Gamecocks focusing on defensive, offensive linemen
The only thing standing between defensive lineman Arthur Williams of Fayetteville, N.C., and an offer from South Carolina is a positive review of his transcripts by the Gamecocks.
That's the word Williams got from Gamecocks recruiter Joe Robinson.
"He said he wants to get me down to campus and go over the transcripts and hopefully I'll have a scholarship," Williams said. "My transcripts look decent."
Williams is a Florida State commitment, calling the pledge "pretty strong," and said an offer from USC would put the Gamecocks at No. 2 on his list. He plans to visit USC in January, but the date hasn't been set. He will go to Florida State on Jan. 17 and also plans to visit Miami.
Offensive lineman Derrick Kelly Jr. of Havana, Fla., is getting a strong push from USC and plans to take an official visit to Columbia. Kelly has four remaining visits after his official trip to Florida recently. Though he has not set the date for the USC visit, it could be Jan. 17. Kelly has scheduled his LSU trip for Jan. 25.
"I am looking for a school with a good program and strong academics," Kelly said. "I am very interested in South Carolina and the legendary coach, Steve Spurrier."
Kelly is a former Kentucky commitment. Other schools showing strong interest are Florida State and South Florida.
"I plan on taking all of my official visits," he said. "I don't know where I'll go for the other two." Kelly does not have any favorites and did not indicate a decision date.
In other recruiting news:
Shrine Bowl defensive lineman Zeek Rodney of South Pointe took his first official visit to Charlotte this month and will visit Syracuse on Jan. 17 and Wake Forest on Jan. 24. Other schools showing interest are Boston College, Ball State and Marshall. There is a possibility he could visit one or all of these schools. Rodney plans to make a decision the week following his final visit.
Linebacker Dwight Williams of Gardena, Calif., plans to announce his college choice on Saturday at the Army All-American Game. He has said that Clemson is one of his final schools, along with Florida, LSU, Georgia and Oklahoma. Oklahoma is the only school he has visited.
Defensive end Andrew Williams will visit Clemson and Auburn in January. Also on his list are Mississippi, USC and LSU.
Defensive end Kevin Bronson of Delray Beach, Fla., named Virginia Tech as his current favorite last week. Bronson has taken an official visit to Rutgers. He is scheduled to visit USC on Jan. 17, Virginia Tech on Jan. 24 and Florida on Jan. 31.
Hunter Renfrow of Socastee grew up a Clemson fan and may have an opportunity from the Tigers that is too tempting to turn down. Though he has several offers, Renfrow is considering joining Clemson as a preferred walk-on.
"It's a great opportunity to try and earn a scholarship and prove that I can play at that level," Renfrow said.
His offers are from Appalachian State, Furman, Wofford, Charleston Southern, Presbyterian and Gardner-Webb. He plans to take official visits to Clemson and Appalachian State and will likely choose between the two schools.