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Gamecocks focusing on two QBs

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South Carolina will have at least two quarterback prospects on campus at its junior day later this month.

Drew Barker of Hebron, Ky., is the only quarterback the Gamecocks have offered in the 2014 class. USC is also interested in Tyler Harris, a 6-4, 215-pound quarterback from Blackshear, Ga.

Harris has offers from Alabama, Mississippi State and Troy. He has visited Florida State and Alabama. Most of his contact with USC has been with recruiter Everette Sands.

“He said they needed to get me on campus and see me throw,” Harris said. “I’m very interested in South Carolina. They were one of the first programs to show interest.”

Harris was at USC for the Georgia game last season. He actually grew up a Bulldogs fan and had an uncle play there. But he has no favorites right now.

“I want to take the summer and explore my options,” he said. Last season, he passed for 2,500 yards and 29 touchdowns.

In other recruiting news:

Sophomore DE Shamiek Blackshear of Bluffton is being singled out by some as the top player in the state, regardless of class. And he picked up another major offer last week from Florida State according to his coach Ken Cribb. The Seminoles join USC, Clemson, North Carolina, N.C. State and Florida as early offers for Blackshear who some are calling the best player in the state regardless of class. Blackshear went to USC and Clemson for games last season and was at USC’s junior day last month. Cribb says USC remains the team to beat for Blackshear right now. “He was a Gamecock fan as a kid growing up,” Cribb said. “But he’s interested in looking at all his options and going thru the process, so you never know.”

Bluffton junior DL KJ Ford is still waiting for his first major offer. Cribb said N.C. State is showing strong interest and wants him to come to a junior day. He has been to USC and North Carolina for junior days. And Appalachian State called about him.

Clemson and Maryland have emerged as the clear leaders for OL Justin Falcinelli (6-5, 300) of Middletown, Md., and his coach believes he’ll make a decision within the next two months. Falcinelli plays OT and also on the defensive line. He attended Clemson’s junior day last month and has been strong on the Tigers ever since. “He really likes Clemson,” said his coach Kevin Lynott. “He went down there a couple of weeks ago and he fell in love with the university. He really likes coach Swinney and was impressed with the staff and the culture of the players.” Falcinelli has also been to Maryland and the Terps are making a strong push.

Falcinelli also has offers from Pittsburgh, Virginia, Rutgers, Penn State and Wake Forest. He’s also getting interest from Alabama, LSU and Ohio State.

Stratford QB Jacob Park has added four more offers from major conference programs. The newest offers are from Louisville, Oklahoma State, Florida State and West Virginia. Park also has offers from Auburn, Tennessee, North Carolina, N.C. State, Georgia, Alabama, Ole Miss, Duke, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. He has had a top list of Alabama, Georgia, Virginia Tech and North Carolina. Park has passed for nearly 4,000 yards and 32 TDs over the past two seasons.

DL Lamont Gaillard (6-4, 312) of Fayetteville, N.C., made two trips to the Palmetto State last week and left with one more offer. On Thursday he was at USC to watch practice and was offered by the Gamecocks. On Saturday he was at Clemson’s practice and while he wasn’t offered, he remains on the Tigers’ watch list. Gaillard also has offers from Alabama, North Carolina, Georgia, N.C. State, Florida State, East Carolina and Boston College. Last season he had 78 tackles with 7 tackles for loss and 4 sacks.

Florida State offered DL Dexter Wideman of Saluda last weekend, according to his coach Doug Painter. Wideman also has offers from USC, Clemson, Michigan, Florida and Ole Miss. He has not made any visits for junior days thus far. He has been favoring USC.

DL Poona Ford of Hilton Head recently made an unofficial visit to Tennessee. He also has offers from USC, Illinois, Kansas State, Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia Tech, Missouri, Michigan, Louisville and Purdue. Ford, who has been favoring USC, will be going to some combines and plans to visit as many schools as he can in the weeks ahead, including a visit to USC for a spring practice.

