the Tar Heels his favorite. Gurley would like to take an official visit at Clemson but has not set a date.
6-9 Brice Johnson of Edisto wrapped up his AAU season last month in Orlando and he has landed two more big time offers. Johnson said Louisville and UNC joined his offer list, which already had USC, Clemson, Ohio State, Marquette, Tennessee, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Florida State, South Florida, UConn, St. John's and Florida. USC and Clemson will get two of those visits.
According to NBEbasketball.com, 6-7 Brannen Greene of Monroe, Ga., is a rising junior and claims offers from USC, Memphis, Ohio State, Kansas, UConn, Florida, Florida State, Marquette, Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Louisville. Duke and Kentucky also are showing interest. He's visited USC.
LHP Zack Erwin of Duluth, Ga., committed to Clemson, the Gwinnett Daily Post said. He was 7-4 with a 3.09 ERA last season, with 68 strikeouts. The paper also reported Clemson has a commitment from INF/RHP Lucas Sims of Snellville, Ga.
Commitments from DiamondProspects.com: rising junior INF Bradley Jones of Travelers Rest to the College of Charleston, rising senior RHP Kyle Dyson of Hanahan to Charleston Southern and LHP Chris Orlando of Carolina Forest, C Stephen Windham of Summerville and RHP Billy Ferguson of North Myrtle Beach to The Citadel.