Defensive end Chauncey Rivers of Stone Mountain, Ga., announced he had flipped his commitment from South Carolina to Georgia over the weekend.
"I have officially flipped and became a Dawg," Rivers put on his Twitter account.
Rivers tweeted out his change of heart after taking an unofficial visit to Georgia on Saturday. He had committed to USC last July.
Earlier this month, Rivers said he would take in some junior days at other schools, but he called his commitment to USC a strong one. He also has offers from Clemson, Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Missouri, Tennessee and Georgia Tech. Rivers last visited USC for the Clemson game.
Defensive end Michael Barnett of Woodland committed to Virginia Tech last November and appeared to be set on the Hokies. Not any longer. Barnett last week backed off that pledge and is on the open market, though he's still favoring the Hokies. "I told (Virginia Tech recruiter) coach Wiles about it and he was pretty mad about it," Barnett said. "I really like Virginia Tech, but I need to look more into broadcasting (his major) and see what schools offer that. I've been thinking about it for a couple of weeks."
Barnett listed his new top five as Virginia Tech, N.C. State, Clemson, Florida State and Alabama. The Crimson Tide offered him on Wednesday. Barnett will now take another look at Clemson as well.
"Clemson really wants me to come down there. I talked to coach Hobby and he told me they are really going to need me because all of their D-linemen are going to the NFL. I'm not a serious about them as I was about Virginia Tech, but I am considering them."
Barnett added that he's not heard from USC since last summer. He does not have a timetable for his next decision and no plans for any junior days because of his track schedule. Last season Barnett had 89 tackles with 31 tackles for loss, 7 sacks and 5 forced fumbles.
In other recruiting news:
QB Kelly Bryant of Wren won't carry out his recruiting much longer according to his coach. "He's going to look at all the school that have offered, try to visit them all and then make a decision," coach Jeff Tate said. "He wants to concentrate on his senior season because he graduates in December." Bryant has offers from Clemson, USC, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, NC State, Mississippi and Appalachian State. "Virginia Tech and Tennessee say they will offer when he visits," Tate said. "There's no clear-cut favorite. He wants to visit all the schools before deciding, and everybody his recruiting him as a quarterback. Coach (Chad) Morris (of Clemson) has made clear they want him as a quarterback. USC has not been by and hasn't had much contact. And he's not concerned about the number of quarterbacks at a school. He's willing to redshirt." Bryant went to Clemson's junior day earlier this month and visited N.C. State the next day. He plans to visit North Carolina and Virginia Tech this weekend if his basketball schedule allows.
According to his coach, Clemson quarterback commitment Tucker Israel has added offers from LSU, Louisville, Vanderbilt, UCLA and Northern Illinois.
OL Dallas Warmack (6-2, 290) committed to Alabama last July but is not ready to shut down his recruiting. USC was among his recent offers and he's interested in checking out the Gamecocks and others. "I talked to coach (Steve) Spurrier and he wants me to come up there with one of my teammates (Natrez Patrick)," Warmack said. "I talked to coach Ward a lot, about every couple of weeks. I don't know that much about South Carolina, but I have decent interest in them. My commitment is pretty strong, but I plan to take other visits and keep my options open." Warmack said he and Patrick plan to visit USC this summer. He planned on visiting Auburn and Alabama recently, but the weather interfered. Warmack plays offensive tackle for Mays High but expects to play guard in college.
USC secondary coach Grady Brown has gone back down to South Florida to seek out more help and he's made an offer to DB Damon Arnette (6-2, 185) of Fort Lauderdale. What makes Arnette an interesting story is he's never played cornerback before, but that will be his position moving forward. He played receiver last season but stood out at corner at a camp in December and things have taken off for him. The Gamecocks offered along with Florida State, Hawaii, Indiana and Kentucky. He's also hearing from Miami, Wake Forest, Michigan State and Central Florida. "Coach Brown is very helpful with this whole recruiting process," Arnette said. "He tells me they really want me up there and I can help South Carolina a lot. He sees a lot of potential in me and he wants to be my coach. He likes my aggression and my size." Arnette has not been to USC but plans to camp there June 13. He did go to Miami's junior day. He's not claiming favorites right now. "My mind is open." He could have a decision around the end of the school year or by the end of summer.
