USC quarterbacks coach GA Mangus is deliberate when it comes to offering quarterbacks. He handed out just his second official offer for the 2013 class Saturday at the Gamecocks’ junior day to Connor Mitch of Raleigh.
USC is the 12th major offer for Mitch. The others are East Carolina, N.C. State, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Syracuse, West Virginia, South Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Rutgers and LSU. This spring, Mitch has also visited North Carolina, N.C. State, East Carolina, Alabama and LSU. He plans to visit Florida on Wednesday and Auburn on April 15.
“After the Auburn visit, I’ll narrow down to five or three,” Mitch said. Right now he’s not sure of any schools that will make the cut. “I’ve been looking to see if I can get along with the coaches and see myself playing for them,” Mitch said. “I’m also checking out the major and the campus.”
In other recruiting news: QB Boeing Brown of Brookfield, Conn., was at USC on Saturday. He has not been offered by the Gamecocks. He also plans to visit Central Florida, Florida, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Kentucky. He will camp at USC June 14 and plans to hit up several other camps.
Two more quarterback prospects who were at USC on Saturday were Josh Dobbs of Alpharetta, Ga., and Jeremy Johnson of Montgomery, Ala. Neither has been offered by the Gamecocks at this point. Dobbs has an offer from Princeton. He’s also drawing interest from Clemson, Stanford and Duke. Johnson has offers from LSU, Ole Miss and Auburn. He has visited LSU and Ole Miss. Johnson passed for 2,380 yards and 22 TDs.
WR Corey Cooper of Raleigh ?attended USC’s junior day Saturday and said afterward the Gamecocks are his current favorite. “I had a great visit,” Cooper said. He has offers from USC, Illinois, Iowa State, Kentucky, North Carolina, N.C. State, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Wake Forest and Tennessee. Cooper visited North Carolina on Friday. Last season, Cooper had 400 yards in receptions with six touchdowns.
LB/TE Matt Rolin of Ashburn, Va., spent Friday and Saturday at USC and though he’s not naming any favorites right now, USC impressed him. “It’s the best visit I’ve been on so far,” said Rolin, who has also seen Tennessee, Virginia, Boston College, Virginia Tech and Duke. “They told me I can play ?either linebacker or tight end. That will give me a better opportunity to get on the field early. And they said I could start on all four special teams if I come there. I really liked the campus. They have the best facilities I’ve seen.” Rolin has more visits coming up. Monday he was set to be at Alabama, today at Florida State and Wednesday at Georgia. He is not rushing a decision. “I’ll take all my visits and then get a top ten,” said Rolin who added he won’t make a decision until sometime during his season at the earliest.
ATH Jasper Sasser of Jacksonville, Fla., was at USC’s junior day Saturday. He did not commit, but it might be hard for another school to turn him away from the Gamecocks. “They got my mind sealed right now. It’s more like a family than playing football. They take good care of players, and I see a lot of success coming their way.” While possibly tempted to commit, Sasser said he can’t do it right now. “I don’t think my mom will let me just yet.” Sasser also has offers from Clemson, South Florida, Ole Miss, Southern Miss and Florida International. He plays defensive back, running back and wide receiver.
DL Michael Hill of Pendleton was at USC’s junior day Saturday with his parents and got a good look at the football and academic opportunities the Gamecocks can afford him. “He had a great visit,” Pendleton coach Paul Sutherland said. “He especially liked how coach Lawing and coach Elliott get after it. He really enjoyed the academic side. He’s going to be a business finance major. He also spoke with coach Spurrier.” Hill is going to Clemson on April 9 for a scrimmage. And he will visit Florida, Alabama, Ohio State and Michigan early in the summer. After those visits, he will narrow his list. Tennessee also is a school of strong interest for him. Auburn, LSU, Florida State and Michigan State are also interested in offering him if he’ll come in for a one day camp. Hill remains open and does not have any favorites.
