South Carolina, Clemson miss on several recruits
South Carolina went 1 for 2 and Clemson missed twice on recruiting targets last week.
USC landed wide receiver Terry Googer of Atlanta on Friday. He picked the Gamecocks over North Carolina, Mississippi, Vanderbilt and Miami.
“It was the perfect fit for me, location-wise and academic-wise, and they are headed in the right place,” Googer said. “I knew where I needed to be, so why keep putting it off? I wanted to focus on my senior season, and I wanted to end it the right way.”
Googer made several visits to USC and developed a strong relationship with recruiter Lorenzo Ward.
“It feels good,” Googer said about joining the Gamecocks. “I’m ready to get down there and make some plays.”
Googer plays quarterback for his high school, and last season passed for 1,700 yards and rushed for 900 yards. He’s the 13th commitment for USC’s 2014 class.
The Gamecocks missed out on defensive back Chris Lammons of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., when he committed to Florida.
Defensive end Rick Leonard of Middletown, Md., committed to Florida State over Clemson. This was a come-from-behind victory for the Seminoles. Clemson was the clear leader after Leonard attended camp this summer. His teammate, offensive lineman Justin Falcinelli, committed to Clemson soon after the camp. But Leonard has family ties to Florida State, and after he visited there July 14, things began to swing in favor of the Seminoles.
And wide receiver Trey Quinn of Lake Charles, La., decided to stay home and play for LSU after giving Clemson a very hard look.
In other recruiting news:
Linebacker Marcus Moody of Bamberg-Ehrhardt committed to Presbyterian. Last season, he had 118 tackles, 5 sacks, 2 interceptions and caused 10 fumbles. He was named all-region and all-state last season.
Defensive lineman Terrell Bush of Tuscaloosa, Ala., visited Furman earlier this month and committed to the Paladins. He also has offers from Appalachian State, Murray State, Jacksonville State and South Alabama.
Running back Derrell Scott of Havelock, N.C., will announce his college decision on his birthday, Oct. 25. Scott is down to USC, N.C. State, Florida State and Ohio State. Last month, Scott said the Gamecocks and Seminoles were the clear top two, but in recent weeks the Wolfpack have made a move. Scott visited N.C. State a couple of weeks ago and that visit helped the Wolfpack’s positioning. He also visited USC this summer for a camp and brought his parents along. Scott has made multiple visits to USC over the last two seasons.
Defensive lineman Dexter Wideman of Saluda committed to Florida State in July, but he later attended a camp at USC and that has led to speculation that the Gamecocks are still alive for him. But Saluda coach Doug Painter feels, at least right now, that Wideman has settled on the Seminoles.
“He’s kind of relieved to get a decision made and feels good about it,” Painter said. “He really likes the coaches there. I think he wanted to go a little farther away from home. It’s possible the door is open for USC, but Dexter hasn’t told me that.”
Woodruff wide receiver Blake Bone said Sunday he’ll make his announcement within two weeks. He is down to USC, Kentucky, Auburn, Louisville and Mississippi.
Defensive back Nick Glass of Atlanta, who had been committed to Georgia since April 2012, announced on Twitter last week that he has backed off of that commitment and plans to focus on his academics and his senior season. Clemson and USC were actively recruiting him prior to his commitment.
Defensive end Dante Sawyer of Suwanee, Ga., is working on his decision and hopes to have one within the next two weeks. Sawyer is down to USC, Tennessee, Auburn and Georgia. He is not claiming a favorite. Sawyer has not yet visited USC. He would like to make a visit before his decision, but if he’s not able to, he still wants to make his call within the next two weeks.
Linebacker Raekwon McMillan of Hinesville, Ga., has set up his five official visits for the fall. He’s got Georgia, Clemson, Ohio State, Alabama and Florida, in that order.
Clemson signee Kyrin Priester, a wide receiver, did not get through the NCAA Clearinghouse and will enroll at Fork Union Prep, Va., this fall. He hopes to enroll at Clemson in January.
Junior quarterback Torrance Gibson of Plantation, Fla., has received several early offers, including Clemson, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Miami, Florida State, Alabama, West Virginia, South Florida, Boston College and Nebraska. Gibson only attended a camp at Miami this summer so he does not have any favorites.
Defensive lineman Albert Huggins of Orangeburg-Wilkinson is one of the state’s top junior prospects with a dozen offers already on the table. Auburn was the most recent. Earlier offers came from USC, Clemson, Florida State, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Louisville, Georgia, N.C. State, North Carolina and S.C. State.
Junior offensive lineman George Brown of Cincinnati plans to make an unofficial visit to Clemson for a game on Sept. 28. He also plans to go to games at Georgia, Kentucky, Florida, Auburn and Vanderbilt.