South Carolina and Clemson could add talented wide receivers to their 2014 commitment classes very soon. USC is waiting on the call from Tyshun Samuel of Chapman, while Clemson will learn Wednesday if it is getting Josh Malone of Gallatin, Tenn.
Samuel picked up an offer from the Gamecocks while visiting for the Coastal Carolina game.
“I just loved everything about it,” Samuel said last week. “I loved the whole football side of things with the way they do things, to the locker room...and the academics were really nice.”
Chapman coach Mark Hodge said Samuel was impressed.
“I know he’s super excited,” Hodge said. “He was flattered. It’s a top 10 school — you can’t do much better than that. I’d like for him to get it done before the Shrine Bowl.”
North Carolina is the other school Samuel has had strong interest in, but the Tar Heels have not officially offered. Vanderbilt was another favored program, but he has not heard much from there recently.
Malone seems to be down to Clemson and Tennessee. He visited both officially along with Ohio State, Georgia and Florida State.
Tennessee coaches were in to see him last week, and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is scheduled for an in-home visit Monday, as are coaches from Tennessee. Malone is set to make his announcement Wednesday at 1 p.m. during a ceremony at his school.
In other recruiting news:
Linebacker Raekwon McMillan of Hinesville, Ga., has set his announcement date for Dec. 16. He took an official visit to Clemson for The Citadel weekend and made his last official visit over the weekend to Auburn, switching that visit from Florida. He has also been to Ohio State, Georgia and Alabama.
McMillan also visited Clemson for the Georgia and Florida State games. He has not talked publicly since his official visit, but Clemson has always been strong with him.
“I’ve liked Clemson for a long time,” McMillan said last month. “I know everything about Clemson. And I like the way coach (Brent) Venables attacks with the linebackers and blitzes off the edge.”
Defensive end Dante Sawyer of Suwanee, Ga., will make his college decision known on his birthday, Dec. 17. Sawyer has had USC, Auburn, Tennessee and Missouri as his favorites. Sawyer has been to games this season at USC, Auburn, Tennessee and Georgia. Sawyer said last month that USC was “up there” with him as recruiter Deke Adams is selling him on the fact the Gamecocks are losing both of their starting defensive ends. Sawyer has never publicly stated a favorite.
Offensive lineman Kareem Are of Fort Scott (Kansas) JC made his official visit to USC over the weekend.
“It was the loudest stadium I’ve been in yet,” Are said. “It was a real good visit. I met with the offensive line coach and met most of the offensive linemen.”
Are also has taken official visits to Florida State and Penn State. He is considering a visit to Mississippi, and his Ole Miss recruiter is going to visit with him Tuesday.
USC recruiter Grady Brown also plans to visit with Are and his teammate, Gamecocks commitment DL Abu Lamin, on Tuesday. Are said he is looking at making his decision on or by Dec. 9. Among the three schools he’s visited, Are said there is no favorite at this point.
Defensive back Wesley Green of Lithonia, Ga., a former USC commitment, was in Columbia for the Clemson game as he continues to weigh his options. Green had an in-home visit with Georgia Sunday. He will set up official visits with USC, Georgia, Tennessee and Ole Miss and won’t make a decision until January. He’s not claiming a favorite.
Shrine Bowl defensive line prospects Dexter Wideman of Saluda and Naquez Pringle of Carvers Bay planned to be at USC on Saturday. Wideman has been committed to Florida State, and his coach said Friday that Wideman has not told him anything differently but USC is still a player.
“His head is spinning,” coach Doug Painter said. “He goes back and forth.”
USC recruiter GA Mangus and Florida State recruiter Jay Graham were in to see Wideman late last month.
Painter said Wideman has not indicated to him when he’ll finalize a decision. After the Shrine Bowl, Wideman will play in the Under Armour All-American Game. Wideman finished the season with 71 tackles and 6 sacks with 11 tackles for loss.
Pringle played Friday in the Division I-A state title game. He said earlier in the week he has offers from USC, Clemson and N.C. State. He has also gotten interest from Tennessee. He finished the season with 76 tackles and 6 sacks.
Defensive end Andrew Williams of McDonough, Ga., was at the Clemson-USC game. Both teams are high on his list and he plans to take official visits to both. He also plans to set official visits with Auburn and Ole Miss. Notre Dame, Auburn and Tennessee also are on his short list. Williams also has visited Clemson, Tennessee and Georgia Tech for games this season. He does not claim a leader at this point.
Running back Bryce Love of Wake Forest, N.C., planned to be at USC again Saturday with his parents, both USC graduates. Love also visited Clemson during the season and is considering the Tigers. His offers include USC, Clemson, Tennessee, North Carolina, Ohio State, Penn State, Georgia Tech, Northwestern, Stanford, N.C. State, Duke, Arkansas, East Carolina and Virginia Tech. He does not have any favorites.
USC and Miami are the current favorites of junior DB Rashard Causey of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., who planned to fly to Columbia on Friday and stay for the weekend.
“I have the same feeling between the two,” he said, “but if I had to choose, I would choose South Carolina. I like their defensive style, and one of my best friends, Skai Moore, plays for them, and it would be nice to play with him again.”
Causey plans to make a decision before his senior season. This will be his second trip to USC. He stopped by in July while making a tour of several schools. USC recruiter Grady Brown was down to check on Causey recently and he says the two talk every day, as he does with his Miami recruiter.
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