Clemson appears to be in position to pick up one of the state’s top recruits this week.
Wide receiver Mike Williams of Lake Marion will announce a college decision today at 5 p.m. at his school. He has narrowed his list to Clemson and USC and has gone back and forth between the two over the past few months.
“Clemson has got an edge,” Williams said. “It’s real close. I feel wanted at Clemson. It’s all a family. And I can come in and play as a freshman. I can be the “nine” guy where Nuke Hopkins plays, and I could get 1,000 yards easy.”
Williams was at Clemson for the All-In Cookout earlier this month.
Clemson target Jayron Kearse of Ft. Myers, Fla., will make his call Friday for Clemson or Auburn. Auburn appears to be the favorite.
In other recruiting news:
DB Ronnie Martin will play his second season at Georgia Military JC this season and will then pack his bags for Columbia. Martin signed with USC out of Spartanburg High in 2011 but did not qualify. His high school coach Freddie Brown said last week Martin is all set academically to graduate from GMA in December, and he plans to suit up at cornerback for the Gamecocks in 2013. “I talked to him last week and he’s solid with South Carolina,” said Brown, who added that Martin is now up to 189 pounds and still runs in the 4.4 category. Brown was one of the state’s top prospects in the 2010 season and played on the Shrine Bowl team. Martin gives USC 20 commitments toward the 2013 class.
USC commitment LB Brandon Golson of Calhoun County and Georgia Military JC took visits this month to Texas A&M and Arizona. That has USC questioning whether or not he is committed and if they will hold a spot for him. “The kid is going to be alright if they want to play hardball,” Golson’s high school coach Walt Wilson said. “He wants to be a Gamecock, but they said they are going to be filled up. The kid may have to make another decision. It ain’t like he doesn’t have other opportunities.” Wilson said Golson will also visit Kansas State.
WR Ky Priester of Snellville, Ga., had tweeted he might be committing to USC very soon. But Friday Priester tweeted he plans to take his official visits before making a commitment. Priester once was committed to Georgia but doesn’t appear to be involved any longer with the Bulldogs. USC has been his favorite since he de-committed from Georgia. Vanderbilt also has offered him.
DL Michael Hill of Pendleton remains firmly committed to Ohio State, his coach said Friday. An Internet report said Hill was having second thoughts about his pledge and might look closely again at USC. Hill had USC and Clemson in his final group. But coach Paul Sutherland said Hill told him there was no wavering.
ATH Mykal Moody of Conway is considering beginning his official visits as early as September, and Marshall and Ole Miss are two schools he will likely visit. Moody also mentioned Clemson, USC, Kentucky and N.C. State as other possible destinations. Each has offered except for the Gamecocks.
RB Peyton Barber of Alpharetta, Ga., plans to choose a school this week. He visited Arizona State last week and his other visits were to Clemson, Ole Miss, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt. He’s considering those schools, along with UCLA.
OL Davis Farmer of Gilbert was recently offered by Old Dominion. He also has offers from Gardner-Webb and Liberty.
6-5 Austin Ajukwa of Cardinal Newman broke out this summer on the national recruiting scene and Clemson recently offered him. Ajukwa averaged 24 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists per game last season. “They see me as an impact player,” he said. “They’ve been recruiting me since the 9th grade and they like how I’ve developed. They say I have a lot of upside.” East Carolina and UTEP are two other offering schools Ajukwa likes. Some of his other offers are Wofford, Winthrop, Charleston Southern, Presbyterian, Jacksonville, Mercer and UNC Wilmington. He plans to sign in November.
New USC baseball coach Chad Holbrook has added three more commitments to his 2013 class. According to TheDiamondProspects.com, RHP Cody Mincey of Spartanburg Methodist JC and LHP Cole McMillan of Lexington have picked the Gamecocks. And John Whittle of TheBigSpur.com reported that Brock Maxwell of Suwanee, Ga., also committed to USC. Mincey is a native of Hartsville. Last season, he was 5-2 with 2 saves. McMillan is the No. 3 lefthanded pitcher in the state for 2013, according to Diamond Prospects. And PerfectGame.com ranks Maxwell as the 109th ranked player for his class. USC now has 17 commitments for the 2013 class.
The Gamecocks picked up a commitment for the 2014 class from INF Jared Williams of Gilbert according to TheDiamondProspects.com. Williams helped to lead Gilbert to a state championship last season batting .420 with 17 RBIs. He also stole 14 bases in 18 attempts and committed just 8 errors. Williams has a twin sister who plays on the Gilbert softball team. He’s the Gamecocks’ 7th commitment for the 2014 class.