South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin reached across the border into Canada on Sunday night to land his first commitment for the spring signing period. Duane Notice, a 6-2 guard from Toronto, picked the Gamecocks over Duquesne.
Notice, who attends Thomas More Prep in Connecticut, averaged 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists per game this past season, and he also had offers from Seton Hall, St. Bonaventure, Oregon State and Auburn.
Notice primarily played the two-guard position, but he can also play the point. As for what positive basketball attributes Notice expects to add to the Gamecocks’ program, he cited ”leadership, hunger, positive energy, penetration, defensive toughness and explosive offense.”
He will be at least the fifth newcomer for Martin next season, joining three high school signees and a transfer who have already signed.
Jaylen Shaw (6-1) of Hartsville said Friday he was offered Thursday night by Martin, who made the offer in person.
“They just offered and told me what was going on,” Shaw said. “I liked it. I was looking forward to it, expecting it. I didn’t make any commitment. I’m still trying to make a decision.”
Clemson coach Brad Brownell called Shaw on Sunday and offered him. Brownell visited Shaw earlier in the week.
Shaw said he won’t make a decision until near the spring signing period, which begins April 17.
Shaw, who was the MVP for S.C. in the Carolinas All-Star Classic after scoring 24 points, was co-MVP in Saturday’s City vs. The State All-Star Game in Columbia after scoring 36 points. USC signee Sindarius Thornwell shared the honors after scoring 37 points. Shaw visited USC while in Columbia on Saturday. Clemson, Tulane and Virginia Tech are the others he’s considering.
The Believe Prep duo of 6-3 Shadell Millinghouse and 6-6 Leroy Fludd will make the short drive down from Rock Hill to USC today for an unofficial visit. Both players visited USC for the Mississippi game this past season. They have not scheduled any official visits yet. Millinghaus also has offers from West Virginia, Oregon, Providence, Virginia Tech and Tennessee, while Fludd also has offers from Utah, Colorado State and Rutgers.
Power forward Darryl Reynolds (6-8) of Philadelphia made an official visit to USC last week with his mother. Reynolds, who attends Worcester Prep in Massachusetts, said the visit moved the Gamecocks to the top of his list right now.
USC coach Steve Spurrier made it clear to quarterback Drew Barker of Hebron, Ky., during his recent unofficial visit that he is the quarterback he wants for the 2014 class. Barker says Spurrier went beyond his normal recruiting efforts in dealing with him during practice.
“Coach Spurrier called me over during practice and I was in there with him when he was calling plays, standing with him on the field when they were doing seven-on-seven and scrimmaging,” Barker said. “I was just walking around and talking ball with him and he was explaining the plays.
“Coach (G.A.) Mangus told me after practice I was the first quarterback he’s ever done that with. Usually you are supposed to stand over on the sidelines. I thought that was pretty cool. I definitely could tell coach Spurrier really wanted me on this trip. He spent a lot of time with me and definitely wanted me to know that I was wanted there.”
Barker, who is the only quarterback USC has offered in the 2014 class, also got some other questions answered.
“One of the things I wanted to see was a practice and how the players interacted, to see if like people say they’ve got a family environment,” he said. “I got to hang out with the players and they were all telling me the coaches are real. They all told me the coaches were great and definitely real.”
Barker will return to USC for the spring game April 13. He is going to Tennessee this weekend and will go to Kentucky for some practices April 8-10. He’s also looking at a visit to Mississippi. Barker said there is no leader and he has USC, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ole Miss and Louisville as a top group right now, though he’s still talking to other schools who will come in to see him throw during spring practice.
“I’m hoping these visits will clear things up,” he said.
Barker is planning a decision for late April or early May.
USC and Tennessee have separated from the field in the competition for DL Poona Ford of Hilton Head.
His coach, BJ Payne, said Clemson is not a factor with Ford by their choosing. Ford attended the combines in Orlando and Charlotte and did well at both, according to Payne. Ford will attend USC’s spring game April 13 and Tennessee’s the following weekend. He’ll also visit Louisville and possibly Ohio State this summer. Northern Illinois and Ole Miss are the latest offers, giving Ford 20.
LB Kendall Joseph of Belton-Honea Path was offered last week by Clemson after attending the Tigers’ practice on Wednesday, according to his coach Russell Blackston. Clemson is the fifth offer for Joseph, who also has offers from UCLA, Louisville, Furman and Appalachian State. Blackston said Clemson certainly is in good shape with Joseph but he wouldn’t call the Tigers an outright favorite at this point. “You have to respect Louisville,” he said. “That was his first offer.”
Joseph has also been to junior days at USC and Georgia Tech. He will go to Furman April 6 and plans to attend Georgia’s spring game. Last season, Joseph had 129 tackles with six tackles for loss, and he scored eight touchdowns on offense. He’s a three-time state weightlifting champion who has benched 350 pounds and squatted 480 pounds.
WR Shaq Davidson of Gaffney has seen his number of offers rise to 12 with Auburn, Notre Dame, Tennessee and N.C. State his most recent ones. Auburn has been making a strong push, according to Gaffney coach Dan Jones, and Oregon wants him to fly out for a visit. But everyone is chasing USC for Davidson’s talents at this point. Davidson was at USC Saturday with former basketball teammate LJ Peak, who is considering returning to Gaffney from Chicago for his senior season. Peak is a USC target for the 2014 class. Davidson has no other visits planned and is not sure on when he’ll make a decision, though he said he’ll wait until after he sees more places.
