Anticipated announcements put on hold
Two big recruiting announcements were planned for last week. Neither occurred.
Defensive back Chaz Elder of College Park, Ga., had planned to announce Friday his college football choice from among South Carolina, Georgia and Vanderbilt.
"I apologize, but I will not be making my decision today. I just want to make sure that I am 100 percent sure with my decision," he posted on his Facebook page, adding that he will wait until toward the end of his season.
Elder has not given a date for a decision. He began his season Saturday by returning an interception for a touchdown and making four tackles.
And the state of South Carolina's top senior basketball prospect, 6-9 Brice Johnson of Edisto, planned to announce his five official visits at the end of last week. That, too, did not happen. He is considering USC, Clemson, Florida, North Carolina, N.C. State, Ohio State, Connecticut and Baylor for his visits.
In other recruiting news:
DL John Atkins of Thomson, Ga., plans to announce his decision Friday. Atkins narrowed his choice to Clemson, Georgia Tech, Florida, Georgia and Auburn. He visited Auburn, Georgia and Georgia Tech earlier in the summer and watched Georgia practice earlier this month. He had planned to get to Clemson during the summer but wasn't able to make the trip.
ATH Marty Williams of Fox Creek has Clemson in his top three, with Florida and Miami Nos. 1-2. "I'm going to take official visits to all three," adding he plans to take his all five allotted visits and will sets dates for them in the near future. He does not have a set date for an announcement. He had over 400 yards of total offense in his game this past Friday.
WR Chris Brown of Hanahan suffered a broken collarbone on Thursday against Timberland. Coach Charlie Patterson said Brown likely will be out 4-6 weeks. Brown, also the country's top high school triple jumper, is one of the few uncommitted major football prospects in the state. He has been favoring USC over Virginia Tech and Cincinnati.
DL Carlos Watkins of Forest City, N.C., was thinking about making a decision in September but now plans to wait until after his official visits. Clemson, USC, Florida and Alabama are the four he has focused on.
RB Todd Gurley of Tarboro, N.C., has UNC and Georgia leading, and Clemson, Virginia Tech and Auburn round out the top five. He is concerned with Clemson's needs in the backfield and is being patient with the Tigers. "I want to visit them and check out the atmosphere, but I'm not sure they're going to take another running back in this class," Gurley said. He will take his first official visit to Georgia for the game with USC and also plans to visit Virginia Tech, Auburn and UNC.
DB Lucas Thompson of Winter Garden, Fla., has been favoring Miami for an extended period. But with the investigation of the Hurricanes program heating up, he is still keeping his options open. One of those is USC, which is in his top five. The others on his list are Louisville, West Virginia and ECU. But everything for him revolves around the Miami situation. He does not plan to announce his decision until the Under Armour All-American Game.
DB Trae Elston of Oxford, Ala., has Clemson, LSU and Alabama as his Nos. 1-3. He plans to take an official visit with the Tigers, but no date has been set. But because of Clemson's numbers, the Tigers may not have room for him in this class. He's also looking at Oregon, LSU and Nebraska for visits.
USC last week landed commitments from teammates 6-1 Ian Baker and 6-5 Carlos Morris of Jacksonville, Fla., for the 2012 recruiting class. The two Arlington Country Day players, who each had multiple major college offers, are the first two commitments for USC's 2012 class. Baker averaged 11 points and four assists, Morris 13 points, six rebounds and four assists.
6-1 PG Al Freeman of Charlotte, a highly rated prospect for the 2013 class, cut his list to 11 and it includes USC. The others are Georgetown, Florida, N.C. State, UNC, Villanova, Texas, Memphis, Marquette, Kansas and K-State.
Clemson has been in touch with PG Madison Jones (6-1) of Raleigh, who said the Tigers want to come watch his workouts. This summer, he visited Virginia and N.C. State. His offers include Richmond, Charlotte and Seton Hall, with interest coming from Virginia, Georgia and Tennessee. He does not have a favorite. He averaged 15 points, eight assists and four rebounds.
6-10 Zach Auguste of New Hampton Prep, N.H., has further cut his list to Florida, Georgia Tech, WVU and Marquette. He may also consider a fifth school. Clemson was on his longer list.
USC has a commitment for the 2013 class from catcher Logan Koch of Charlotte. A switch hitter who batted .425 with five homers and 40 RBIs, he's rated the No. 1 catcher in North Carolina by PerfectGame.com.
LHP Player Loving of A.C. Flora committed to the College of Charleston and RHP Austin Mason of Eastside committed to The Citadel, according to DiamondProspects.com.