Offensive lineman Shane Lemieux of Yakima, Wa., made a return visit to South Carolina on Monday after first visiting on Friday, and before leaving he made a commitment to the Gamecocks, giving USC four new pledges for the 2015 class in less than a week.
Lemieux (6-6, 295) said he's completely sold on USC and his commitment is solid though he does want his mom to visit and give final approval.
"It's the place for me," Lemieux said. "I am a Gamecock but I want my mom and stepdad and my little sister to come down. I'm sure they will love it. They've been to all the other visits. I want them to be there when I officially commit in another month or so."
Lemieux said he was impressed by what offensive line coach Shawn Elliott told him about the program and the SEC and the attention offensive linemen from the SEC receive from NFL scouts. And he's looking forward to playing for Elliott.
"I told him if I commit he has to bust my butt."
Lemieux also had Oregon high up on his list. His other offers included N.C. State, Miami, East Carolina, Cal, Boise State, Arizona State and Washington State. Lemieux is USC's eighth commitment for the 2015 class. Since last Thursday, USC has added WR Michael Bowman, DB Mark Fields Jr., OL Paris Palmer and Lemieux to their 2015 class.
Fields, the son of former Carolina Panthers linebacker Mark Fields, chose USC over Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State and Tennessee, among others.
The 5-11, 184-pound defensive back from Cornelius, N.C., committed to the Gamecocks on Saturday while on campus for an unofficial visit to watch a spring practice. He is considered one of the top cornerback recruits in the 2015 class.
"It's close to home and it's a good opportunity for me to come in and play and be a part of a great team," Fields said.
Last season, Fields had 43 tackles and three interceptions.
Bowman (6-0, 195) of Havelock, N.C., committed to USC on Thursday, picking the Gamecocks over N.C. State. Bowman is considered one of the top receiver prospects in the country. Last season, he had 52 catches for 972 yards and 11 touchdowns.
In other recruiting news:
Offensive lineman Jake Fruhmorgen of Tampa, Fla., made an unofficial visit to Florida on Saturday as he begins a stretch of final visits leading to his decision early next month.
Fruhmorgen spent three days at Clemson earlier this month and the Tigers put themselves in good shape with him. And even after the visit to Gainesville, Fla., Fruhmorgen is calling Clemson the leader.
"It's close," he said. "55-45 Clemson. Until tomorrow," he added with a laugh. "I like the campus and the facilities. I really felt comfortable."
Next week, Fruhmorgen will visit Notre Dame, Michigan and Ohio State. He plans to make his decision early next month.
Offensive lineman Paris Palmer (6-8, 305) of Lackawanna (Penn.) Junior College committed to USC after visiting Saturday.
Defensive back Rashad Roundtree (6-1, 195) of Evans, Ga., is one of the top safety prospects in the country and "can go anywhere he wants to," according to his coach Jarrett Troxler. "But I believe he wants to play in the SEC. He's a smart kid, a down to earth kid. He wants to take some visits and kind of get his bearings. He'll be a guy who will wait until after his senior season."
Roundtree visited Georgia on Saturday. He has also been to Auburn and Duke. Roundtree plans to visit USC this spring, but the date hasn't been set. He is also going to visit Clemson at some point. Roundtree is in regular contact with USC and Clemson recruiters.
Wide receiver Juval Mollette of Randleman, N.C., has moved Clemson and North Carolina to the top of his list at this point and said his decision will come down to those ACC rivals, though he plans to take all five of his official visits before making the call.
Mollette attended junior days at both schools. He had been to Clemson before, but the junior day visit gave him another close up look at things. "It was good to see what they showed me," he said. "That was my first junior day there so I got some good information." Besides another look at the campus, Mollette got further intel on the Chad Morris run offense. "They talked about how much they throw the ball deep," said Mollette who is being recruited as an outside receiver after catching 56 passes for 661 yards and 9 touchdowns last season. He spent most of his time talking with receivers coach Jeff Scott. Mollette said Clemson and UNC are recruiting him with the same intensity and there's no leader between the two. He recently added offers from Mississippi and West Virginia. His other offers are Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Wake Forest, East Carolina, Duke and Tennessee.
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