Shane Lemieux, a 6-6, 285-pound lineman from Yakima, Wash., is one of the top offensive line prospects in the Northwest, based on his impressive offer list from that region.
Right now his two favorite programs are South Carolina and Oregon. Lemieux visited Oregon Friday and Washington on Saturday. He will visit Washington State this weekend and will make a trip to South Carolina in two weeks.
His father is a nuclear engineer living in Lancaster so Lemieux has made numerous visits to the Palmetto State.
"They are SEC, pretty great weather, and the football team is obviously very good," Lemieux said. "I'm very interested."
Lemieux has offers from South Carolina, Oregon, Washington, Washington State, Boise State, Cal, Arizona State, Idaho, East Carolina and others, but it's clear in his mind which two are on top.
"I can't really decide between the Gamecocks and Oregon," he said. "Those are my two favorite teams forever."
Lemieux said distance from home won't play a factor in his final decision.
"If I go down to play at South Carolina my mom will find a way to get down there. If I go play at Oregon my dad will find a way to get there. It's a win-win."
Lemieux said he plans to make his decision by July.
Defensive lineman DJ Jones (6-2, 305) was one of the state's top prospects in 2012 at Wren and he played in the Shrine Bowl, but after a season at East Mississippi JC, he's emerged as one of the top prospects in the country. Jones has offers from USC, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida State, Ole Miss, Southern Cal, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Kentucky, Arkansas and LSU.
Last season he had 49 tackles and eight sacks.
"If he stays healthy, he will play in the NFL," Wren High coach Jeff Tate said. "He's so explosive. He gets great leverage. He's a man among boys."
Jones has not taken any visits yet and nothing is scheduled, though he's looking at visiting USC for the spring game. He's been in touch with Gamecock defensive line coach Deke Adams.
"He (Adams) said they are losing a few defensive linemen and he can see me coming in and playing inside and playing a big role," Jones said. "I wouldn't give anybody a lead right now. I'm feeling everything the same."
But Tate thinks one team has the edge.
"I wouldn't be surprised to see him end up at Carolina," Tate said. "He just wants to play in the SEC. Clemson has shown some interest but they're not big on getting junior college transfers, but they do like him."
Defensive end Marquavius Lewis (6-4, 270) of Hutchinson (Kan.) Junior College is a Greenwood native who is now a major prospect going into his second year at the junior college. Lewis was offered Friday by USC, Alabama and Florida.
Some of his other offers are Auburn, Kansas State, West Virginia, Arkansas, Miami, Missouri and Tennessee. Lewis is planning to graduate in December and will have three years to play two. He's not claiming favorites. Last season Lewis earned All-Conference honors after totaling 60 tackles with 17 for loss and 6.5 sacks. He also had 13 quarterback hurries and he blocked one kick.
Ever since he decommitted from Virginia Tech, Woodland defensive end Michael Barnett has seen his recruiting stock climb. USC and Alabama were two to jump in with offers and last week he landed one from LSU. Others on his offer list are Clemson, Florida, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Tennessee, N.C. State and Georgia Tech.
Despite his decommitment from Virginia Tech, Barnett continues to favor the Hokies and plans to visit there this spring. He also wants to visit Florida State.
Offensive lineman Zack Bailey of Summerville made an unofficial visit to USC Friday where he met with recruiter Everette Sands and attended a baseball game. Bailey has offers from USC, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Tennessee and The Citadel.
Clemson Thursday handed out offers to four receiver prospects for the 2015 class. Each is a highly recruited player with multiple offers. Alex Ofodile (6-3,180) of Columbia, Missouri, caught 92 passes for 1,300 yards and 16 touchdowns last season.
Jayson Stanley (6-3, 205) is from Fairburn, Ga. Some of his other offers are Alabama, Auburn, Kentucky, Tennessee, Cal, Purdue and Wisconsin. Van Jefferson (6-2, 170) of Brentwood, Tenn., also has Tennessee, Penn State, Vanderbilt, Auburn and Ohio State on his offer list. And Auden Tate (6-4, 200) of Tampa has also been offered by USC, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Ole Miss, Penn State, Vanderbilt, South Florida and Central Florida.
WR Jalen Guyton (6-1,185) of Allen, Tex., plans to visit Clemson in April. He has 18 offers including one from the Tigers. He has visited Texas A&M and TCU for junior days and other trips coming up are Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford, Northwestern and Oklahoma. He holds offers from each. His other offers include Texas Tech, San Diego State, Ole Miss, SMU, Illinois, Arizona State, Baylor, Wake Forest and Indiana.
Clemson and USC have offered offensive lineman Austin Clark (6-6, 295) of Lexington, Va. Clark has already attended a junior day at Clemson and plans to attend a junior day at USC later this month. Clark has also attended junior days at Virginia Tech and Tennessee and planned to visit Virginia Saturday.
He plans to narrow his list to "five or six in the next month or so" and added that USC and Clemson have a good chance of making that list. Clark's offers include Clemson, USC, Penn State, Ohio State, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Duke, Maryland, Temple, Wake Forest, West
Virginia, Rutgers and Vanderbilt. He does not have any favorites.