It was a three-commitment week for the South Carolina football program, while Clemson was shut out following the announcements at the two major all-star games.
Four prospects who announced commitments Saturday during the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio had USC and/or Clemson among their finalists. Only defensive back Jordan Diggs of Cape Coral, Fla., is coming to the Palmetto State.
Diggs, recruited to play the spur position, committed to the Gamecocks over Vanderbilt and Tennessee. In the end, his family ties to USC -- his uncle Shed Diggs was a Gamecocks linebacker -- and what he sees as an early opportunity for playing time won out.
"There is an opportunity to play as a freshman," said Diggs, who had 63 tackles this season. "They have high expectations and I will be filling a void." Diggs is the 23rd commitment for the Gamecocks' 2012 class and the third this week.
In other recruiting news:
USC missed out on DE Tyriq McCord of Tampa, Fla., when he announced for Miami and on DB Elijah Shumate of Ramsey, N.J., when he announced for Notre Dame.
With McCord off the board, the Gamecocks will now make DB Chris Moody of McDonough, Ga., a priority. He is scheduled to visit USC on Jan. 28. USC recruiter Lorenzo Ward met with Moody last Thursday.
The Gamecocks and Clemson also were left behind by DE Jonathan Bullard of Shelby, N.C., when he picked Florida. Bullard had been strong on Clemson and USC at one time or another. Clemson even sent seven coaches in to visit him after the Shrine Bowl. He eventually got down to the Tigers and Gators, and his preference for the SEC won out.
Thursday at the Under Armour All-American Game, DB Chaz Elder of College Park, Ga., committed to USC over Vanderbilt, Georgia and Arkansas.
The Gamecocks other commitment last week came from PK Nick St. Germain of Marietta, Ga.
The Gamecocks are sitting on 23 commitments as they head into the final three weeks of the recruiting campaign.
RB Todd Gurley of Tarboro, N.C., will announce his college decision this Friday. He is choosing from Clemson, N.C. State, Georgia and North Carolina. Clemson recruiters Marion Hobby and Tony Elliott met with him Friday in Tarboro. N.C. State and Georgia also visited with him last week. He has taken official visits to Clemson, N.C. State and Georgia and plans to take one to UNC.
USC will have to wait until Jan. 31 for the answer from RB Mike Davis of Stone Mountain, Ga. He has said he has made his decision, and a source has said USC and Georgia were his final two, but he won't announce until the end of the month. Davis will take his official visit to USC this weekend.
WR Quinshad Davis of Gaffney has had an offer from USC for several months, but with the Gamecocks class filling up, there may not be room for him in this class. That's why USC recruiter Shawn Elliott made a greyshirt offer to Davis last week telling him if a spot opens in this class, the Gamecocks will take him. Otherwise, he could enroll in January if he wants to join the program. He is considering those options.
OL Jonathan McLaughlin of Mauldin was contacted by coaches from UNC last week with a possible offer looming. He has taken two unofficial visits to Chapel Hill and would welcome an offer. He will take official visits to Marshall and East Carolina this month. He's also looking at Wake Forest.
Presbyterian picked up commitments from four offensive linemen, including Sterling Jenkins and James Barnes, teammates at Georgia Military JC as well as Keenan High in Columbia.
Spartanburg High quarterback Adrian Kollock has committed to South Carolina State, Vikings coach Freddie Brown said. Kollock is considered a passing and running threat. Kollock also considered offers from Hampton and Western Carolina. And the former staff at Pittsburgh also offered him as a greyshirt, Brown said.
USC will have its major official visit weekend of the month this coming weekend. All of the committed players who have not made official visits are scheduled to do so. The only non-committed prospect scheduled to visit at this point is RB Mike Davis.
Clemson is scheduled for three official visits this weekend from uncommitted prospects. LB Cassanova McKinzy of Birmingham, Ala., has been an Auburn commitment but is taking other visits. He is scheduled to visit Florida State next weekend. DE Kenderius Whitehead of Atlanta has visited North Carolina, NC State and Georgia.
DB Ronald Darby of Potomac, Md., announced Sunday he has de-committed from Notre Dame. He had been committed to the Irish since April. He is still considering Notre Dame but is also looking hard at Clemson, Florida State, Auburn and LSU. He is scheduled for an official visit to Clemson this coming weekend. He has taken official visits to Notre Dame, Maryland and Auburn. He's also looking at Florida and Southern Cal.
Junior WR Tramel Terry of Goose Creek picked up offers from Notre Dame and Southern Miss last week. He is close to 20 offers at this point. Some of the others are USC, Clemson, Georgia, Virginia Tech, N.C. State, Alabama and Tennessee. He has had a top four of USC, Clemson, Alabama and Georgia.
Junior DB Darius Curry of Flowery Branch, Ga., competed at one of Clemson's camps last summer, and while he hasn't gotten an offer from the Tigers, he does have their interest. He has offers from Oklahoma State, N.C. State and Tennessee, and Alabama also is showing interest, and is favoring Oklahoma State right now but is not going to make a quick decision.
Junior WR Dannon Cavil of San Antonio has offers from Clemson and Baylor with interest from many other schools.