Quarterback recruit enjoys Gamecocks experience
Quarterback Drew Barker of Hebron, Ky., is the only junior quarterback with an offer from South Carolina, and he attended his first Gamecocks’ game Saturday.
“It was a great visit,” Barker said. “The game was awesome, the atmosphere was great.” Barker said he spoke several times with recruiter G.A. Mangus and met with coach Steve Spurrier before the game and again on Sunday.
“Their offense fits my skill set because they really pass it and run it with the quarterback,” Barker said. “South Carolina really impressed me with this visit, the best visit I’ve had,” said Barker, who has also been to Ohio State, Louisville and Cincinnati.
“It really, really intrigued me a lot. They are in good position right now. Of my offers, South Carolina is definitely at the top.”
Barker said his decision could come as soon as December or January.
Also at Saturday’s game was junior offensive lineman Steven Moss of Spotsylvania, Va., who has offers from North Carolina, N.C. State, East Carolina, Boston College, West Virginia, Maryland, Syracuse and Illinois, and will soon be visiting Alabama, Penn State and Virginia.
Junior receiver Braxton Berrios of Raleigh made his second visit to USC on Saturday and left with an offer from the Gamecocks. His other offers are from Virginia Tech, East Carolina, Maryland, Wake Forest, Duke, North Carolina and Minnesota, and he’s getting interest from Clemson, Ohio State and Alabama.
Junior athlete C.J. Fuller of Easley picked up his first offer last week from Clemson. Fuller said North Carolina is also showing a lot of interest and he has been to Chapel Hill. He’s also hearing from Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Auburn, Duke, LSU and Mississippi State. Early on, Fuller said he has a top three that included Clemson, USC and North Carolina.
Junior running back Caleb Kinlaw of Goose Creek has offers from Clemson, USC, Tennessee and North Carolina. He was at Tennessee when the Volunteers hosted Florida, and he’s got the Vols out front right now. Other schools showing interest include Ohio State, LSU, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi State, Arizona State, California, UCLA, Oregon, N.C. State, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
Clemson commitment Robert Nkemdiche, a defensive end from Grayson, Ga., is keeping a recruiting diary for ESPN.com and recently wrote the following: “Recruiting is going great, but I’m just really confused right now because I love Clemson, but you know everything that is going on with my family and Ole Miss (where his brother plays).
“(Clemson coach Dabo Swinney) is trying to win my mom’s heart. He is sending her letters but there is only so much he can do.”
Nkemdiche’s mother has said she did not approve of his commitment to Clemson and wants him at Ole Miss.
Clemson’s 2012 recruiting class is ranked 13th and USC’s is 16th by Baseball America.
Vanderbilt has the No. 1 class, followed by UCLA, Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina.