South Carolina, Clemson still in the mix for several top defensive prospects
Dante Sawyer, a defensive end from Suwanee, Ga., who is considered a highly regarded uncommitted 2014 prospect, was at South Carolina on Saturday for the Mississippi State game.
The Gamecocks have been one of his favorites, along with Tennessee, Auburn and Missouri. He has also been to Tennessee, Auburn and Georgia for games. Sawyer has said he plans to take his official visits before making his decision and those have not yet been scheduled.
Defensive back DJ Smith of Atlanta is another of the top uncommitted players for 2014. On Sept. 11, he announced a final four of Clemson, USC, Georgia and Tennessee. Entering November, those four remain intact on his board with no favorite and no decision until Signing Day.
His last game visit was to Clemson for the Florida State game, where he talked extensively with secondary coach Mike Reed and head coach Dabo Swinney.
“Coach Reed was telling me he wants to be my coach and I can get a lot out of going to Clemson,” Smith said. “And coach Swinney was telling me he wants to add me to the family also. Both gave me positive feedback.”
As for USC, Smith said he talks to recruiter GA Mangus a lot and gets a lot of mail from the Gamecocks.
“They’re telling me they are holding that one spot for me at DB,” he said.
He’s not been to USC for a game this season, though he visited last June. He plans to get back for either the Florida or Clemson game. Smith has also been to Georgia for a game, and he thinks he’ll get to Tennessee.
Defensive back Kaleb Chalmers of Greenwood has been to Clemson, USC, North Carolina, Duke, Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Georgia for games. He was at Clemson for the Florida State game.
Chalmers said Clemson, Tennessee, North Carolina and Duke are making the strongest push for him and each has offered, along with Stanford and Georgia Southern. USC has shown interest but has not offered, according to Chalmers. Chalmers does not have a favorite at this point and won’t make his decision until the summer.
Running back Bryce Love of Wake Forest received an offer from Ohio State last month and took his first visit to Columbus last month. Love has offers from USC, Clemson, Tennessee, North Carolina, Stanford, N.C. State, Duke, Arkansas, East Carolina and Virginia Tech.
Love does not have any favorites but has strong interest in Clemson and USC. His parents are USC grads.
Traveon Samuel, a 5-8, 180-pound running back from Phenix City, Ala., has Clemson among his top five.
“Alabama and Auburn are my two favorites. Clemson is number five. Florida State is somewhere in there at three or four,” Samuel said. He says he is in no hurry to make a decision and still has several visits he would like to take.
USC remains the leader for DB Desmond Cain of Delray Beach, Fla. The Gamecocks are his only offer thus far, and he’s also getting interest from Miami, Michigan State, Indiana, Central Florida, North Carolina and Nebraska.
Cain visited USC for the Black Magic camp. “I liked everything about it,” Cain said.
His only visit this season so far was to Central Florida, where he saw the Knights host USC. Cain does not have any other visits planned but wants to return to Columbia next summer.
DB Terry Godwin of Hogansville, Ga., has 22 offers, including Clemson and USC. But it’s the Tigers showing him serious interest right now, and they stand to be on his short list when he puts that together in a few weeks. He was at the Clemson-Florida State game earlier this season. While there, Godwin met with defensive backs coach Mike Reed.
The offer list for WR Tavin Richardson (6-4, 205) of Byrnes does not include Clemson or USC. Richardson has offers from Pittsburgh, Boston College, Arkansas, Cincinnati, Louisville, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, Miami, Georgia Tech and Mississippi State. He’s getting mail from Clemson and USC but thus far no offer.
Dante Buford of Jacksonville, Fla., made his official visit to USC over the weekend and plans to make his decision this week. The 6-7 Simpsonville native also made official visits to Miami and Oklahoma, and his decision will come from between the Gamecocks, Hurricanes and Sooners.
The USC women gained a pair of commitments last week from highly rated guards from the Northeast. Doniya Cliney of Newark, N.J., is the 13th ranked guard in the 2014 class.
Bianca Cuevas of Brooklyn, N.Y., is ranked the No. 8 point guard in the class nationally. The USC women have four commitments for their 2014 class.
LHP Banks Cromer (6-3, 150) of A.C. Flora announced via Twitter that he’s committed to USC for the 2014 class. Cromer is the 15th commitment for the class and the third from A.C. Flora.