Sophomore DL Albert Huggins of Orangeburg-Wilkinson was at Clemson’s practice Saturday. He has offers from the Tigers, USC, Florida and Florida State and currently favors the in-state schools.

ATH Artavis Scott of Tarpon Springs, FL says he’s talking a lot with Clemson these days, to the tune of about twice a week. He attended Clemson’s junior day last month. “I like them a lot,” Scott said of Clemson. “I can’t really say anything right now. They are in the process.” Scott also went to Louisville’s junior day. He has no future visits planned. His offer list includes Clemson, USC, Georgia, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Tennessee, Louisville, Miami and Oklahoma. Scott does not have favorites and he said he won’t announce a decision until the Army All American Game in January.

WR Thaddeus Snodgrass of Springfield, OH has a new top five of USC, Penn State, Louisville, West Virginia and Kentucky. He was at Kentucky Saturday for the Florida basketball game.

Clemson last week offered highly recruited LB Dwight Williams of Gardena, CA. Williams is closing in on 30 offers. Some of the others are Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Cal, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, UCLA and Washington.

DB Chris Murphy of Marietta, GA has offers from North Carolina, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Oklahoma State, Virginia, Connecticut, Utah, Missouri and West Virginia among others and has drawn interest from from USC, Arkansas, Michigan, Penn State and Boise State. This off-season he has visited Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Louisville, Kentucky, NC State, Wake Forest and North Carolina.

OL Jake Whitley of North Augusta is garnering interest from NC State, North Carolina, Mississippi State, Alabama, Tennessee, Missouri and Florida State among others. NC State has been showing the strong interest. Whitley has visited North Carolina and Mississippi State for junior days and his upcoming visits include Wake Forest and Georgia. Whitley does not have any favorites.

DB Trumaine Washington of Miami has an offer from Purdue with interest from Clemson, USC, Florida, Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Connecticut and Memphis among others. Washington attended last month’s junior day at Clemson. Clemson was Washington’s first trip and he plans to attend junior days at Florida Atlantic and Louisville. He does not have any favorites.

QB Bo Baldwin of South Aiken missed much of his junior season with a broken hand and that has slowed his recruitment. Baldwin is receiving interest from USC, Georgia, North Carolina, Rutgers, Alabama, LSU and Pittsburgh among others. He recently attended a junior day at Georgia and he plans to attend several spring practices including USC and North Carolina.

TE RJ Tyler of Wagener-Salley picked up his first offer last week from Appalachian State. He will attend the spring game in Boone. His only visit thus far was to an NC State junior day last month. Tyler has no other visits planned. He’s also having contact from Clemson and USC.

OL Donnell Stanley of Latta was at UNC Saturday night for the Duke basketball game, his second visit to Chapel hill in recent week. Stanley also visited there February 24th and met with head coach Larry Fedora. Stanley was at USC for the Clemson baseball game but did not meet with any coaches. He plans to return to USC for a spring practice, and he plans to get up to Clemson for a spring practice as well. Stanley continues to remain open about his decision and does not have favorites.

TE Jeb Blazevich of Charlotte visited Georgia last week as he began the tour of his final six schools. He also will visit over the next few weeks Clemson, Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Ole Miss. He plans to make a decision after these visits and before June.

Clemson has offered ATH Treon Harris of Miami. He plays quarterback but Clemson likes as a defensive back. Last season he passed for 2587 yards and 25 touchdowns and rushed for 15 scores. He also has offers from Florida State, Miami, Illinois, Ole Miss, South Florida and Central Florida.

Basketball News:

USC target 6-5 Elgin Cook of Northwest Florida JC committed to Oregon last week.

6-4 Chad Frazier of Gulf Coast State JC, FL committed to Texas A&M last week while on his official visit. Frazier, a Charlotte native, had narrowed his decision to the Aggies and USC.

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