Lake Marion WR Mike Williams was at USC on Saturday for a second junior day visit with the Gamecocks. He’s also been to Clemson and plans to go back there over the summer. Williams has offers from USC, Clemson, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Notre Dame with no favorites. “I’m looking at all the schools and trying to find the best fit,” Williams said. Williams said he did not grow up a fan of either of the in state schools but he probably will pick one of them. He said both are recruiting about the same. Williams said he’ll make his decision over the summer.
DE Alfy Hill (6-5, 260) of Los ?Angeles Valley Community College committed to USC on Thursday while on campus for an unofficial visit, backing off an earlier commitment to N.C. State. Hill is from Shallotte, N.C. He signed with Alabama in 2010 and actually participated in preseason drills before the NCAA Clearinghouse ruled him ineligible because of an online high school core course. He then enrolled at East Carolina but left there for Itawamba JC, Miss. He withdrew from Itawamba after the spring semester of 2011 and enrolled at the L.A. school, where he joined two former teammates. Hill has only played in five games the past two seasons. He suffered a knee injury last October and had arthroscopic surgery in February. He will miss all of spring practice. He will have two years to play two with the Gamecocks.
LB Ben Boulware of TL Hanna committed to Clemson last Wednesday night. Boulware had narrowed his choice to Clemson and Georgia and committed to the Tigers while on an unofficial visit Wednesday. Some of his other offers were Stanford, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Maryland. Last season he had 178 tackles with 4 sacks.
LB Jacarthy Mack of Lithonia, Ga., has committed to Louisville. USC was the first school to offer Mack, who later picked up eight other offers. Mack does plan to continue with his visits but said they won’t affect his decision.
Oklahoma transfer LB Kellen Jones of Houston made an official visit to Clemson Thursday thru Saturday. Jones said he did not commit to Clemson on his visit. He has the Tigers and Purdue at the top of his list right now. He has also visited Purdue. Arkansas also has offered and he might take a visit with the Razorbacks before making his decision. He’s also getting interest from West Virginia and Vanderbilt. Jones signed with Michigan but transferred to Oklahoma before his freshman season. He played last season with the Sooners and had 10 tackles in 12 games.
Clemson is working hard to land the trio of DE Robert Nkemdiche, RB Wayne Gallman and DB David Kamara of Loganville, GA, and the Tigers just might pull it off. “Me and Robert might try and go to the same place, and Wayne likes Clemson a lot,” Kamara said. “We all like Clemson a lot. I’d say it’s a seven or an eight chance (out of 10) that we all pick Clemson. We all want to go to Clemson, but it’s where we each feel most at home. I know for me and Wayne, Clemson leads. And Clemson is in Robert’s top five. Clemson and LSU lead for Robert.” Nkemdiche, rated by some the top player in the nation for 2013, has set May 18th for his announcement and has said he knows his decision. The other two have not decided on a commitment date. Kamara said he’d like to do it sometime between now and summer. He has visited Clemson twice and has also been to LSU. He has no other visits planned. He will not make it to Clemson’s spring game because his prom is that night, but he said Gallman plans to make the game. Kamara has offers from Clemson, Ole Miss and Mississippi State and said Clemson and Ole Miss are recruiting him the hardest. Nkemdiche is also considering LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss and Georgia. Gallman also has offers from USC, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and Georgia.
DE Devin Washington of Orlando spent Tuesday at USC, his first stop on a spring break tour of football programs. “It was amazing, I loved it there,” Washington said. “I thought about committing but I’ve got to wait. I’m taking my time with this process. I talked to Coach Spurrier. He was happy to see me and said ‘We want you here.’ He told me to take my time, come back and visit again, and pick the best school for me.” Washington also visited Duke, NC State, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech on this trip.
