Top running back prospect Derrell Scott spends weekend at South Carolina
Derrell Scott, a running back from Havelock, N.C., who has been South Carolina’s top running back target for the 2014 class, made his official visit with the Gamecocks over the weekend.
His parents joined him on the visit. Scott also has taken official visits to N.C. State and Tennessee. USC has been his favorite throughout the recruiting process, but Tennessee is making a late push. A decision from Scott could come as soon as this week.
Defensive back Wesley Green of Lithonia, Ga., had planned to attend the USC-Florida game Saturday night but did not make it. Green is a former Gamecocks commitment. He is down to USC, Georgia, Tennessee and Auburn. He said he does not have a favorite and has not scheduled his official visits.
Defensive back DJ Smith of Marietta, Ga., did make it in for an unofficial visit to USC on Saturday night. He has also been to Clemson, Tennessee and Georgia. All four are even, and he plans to take official visits to each before making his decision. That decision may not come until National Signing Day.
Offensive lineman Kareem Are of Fort Scott (Kan.) JC made an official visit to Florida State over the weekend. He has also scheduled officials to Penn State and USC. The Gamecocks just jumped in on Are last week and offered him Monday. Are is working to graduate in December and will have two years of eligibility.
Defensive lineman Abu Lamin of Fort Scott has been committed to USC since July and last week, following a visit to Tennessee, he reaffirmed his commitment to the Gamecocks.
“It’s close to home and they’ve been loyal from the beginning,” said Lamin, who is a native of Fayetteville, N.C. “There’s no need to switch. They’ve been doing everything right. It’s the loyalty. I went on the visit to check it out.
“I really enjoyed it, but I was committed to South Carolina, and they just didn’t sway me off things that I should get off South Carolina.”
Lamin said his academics look good as he needs only to complete a college algebra course and a couple of electives to be able to graduate in December and enroll in January. He also took official visits to USC, Florida, Nebraska, Arkansas and he plans to be at USC for the Clemson game.
Lamin finished his season with 34 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss and he hopes to give the Gamecock defensive line another force in the middle.
“I feel good about it and confident,” he said. “I’m an inside pass rusher and that guy fighting in the trenches to hold my side down.”
Wide receiver Jamil Kamara of Norfolk, Va., just picked up an offer from USC last week. At that time, he had not scheduled an official visit with the Gamecocks. That has changed now as Kamara will visit the Gamecocks officially for the Clemson weekend. That visit replaces one he had scheduled for Virginia. Kamara has taken official visits to Michigan State and Wisconsin and is scheduled to visit Pittsburgh on Nov. 22. He has stated that Wisconsin was his leader ahead of Michigan State.
Rashaun Croney, a 6-0, 175-pound athlete from Pahokee, Fla., says he has offers from USC, Arkansas, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Bowling Green and Mississippi State. He plays quarterback, receiver, linebacker and safety and has scored 13 touchdowns this season.
He has not visited anywhere thus far this season, but he was at USC’s spring game last April. Croney said the only thing standing in his way of committing to USC is a qualifying ACT score. He took the test a few weeks ago and is expecting the score next week. He said he would commit if the score is good enough and he believes USC would take it. He’s also hearing from Arkansas and is interested, but USC is the favorite.
After surprising many by committing to Florida State earlier this year, DL Dexter Wideman of Saluda has been mostly silent. Wideman had been considered a strong USC lean having grown up a Gamecocks fan. He was back at USC for the Florida game. He also was in for the Vanderbilt game. Wideman continues to consider USC and plans to take official visits to both schools before making a final decision.
Defensive lineman Zeek Rodney of South Pointe is starting to narrow down the schools he is focusing on, though he does not have any favorites. The first weekend of November saw Rodney take his first official visit to Marshall. He received an offer from Syracuse last month and has scheduled his official visit there for Jan. 17. The other two schools Rodney plans to visit are Boston College and Charlotte. All have offered. His other offers include S.C. State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Appalachian State, Toledo and Ball State.
Tight end RJ Tyler of Wagener-Sally committed to Charlotte earlier this season. He has visited the Queen City three times and likes what the 49ers offer. His other visits were to Georgia Tech and Appalachian State, but he has not ruled out the possibility of more visits. Wofford, S.C. State, Charlotte, Western Carolina and Appalachian State were his offers, and he continues to hear from Georgia Tech and East Carolina. He says his commitment is solid right now.
Goose Creek RB Caleb Kinlaw switched his commitment from Georgia Tech to Wisconsin. He had committed to the Yellow Jackets in August. DL Cory Thomas of Mccalla, Ala., committed to Tennessee. Clemson was one of his favorites.
Ricky DeBerry Jr., a linebacker from Richmond, is one of the nation’s top prospects for 2015 with nearly 50 offers at this point. He visited Clemson for the Georgia game to open the season and he will visit USC for the Clemson game.
He has been to North Carolina and Virginia Tech and plans to go to Penn State this weekend. An Oregon recruiter is coming for a visit and an offer is expected to be made. DeBerry is hoping to get out to Eugene in December. DeBerry has never been to USC, so he wants to get a good look at the campus and the academic side of things on his trip. He was at Clemson last summer and again for the Georgia game, and he holds the Tigers in high regard at this point. DeBerry has not narrowed his list and has no favorites.
Kelly Bryant, a 6-4, 200-pound quarterback from Wren, continues to show the doubters he is a Division I quarterback prospect. Bryant transferred to Wren from Abbeville, where he was considered an athlete in recruiting circles because he had not convinced the analysts he could be a big-time quarterback. But the new staff at N.C. State saw something they liked and was the first to offer him strictly as a quarterback. Clemson and USC also have offered, along with North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Appalachian State.
Bryant has visited Clemson, Ohio State and North Carolina. He’s going to Louisville and plans to be at USC for the Clemson game. There is no frontrunner at this point.
Jake Fruhmorgen, a 6-5, 280-pound lineman out of Tampa, will be one of the most heavily recruited linemen in the country in the 2015 class. He’s already received 26 offers, including USC and Clemson.