Quarterback Christian Hackenberg of Fork Union, Va., currently is USC's top quarterback target and has set an unofficial visit to Columbia for March 15-16.
Hackenberg has been in touch with USC quarterbacks coach GA Mangus thru Facebook, and has talked to him on the phone. "From what he's been telling me, I'm the only one he's offered," Hackenberg said. "He feels I can fit in with their offense and do what they want me to do."
Hackenberg recently visited Penn State for a closeup look at Bill O'Brien and his new program in Happy Valley. "I liked the way coach O'Brien set everything up, and he's got the program headed in the right direction," Hackenberg said.
He is going to Miami this weekend. Hackenberg also has offers from Tennessee, Rutgers, Virginia, Alabama, Connecticut, South Florida and Florida. There is no favorite, and he plans to make his decision this summer.
In other recruiting news:
ATH Tramel Terry of Goose Creek made a return visit to Georgia on Saturday for the Bulldogs' junior day. Terry was once a Georgia commitment and last visited there for the Auburn game last season. Terry will go to Clemson this Saturday for a junior day. He plans to take his parents with him on that visit. He was at Clemson's earlier junior day in January. He also took in USC's junior day last month. USC, Clemson, Georgia and Florida are the top schools with Terry right now. His coach has said he does not plan to carry on the recruiting process much longer.
RB Derrick Green (6-0, 215) of Richmond, Va., has strong interest in Clemson and will visit the Tigers in the future. USC also offered Green a while back but he's not heard from the Gamecocks since Jay Graham left. Green has 21 offers. Some of the others are Ohio State, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Penn State, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Rutgers, Purdue, North Carolina and N.C. State. He will visit West Virginia in March and will also visit Clemson, Arkansas and Oklahoma. He does not have a favorite and will wait until Signing Day before making a decision.
OT Max Garcia was granted a full release by Maryland last Wednesday, meaning he can transfer to any school, including another ACC school, with no penalty other than sitting out the 2012 season. According to Tiger- Illustrated.com, Clemson contacted Garcia soon after he got his full release, and Garcia is interested in the Tigers. Clemson was one of his final choices before he decided on Maryland in Dec. 2009. Garcia said he has offers from Florida, Georgia and Ole Miss and will take official visits to those schools. He said he's also looking at Auburn and possibly Clemson for visits.
DL Greg Gilmore of Hope Mills, N.C., plans to take official visits to Clemson, LSU and Florida. Those are his top three right now. "I would probably say they are. It's kind of tough, with over 20 offers, to make a decision. There are a lot of schools out there that need defensive linemen, but you don't know if their coaching staffs are going to remain in place. I want to get to the next level, so there are a lot of things to think about." Gilmore also has offers from USC, Tennessee, Oklahoma, LSU, North Carolina, N.C. State and East Carolina among others. Gilmore did not name a leader.
DL Joe Fennell (6-4, 310) of Fort Myers, Fla., has offers from Clemson, USC, Georgia, Florida State, Florida, South Florida, Indiana and Illinois. He named USC, Clemson and Georgia as his top three, in no order. Fennell plans to camp at Clemson this summer and will visit USC and Indiana. .
USC became one of the newest offers last week for DB Von Bell (6-1, 190) of Rossville, Ga. Bell is a highly regarded safety who had 6 interceptions last season. His offer list also includes Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Maryland, Ole Miss, UCLA, Auburn and Oklahoma State.
ATH Jadar Johnson of Orangeburg-Wilkinson has offers from Clemson, North Carolina and N.C. State. He visited UNC for its recent junior day. Johnson also is hearing from USC, Alabama, Georgia, Notre Dame, Florida State and Minnesota.
Sophomore WR Blake Bone (6-4, 170) of Woodruff last Monday landed his first offer from USC. And later in the week, Clemson stepped up with an offer. Bone was an all-state performer last season after totaling 60 catches for 1057 yards and 10 TDs. He helped lead his team to a state title game. Bone camped at Clemson last summer. He's also getting interest from Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State and Oregon.