USC gets commitment from defensive end
Kendal Vickers, a 6-3, 235-pound defensive end from Havelock, N.C., committed to South Carolina last week after landing an offer from the Gamecocks.
Vickers has played offensive tackle for most of his career and only recently started to play some defensive end. Vickers becomes the 22nd commitment for the Gamecocks’ 2013 class, though at this point he’s not expected to join the program until 2014. He is likely to spend a semester at Fork Union Prep in Virginia before arriving in Columbia.
“His upside is tremendous,” said his coach Jim Bob Bryant. “He’s being recruited as an outside linebacker. He’s a tremendous athlete and would be a heck of a tight end. With his athleticism, he’ll likely be a stud outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.”
Vickers comes from the same program as current USC commitment Pharoh Cooper and current USC junior target RB Derrell Scott. And the Gamecocks have offered sophomore receiver Michael Bowman, who leads the area in receptions with 47 catches for 680 yards and 7 touchdowns.
In other recruiting news:
OL Na’Ty Rodgers of Pomfret, Md., made an unofficial visit to USC for the Arkansas game with his father and older brother. It was his third unofficial visit to USC this season. Rodgers made an official visit to Nebraska over the weekend and has taken an official visit to Oklahoma. He will visit Maryland Dec. 8, and his USC visit will be his last one in late December or January. USC is still the leader.
USC commitment DB Brendan Langley of Marietta, Ga., was back in Athens on Saturday to watch Georgia’s game against Georgia Southern. It’s the fourth unofficial visit he’s made this season to see the Bulldogs play. Langley is one of USC’s highest-rated prospects in the 2013 class, but Georgia has made a big push for him over the past two months for football and basketball. He has met with football coach Mark Richt and basketball coach Mark Fox. Langley’s only visit to USC was for the Georgia game. He has talked with Gamecocks basketball coach Frank Martin about playing for him as well. Langley has said he’s still firm with the Gamecocks. He will be an early enrollee.
DB David Kamara of Grayson, Ga., decommitted last week from Clemson just a few days after the decommitment from the Tigers by his highly acclaimed teammate DE Robert Nkemdiche. “I just wanted to take my visits everywhere to make sure that I was making the right decision,” Kamara told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Kamara joined Nkemdiche for an unofficial visit to Ole Miss weekend before last and the teammates are now being viewed as strong Ole Miss leans. Kamara and teammate DB Ryan Carter were at Clemson this past Saturday.
Clemson commitment DE Elijah Daniel of Avon, IN is taking other official visits but maintains he’s firmly committed to the Tigers. “I’m just seeing how things are compared to how things are at Clemson,” Daniel said. He was at Mississippi State over the weekend and has also visited Marshall. He will go to Ole Miss this weekend, and Florida might get a visit as well. He has not been to Clemson this season but he talks with recruiter Brent Venables each week. He has not set his official visit date with Clemson. This season Daniel had 80 tackles and 12 sacks.
It appears Clemson doesn’t have to sweat the commitment of WR Demarcus Robinson of Fort Valley, GA any more. Robinson made his official visit to Clemson for the Maryland game and told TigerIllustrated he was firm with his commitment and finished with recruiting. He had visited Notre Dame officially and had said he would visit Florida.
DL Ebenezer Ogundeko (6-4 238) of Brooklyn named Clemson, Ole Miss, Florida and Syracuse as his leaders in no order. Ogundeko will visit Clemson for the first time when they host USC. All four schools have offered Ogundeko who has over 30 in all. Alabama, Notre Dame, Oregon, Stanford, Texas A&M, Purdue and Arizona State are among his other offers. Ogundeko visited Syracuse, Notre Dame, Arizona State, Connecticut, Boston College and Florida before deciding to narrow his list to four.
DE Carl Lawson of Alpharetta, GA considered Clemson in the early spring before committing to Auburn in March. Now, in the aftermath of losing committed DE Robert Nkemdiche, the Tigers have made contact with Lawson again. “I talked to Coach Elliott and Coach Hobby,” Lawson said. “I said I appreciated how they felt about me possibly coming to Clemson. I’m still committed to Auburn. I’m waiting until after my season to do anything.” Lawson said he’s also heard from the likes of Southern Cal, UCLA, Tennessee, Florida State, Washington and Oklahoma State. His only visits this season have been to Auburn and he has no other visits scheduled. Going into Friday’s game, Lawson had 23 sacks, 34 tackles for loss and more than 70 tackles.
Dutch Fork WR Jordan Berry) has posted eye popping numbers this season with 108 catches for 1600 yards and 10 touchdowns going into last week’s games. But so far, those stats have not equated into offers. Berry and has been to several USC home games this season. He’s also been to Clemson, Elon and Georgia Tech for games. Berry feels USC and Elon are the closest to offering.
