Joshua Outlaw, an offensive lineman from Lithonia, Ga., contacted South Carolina recruiter Lorenzo Ward last week to gauge any interest the Gamecocks might have in him.
USC recruited and offered Outlaw before he committed to Florida. He has since de-committed from Florida.
“I told him I was interested in them,” Outlaw said. “He said he would talk with the offensive line coach and would call back. He said he was definitely interested.”
Outlaw was at Clemson for the Furman game and was at Georgia on Saturday. He is planning to attend the USC-Georgia game this weekend. Outlaw also is talking with UCLA, Arkansas, Miami, TCU, Mississippi and North Carolina.
In other recruting news:
OL Na’Ty Rodgers of Pomfret, Md., made an official visit to Oklahoma the weekend before last, his first official trip. USC was Rodgers’ favorite prior to that visit, and he says that’s still the case.
Rodgers made an unofficial visit to USC earlier this month and will return for the Georgia game. He has no other visits planned.
USC commitment DB Brendan Langley of Marietta, Ga., is now giving Georgia another close look because the Bulldogs have told him he can also play basketball there. He made an unofficial visit to Georgia recently and plans to take an official visit there as well. He will make his official visit to USC for the Georgia game.
LB Yannick Ngakoue (6-3, 240) of Washington announced a de-commitment from Maryland last week. He now has a short list of USC, Miami, Tennessee and West Virginia along with the Terrapins.
WR Juwaan Williams of Tucker, Ga., made an official visit recently to Notre Dame, the first of the five visits he plans to take. Williams’ next scheduled official visit Is Oregon this weekend. He has Clemson set for Oct. 20. He plans to go to Florida State for the Florida game and will visit Vanderbilt in January. Williams hopes to take an unofficial visit to Clemson before his official visit so he can get a feel for the game-day experience there. He does not have a favorite.
LB/DE Jalen Stevens of Goose Creek planned to visit Georgia over the weekend. Georgia has shown interest in Stevens but has yet to offer. He has offers from North Carolina, Arizona State, Connecticut and Southern Miss with interest from Clemson, Florida, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Georgia and others. The latest school to show interest is Ohio State. Stevens will take his first official visit Oct. 13 to Connecticut. He does not have any favorites.
TE Kalen Ritchie of Goose Creek is projected to be one of the top prospects in the 2014 class. USC is his first offer, and right now he’s favoring the Gamecocks. He will take in his first game there when Georgia visits the Cockpit. He was scheduled to visit Georgia this past Saturday. He is also getting interest from Clemson, LSU, Alabama and Tennessee. He has been to Clemson before and was at Tennessee for the Florida game.
DL Dexter Wideman of Saluda has offers from USC, Clemson and Michigan. He says a lot of other schools are showing interest. Wideman plans to attend the Georgia game at USC this weekend, and then is looking to take some visits beyond the state’s borders. He has also visited Clemson.
Gaffney WR Shaq Davidson attended the USC-Missouri game, his second visit to Williams-Brice Stadium this season. USC and Clemson have offered Davidson, who says Clemson isn’t showing much interest. He also has offers from North Carolina, Ohio State, Georgia, Wake Forest, Tennessee and N.C. State.
Davidson will be in Columbia this weekend for the Georgia game.
OL Donnell Stanley of Latta was at USC for the Missouri game. Stanley does not have any other trips scheduled but did say there is a strong possibility he will return to Columbia for the Georgia game. He also plans to attend a Clemson home game this season.
OL Christian Taylor of White Knoll attended the USC-Missouri game and plans to visit Clemson again. He has an offer from N.C. State and is hearing from Clemson, USC, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Duke, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Florida State, LSU, Alabama, California, UCLA, Washington and Auburn among others.
6-5 Sindarius Thornwell of Lancaster and Oak Hill Academy in Virginia committed Monday to USC. Thornwell picked the Gamecocks over N.C. State and announced his decision on his Facebook page shortly after 8 p.m.
According to his coach at Oak Hill, Thornwell gave no indication of a decision during or after practice, and actually told USC assistant coach Lamont Evans first about his decision. He later called head coach Frank Martin with the news.
Thornwell was targeted early by USC and Clemson, and as the summer wore on, schools like N.C. State, Ohio State, Memphis, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Florida State and Miami moved in with offers.
Last season he averaged 28 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists per game.
PF Desmond Ringer (6-9, 260) of McDonough, Ga., committed to USC last week, choosing the Gamecocks over Vanderbilt, Auburn and Stanford. He was the first commitment for the 2013 class.
Martin made his in-home visit last week with 6-4 Justin McKie of Irmo. McKie, son of former Gamecocks star BJ McKie, will take his official visit to USC this weekend. McKie has taken an official visit to Murray State and he said he is still talking to Wichita State, but he has no other visits scheduled.
The Gamecocks are in the mix, though not as strongly, for Thornwell’s teammate 6-6 Troy Williams. Oak Hill coach Steve Smith said Williams is focused on USC, LSU, Arkansas, North Carolina, Ohio State, Indiana and Alabama, with the Hoosiers, Buckeyes and Tar Heels the strongest with him right now.
Williams has not set any official visits and won’t sign until the spring according to his coach.
USC will not get an official visit from 6-9 Tyler Roberson of Roselle, N.J. USC offered him and he had an in-home visit with Martin. Roberson made an official visit SMU over the weekend and will visit Syracuse and Kansas in October. He’s also considering Kentucky, Rutgers and Villanova. He does not have a favorite.
USC target 6-5 Tim Quarterman of Savannah committed to LSU over the weekend.
6-4 Matt Howard of AC Flora made an official visit to Penn over the weekend. He also has scheduled an official visit to Harvard for Oct. 12t. He is undecided on his other visits but is looking at Boston College, Rice and Furman.