Linebacker Da'von Durant of Butler (Kan.) Junior College said last week that he would commit to South Carolina when he met with recruiter Kirk Botkin. That meeting took place. The commitment did not.
"It went well, it went real well," Durant said. "We talked about the defense they are running, school, academics, a little bit of everything. I didn't commit.
"I'm going to wait and get out and visit and see what's out there and make a decision then. Ain't nothing going to change as far as right now."
Durant said he would like to visit Texas A&M, Florida State and Arizona State.
Running back A.J. Turner (5-10, 190) of Clifton, Va., has seen his stock elevate with numerous major offers. USC was his first, and he now has offers from Clemson, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Boston College, Maryland, East Carolina, Connecticut and Old Dominion.
He made an unofficial visit to USC on Friday.
"It was amazing," Turner said. "Very thorough and organized."
Turner said he spent his time with recruiter Deke Adams and running backs coach Everette Sands.
"They showed me all around campus," he said. "The academic administration, the life skill coach and I was really impressed with it all."
Turner said Clemson also is in play for him. "I think both are great programs and a really good fit for me," Turner said. "They have met the criteria I have: good academics and academic support; a campus ministry because I'm big on church; good football program with stability and plays in bowl games; the distance from home, a little far, but I can deal with that rather than being on the other side of the country; and playing time, I would definitely have a shot at playing at those schools."
Turner, who rushed for 1,258 yards and 31 touchdowns last season, has also visited Virginia Tech, Virginia and Maryland.
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South Carolina's willingness to play wide receivers under 6 feet in height has Jalen Christian (5-10, 165) of Damascus, Md., very interested in the Gamecocks.
"A lot of teams are looking for receivers that are 6-5, but South Carolina plays the best player regardless of his height," Christian said. "That's what really stuck out to me about them."
Christian visited USC a year ago for their spring game. His list includes USC, Duke, Kentucky, Maryland, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Rutgers, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
Linebacker Austin Bryant of Thomasville, Ga., recently released his top 10 and included Clemson and USC on the list. The others are Florida, Florida State, Stanford, UCLA, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Penn State and Mississippi.
Offensive lineman Austin Clark of Lexington, Va., last week announced a top seven of Clemson, USC, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech in no order. He is in regular contact with his Clemson and USC recruiters.
"Both of them remain very interested," he said. "I'm really high on their boards and they would like to have me." Clark visited USC for a spring practice session. He also has been to Virginia Tech and Ohio State.
There has been no change in the top five for defensive end Michael Barnett of Woodland. Barnett has named N.C. State, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Florida State and Georgia in no order as his favorites. He is also showing interest in Clemson and said that the coaches have maintained contact with him. Barnett did visit USC last month.
Defensive lineman Sterling Johnson (6-5, 290) of Clayton, N.C., is one of the top prospects in his state coming off a season of 80 tackles and 8 sacks. The recruiting process is heating up for Johnson, who holds offers from Clemson, USC, Florida, N.C. State, Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Michigan.
Defensive end Marquavius Lewis of Hutchinson (Kan.) JC made a recent visit to Arkansas. That's been his only recent visit and he's uncertain about future ones. Lewis was in touch recently with USC recruiter Adams. USC is one of over 30 offers for linebacker Justin Hilliard of Cincinnati, and he is planning a visit to Columbia this summer.
"I don't know much about the academics and that kind of stuff, but the football program speaks for itself," Hilliard said. "They've obviously got a very good program. I keep in touch with the coaches and they don't tell me too much. They just tell me they want to get me on campus so I can see for myself." His previous visits include Alabama and Oklahoma. He did not name any favorites.
Defensive back Micah Abernathy (6-1, 185) of Norcross, Ga., is up to 21 offers including USC, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Duke. He has not reduced his list as he wants to take his time to see all of his options. USC has been actively recruiting Abernathy and he's been talking with recruiter GA Mangus.
Defensive end Darian Roseboro (6-5, 265) of Lincolnton, N.C., is one of the top prospects in the Tar Heel state for 2015, and right now Clemson and USC are factoring strongly into his recruiting.
He has 30 offers and plans to narrow his list by the end of May. The Tigers and Gamecocks are in good shape to make the cut. Roseboro visited Clemson in January for a junior day.
"It was really nice," he said. "If I had a top 10, I'd put them up there. I really like their defensive scheme. I fit into their defensive scheme." Roseboro has also seen USC and gives the Gamecocks high marks as well. "They have really nice football facilities and I like the coaching staff. Their defensive end plays multiple positions and it allows you to get different looks and make plays. USC would also be in the top 10 if I had one."
Roseboro also has visited N.C. State, Duke, North Carolina, Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio State and Vanderbilt.
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