Offensive lineman Na’Ty Rodgers of Pomfret, Md., is one of the major targets left on South Carolina’s 2013 board, and he made an unofficial visit for the UAB game. Rodgers visited USC back in April, and he will return for another unofficial visit on Oct. 6. Right now, the Gamecocks are the clear favorite.
“I can’t explain it,” Rodgers said. “I’m taking these visits to reassure that’s where I want to go.”
Rodgers said even if he makes up his mind for USC on one of the visits, he won’t announce a commitment until the Semper-Fidelis Bowl Game in Carson, Calif., on Jan. 4. Rodgers also has scheduled an official visit to Oklahoma for Sept. 22. He’s also looking at Washington and Arkansas for official visits, and Maryland is also in the picture. But everyone is playing catch-up to USC. He plans to take his official visit to USC in January.
In other recruiting news:
OL Joshua Outlaw of Lithonia, Ga., made an unofficial visit to Clemson on Saturday with three of his teammates. Outlaw was a Florida commitment until August when he dropped the Gators from consideration. Outlaw said he and Clemson recruiter Marion Hobby just recently reconnected. “Coach Hobby didn’t know I had decommitted,” he said. “Clemson is definitely a contender. I could see myself there.” Outlaw said he’s also hearing from UCLA, Boise State, Arkansas, Miami, Florida State, N.C. State, Central Florida, Tennessee and Georgia. He does not have any other visits planned right now.
DB Jeremy Tyler of Lithonia, Ga., joined Outlaw on an unofficial visit to Clemson on Saturday. Tyler claims 24 offers, though he’s not sure how many are official in nature. Clemson is one he’s not sure about. USC, Tyler said, also has been in touch. He talked with recruiter Lorenzo Ward about a month ago. Tyler said USC verbally offered after his junior season, and he visited there last summer. He’s also visited Vanderbilt, Central Florida, Auburn, Middle Tennessee and Florida. Tyler said he likes Clemson, Ole Miss and Oklahoma State the most right now.
ATH Tramel Terry of Goose Creek took in USC’s game Saturday on an unofficial visit. Terry has been committed to Georgia and remains so. He has said he will set an official visit with Clemson.
Clemson commitment DE Robert Nkemdiche made another unofficial visit to Ole Miss on Saturday for the game with Texas. Nkemdiche’s brother plays for Ole Miss, and he has said he will visit there as much as he can to see his brother play. He continues to publicly maintain a firm commitment to Clemson.
OL Gabe Brandner of Heathwood Hall committed to Duke earlier this summer and remains solid with the Blue Devils. Brandner was offered by Clemson shortly after committing to Duke but has decided not to visit the Upstate. He visited Duke on Saturday.
DL Mike Myers of Goose Creek committed to East Carolina.
LB Justin Bridges-Thompson of Spartanburg committed to Charlotte.
Junior WR Shaq Davidson of Gaffney has USC out front after visiting for the ECU game. Davidson already had USC in his top four with Georgia, North Carolina and Ohio State. He plans to return to Columbia this weekend for the Missouri game. He also plans to attend games at Clemson, Georgia and UNC.
Some of the top in-state juniors at Clemson on Saturday included LB Joe Blue and DL Jalen Washington of Dillon, DL Dexter Wideman of Saluda, and LB Solomon Brown of Daniel.
Junior QB Jacob Park of Stratford, who has an Auburn offer, made an unofficial visit to USC on Saturday. He plans to return for the Georgia game.
Junior LB Christian Miller of Spring Valley has an offer from Clemson and is gaining interest from across the country. USC, LSU, Georgia, Notre Dame, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Alabama, N.C. State, Virginia Tech, UCLA, Texas, North Carolina, Mississippi State and Tennessee are some of the schools that have reached out to Miller. He has been to USC and Clemson and plans to visit Florida State, Georgia, Alabama and Georgia Tech.
Junior OL Christian Taylor of White Knoll made his way to Clemson for the Ball State game and was at N.C. State last weekend. USC has shown some interest as well. Taylor has an offer from N.C. State and is hearing from North Carolina, Wake Forest, Duke, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Florida State, LSU, Alabama, California, UCLA, Washington and Auburn, among others.
Junior RB C.J. Fuller of Easley has early interest from Clemson, USC, Georgia Tech, LSU and Virginia Tech. He is waiting for his first offer. Fuller was at Clemson for the Ball State game and has been invited to USC for a game. Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech are two other programs Fuller would like to see.
Junior OL Donnell Stanley of Latta has offers from USC, Clemson, North Carolina, N.C. State, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Alabama, LSU, Florida, Southern Cal and East Carolina. He was in Columbia for the ECU game and has also visited N.C. State, LSU, Alabama and UNC. Stanley does not have any favorites.
Junior QB Bo Baldwin of South Aiken was at Clemson for the Ball State game. Baldwin is also hearing from USC, LSU, N.C. State and Alabama. LSU and N.C. State seem to be showing the most interest. Baldwin has future visits scheduled to LSU and Alabama.
6-3 Aaron Scott of Richland Northeast committed to Appalachian State. He also had offers from Wofford, Presbyterian, Furman, Charleston Southern, Hofstra and Murray State.
6-3 Tre Smith of Hillcrest committed to Charleston Southern. He picked the Bucs over Coastal Carolina, Presbyterian and Mercer.
Junior RHP Brandon Murray of Hobart, IN committed to USC last week according to his local newspaper. Murray pitched at a camp at USC recently and was offered by pitching coach Jerry Meyers. He was also drawing recruiting interest from Kentucky, Louisville, Purdue, Indiana, Central Michigan, Northern Illinois and Michigan. Last season Murray was 6-4 with a 3.03 ERA. He struck out 105 batters in 62.1 innings and teams batted .163 against him. He’s the 11th commitment for the class.
Clemson gained a commitment Saturday from junior OF Dalton Ewing of Alpharetta, GA according to TheClemsonInsider.com. He’s the 5th commitment for the class.
USC’s 2013 recruiting class is ranked #2 in the country behind Florida according to PerfectGame.com.