Highly recruited defensive lineman to visit South Carolina

  • Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 12:02 a.m.

Peyton Newell, a defensive lineman from Hawatha, Kan., has not firmed up a list of his top colleges, but he says he will be making an official visit to South Carolina. The date has not been set.

Newell attended USC’s junior day last month and has remained in touch with the Gamecocks. He says they are still strong with him.

“I was going to announce a top five next week during my spring break, but I’ll wait until the end of summer. There’s a really good chance they (USC) will be in the top five.”

Newell has up to 30 offers with Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Georgia and Oklahoma being four of the most recent. He has been to Kansas for a junior day and will go to either Georgia or Alabama this spring. Alabama hasn’t offered but is showing a lot of interest. Some of his other offers are Nebraska, UCLA, TCU, Oklahoma State, BYU and Arizona State.

In other recruiting news:

DE Kentavious Street of Greenville, N.C., had planned to visit Clemson over the weekend with his family, but he and Clemson recruiter Brent Venables decided he should come in another weekend. Clemson is one of his favorites, along with Virginia Tech, Florida State and Tennessee. “I talk with coach Venables a lot, along with coach Brooks, and we have a great relationship,” Street said. “I want to fill my commitment of telling them I wanted to visit during spring practice.” Street said Clemson, Georgia and Florida State have been recruiting him the hardest. He also has visited nearby East Carolina and will visit Virginia Tech on April 13 and Florida State this summer. And he plans to visit Georgia and Georgia Tech in May. Some of his other offers are Ohio State, North Carolina, Tennessee, N.C. State, Maryland and Duke.

LB Bryson Allen-Williams of Ellenwood, Ga., made an unofficial visit to Tennessee on Saturday. He has been favoring USC for months, and he said that position has not changed. “It was a good trip, and I do like UT, but I’m still a strong South Carolina lean,” Allen-Williams wrote on his Twitter page Sunday. “I’m not making any decision until I feel comfortable,” he continued, “but there are about 6 or 7 schools I can see myself playing at on Saturdays.” Allen-Williams has had USC in front ahead of Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Michigan, Auburn, Arkansas, Wisconsin and N.C. State, in that order. Florida State and Clemson are two others pushing to get into his top group. Allen-Williams plans to be at USC’s junior day this Saturday.

DL Poona Ford of Hilton Head recently visited Tennessee and was impressed with what he saw. “The stadium stood out the most,” said Ford, who has USC and Tennessee at the top of his list. And the Gamecocks remain his favorite. “(USC) said they probably will take one defensive lineman, and I’m that one,” Ford said. “That’s what I’m looking for. It made me feel very good about myself that they would want me.” Ford said he’s in regular contact with USC recruiter Everette Sands. Ford, who said he’s not hearing from Clemson, is not sure when he’ll make a decision, but it won’t be anytime soon. He is going to Georgia for a junior day later this month, and he might go to Boise State for the spring game. Oklahoma State recently offered Ford, who also counts Illinois, Arkansas, Kansas State, North Carolina, Arizona, Missouri, Michigan, Louisville and Georgia Tech among his offers. Last season, Ford had 154 tackles — 44 for loss — and 10 sacks.

Clemson offered DL Lamont Gaillard of Fayetteville, N.C., last week, two days after he visited for a spring practice. He also visited USC last week and was at Florida State over the weekend. Gaillard also holds offers from USC, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, Georgia, N.C. State, Florida State, East Carolina and Boston College. He’s also planning visits to Georgia, Alabama and N.C. State. Last season, Gaillard had 76 tackles with 4 sacks.

RB Joe Mixon of Oakley, Calif., on Friday released his final 16 list, and Clemson is on it. The others on the list: Tennessee, Oregon State, Washington, Ohio State, California, Georgia, Oklahoma, UCLA, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Michigan, Notre Dame, Arizona State, Southern Cal. Mixon said the schools are not in any particular order. He rushed for 1,443 yards and 20 TDs last season.