Clemson DB commitment Tanner Muse last week picked up an offer from Florida. Muse committed to Clemson in December. "Not really a huge impact but nice to get an offer from such a prestigious school," he said when asked if the offer affects his Clemson commitment. Muse attended Clemson's junior day earlier this month and right now is not sure if he'll take any other visits. He also holds offers from North Carolina, N.C. State, Louisville, Ole Miss, Duke, Virginia, Vanderbilt, Michigan and Northwestern.
Clemson and USC have offered QB Lamar Jackson (6-2, 185) of Boynton Beach, Fla. He also has offers from Florida State, Syracuse, Nebraska, Cincinnati, Utah State and Akron. Jackson said the style of offenses Clemson and USC run attracted him, and he liked how Tajh Boyd and Connor Shaw played in those offenses. "I could fit in either one," he said. Right now he has a top 10, in no order, of Clemson, USC, Florida State, Oregon, West Virginia, Baylor, Auburn, Texas A&M, Florida and Nebraska. He also has interest in Georgia Tech. Jackson has never been to Clemson or USC but plans to visit at some point. Jackson has not taken any junior day visits thus far and hasn't scheduled any. Last season, Jackson passed for 1,688 yards and 25 touchdowns and rushed for 1401 yards and 16 scores. He wants to make his decision before the end of his senior season.
USC is keeping up the heat on DB Rashard Causey of Fort Lauderdale, and that work has paid off with a set date for an unofficial visit for the spring game weekend in April. Causey had planned to visit USC on Jan. 17 but had to play in a 7 on 7 event. Causey talks regularly with Gamecocks recruiter Grady Brown and talks daily with former teammate and current Gamecocks linebacker Skai Moore. "He's like my big brother," Causey said. Right now, USC and Miami are tied at the top of his list with Michigan, Southern Cal and UCLA also in the mix. He plans to visit the California schools this summer. He'll put together an official top 10 list after spring.
OL Ryan Bates of Westminster, Pa., who had USC high up on his list, committed to Penn State over the weekend after making an unofficial visit and meeting with James Franklin for the first time.
Highly recruited DL Adam McLean of North Potomac, Md., has nearly 30 offers at this point, and they include USC, Clemson, Michigan State, Mississippi, Nebraska, Alabama, Florida State, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, Penn State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. McLean made an unofficial visit to USC recently and was greatly impressed. "I had a great time, they showed me great hospitality," McLean said. "I really enjoyed the facilities and the academics, all the things I got to see. They really showed me a good time." McLean spent a lot of time with freshman OL Na'Ty Rodgers and was given a campus tour by graduate assistant Shaq Wilson. "The guys were in there on their off day working, and that shows how dedicated they are to getting better," McLean said. Right now, McLean doesn't have a short list. He has also visited Maryland, Wake Forest and Nebraska. He plans to visit Penn State soon and he will return to USC in March for a spring practice. "South Carolina is a school I'm very interested in," he said. "It's SEC football and I can go in and be an impact player. They are definitely sitting up there." McLean doesn't plan to announce a decision until his national all-star game, either Army All-American or Under Armour, but that could change. "I may have a commitment this summer if it hits me." Last season, McLean 47 tackles with 10 tackles for loss, 7 sacks and 12 pass deflections.
USC last week offered one of the state's top 2015 prospects in RB Ty'son Williams of Crestwood. The Gamecocks join Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina, Georgia, N.C. State, Duke and Appalachian State on his offer list. "I was happy that it finally came through," Williams said. "I like their loyal fans and I like what they're doing developing their players." Williams will go to USC's upcoming junior day. He has not yet formed a favorites' list. Last season, he rushed for 1,516 yards and 16 touchdowns.
DB Rion Davis of AC Flora made his first junior day visit Feb. 2 to N.C. State. N.C. State is a sole offer with interest coming from Clemson, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Auburn, Charlotte, East Carolina, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, The Citadel and Cincinnati. On Feb. 22, Davis will attend a junior day at Georgia Tech. He received a visit from Yellow Jackets head coach Paul Johnson as a sophomore and is interested in seeing what the Atlanta school has to offer.
