Gaffney's Davis finally gaining attention

  • Posted: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 12:01 a.m., Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2012 9:28 p.m.

Gaffney wide receiver Quinshad Davis has been a major reason his high school football team is undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the state. He is averaging 137 yards per game, and that has caught the attention of Clemson and South Carolina.

Both schools looked past him during the summer commitment binge. And for his part, Davis was not going to be rushed into a decision. But Gaffney head coach Dan Jones said Sunday the Tigers and Gamecocks have rekindled interest in Davis, who attended Clemson's game with Florida State.

"Clemson was at our Byrnes game and knows somebody better sign him and not let him get out of the state of South Carolina," Jones said. "I'm hearing the same thing out of Columbia."

However, Jones does not expect Davis to change his thinking with the renewed interest from the locals.

"I don't think he's necessarily a Gamecock or a Tiger. Wake Forest came in Tuesday and they want him really bad. He's going to go up with his mom for a game there. But right now he's concentrating on his senior season, and he thinks things will work out in the end."

In other recruiting news:

Two of Clemson's top defensive line targets made unofficial visits for the FSU game. Carlos Watkins of Forest City, N.C., has been a regular visitor to Death Valley this season. Saturday he went with his mom and his coach, Daniel Bailey.

Bailey said South Carolina, Alabama and Nebraska are possible visits for Watkins, who will announce a commitment Oct. 14 on his Senior Night.

DL Jonathan Bullard of Boiling Springs, N.C., made his first unofficial visit of the season Saturday when he was at Clemson. This weekend he will be in Columbia for the USC-Auburn game. He has one official visit set with Nebraska for Oct. 8 and has not decided on the others.

Miami-committed LB Keith Brown of Miami made an official visit to Clemson over the weekend, and the visit has given him something else to think about -- so much so, he will decide by the middle of this week whether to de-commit from Miami.

Clemson commitment DB Travis Blanks of Tallahassee, Fla., made his official visit to Clemson over the weekend, firmed up his commitment and does not plan to take any more visits. He made an unofficial visit to Georgia recently.

OL Cody Waldrop of Seffner, Fla., a USC commitment, made his official visit to Columbia over the weekend and remains firm with his pledge.

DB Marty Williams of Fox Creek committed to Clemson last week. He plays quarterback and safety and will go to Clemson to play defense.

Junior WR Tramel Terry of Goose Creek on Sunday backed off his commitment to Georgia and threw things back open. He told 247Sports.com he is now considering Georgia, Clemson, USC and Alabama. He was at the USC-Vanderbilt game and plans to be back for this week's USC game.

South Aiken DL Josh Brown did not make it to Clemson on Saturday, after a streak of three straight weeks in Death Valley. Instead, he went with his defensive line coach Ben Anderson to the Georgia Tech-North Carolina game.

DB Deion Bonner of Columbus, Ga., plans to set an official visit to Clemson. Bonner said in an interview with Rivals.com after the Great American Football Classic in the Georgia Dome this month that he plans to take official visits with Clemson, Alabama and LSU.

He saw his status as a top national prospect take a hit last spring following his arrest for theft of items from the Georgia football locker room. He and two others were charged with misdemeanors in the case. At one point, he was suspended from the Carver High team but was later reinstated.

Clemson and USC have been in touch with LB Jamal Marcus of Durham, N.C., and he's still interested in both. Clemson and USC are among the 20 offers he's considering. He plans to take unofficial visits to N.C. State, Duke, Virginia Tech, UNC and East Carolina. He hasn't decided on his official visits and doesn't have favorites.

RB Wes Brown of Olney, Md., has a final 10 he plans to reveal soon, and among them will be USC. "They play with the type of backs for my skill set and that interests me," Brown said. He was at Maryland for its win over Miami and has not been to any other games. He has no other visits planned and has not decided on official visits. He said he's not sure when he'll make his decision.

Junior WR Jorian Jordan-Brown of Charlotte has an offer from Towson and is hearing from USC, UNC, Duke, Maryland and Notre Dame. He is most interested in USC and UNC. He attended the Gamecock Showcase camp.

Junior DL Jordan Hawkins of Jacksonville, Fla., is hearing from Clemson. The Tigers have offered his teammate, DB Jasper Sasser, but want to see more from him in upcoming camps. His lone offer is from Southern Miss and he's also getting interest from Duke, Tennessee, Nebraska, Oregon, Florida, FSU and Georgia Tech.

Basketball news

6-9 Tyrone Haughton of Miami made an official visit to USC over the weekend and the Gamecocks are in strong position with him, though he will make more visits before deciding. "I loved everything there," he said Sunday night. "I really feel I could fit in. I can see myself going there. I did not commit. My coach doesn't want me to commit after one visit." He will also take official visits to Alabama, Virginia Tech and Connecticut before deciding. He said he was made to feel very much at home in Columbia. "The team took care of me," he said. "They seem like brothers. They carried me everywhere. And I like how he (Darrin Horn) coaches. It's just like my high school coach. And I loved the arena and the locker room." Haughton is a major target for USC, as it appears at this time 6-9 Brice Johnson of Edisto will sign with an out-of-state program.

6-10 Richard Peters of Phoenix was recently visited by Clemson assistant Rick Ray and is waiting to hear back regarding an official visit with the Tigers. He also has been visited by Washington State, Seton Hall and Washington. He is scheduled for an official visit to Washington State this weekend.

6-8 junior forward Quinton Stephens of Atlanta is regarded as one of the top players in Georgia for the 2013 class.

He has offers from Clemson, Georgia, Auburn, Tennessee, UAB and Georgia Tech. He's also drawn interest from USC, Auburn, Temple and George Mason.

Class of 2013 PG D.J. Brooks of Hillcrest recently took a visit to Mercer and picked up an offer from the Bears on the trip. Furman and Jacksonville had already offered. The 6-1 Brooks continues to receive interest from USC, Winthrop, The Citadel, East Carolina and Tulane, among others.

Baseball news

Two players who had been early USC commitments, Austin Gambrell of Belton-Honea Path and Alex Satterfield of Laurens Academy, were not part of the Gamecocks' 21-player recruiting class that Collegiate Baseball ranked No. 1 in the nation for 2011.

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