DB Darin Smalls of Summerville continues with USC atop his list. The Gamecocks have offered, along with Clemson, West Virginia, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Florida State, N.C. State and Marshall. Smalls was at Central Florida over the weekend. He has also been to USC and Florida State. He will attend a spring game at USC or Clemson. He plans to wait until signing day before announcing a decision.

WR Thaddeus Snodgrass of Springfield, Ohio, has offers from USC, Ohio State, Penn State, Kentucky, Michigan State, Nebraska, West Virginia and Notre Dame among others. Snodgrass plans to visit USC at some point. His only visit thus far has been to Kentucky. USC, Kentucky and West Virginia are showing the most interest, according to Snodgrass. As a junior, Snodgrass had 33 receptions for over 400 yards and five TDs.

WR Braxton Berrios of Raleigh visited Clemson for a spring practice last week and was offered the next day. The Tigers join USC, East Carolina, Maryland, Wake Forest, Duke, North Carolina, Minnesota, Virginia Tech, N.C. State, Georgia Tech and Kentucky as offers for Berrios, who has had USC high up on his list. Last season, Berrios had 1,142 receiving yards with 22 touchdowns. He also rushed for 766 yards and 10 scores.

QB Mason Rudolph of Northwestern has offers from LSU, Virginia Tech, Ole Miss and Oklahoma State, with LSU showing the strongest interest at this point. Rudolph will visit Baton Rouge on Friday, the first of several trips he plans to make this spring. During his spring break in April, he plans to see Georgia, Auburn, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and Virginia Tech. Rudolph said he does not have any favorites.

Basketball news


USC offered 6-5 Leroy Fludd of Believe Prep in Rock Hill and his teammate 6-3 PG Shadell Millinghaus according to their coach, former Winthrop star Tyson Waterman. Both will take official visits with the Gamecocks and those will take place in early April. “He really likes them,” Waterman said of Fludd’s interest in the Gamecocks. “They are right around the corner from our program, so we can keep our arm around him, and he has family in South Carolina. They are one of the favorable choices at this time.” Last year at Boys & Girls High School in New York, Fludd led his division in rebounding and scoring in leading his team to a state championship.

USC was recruiting Fludd last year but he decided to attend prep school for a year for another season of maturing before going to college. This season he is averaging 26 points and 10 rebounds per game. He is also expected to visit Utah, Colorado State and West Virginia. He was committed to Rutgers last year before deciding to go to the prep school.

Millinghaus is a native of Schenectady, NY and his brother is a freshman guard at Ole Miss. He’s averaging 28 points per game and also has offers from Oregon, West Virginia, Loyola Marymount, Providence, Virginia Tech and others. “He wants to stay close,” Waterman said. “I would love to place him with coach Martin. I think he has great potential. Oregon is high on him. I do know he likes USC. They are in the top three for both of them.”

6-9 PF Demetrius Henry has scheduled his official visit to USC for March 21-23. Henry will also visit Miami and South Florida before making his decision from one of those three. He has not been publicly favoring one of his finalists.

6-1 Dominique Hawkins of Richmond, KY led his team to its first state championship earlier this month and in doing so he attracted the attention of several college coaches including USC’s Frank Martin. He has offers from USC, Tennessee Tech, Morehead State and Western Kentucky. Kentucky coach John Calipari scouted Hawkins during the tournament games at Rupp Arena and one of his assistants watched all four of his games in the Sweet 16 segment of the tournament. Alabama, Purdue and Tennessee are also showing interest. Hawkins plans to wait on a possible Kentucky offer before moving forward with other schools. He was named the MVP of the state tournament and averaged over 26 points per game in the Sweet 16.

6-1 Seventh Woods of Hammond, one of the top freshmen prospects in the country, went to games recently at Duke and North Carolina. He talked with Mike Krzyzewski of Duke and Roy Williams of North Carolina. Both remain very interested and Williams plans to visit for an upcoming workout. He has not yet been offered.

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