Gamecocks appear to be front-runner for Saluda defensive lineman Wideman
Defensive lineman Dexter Wideman (6-4, 275 pounds) of Saluda has not been to any junior days or visited any schools this spring, according to his coach Doug Painter, because he’s focusing on his academics. And he has no visits planned right now though he’s talked to LSU about a visit in the near future.
Wideman has offers from South Carolina, Clemson, Michigan, Florida and Ole Miss. He’s also hearing from Florida State and LSU.
Painter said USC is out front in the battle for Wideman.
“His family would like him to go to Carolina,” Painter said. “For one thing, it’s closer and they can get there easy. He’s pretty close to his grandmother, so he doesn’t want to go too far away.”
Wideman has been to USC and Clemson for games, and he went to camps at Tennessee and Virginia Tech last year.
“He’s going to want to take the visits and see what’s out there,” Painter continued. “He’s leaning toward the Gamecocks. He’s not told me that, that’s just my perception watching him around school.”
In other recruiting news:
DL Poona Ford (6-1, 280) of Hilton Head is one of the most heavily offered prospects in the state. His offers include USC, Illinois, Missouri, Georgia Tech, Arizona, Tennessee, Purdue, Kansas State, Utah State, Marshall and Florida Atlantic. His coach, BJ Payne, said last week that Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are close to making offers, and Ford is hearing from Michigan and Oregon. Clemson has shown interest but has not offered. Ford attended USC’s junior day earlier last month and has been favoring the Gamecocks. “They’ve done a great job recruiting him,” Payne said. “They see him as being similar to Melvin Ingram.” While USC is a definite favorite, Ford is not close on a commitment, according to his coach. This weekend Payne and Ford visited Tennessee, and they plan to get to North Carolina. Last season, Ford totaled 154 tackles, a figure his coach said led the country among interior defensive lineman. He also had 44 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. Ford was a linebacker for most of his career before moving to the defensive line last season.
WR Jacob McCrary of Miami announced on Twitter last week a commitment to Clemson. “It’s official I’m a tiger #tigernation #Clemson bound” McCrary tweeted, including a picture of himself in a Clemson jersey and helmet inside the Clemson lockerroom. However, Clemson did not take his commitment. Clemson was the first school to offer McCrary who has had Clemson at the top of his list. He’s also had Florida State, Arkansas and West Virginia in his top four. At one time he was committed to FSU.
QB Jalan McClendon of Charlotte has offers from S.C. State, North Carolina, Wake Forest and East Carolina with interest from USC, Clemson, N.C. State, LSU and Georgia among others. He named Clemson, USC, Georgia and North Carolina as his top four, in no order. He has attended junior days at N.C. State and UNC and does not have any other trips scheduled.
QB Jacob Park of Stratford has a dozen offers and has not formally cut down his list, but Knights coach Ray Stackley says four schools have emerged from the group to sit at the top of Park’s list. “He’s almost down to five,” Stackley said. “By the end of the school year he’ll be down to five, and he’ll commit by the end of June or the first of July.” Stackley said the four standing out the most right now are Alabama, Georgia, Virginia Tech and North Carolina. All have offered, along with Auburn, Tennessee, N.C. State, Ole Miss and Duke. Stackley said Auburn and Tennessee are no longer in the picture. And right now USC and Clemson are not a factor. “Both of them love him, but neither has offered,” Stackley said. Last season, Park passed for 2,700 yards and 25 TDs.
QB Mason Rudolph of Northwestern was offered by Ole Miss. He also has offers from LSU, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma State.
DB Wesley Green of Lithonia, Ga., has offers from Clemson, USC, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Auburn, North Carolina, N.C. State, Syracuse, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Mississippi State, and Missouri among others. He is showing a lot of interest in the Gamecocks. “I’ve been talking a lot to the coaches, and they do a good job with the defensive backs,” said Green. “It’s pretty much DB University and they compete in the SEC. I’m supposed to be visiting in March.” Green has already visited UNC, N.C. State, Auburn and Wake Forest this offseason. Green does not have any favorites.
WR Demarre Kitt of Tyrone, GA last week tweeted out his new short list of schools and Clemson and USC are both on the list. He also has Georgia, Auburn, Alabama, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M. West Virginia, Oregon, UCLA, Southern Cal, Oklahoma State and Michigan. He plans to cut his list to 8-10 schools after spring practice. Kitt was at Clemson’s junior day last month.
DB Darin Smalls of Summerville was offered by Georgia Tech last week. That gives him six offers. The others are USC, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Florida State and NC State. Smalls was at USC’s junior day last month and has no other visits planned at this point. “USC is my favorite as of now,” he said adding that he might attend USC’s junior day later this month.