WR Uriah Lemay of Charlotte was at USC’s practice Thursday for a close look at the Gamecocks. From USC, LeMay headed to Georgia for a visit. Uriah’s brother Christian is a quarterback with the Bulldogs. LeMay also has visited Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia and Virginia Tech. He’s not claiming favorites at this point.
LB Kight Dallas of Lithonia, GA has been offered by USC defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward. USC is the first offer for Dallas who is also getting interest from Clemson, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Mississippi and Vanderbilt.
RB Ryan Green of St. Petersburg, FL now has 27 offers including Clemson, USC, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, South Florida, Miami, Tennessee, Auburn, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Virginia, Kentucky, Purdue, LSU, Illinois, Vanderbilt, Memphis and Nebraska. After his track season, Green will narrow his list. Clemson and USC are in good shape to make the cut. Green will take a trip in early June that includes stops at Clemson and USC. He will also visit Ole Miss and Auburn. He recently visited Notre Dame, Vandy and Tennessee.
DE Jaylen Miller of Gaffney was offered by Florida. He also has offers from Duke, North Carolina, Wake Forest and Furman.
OL Brandon Kublanow of Marietta visited Clemson in late February and liked what he saw. He recently visited Florida and Vanderbilt. He plans to visit Clemson and USC this Saturday. Both are schools that interest Kublanow. “I’m definitely interested in both. I haven’t narrowed my list but I really like USC and Clemson a lot.”
ATH Mykal Moody of Conway has offers from NC State, Ole Miss and Kentucky and says Clemson has given him a verbal offer. “They told me they’ve offered but they’re waiting on my ACT score,” Moody said. “The Gamecocks are showing a lot of interest too.” Other schools have shown interest including Georgia Tech. Moody plans to attend spring games at Clemson and Georgia Tech. He also has plans to attend several camps this summer including Clemson, USC and NC State.
LB Alex Anzalone of Reading, PA has taken recent visits to Notre Dame, Florida, Penn State and Ohio State and will visit Southern Cal, UCLA and Stanford this weekend. He wants to visit USC but is not sure if he’ll get down this spring. He remains in touch with USC recruiter GA Mangus, and Mangus remains interested in him. Anzalone does not have favorites and wants to take more visits. He will narrow his list after his visits next month and he wants to decide before his season.
OL Derwin Gray of Washington, DC now has over 20 offers after picking up one from USC. Clemson, Auburn, Michigan State, Rutgers, West Virginia, Washington, North Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, New Mexico, Maryland, Nebraska, Ohio State and Connecticut had previously offered with several schools joining in the last month. Gray, who has visited Clemson, plans a return trip to the Palmetto State to visit the Tigers for the second time and the Gamecocks for the first time. He will visit Florida for their Friday Night Lights in June and will visit FSU on the same trip.
DB Cameron Sutton of Jonesboro, GA is trying to work in some football visits around his baseball schedule. He went to Auburn recently and had planned to get to USC this past Saturday but couldn’t make it. He has offers from USC, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Kentucky and Missouri. He’s also getting interest from Auburn, Florida, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Miami and Georgia. Sutton said he has no favorites and won’t make until sometime during his senior season.
OL Ander Bodkin of Tallahassee is waiting on his first offer but continues to hear from USC, Alabama, Florida State and Georgia among other schools. He planned to visit Florida State Friday and is looking to attend camps at USC, Alabama, FSU, Georgia, North Carolina and South Florida.
DB Brendan Langley of Marietta, GA named USC, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Florida as his top five earlier this month. He now has Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Vanderbilt in that order. Langley will take several trips over his spring break. He planned to be at Georgia Saturday and will visit this week USC, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida and Vanderbilt. He also has offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Nebraska and UCLA..
OL Nhigel Phillips of Griffin, GA is looking for his first offers and feels they will come at some point. He thinks Alabama is the closest to making him an offer. Phillips has visited Clemson, Georgia, Alabama and Auburn and will visit South Florida and Florida. He was at Clemson for the Florida State game last season.