Florida State commitment Dexter Wideman, a defensive lineman out of Saluda, was among the prospects in attendance for the South Carolina-Vanderbilt game. Wideman went with several of his Saluda teammates, according to his coach Doug Painter.
“It was a game he wanted to go to,” Painter said. “He’s still talking about Florida State. He’s still saying that. I don’t think that anything has changed along those lines.” Wideman committed to the Seminoles in July but has not totally closed the door on the Gamecocks, according to Painter.
“I feel sure he’ll go back to Carolina again. I’m just guessing that there is still a chance there,” Painter said.
Wideman, in an interview last week with GamecockCentral, gave a strong indication that he is still strongly considering USC despite the commitment. He said it’s 50-50 between the Gamecocks and Florida State right now. Wideman added that it’s a “really, really big chance” that he will sign with USC in February. Wideman has not set any official visits at this point.
As for his performance this season, Painter said he couldn’t be happier with Wideman. “He’s having his best season,” the coach said. “He’s more consistent because he’s in better shape.”
In other recruiting news:
Saluda defensive lineman Kwamelle Barnes has an offer from S.C. State and is getting interest from Appalachian State and North Greenville.
Latta offensive lineman Donell Stanley may have an idea about where he wants to go, but he plans to take his four official visits before making that decision final. Those visits will be to USC, Clemson, North Carolina and Alabama.
“He was going to go ahead and commit but he wants to make sure that where he goes everything is good,” explained Latta assistant coach Chris German. “He’s going to take his four officials, and after he takes the last one, he said he’s going to commit.”
Wide receiver Braxton Berrios of Raleigh has taken official visits to USC, Oregon and Miami. He plans to visit Tennessee for the Georgia game Oct. 4 and make his decision soon after, his coach said last week.
“He’s getting tired, I think he’s ready to make his decision,” Leesville Road coach Chad Smothers said. “He enjoyed his visit to South Carolina. They did a great job, pulled out all the stops. He enjoyed his time down there. He’s told South Carolina and everybody else that in four weeks or so he will make his decision on where he’s going to go.”
Wide receiver Josh Malone of Gallatin, Tenn., has now scheduled three official visits. He has Georgia this weekend, Tennessee on Oct. 4 and Florida State on Oct. 11. He also plans to set an official visit with Clemson. For his fifth visit, he’s looking at Louisville, Florida and Vanderbilt.
Senior DB Kendall Randolph of Tallahassee thought his days of involvement with USC were over last month when the Gamecocks turned their attention to another cornerback, Chris Lammons. But Lammons committed to Florida and the Gamecocks have reopened the lines of communication with Randolph.
“From what I know, they are still interested,” said Randolph. “Coach (Kirk) Botkin was checking in on my season. I’m focusing on school and my team right now and will do recruiting after the season.”
Randolph has not been to any games yet but will go to nearby Florida State for some, and he will go to the LSU-Alabama game. He also wants to get to Louisville and Miami. As for USC, Randolph said he remains interested. “I haven’t really moved on,” he said. “But I haven’t really evaluated where I’m at with the schools.” Randolph said he’s hearing a good bit from Stanford, Louisville, Miami and North Carolina. They have also offered, along with South Florida, Florida State, Auburn and Georgia.
DB Marlon Humphrey of Hoover, Ala., had USC among his favorites and had said he would take an official visit with the Gamecocks. But last week Humphrey said he’s no longer considering USC. “No comment,” Humphrey replied when asked why he quick change in the Gamecocks’ standing with him. Alabama, Florida State and Mississippi State are the other programs Humphrey has listed in his top group. He has set an official visit with Florida State for Nov. 1. Humphrey, the son of former Alabama star running back Bobby Humphrey, has not stated a preference, but most observers peg him for the Crimson Tide.
USC recruiter Deke Adams stopped by Dillon High School last Monday to check in on the Wildcats, in particular Gamecock commitment LB Joe Blue and sophomore QB Avery McCall. Coach Jackie Hayes said Blue remains firm with his commitment, and McCall continues to draw plenty of major interest. He now has offers from USC, Clemson, LSU, North Carolina, East Carolina, Ohio State and Tennessee. McCall suffered a shoulder injury in the season opening game but was back for Friday’s win over Lake City. McCall hasn’t made it to any games this season, but Hayes said he will start going to games later this month and in October. Hayes said Clemson also is very strong on McCall. “He’s kind of like the guy they’ve got up there now,” he said. “I think Avery throws the ball a little bit better than (Tajh) Boyd does but he’s still young and has a long way to go and a lot of work to do.”
As for other Wildcats, senior RB Anthony Blue has offers from Appalachian State, Georgia Southern and Miami of Ohio. Newberry has offered senior defensive lineman Jalen Washington and senior LB Damu Ford. Hayes said Ford has visited Appalachian State, and Florida State has offered him as a preferred walk-on at fullback. In his junior class, Hayes said WR Er’reon Hayes (6-3, 180) will be one to watch. And Hayes added that Hayes’ brother, 8th grade tight end and defensive end Ze’reon Hayes, will become a major prospect.
DB Tanner Muse (6-3, 200) of Belmont, N.C., has offers from Clemson, North Carolina, N.C. State, Duke, Virginia, Louisville and Mississippi, and is drawing interest from Nebraska, Arkansas and Tennessee. He was at Clemson for the Georgia game, the spring game and last year’s Georgia Tech game. “I’m a huge fan of (defensive coordinator) coach Venables,” said Muse. “He’s a great defensive coordinator. They are high tempo and the come get you.” Muse hopes to get back to Clemson for the Florida State game. He has also been to North Carolina, N.C. State and Duke. The Tar Heels are showing him the strongest interest at this point with Clemson and N.C. State next. Muse said he talks with his North Carolina recruiter two or three times a week. Muse wants to make his decision by the start of next summer or before his senior season. Last season he had 52 tackles with 14 passes broken up and 4 interceptions. Muse plays free safety but could grow into an outside linebacker.
DB Minkah Fitzpatrick of Jersey City, N.J., has offers from across the nation, including USC, and has maintained contact with the Gamecocks. He attended a camp in Columbia over the summer. His other offers include Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State, Connecticut, Rutgers, Boston College, Stanford, Virginia, Maryland, Virginia Tech and Syracuse.
DB Rion Davis (6-0, 180) of A.C. Flora is hearing from USC, Clemson, Georgia, Florida State and Virginia Tech among others. Davis attended Clemson’s season opener against Georgia. He attended a camp at USC this summer and also likes the Gamecocks. Other camps Davis attended include Tennessee and Georgia.
TE Harrison Moon (6-5, 255) of Chattanooga attended camps at USC and Clemson and continues to hear from the Tigers. He was at the Clemson-Georgia game. He said that it is unlikely Clemson would offer until after the season but remains hopeful for a future offer. He is showing interest in the Gamecocks as well. His offers are from Vanderbilt and UT-Chattanooga and he’s also drawing interest from Tennessee, Louisville, Florida State, Indiana and Cincinnati among others.