Gamecocks getting second look from defensive lineman Keith Bryant
Keith Bryant, a defensive lineman from Delray Beach, Fla., has been committed to Miami for some time, but made an unofficial visit to South Carolina on Saturday.
He’s also considering an official visit with the Gamecocks and is only considering Miami and USC at this point.
“It was great,” Bryant said. “I loved it.”
Bryant said the fans and the atmosphere at Saturday’s game made an impression, and that he is very interested in the Gamecocks.
“They are real deep in my thoughts,” he said.
In other recruiting news:
OL Na’Ty Rodgers of Pomfret, Md., made his third unofficial visit with USC since April on Saturday. Rodgers also attended the spring game and the UAB game. Rodgers said the visit gave him another chance to strengthen his relationship with USC. “The relationship with people is one of the keys (to his decision), and you might see something you didn’t see the first time.” Rodgers has taken an official visit to Oklahoma and will also set official visits with USC, N.C. State and Maryland. He said Gamecocks assistants G.A. Mangus and Shawn Elliott are expected to scout him in his last game of the regular season. Rodgers said USC is still his leader ahead of Maryland and Oklahoma. However, he will stick with his plan to wait on making a final decision.
USC commitment DB Brendan Langley of Marietta, Ga., made an unofficial visit to USC on Saturday. Langley visited Georgia recently, and the Bulldogs are making a push, telling him he also can play basketball there. Langley talked with Gamecocks basketball coach Frank Martin while at the stadium Saturday. Langley will take an official visit to USC at a later date, and he’s also planning to set official visits to Georgia and UCLA. He said he’s still solid with his USC commitment.
DL Kelsey Griffin of Hochston, Ga., was at the USC-Georgia game. It was his second trip to Columbia in three weeks. He also made an unofficial visit for the UAB game. Griffin has also been considering Georgia, Florida and Auburn.
DL Antonio McGhee of Bossier City, La., decommitted from Tulane and said USC is one of the schools he’s now considering. McGhee is also looking at LSU, Louisiana Tech, Ole Miss, SMU and others.
WR Ky Priester of Snellville, Ga., committed to N.C. State on Sunday while on an official visit. He had narrowed his choices to USC and N.C. State.
TE Josh McNeil of Durham, N.C., who has been committed to Alabama since July, plans to take all five of his official visits, and Clemson will get one of his stops. McNeil will schedule visits to Clemson, Alabama, LSU, Florida and Georgia. McNeil has visited Clemson unofficially.
OL Tyrone Crowder of Rockingham, N.C., told Tiger Illustrated that Clemson and Georgia are his current top teams with North Carolina second on his list. He is also considering Texas which recently offered. He was at the Clemson-Georgia Tech game Saturday.
DB Mackensie Alexander of Immokalee, Fla., told Tigernet Clemson is his current favorite. He was at the Clemson-Florida State game. He has also expressed strong interest in Boise State, Notre Dame and Alabama.
TE Jordan Leggett of Navarre, Fla., remains a solid commitment for Clemson. He will, however, take a few official visits other than Clemson. Two of the schools he mentioned as possible destinations were Central Florida and Louisville. Missouri is also a school that continues to show interest in Leggett.
DL Montravius Adams of Vienna, Ga., was at Florida on Saturday as he continues to check out his top schools. He’s seen Clemson twice this season and he’s also been to Georgia. He plans to be at Clemson for the Maryland game. Adams does not plan to announce a top five until after his season and will take all five official visits. He did not name a favorite.
Other scheduled visits over the weekend included:
USC commitment LB Kight Dallas official to California; Clemson target WR Juwaan Williams of Tucker, Ga., an official to Oregon; Clemson commitment DE Elijah Daniel an official to Florida; Clemson commitment WR DeMarcus Robinson an official to Florida; and ATH Tramel Terry of Goose Creek, a Georgia commitment, an official to Clemson.
OL Joshua Outlaw of Lithonia, Ga., did not visit anywhere over the weekend because he was taking the SAT. He had considered visiting Clemson or USC. The former Florida commitment was at Georgia for the Tennessee game.
DE Jaylen Miller of Gaffney has offers from Furman, Wofford, Kentucky, North Carolina, N.C. State, Duke, Alabama State, LSU, Marshall, Florida and Wake Forest. He has been to a game at Wake Forest and plans to set an official visit with Wake. Kentucky is another possible visit.
ATH Mykal Moody of Conway has offers from N.C. State, Kentucky, Ole Miss and Marshall with interest from Southern Miss and others. He would like to visit Marshall, N.C. State and Kentucky.
USC quarterbacks coach Mangus got a close look recently at the only quarterback prospect he’s offered thus far for the 2014 class, Drew Barker (6-3, 211) of Hebron, Ky. Barker also has offers from Louisville, Purdue, Western Kentucky, Illinois, Cincinnati, Indiana and Louisiana Lafayette. He’s also drawing interest from Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Michigan State and Alabama. This season Barker has been to games at Ohio State, Louisville and Cincinnati and he plans to visit USC for the Tennessee game. Barker will narrow his list at some point and wants to make his decision sometime before his senior season.
LB Raekwon McMillan (6-3, 235) of Hinesville, Ga., made an unofficial visit to USC for the Georgia game. It was his second visit with the Gamecocks. McMillan also took an unofficial visit to Clemson last July. McMillan plans to return to Clemson for the Virginia Tech game. He has also been to Georgia and will visit Michigan.
for the Ohio State game. He has a top five, in no order, of Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, Alabama and Southern Cal. He will not commit under the Under Armour game in 2014.