USC continues to be a strong player with OL Bentley Spain of Charlotte according to his coach Randy Long. “He has a high interest in South Carolina,” Long said. “It’s one of his top schools. He’s had an opportunity to form a relationship with the coaches there, especially Shawn Elliott. He wants to make his decision in the next three months if he can.” Spain has taken several visits to USC which was the first school to offer him. He has a short list of USC, North Carolina, LSU, Michigan, Stanford and Virginia with no leader according to Long.
WR Jaylan Barbour of Monroe, NC was offered by West Virginia last week. He’s been favoring USC over North Carolina and Duke.
RB Elijah Hood of Charlotte announced a new top three last week of Notre Dame, Michigan and Ohio State in order. He visited the three schools recently. North Carolina had been #2 on his list. Clemson is one of his other offers he’s been considering.
Clemson has offered WR Dallis Todd of La Mirada, CA. He also has offers from Florida, Nebraska, Ohio State and Texas A&M. He has visited Southern Cal and will visit Ohio State April 6th. He also wants to visit Clemson.
ATH Hyleck Foster of Gaffney visited North Carolina and Georgia recently. The trip to Athens stood out for Foster. Foster feels the Bulldogs are showing a lot of interest though he expects his next offer to come from West Virginia. Kentucky is next up on his schedule and he plans to visit USC. His current offers are from UNC, Wake Forest and Alabama State. Foster did not name a leader.
DB Qua Searcy of Griffin, GA has offers from USC, Georgia Tech, South Alabama, Louisville and Marshall among others with interest from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Missouri and UCLA. Thus far, his only junior day visit was to Georgia Tech. His next junior day visit will either be Alabama or Mississippi State. Searcy does not have any favorites or a time frame for a decision. He totaled 78 tackles, four interceptions and three forced fumbles as a junior.
LB Richard Yeargin III of Hollywood, FL, who has had an offer from Clemson, was offered last week by USC. “I’m really excited about it because that’s my home-state.” His father is from Greenville. Yeargin has 21 offers now including Florida, Florida State, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Boston College, Wisconsin, Wake Forest, UCLA, Georgia Tech and Purdue. Yeargin has not been on any visits and will go to South Florida for the spring game. “It’s been a battle between Clemson and Florida,” said Yeargin. “We’ve built a very good relationship with (Clemson’s) coaches.” Yeargin named Clemson, USC, Florida, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Boston College, Georgia Tech and UCLA as schools of strong interest.
RB Jonathan Vickers of Jacksonville, FL has from Clemson, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Alabama, Georgia, NC State, Louisville, TCU and California. He has Clemson, Alabama and Florida State as his top three. He went to junior days at Alabama and FSU. Vickers is planning to visit Clemson, USC, Florida and Georgia this spring.
RB Kobe McCrary of Chipley, FL plans to visit Clemson. McCrary recently visited Florida and Louisville. He’s also drawn interest from USC, Florida, Florida State, Pittsburgh, Kentucky and Mississippi State. McCrary rushed for 1600 yards and 23 touchdowns last season.
OL Mason Cole of Tarpon Springs, FL committed to Michigan last week. Clemson and USC were among his offers.
Former Clemson commitment DB Dylan Sumner-Gardner of Mesquite, TX committed to Texas A&M over the weekend.
DB Edward Paris of Mansfield, TX committed last week to LSU. Clemson and USC were among his offers.
Coastal Carolina coach Joe Moglia last week announced the additions of LB Austin Larkin of San Ramon, CA and WR Trey Gattison of Hartsville to the 2013 recruiting class.
6-4 Chad Frazier of Gulf Coast State JC committed to Texas A&M after visiting A&M over the weekend and watching the Aggies beat the Gamecocks. Frazier did not sign out of high school and played two seasons at Gulf Coast. This season he averaged 16 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds per game.
6-9 Demetrius Henry of Bradenton, FL has seen his season come to an end so now he’s ready to move on with the final stage of his recruiting. Henry is down to USC, Miami and South Florida and will be scheduling his official visits to those schools in the next couple of weeks. Henry said USC has been in constant contact.. “It’s a good situation. Coach Martin is a great coach. He can get the best out of you. And there’s the chance to play early as a freshman.” Henry said the Gamecocks’ poor record will have no impact on his view of them as he makes his decision. “I want to see how the schools are and how the fans are,” he said. “I want to see how the people are around the school and how nice they are and if I can see myself at the school for the next four years.” Henry plans to sign on the first day of the spring signing period which is April 17th. This season he averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists a game despite a sore shoulder which he plans to have checked out soon by a doctor.
USC signee 6-5 Sindarius Thornwell was selected for the Kentucky Derby Festival Classic.
6-6 Travis Hammonds of Gray Military Academy visited Georgia Tech and Georgia State last week.