There’s drama brewing over a highly regarded Georgia defensive lineman, and his name is not Robert Nkemdiche.
This case involves South Carolina target Kelsey Griffin of Hochston. On Friday morning, Griffin held a news conference at his school and announced a commitment to Georgia over USC. That was no big surprise because Griffin had been calling the Bulldogs his favorite for months. But late Friday afternoon, Griffin’s coach, through a text message, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Griffin was not committed to Georgia.
“Please know that Kelsey is NOT committed to UGA right now. I know this may sound crazy, but it is the facts,” coach Shannon Jarvis wrote to the AJC.
After his game Friday night, Griffin told reporters he had made his decision for Georgia, but the Bulldogs weren’t ready to accept his commitment. So he remains open with USC, Georgia and perhaps a couple of others in the mix.
In other recruiting news:
ATH Tramel Terry of Goose Creek said last week he will take official visits to Georgia and Clemson. He said he will not take one to USC, adding that USC doesn’t want him to visit while he’s committed elsewhere. “I’ve been there several times on unofficial visits, so there’s no need to.” One of those unofficial visits was for the UAB game. “I’m committed to Georgia,” he said, “but it’s a business and I have a right to take my officials, and that’s what I’m doing to do.” Terry said those two visits likely would be his only official visits because he is graduating in December and won’t have time for others. The question now is, does Clemson have a chance at turning him? “No, not right now,” Terry said. “I’m 100 percent (Georgia) unless something happens.”
RB Greg Bryant of Delray Beach, Fla., a former Oklahoma commitment, said he will set two of his official visits with USC and Georgia. He said Auburn and Florida State also are possible for officials.
OL Na’Ty Rodgers of Pomfret, Md., made the first of what will be at least three visits to USC for the UAB game. Rodgers has been favoring the Gamecocks and that has not changed. Rodgers will be back for the Georgia game but has changed that to an unofficial visit. He will make his official visit in January. Last weekend he took an official visit to Oklahoma. He has not scheduled any other official visits.
ATH Juwaan Williams of Tucker, Ga., has scheduled an official visit to Clemson for Oct. 20. Clemson is one of his five finalists, and the Tigers like him as a cornerback. “All five (schools) are pushing very hard. I talk to all the coaches weekly. They’re all even.” Last weekend, Williams made an official visit to Notre Dame. He will visit Oregon on Oct. 6 and will set visits with Florida State and Vanderbilt. Oregon is recruiting Williams as a safety, while the others like him as a receiver. He won’t make a decision until late January after he has taken all of his visits.
Former USC commitment LB Brandon Golson of Georgia Military JC says he has not dropped the Gamecocks from his list, and they’ve not dropped him from theirs. Golson said he’s been focusing on his season and has not been anywhere for games, but he hopes to visit USC for the Tennessee game Oct. 27 which corresponds with his open week. Golson said right now he’s getting the strongest interest from Texas A&M and Arizona, but he said he does not have favorites.
USC has offered junior LB Christian Miller of Spring Valley, son of former Gamecock and NFL linebacker Corey Miller. Clemson also has offered the younger Miller.
Junior OL Taylor Hearn of Williston-Elko has an offer from Clemson with interest from USC, LSU, N.C. State and Mississippi State, among others. Hearn named Clemson, USC and Alabama as his top three. He attended USC’s win over UAB and was back for the Missouri game.
6-5 Sindarius Thornwell of Lancaster, who will play this season at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, is down to USC, Ohio State and N.C. State, according to his Oak Hill coach Steve Smith, who added the Gamecocks sit in good shape with him. Smith said Thornwell has set official visits with his three schools. N.C. State will be Oct. 12, Ohio State on the 19th and USC on the 26th. Thornwell plans to sign early, according to Smith.
6-4 Justin McKie of Irmo has set an official visit to USC for Oct. 5. He will have an in-home visit from Gamecocks head coach Frank Martin this week. McKie has taken an official visit to Murray State.
Clemson missed on three of its targets for the 2013 class over the last week. 6-7 AJ Davis of Buford, Ga., committed to Tennessee, 6-8 Quinton Stephens of Atlanta committed to Georgia Tech, and Sunday, 6-7 Davonte Fitzgerald of Tucker, Ga., committed to Texas A&M after making an official visit there. All three prospects made official visits to Clemson.
USC has picked up its first commitment from a catcher for the 2014 class from Hunter Taylor (5-11 190) of Onley, VA. He chose the Gamecocks over North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
Third baseman Elliott Caldwell of Spartanburg Methodist JC committed to USC for the 2013 class. Caldwell chose the Gamecocks over offers from Clemson and The College of Charleston. Caldwell prepped at Wren and played his freshman season at Winthrop before enrolling this fall at SMC.