Twin DBs Lawrence and Lance Austin of Barnesville, GA were on hand Saturday night for USC’s win over Georgia. Both have offers from USC along with Marshall and South Alabama. They are not necessarily a package deal, but they want to, and plan to, go to the same school. The Austins also have visited Georgia and Georgia Tech and are going back to Georgia. Lawrence is not claiming a favorite for him and his brother at this point.
Junior WR Jaylan Barbour of Monroe, GA took in Saturday’s USC-Georgia game with his father and a teammate. Barbour said he has offers from USC, North Carolina, Duke, East Carolina, NC State and Appalachian State. He has also been to a game at North Carolina. He lists USC as his leader followed by UNC and Duke. Last season Barbour had 84 catches for 897 yards and 10 touchdowns. He’s been hampered by a high ankle sprain this season and has missed some time. He has 30 catches for 200 yards and 2 scores.
DE Andrew Williams of McDonough, GA made an unofficial visit to Clemson Saturday for the Georgia Tech game. His brother plays for the Yellow Jackets but Williams said he was rooting for Clemson. Clemson is one of his 17 offers at this point. He has also visited Notre Dame, Georgia and Georgia Tech. Williams has been to Clemson before but this was his first game. “It was great,” he said. “It was one of the loudest games I’ve been to. I loved the atmosphere and the fans.” Williams also plans to visit Florida, Ohio State, Florida State and Georgia. USC is showing interest but has not offered. He does not have a favorite and will narrow his list after his season. Some of the other offers are Southern Cal, Notre Dame, Florida, Florida State, Michigan and LSU. Williams has 15 sacks so far this season.
Lexington QB Will Hunter has posted impressive numbers thru two and a half seasons as a starter. Hunter passed for 5517 yards and 54 touchdowns in his first two seasons. So far this season he’s thrown for 1359 yards and 10 touchdowns despite having off season labrum surgery. “His arm strength is not all the way back,” Earley said. “He’s one of the toughest quarterbacks I’ve ever seen. He’s as good as Everett (Golson, Notre Dame QB whom Earley coached at Myrtle Beach) or better. He’s like having another coaching on the field.” Hunter has not taken any visits for games this season, Earley said, because every Saturday he’s watching film with the coaches. Earley said he expects Hunter to visit USC, North Carolina, East Carolina, LSU and Alabama.
OL Damian Prince of Forestville, MD is lining up the offers early in the recruiting process. He counts 21 at this point including USC and Clemson. He has not been to any games this season but he did visit Maryland and North Carolina in the summer. He plans to visit Virginia for the North Carolina game. Prince has no favorites.
LB Chris Register of Greensboro, NC is projected as one of the top players in his state for the 2014 class. Clemson has offered him and USC has been talking to him but he doesn’t believe the Gamecocks have offered. Register also has offers from Duke, North Carolina, NC State, Tennessee, Wake Forest and Ole Miss. He’s also getting interest from Alabama. There is no favorite.
TE Milan Richard of Savannah planned to be among the recruits on hand Saturday night for USC’s showdown with Georgia. He was in Athens the prior Saturday for the Georgia game. Richard also visited USC for the UAB game. The Gamecocks have offered along with Vanderbilt, NC State, UCLA and Louisiana.
ATH Johnathan Lloyd of Graham, NC has offers from USC, Clemson, North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Florida, Notre Dame, NC State and East Carolina. He visited USC in the spring and Ohio State in the summer, and he plans to visit Florida after the season.
ATH Hyleck Foster of Gaffney is still waiting on his first offer but has several schools showing interest. He is hearing from USC, North Carolina, Mississippi State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest among others. He named UNC, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech as his top three in no order.
OL Jake Whitley of North Augusta has been to games at Clemson and NC State and plans to get to one at Georgia Tech. Right now he feels NC State is the closest to offering him. But Clemson, he said is highly interested. He was there for the spring game and the Ball State game. Whitley has a top five of Clemson, NC State, Georgia Tech, LSU and Michigan with no favorite.
6-5 Sindarius Thornwell of Lancaster and Oak Hill Academy in Virginia committed Monday night to USC. Thornwell picked the Gamecocks over NC State. “It feels good, like a lot of pressure is off me,” Thornwell said. “I’m really focused on school and getting this national championship at Oak Hill.” Early on Thornwell was targeted by USC and Clemson and as the summer wore on schools like NC State, Ohio State, Memphis, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Florida State and Miami moved in with offers. The in state schools had the advantage and eventually USC moved to the front of the pack. “Coach Frank, from the very first day I met coach I felt a bond with him,” Thornwell said. “He loves to win and will do whatever it takes.” And Thornwell feels he will fit in nicely with that approach and Martin’s style of basketball. “I just want to do whatever it takes to win,” he said. “I can play multiple positions and I just want to get after it.” Thornwell would have been the top player in the state for this season had he not transferred to the prep school. Last season he averaged 28 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists per game. He is the second commitment for the 2013 class for the Gamecocks.
6-4 Justin McKie of Irmo made his official visit to USC over the weekend. McKie also has visited Murray State officially. Wichita State is another school he’s been considering.