Linebacker Kash Daniel puts Gamecocks in his top 3

Linebacker Kash Daniel of Paintsville, Ky., who has narrowed his decision to South Carolina, Kentucky and Louisville, said he has made his decision but won’t reveal it until a press conference at his high school on July 4.

“Yes sir, I know in my mind where I want to go to school,” Daniel said. “This whole recruiting process I always told everybody I’m going to go to school where I feel at home, even if home is in a different state.”

Daniel was in Lexington, Ky., last Thursday to appear on a radio show, and while in town, he stopped by Kentucky and visited with head coach Mark Stoops.

“I was just in town and stopped over there and said high to everybody,” he said. “That was not planned. It was just in the back of my mind. If I could come down to South Carolina again, I would.”

Daniel did talk the same day with USC recruiters Kirk Botkin and Steve Spurrier Jr. He attended USC’s Showcase camp earlier this month. He said he will not take any more visits prior to his announcement.

Defensive back Marlon Character of Atlanta has not been able to make it to USC this month, but that hasn’t hurt the Gamecocks’ position with him.

“There’s something about South Carolina lately that’s been catching my eye,” Character said. “And I’ve never forgotten the game I went to there when they played Georgia. I can see myself playing there.”

Previously, Character had the Gamecocks and Virginia Tech tied at the top of his list. He said he will visit USC within the next two weeks and that a commitment is possible on that visit. Character has been to Alabama, Georgia and Louisville for camps and visited Auburn on Thursday. He also plans to take another visit to Virginia Tech before he makes his decision.

In other recruiting news:

Offensive lineman Parker Boudreaux of Orlando, Fla., narrowed his choices to Clemson, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Florida and Georgia Southern. Boudreaux plans to make his decision at the end of summer before his senior season.   

Wide receiver Kelvin Harmon of Palmyra, N.J., camped at USC and has the Gamecocks in his top six. The other five are North Carolina, Temple, Rutgers, West Virginia and N.C. State. He plans to take official visits before making a decision and USC will receive one.

Linebacker Jeremiah Moon of Hoover, Ala., was offered by Florida over the weekend on a visit. The previous weekend he was at USC for a camp followed by a visit to Mississippi State. Those three SEC schools are at the top of his list. Moon’s camp experience at USC was his second look at the school and the program after attending a junior day in January.

Linebacker P.J. Blue of Montgomery, Ala., wasn’t able to make it to USC camps earlier this month, but he hopes to get to the campus later in the summer. Right now he has the Gamecocks and Mississippi at the top of his list. Clemson, Nebraska, Missouri, Troy, Southern Miss, Kentucky, Louisville and Alabama are among his other offers. Mississippi has been his only visit this month.

Offensive lineman Will Putnam of Harrisburg, N.C., visited Virginia Tech on Thursday and North Carolina on Saturday night. After attending USC’s Showcase camp, Putnam said he favored the Gamecocks. But the trip to Blacksburg to give his mother a closer look evened things again. “She loved it,’ Putnam said. “She says it’s a big decision to make and each option seems to lead to a bright future.” He plans to visit USC again before making a decision. UNC will also factor into his decision if he gets an offer.

Defensive end Tony Clayton of Vienna, Ga., is one of the most coveted players in the country at his position. His offer list reads like a who’s who of college football — Clemson, USC, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, LSU, Louisville, Michigan, Miami, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Tennessee and others.

Clayton visited Clemson recently and was impressed, saying the Tigers are at the top of the list. Clayton spent plenty of time talking with Brent Venables and Marion Hobby about their needs on defense and how he might fit in.

One of the top talents at USC’s recent Showcase camp was DE Ron Johnson of Camden, N.J. The highly recruited Johnson holds offers from USC, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan State, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Arizona State, Missouri, Rutgers and others. USC recruiter GA Mangus has worked Johnson for months and has made him a high priority, and that should pay off soon when Johnson narrows his list to five. “I plan to release my top five like July 20ish,” Johnson said adding that the Gamecocks will make the cut. “Coach Adams saw that I had a weakness in my change of direction and we worked on that and it got better throughout the camp.” This was Johnson’s second visit to USC this year, and it gave him an even clearer view of the school and the program. “I got a good feel from the coaches and I saw the facilities and stuff like that,” Johnson said. “I had a good time with Coach Adams and stuff like that.” Johnson visited Penn State last week and is trying to visit Michigan in July. He said he and his teammate, WR Brad Hawkins Jr., would like to attend the same school. Hawkins is favoring USC and Michigan at this point.

USC last week offered OL Garett Bolles of Snow JC, Utah. He is a national recruit with offers from many of the Power Five Conference teams.

OL Lloyd Cushenberry of Geismar, La., was offered by USC on Sunday, his 14th offer. 

TE Charlie Woerner of Tiger, Ga., has Clemson, Georgia, Alabama and Oregon as his top schools right now.

USC OL target Luke Elder of LaGrange, Ga., committed to North Carolina on Saturday night.

DB Devron Davis of Merced JC, Calif., committed to Colorado State. He also has a USC offer and he said he will take more official visits including one to USC.

DB Mark Gilbert of Fayetteville, N.C., committed to Duke. He also has a USC offer.

WR Josh Wilkes of South Pointe committed to Eastern Michigan.

OL Tremayne Anchrum of Powder Springs, Ga., has his list down to Clemson, Boston College, Georgia, Colorado, Nebraska, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and Missouri.

LB TJ Brunson of Richland Northeast will visit Louisville July 15. He visited Georgia Southern last week.

2017 OL TJ Moore of Charlotte picked up offers from North Carolina and N.C. State. USC was his first offer.

6-6 Jalen Johnson of Durham, N.C., was offered by Clemson last Monday, one day after making a visit with Brad Brownell. The Tigers join Wake Forest, Texas Tech, Old Dominion, Virginia Commonwealth, UNC Greensboro, UNC Wilmington, Appalachian State, George Washington, Radford, High Point and Gardner-Webb as offers for Johnson, who averaged 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists per game last season. Johnson visited Virginia on Friday. He does not have any favorites at this point and wants to see what over offers come in. 

6-6 De’riante Jenkins of Orlando, Fla., made an unofficial visit to USC the weekend before last. The Gamecocks have not yet offered. He does have offers from Clemson, Indiana, Wake Forest, East Carolina, South Florida, Houston and Virginia Tech.

6-0 Allisha Gray is transferring from North Carolina to USC. Gray was a first team All-ACC performer last season after averaging 15 points and 8 rebounds per game. She will have to sit out this coming season and will have two years of eligibility.

First year Citadel coach Duggar Baucom signed 6-5 Qwandell Newton of Naples, Fla., 6-3 Derrick Henry, who is transferring from Winthrop for his final season of eligibility as a graduate student, and 6-6 Cager Hicks of Salem, Va.

New Clemson baseball coach Monte Lee wasted little time in landing his first commitment for the Tigers. LHP Mat Clark of Hilton Head committed to the Tigers on Saturday night.

Clark had been committed to the College of Charleston, where Lee coached before taking the Clemson job. He also had offers from Furman, Charleston Southern and Liberty and drew interest from Clemson and Florida. Clark has earned all-state honors each of the last three season. He was 6-3 last season with a 0.61 ERA. Known for pinpoint accuracy, Clark struck out 104 batters in 57 innings. Clark is Clemson’s seventh commitment for the 2016 class. The Tigers will not hold on to one of their 2015 signees.