Goose Creek coach: Smalls heading to USC
Goose Creek running back Virgil Smalls is following his half-brother and is planning on attending the University of South Carolina, according to his football coach Chuck Reedy.
"They have offered and he has committed, pending him qualifying," Reedy said Friday night. "If he qualifies and they don't have room, he'll greyshirt."
Smalls has rushed for more than 370 yards and has scored 14 touchdowns for the Gators.
Smalls is a half-brother of USC freshman offensive tackle Brandon Shell, and is a prolific runner who delivered 86 pancake blocks last season.
"He's physical; he's intimidating," Reedy said.
The Gamecocks also landed a commitment from a top prospect in Georgia over the weekend in defensive end Jhaustin Thomas of Decatur. His commitment gives USC a total of 23 for the 2012 class, including three players the Gamecocks placed in prep school for this season.
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Goose Creek junior receiver was at the USC-Auburn game and also attended the game against Vandy. Terry committed to Georgia last summer but has softened on that position considerably. "He's wide open," Reedy said. "He's hearing from schools all over the country and he still likes Georgia a lot." USC, Clemson, Georgia and Florida State were the schools strongest with him at this point. He has also been to Clemson and plans to return there for a future game.
USC remains in the driver's seat for DB Chaz Elder of College Park, Ga. "Nothing has changed," said his position coach, Ryan Andrews. "He's USC's to lose. I think in his mind it's over. When he's going to go public, we haven't discussed. But I think he's pretty much made up his mind." Andrews said Georgia and Vanderbilt continue to work Elder, and Arizona State also has been making a push.
DB Elijah Shumate of Ramsey, N.J., is in regular contact with USC, and if he can work it out, he plans to take an official visit with the Gamecocks this weekend. "I talk to Coach (G.A.) Mangus a lot," Shumate said. "I just want to go to a school where I fit and get the best of both worlds education-wise and on the football field. And I want to make an immediate impact and play as a freshman." Oklahoma, Michigan, Notre Dame and Georgia are other possible visits, according to Shumate. He said there is no leader and no order to his schools. He will withhold a decision until the Army All-American game on Jan. 7.
Two of USC's commitments from Stephenson High in Stone Mountain, Ga., DB Kyle Fleetwood and DL Carlos Hood, were at the Auburn game along with teammate LB Rafael Kirby. Kirby is a Miami commitment, but USC's Ward has continued to recruit him. "They must be in pretty good shape if he's coming in for the visit," said Stephenson assistant, Corey Johnson, last week. "He's weighing his options. He's still going to take his visit to Miami." Johnson said Kirby also will take official visits to USC, Georgia and Vandy. Kirby made an unofficial visit to Georgia two weeks ago. He will be a December graduate, so he plans to get in all of his official visits in October.
Junior OL Bryce King of Dillon has offers from USC, Clemson and LSU. He is hearing from Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn, N.C. State, UNC, Penn State and Oregon, among others. He has been to games at USC and Clemson this season. He does not have a favorite.
ATH Chris Moody of McDonough, Ga., made an unofficial visit to USC on Saturday. USC has recruited him as a defensive back. At this point, he's not a player the Gamecocks plan to sign because of their commitments for the secondary already and the expected addition of Elder. He's set for an Oct. 15 official visit to Memphis.
DL Jonathan Bullard of Shelby, N.C., didn't make it to USC on Saturday because he was taking the SAT. He will take an official visit to Nebraska this weekend. He has been to Clemson unofficially. He hopes to make a visit to USC before he makes his decision, expected in late October-early November. He has also been considering Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and Auburn. He has not named a favorite.
DE of Leland, N.C., was at the USC-Auburn game on an unofficial visit. He also has been looking at North Carolina, N.C. State, Duke, East Carolina and Clemson.
USC's Mangus is starting to build his quarterback target list for the 2013 class, and one prospect he's interested in is Boeing Brown of Brookfield, Conn.. Brown has had various forms of contact with Mangus recently. "I'd love to get an offer from South Carolina and see what happens," Brown said. "If South Carolina were to offer me, I would commit on the spot." USC wanted him to come to camp last June, but because he didn't get out of school until late in the month, he couldn't make it down. He plans to come down to USC for a visit in November. Brown has also been getting a lot of attention from Penn State, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Illinois and Northwestern. He also had contact from Clemson.
ATH Kenny Orjioke of Marietta, Ga., has offers from Arizona State, Duke, ECU, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, UNC, N.C. State, Purdue, San Diego State, SMU and Vandy, Orjioke is also hearing from USC, Auburn and Stanford, among others. He made an unofficial visit to USC for the Vandy game. "His parents have visited Duke and if Stanford offers, I think he will take an official (visit) there," his coach said. Irwin noted that Orjioke will take an official visit to Arizona State this season. He plays safety and tight end and is being recruited as a safety, linebacker and defensive end. He does not have a favorite.