DB Desmond Cain of Delray Beach, Fla., continues to favor USC but is not ready to move towards a commitment. "I'm nervous for some reason," Cain said. "I want to play as a true freshman and I want to make sure I'm at home." With that in mind, Cain plans to visit USC again this summer. He attended the Black Magic Camp last summer, and that's where he impressed the Gamecocks. "I went up there and they loved me for receiver, but they are recruiting me for DB," said Cain who is a cornerback. He talked with recruiter Grady Brown about three weeks ago. "He seems pretty interested," Cain said. He also has offers from Cincinnati and SMU and is also hearing from Tennessee, Miami and Bowling Green. Last season, Cain had 6 interceptions, returning one for a score. He also had over 1,000 all-purpose yards on offense.
USC was one of the early offers for RB Dexter Williams (6-1, 190) of Orlando, Fla. Williams went into February with no offers, but after an impressive showing at a combine in Florida, the offers began to flow in. Miami, Florida, Ohio State, Tennessee and Tennessee also have offered. Williams rushed for 1,072 yards and 3 touchdowns last season.
Clemson is on the board with an offer to LB Leo Lewis III (6-2, 225) of Brookhaven, Miss. Lewis also holds offer from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas, A&M, LSU, Tennessee, Alabama, Oregon State, Arkansas and Florida.
OL Brian Chaffin of Charlotte visited North Carolina and Duke last week and heads to Wake Forest on March 1. Chaffin has already been to N.C. State and Northwestern this month and rates all of his visits thus far quality visits. As for USC, Chaffin was getting a lot of interest from the Gamecocks during the season but says that has cooled off recently. "To be honest, I haven't really heard from them in a while," he said. Clemson, however, continues to show him interest. "They're still talking to me and told me they're still trying to figure out if they'll recruit one or two inside linemen," Chaffin said. "If they decide to go two outside linemen and one inside guy, I don't know if they'll offer or not. If they do (offer me), I want to get down there for a visit." His plans are to take several more trips through the spring before he begins to narrow his list. He would like to commit early in the summer. Chaffin says he does not have any favorites.
WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside of Dorman visited North Carolina recently as he begins to make his rounds this winter. The Tar Heels are showing interest but have not offered yet. Arcega-Whiteside is also hearing from Clemson and USC. Both schools have invited him for a junior day, though those dates have not been locked down. He plans to camp at several schools this summer, including USC, Clemson and North Carolina. His next visit will be to Charlotte on Feb. 22. Wake Forest will follow on March 1. Arcega-Whiteside has offers from Appalachian State and Elon, but says he does not have any favorites.
The Citadel has added two more signees to their class in QB JT Waters of Palmetto Christian and RB Isiah Smith of Hagerstown, Md. Waters passed for 1,749 yards and 14 touchdowns and rushed for 2,579 yards and 42 touchdowns last season. Smith rushed for 2,000 yards in each of the past two seasons.
6-6 Shamiek Sheppard of Fishburne Military Prep, Va., could be a USC commitment by the end of the month. Sheppard took an official visit to USC earlier this month, which has been his only trip. He doesn't have any other scheduled at this point, according to his coach. "Everybody is comfortable with where they are at," coach Ed Huckaby Jr. said. "I haven't talked to Shamiek much more about it or talked to Frank (Martin) any more about it. They like each other. I would think something will happen within the next week or two, by the end of February. I haven't pressed the issue with either one. He might have decided, but I purposely haven't engaged him in that conversation. I want him to sit on it." Sheppard is part of an all-star program that has a dozen Division I prospects, according to his coach. Sheppard, who signed with Towson out of high school in New York, is averaging 17 points and 11 rebounds per game this season.
Martin was in New York last week to watch 6-11 Adonis Delarosa perform, and perform he did scoring 23 points with 12 rebounds, four assists and three blocks, according to Ben Baskin writing on ZagsBlog. Delarosa told the reporter USC, St. John's, Fordham and Pittsburgh are the four schools showing him the strongest interest right now.
This past Sunday Martin was in Chicago on a recruiting trip.
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