DB Nick Glass of Atlanta released an updated lead group last week, and he has a top eight of Georgia, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Kentucky, Auburn, UCLA and Texas Tech. Clemson is one of his offers and had been in his lead group.
LB Bryson Allen-Williams of Ellenwood, Ga., had a busy Good Friday. He was at Georgia in the first part of the day and at Clemson to watch the Tigers’ practice that afternoon. DB Wesley Green of Lithonia, GA was with Allen-Williams for the two stops. Allen-Williams has been favoring USC over Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Michigan, Auburn, Arkansas, Wisconsin and N.C. State. Green has been favoring Clemson, and he also has an offer from USC.
RB CJ Fuller of Easley took in a Clemson practice last week. The Tigers are one of his three offers, along with North Carolina and N.C. State. Fuller likes Clemson but is not ready to call the Tigers a clear-cut favorite despite the proximity to his home. Fuller was at NC State for a junior day and has also been to Georgia Tech and North Carolina for junior days. He plans to go to Clemson and N.C. State for spring games. Fuller said all the schools are equal right now as he works on his decision.
RB Gerald Owens (6-2, 248) of Westville, N.J., has picked up an offer from USC and will try to visit this summer. He is friends with Gamecock receiver Damiere Byrd and knows a member of the USC soccer team as well. Owens has visited Rutgers and Temple and went to Michigan State on Monday. All have offered along with Wisconsin and Boston College. Owens is a power back who runs primarily between the tackles in a Wing-T offense. Last season he rushed for 1,703 yards and 27 touchdowns.
LB Richard Yeargin III of Hollywood, Fla., picked up an offer from Kentucky last week. He visited Florida on Friday for a spring practice, his first trip this spring. He plans to visit Clemson this summer and wants to attend a game in Columbia. Yeargin does not have any favorites and says he is at least three months away from narrowing his list. He plans to be a signing day decision.
DB Darius Harvey of Tallahassee has a scheduled a trip to USC for April 6. Though he has not received an offer, Harvey continues to hear from USC, Florida State and N.C. State among others. He visited FSU for a junior day and goes to Middle Tennessee on April 20.
Clemson commitment RB Dalvin Cook of Miami visited Florida and South Florida over the weekend.
RB Caleb Kinlaw of Goose Creek says Tennessee and North Carolina are his current top two.
DL Anthony Moten of Fort Lauderdale released his top ten last week: Clemson, USC, Miami, Florida State, Florida, Arkansas, Southern Cal, Notre Dame, Alabama and Tennessee. The teams are in no particular order. Moten recently visited Miami.
DL KJ Ford of Bluffton visited N.C. State recently and was offered by the Wolfpack, according to his coach Ken Cribb. That was the first major offer for Ford, who has some offers from smaller programs. Ford and his sophomore teammate, DE Shamiek Blackshear, will visit Florida and Florida State on April 5-6. Ford was at USC’s junior day in February, and the Gamecocks continue to show interest. Clemson is not showing much interest. As for Blackshear, he’s still sitting on six offers: USC, Clemson, North Carolina, N.C. State, Florida and Florida State.
DB Grant Haley of Atlanta has offers from USC, Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech with interest from Georgia and Missouri. Everyone has offered for defense except USC, which sees him as an offensive athlete. He visited USC in February for a junior day. Vanderbilt was his latest visit. He has also visited Florida and plans to visit Tennessee soon. As a junior, he totaled 40 tackles and seven interceptions with seven offensive touchdowns. Haley does not have any favorites.
WR Chris Godwin of Middletown, Del., has emerged as a major USC target and plans to visit this spring. He camped with the Gamecocks last summer and got his first look then at the program. Godwin has been to Maryland and Penn State for junior days. He was at Ohio State over the weekend and is high on the Buckeyes. He will visit Rutgers this weekend. Godwin has 16 offers, including USC, Stanford, Ohio State, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Rutgers, Maryland, Cal, Boston College and N.C. State. Last season, Godwin had 42 catches for 900 yards and 12 touchdowns.
OL Christian Taylor of White Knoll was at USC last week to watch spring practice. Taylor talked some with offensive line coach Shawn Elliott, but the two did not discuss an offer. Taylor will attend USC’s spring game and will go to Tennessee’s the next weekend. He is going to Marshall on April 8. He’s also hearing from Florida International. N.C. State and Coastal Carolina are his two offers.
Clemson TE target Jeb Blazevich of Charlotte made a stop by the campus on Friday as part of his tour of his final six. He’s also been to Notre Dame and Georgia and will see Ohio State, Ole Miss and Alabama before making his decision.
RB Stanley Williams of Monroe, Ga., has remained in contact with USC and Clemson. Though he remains committed to Georgia, Williams is still looking around and plans to visit the Gamecocks and Tigers. Williams continues to hear from Georgia Tech, Auburn, Kentucky and Arizona among others.
QB Will Hunter of Lexington visited Charlotte last week, his first visits of the spring. Hunter has yet to receive an offer but is garnering interest from Charlotte, East Carolina, Alabama and Appalachian State. Each has told Hunter they will evaluate him during his school’s spring practices this May. He does not have any favorites.
LHP Kyle Anderson of Evans, Ga., has committed to USC for the 2015 class, according to John Whittle of TheBigSpur.com. Anderson picked the Gamecocks over Georgia and Georgia Tech. He and his twin brother Matt are considered two of the top prospects in Georgia for their class. Matt Anderson remains undecided. Kyle Anderson is the fifth commitment for USC’s 2015 class.