Junior QB Eddie Printz of Marietta, Ga., committed to SMU in August, but that has not deterred USC. "Coach Mangus has visited the school and been to a game this year and continues to recruit him," coach Jep Irwin said. Printz made an unofficial visit to USC for the Vandy game.
He has offers from SMU, Purdue, Arkansas and N.C. State. USC is showing a lot of interest.
DL Carlos Watkins of Forest City, NC was at Florida over the weekend on his first official visit. Watkins was in Clemson for the Florida State game on an unofficial visit and has the Tigers and Gators as his top two schools, according to his coach Daniel Bailey, who said, "He's is still planning to make his announcement on Oct. 14." Bailey added Watkins would like to take all five of his visits but will not take an official one to Clemson until after the season. USC is among schools Watkins is considering for a visit.
DB Deion Bonner of Columbus, Ga., has re-emerged as one of his state's top prospects. Bonner's future was in doubt earlier this year when he was charged with a misdemeanor theft charge. Now that he's back with his team, the recruiting interest in him has returned. Clemson is one of the schools interested, according to his coach, Dell McGee. Charlie Harbison is recruiting Bonner for Clemson. Alabama, LSU, Miami and Southern Cal are others showing interest in the cornerback.
Clemson recruiter Marion Hobby has jumped in on DE Kenderius Whitehead of Atlanta and now has the Tigers as a factor, according to a newspaper. Whitehead told the Journal Constitution that Hobby has been doing the best job of recruiting him and he wants to come in for a visit. Whitehead has taken an official visit to UNC and right now has the Tar Heels and Georgia at the top of his list. He's also looking at Tennessee.
DL DJ Reader of Greensboro, N.C., is looking hard at the ACC ,and Clemson is one of the schools that stand out with him. He plays both lines and said Clemson is recruiting him for both. Reader also likes UNC, N.C. State, Maryland and Virginia Tech. Outside of the league he has some interest in Auburn. He plans to take October official visits to Clemson and UNC. He will take all of his official visits in December. He also is a major baseball prospect as a pitcher and first baseman and wants to play both in college.
WR Alton "Pig" Howard of Orlando has scheduled his first two official visits. He will go to Tennessee on Oct. 8 and Cincinnati on Oct. 15. He's not decided about other official visits but is looking at USC, Alabama, West Virginia and UCF for the other visits. USC recruiter Jeep Hunter recently scouted him.
Junior QB Brayden Scott of Tahlequah, Okla., has offers from Clemson, Arkansas, Arizona and Tulsa, with interest from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Alabama, Notre Dame, Texas Tech, Oregon, Oregon State, Missouri, and Kansas, among others. He likes the Tigers and is familiar with offensive coordinator Chad Morris. "I went to his camp when he was at Tulsa and I met a good coach and a good friend," he said. "We run the same offense at my high school so I learned a lot with him." Scott hopes to get to a game at Clemson this season. If not, he'll visit in December or January.
Junior WR Jayron Kearse of Fort Myers, Fla., committed to Auburn in August but has a lot of interest in Clemson. His offers include Clemson, Auburn, USF, Boston College, Rutgers, Georgia Southern, Miami, UCF and WVU, with interest from USC, Southern Cal, Florida, FSU, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Michigan State among others.
QB of Greer committed last week to Furmanm according to The Greenville News.
6-9 Brice Johnson of Edisto made his third scheduled official visit this past weekend when he went to Florida. He also has visited N.C. State and UNC officially. He has not scheduled official visits yet with USC or Clemson, but his AAU coach Dion Bethea insists that he will. Bethea said Johnson will work to set something up with the in-state schools. For his part, Johnson has remained noncommittal about visiting the local schools. He has said he wants to make his decision in early October.
6-4 junior shooting guard Matt Howard of A.C. Flora was visited last week by Clemson recruiter Earl Grant. He made a recent unofficial visit to Clemson and has been waiting on an offer from the Tigers. He has offers from USC, Virginia Tech, Richmond and VCU.He has had USC, Clemson and VCU has his top three. He also has visited USC and VCU and plans to see N.C. State.
Juniors 6-3 of Lancaster and 6-6of Charlotte were set for unofficial visits to USC this past Saturday.
According to DiamondProspects.com, OF of USC Sumter committed to Tennessee and RHP committed to the College of Charleston. Price is from Batesburg-Leesville, Hanzlik from Blythewood.