OL Donnell Stanley of Latta visited Clemson Saturday and will go to Alabama this Saturday. He’s also been to USC and Tennessee. Stanley has no favorites. He plans to attend junior days at USC and Clemson next year.
ATH CJ Fuller of Easley will be at Clemson this Saturday. The Tigers are his sole offer with interest from USC, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Duke among others. He took his first visit to USC when Tennessee was in town. Fuller has also visited North Carolina this season. Fuller totaled 2,044 yards and 19 touchdowns. He did not name a favorite.
DL Dexter Wideman of Saluda was at Clemson Saturday and will be back there this weekend. He has visited USC as well this season and has not visited an out of state school. Michigan also has offered him and he’s also getting interest from Alabama, LSU, Virginia Tech, NC State and North Carolina.
LB Christian Miller of Spring Valley took an unofficial visit to Alabama for the Texas A&M game and he is expressing a strong interest in the Crimson Tide. Though Miller did not receive an offer, he thinks one could come in the future. He plans to return for a junior day in early February. USC and Clemson have offered him and he’ll be at Clemson Saturday.
RB Derrell Scott of Havelock, NC named USC his leader last month after attending the Gamecocks home game versus Georgia. Since then, he has not taken any other visits. He has USC ahead of Florida State and Ohio State. Scott continues to hear from several schools including Alabama, LSU, Tennessee and Notre Dame.
USC is showing interest in OL Michael Leagan of LaPorte, TX. Arizona State and Texas Tech appear to be the closest to offering. He’s also hearing from Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Washington States. Leagan has visited USC, Florida State and Texas A&M. His father attended Brookland-Cayce and he still has family in South Carolina.
DB Nick Glass of Atlanta has been a Georgia commitment since early April but continues to consider other options despite being what he calls “95%” committed to the Bulldogs. “It’s still Georgia but a lot can happen in a year and a half,” Glass said. Glass has been to Florida, Florida State, Tennessee and Georgia this season. He is going to Ohio State for the Michigan game. “I’m looking hard at Clemson and Ohio State,” he said. “You could say they are tied for second. I’m also looking at UCLA and Alabama.” Glass has visited Clemson three times for a junior day, a camp and a visit.
WR Jamil Kamara of Virginia Beach, VA has offers from Clemson, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, NC State, North Carolina, Boston College, Marshall, Richmond, Hampton, James Madison, Illinois, Old Dominion, Miami and Toledo with interest from USC, Duke, Michigan, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Penn State and others. He does not have any favorite but did say Clemson will make his short list when he gets down to one. Kamara did not name a leader.
ATH Jacob McCrary of Miami committed to Florida State last July but has backed off that and is looking at other schools. In fact, he remains very interested in Clemson. “Clemson was the first school to offer me and I’m very excited about Clemson and I like them a lot,” McCrary said. He plans to visit Clemson unofficially in January. He plans to go to Florida State for the Florida game. McCrary said he will take his official visits next fall and make a final announcement at the 2014 Under Armour Game. He also has offers from Florida, Kansas State, Louisville, Marshall, Ole Miss, South Florida, UCLA, Notre Dame, Boise State and Ohio State.
OL Bentley Spain of Charlotte made another unofficial visit to USC Saturday. He is considering taking in the USC-Clemons game this Saturday. He’s got both schools under consideration and has not yet shortened his list.
South Aiken QB Bo Baldwin made an unofficial visit to LSU over the weekend.
USC will be signing 6-4 Sindarious Thornwell, 6-9 Desmond Ringer and 6-4 Justin McKie for this year’s class.
Clemson signed its two committed prospects in 6-5 Austin Ajukwa and 6-4 Patrick Rooks.
The USC women signed 6-4 Alaina Coates of Dutch Fork.
6-8 Tavario Miller of Houston is down to USC and Texas A&M and plans to have a decision early this week. Miller made an unofficial visit to A&M Saturday. He had used up all of his official visits with USC being the last one last weekend. Miller talked with the Gamecocks on Sunday.
“It’s really tough,” Miller said of the decision process. He said as of Sunday night he was not favoring either school.
Other signings…6-3 Tre’ Smith of Hillcrest with Charleston Southern; 6-6 Brian White of Richmond and 6-9 Nate Bowser of Fort Worth, TX; 6-7 Terrance O’Donohue of Norcross, GA and 6-3 Joseph Chealey of Apopka, FL with the College of Charleston; 6-1 Markus Terry of Alpharetta, GA with Presbyterian; and 6-4 Josh Davenport of Cincinnati and 6-8 Chukwuddebern Okeke of Jonesboro, GA.