Three of the top football players in North Carolina made official visits to Clemson over the weekend. None committed, but the Tigers figure to be factors with them to the end. Those three -- running backs Kevin Marshall of Raleigh and Tarboro, respectively, and defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard of Shelby -- will continue with their official visits.
Marshall will visit USC officially for the Clemson weekend. He's also considering UNC. He is graduating from high school early and will make a decision in December.
Gurley has also been to Georgia and is also looking at USC, UNC, N.C. State, Auburn and Virginia Tech.
Bullard also has visited Nebraska. He goes on an official visit to USC this weekend and will go to Florida on Nov. 26. He has also been considering Tennessee.
In other recruiting news:
USC hosted two of its top uncommitted targets for official visits on Saturday: DB of Ramsey, N.J., and DE of Tampa, Fla.
Shumate has had USC near the top of his list. He has not set any other official visits, but is looking at Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Rutgers and Notre Dame.
USC and Florida have been the top two with McCord. He's also considering Georgia, Southern Cal, Miami and TCU.
DB Chaz Elder of College Park, GA made an unofficial visit to USC Saturday along with a couple of his coaches. Elder has been favoring the Gamecocks for some time. His coach, Ryan Bannaker, said, "He's South Carolina's to lose." Georgia and Vanderbilt remain in the picture as well.
Gaffney WR Quinshad Davis made an unofficial visit to USC on Saturday. Davis, who has also been to games at Clemson and Wake Forest this season, has offers from N.C. State and Wake Forest. He plans to return to USC for the Clemson game. USC and Clemson like Davis but may not have room for him in this class, though both are keeping the fires warm with him. "He says he's going to wait the year out and see what happens," his coach, Dan Jones, said.
OL Tyler Stasky of Wando was at the Clemson-Wake Forest game. Stasky is hearing from Charleston Southern and Liberty as well.
RB of Woodruff committed last week to Georgia Southern, and his teammate, OL , committed to Gardner-Webb.
WR Kwinton Smith of Dillon is committed to USC but took an official visit to Florida recently. That visit has him thinking. "I'm still committed to Carolina, but (Florida) is in the back of my mind," he said. Smith still has an official visit to USC to take, and that is the only other visit on his schedule. He was at Florida's game over the weekend.
One of Clemson's few remaining targets for 2012 is OL Nick Davidson of Eden Prairie, Minn. He plans to visit Clemson soon. He's also been considering Stanford, Ohio State, Colorado and Oregon. However, his recruiting may be derailed for the time being after he injured his leg in a playoff game Friday.
6-10 Clemson target Phillip Nolan of Milwaukee decided to wait until the spring to sign."When I get comfortable with a school, I will commit," Nolan said. "But I won't sign until the spring. (Assistant) Coach (Rick) Ray wasn't really happy about it. ... With me signing late, I can watch the teams and make sure that's what I want to do." Nolan has taken official visits to Clemson and Oregon and will visit hometown Marquette unofficially. He's also considering Oklahoma and Baylor and hasn't closed the door on others. "As of right now, I'm open," he said.
USC basketball commitments 6-1 Ian Baker and 6-5 Carlos Morris, teammates from Jacksonville, Fla., will not sign with the Gamecocks during the early signing period, which began last Wednesday. "We talked about it, and we just want to make sure we're making the right choice," Baker said. "We're still committed. ... We just needed to take our time with it." The two plan to take official visits to USC but have not scheduled those trips.
Clemson picked up a commitment for the 2013 class from left-hander Alex Bostic of Monroe, N.C., according to Clemson247.com. Bostic picked the Tigers over Virginia, Georgia, UNC and N.C. State. He reportedly is considered the top lefty in North Carolina.
DiamondProspects.com reported some recent commitments: LHP of USC Sumter to the College of Charleston; INF of Hanahan to Charleston Southern, and RHP of Mauldin to The Citadel.