Michael Barnett, a defensive end at Woodland High School, has been busy with track this spring and hasn't taken any recent visits.

But he said he wants to visit Georgia and Clemson, and will attend camp at Georgia Tech. Barnett currently has five schools on his list - N.C. State, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Georgia and Florida State. Though Clemson and South Carolina are not in that group, they have not been eliminated.

"I have interest in South Carolina. Clemson I really like but they don't have my major (broadcasting). South Carolina came in the picture late and they have my major, but they'll have to work their way back up," Barnett said.

Offensive lineman Zach Giella of Augusta took in a USC practice last week. He said he remains very interested in the Gamecocks but isn't close to making a decision.

"I don't have any favorites," he said. "I want to visit LSU, and Alabama is just starting to talk to me. Everybody who has offered me is pretty much equal."

In other recruiting news:

Offensive lineman Zack Bailey of Summerville was an interested spectator at USC's practice last week.

"I was seeing how the coaches react and interact with the players and how they coach," Bailey said. "Coach Elliott reminds me a lot of our coaching style now. He drives you over your capacity. At the end of the day everything he does is to get you better."

Bailey has also been to Clemson for a junior day and wants to visit Georgia and Auburn. His top choices right now, in no particular order, are USC, Clemson, Auburn and Georgia.

Running back Ty'son Williams of Crestwood was at USC on Saturday for junior day. He went to Clemson and Georgia in February.

"I want to visit as many schools that have offered as possible," Williams said.

Williams may be back at USC for the spring game. He has offers from USC, Clemson, North Carolina, Georgia, N.C. State, Duke, Appalachian State, Georgia Tech and Michigan. 

Clemson and USC are keeping in regular contact with Nyheim Hines of Garner, N.C. Both are pitching the idea to him that he can fill the shoes for them of a former dynamic receiver.

"Clemson tells me they have a place for me to play early," Hine said. "(Sammy) Watkins' position. I talked to coach (Steve) Spurrier last month about slot receiver. He compares me to Ace (Sanders)."

Hines plans to visit Clemson, USC, Ohio State, Wake Forest and Duke in coming weeks. He visited North Carolina and Duke for basketball games. Except for Ohio State, all of those schools have offered as have Florida, Georgia, Virginia Tech, Connecticut, Tennessee, Wake Forest and East Carolina. Hines is graduating early, so he's looking to make a decision in September or October.

Offensive lineman Jake Fruhmorgen of Tampa is visiting Ohio State, Notre Dame and Michigan this week, his final trips before he makes his decision.

Fruhmorgen spent three days at Clemson earlier this month and the Tigers put themselves in good shape with him. He also recently visited Florida. And even after the visit to Gainesville, 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. It's a family atmosphere."

South Carolina may be the next trip for linebacker Roquan Smith of Montezuma, Ga. With most of the ACC and SEC schools, including Clemson and USC, extending Smith offers, the process of narrowing his list has been difficult.

"I'm down to about 13 or 14 and I want to get it down to five before the season starts," he said.

USC and Clemson are among his list of favorites.

"Clemson and I are on good terms," he said. "I'm going to visit there soon. South Carolina has great people. They've got a good program and been really consistent lately. I like both schools."

Highly regarded quarterback Torrance Gibson of Plantation, Fla., visited Clemson last week as part of his spring tour. "I had an awesome time," Gibson said. He also visited Oklahoma, LSU, Tennessee, Auburn and Florida on his trip. He plans to issue a top 15 soon and will take his five official visits before making a decision.

USC offensive lineman target Steven Gonzalez of New Jersey committed to Penn State over the weekend. And offensive lineman Mason Veal of Charlotte, a USC and Clemson target, committed last week to North Carolina.


Adonis Delarosa, a 6-11 center from New York, plans to visit USC officially the weekend of April 12, his coach said last week.

"I think South Carolina is in very good shape," coach Joe Arbitello said. But other schools are still working Delarosa.  Alabama coach Anthony Grant and Georgia coach Mark Fox were both up to see him last week along with Pitt coach Jamie Dixon.

South Carolina, Auburn and Memphis are the latest to reach out to 6-7 Cinmeon Bowers of Chipola JC, FL. Bowers is a Wisconsin native and a former Florida State commitment. He is regarded as the top junior college talent available for the spring signing period.