Two visits down and one more to go for running back Nick Chubb of Cedartown, Ga., before he makes his decision.
Chubb was at Georgia on Friday and Auburn on Saturday. He had planned to visit USC over the holiday weekend as well and make his announcement today, but if he was not able to make the last visit as planned, his decision would be delayed.
Chubb has developed a good relationship with Gamecocks recruiter GA Mangus and has a good feeling for USC.
“They were one of the first teams I wanted to go to when I was younger,” Chubb said earlier this month. “(The decision) will come down to where I feel most comfortable and where I think it will fit me best for my future and what I want to accomplish in life.”
In other recruiting news:
OL Malik Young (6-4, 295) of Woodmont was offered last week by USC, and by today he likely will be a commitment for the Gamecocks’ 2014 class. Young, his mother and his coach were planning to visit the USC campus over the holiday weekend. “It’s a pretty good chance (of a commitment),” Young said. “It meant a lot to me (to get the offer). It’s exciting that South Carolina, my favorite school, offered me. I dreamed about it and hoped I would get the chance to play in the SEC.” Woodmont coach Jason Farmer contacted USC about Young after seeing how much he had progressed during spring practice. “I was real excited for him that this has happened,” Farmer said. “I honestly don’t understand why more schools don’t come in and look at this kid.” Young also has an offer from S.C. State.
TE Kevin Crosby Jr. of Bamberg-Ehrhardt is set to announce his college choice at noon Saturday. Crosby Jr. had his list down to USC, Clemson, North Carolina and Alabama, but his father said Florida is now a factor. USC recruiter Everette Sands attended Crosby’s spring game and Clemson recruiter Marion Hobby was also recently by. The coach previously named USC as the favorite for his son but a favorite is not as clear to him now.
LB Kendall Joseph of Belton Honea-Path will announce his decision June 17 and is down to Clemson, Louisville and Duke. “I’m visiting Clemson on June 8,” Joseph said. “I have already visited Louisville and Duke.” Louisville was the first to offer Joseph, and Duke has made a strong push for the Upstate product. Last season, Joseph had 129 tackles and eight TDs.
RB Adam Choice of Thomasville, Ga., committed to Clemson last week over Auburn, Georgia Tech and Texas. Choice played quarterback last season and rushed for 1,650 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Bluffton rising senior DL KJ Ford announced a commitment to N.C. State last week.
Good things usually happen for Auburn’s recruiting during the annual Big Cat Weekend. This year’s edition, completed Saturday, included Gaffney’s Shaq Davidson among the visitors. Davidson did not have Auburn in his top six before the visit, but he came out of the visit saying the Tigers and Gamecocks are now tied at the top of his list, with no favorite. He included LSU, Ohio State, North Carolina and Florida State in his revised top six.
The Tigers gained a commitment from a USC and Clemson target Saturday in DB Nicholas Ruffin of Atlanta.
Recruiters from Clemson, Ohio State and North Carolina were in Latta on Thursday to check in on OL Donnell Stanley. Stanley will make another visit to USC in June, according to his adviser Chris German. Stanley will go to Alabama for a half-day camp July 14 and will go to Ohio State on July 26. He’s also going to Ole Miss and Florida State in July, and German feels he’ll visit Clemson as well. Stanley will start to narrow his list this week. “I would say USC, Clemson, Alabama, North Carolina, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Florida State will be on the short list,” German said. There is no favorite and Stanley plans to have a decision in September or October. This spring USC was by twice to watch baseball playoff games and Clemson was in for a practice. North Carolina, LSU, Central Florida, Ohio State and Alabama also were thru the school.
USC was the strong, early leader for DL Poona Ford of Hilton Head, and while the Gamecocks are still very much in the hunt, at least three others have caught the fancy of the talented run stuffer. “I think there are still a lot of schools still in play,” said his coach BJ Payne. “The top three he’s listing are Tennessee, Ohio State and Louisville. A lot of people ask me does that mean South Carolina’s out and I don’t think so.” Ford plans to camp at USC, Ohio State, Tennessee and other places this summer. . USC was Ford’s first major offer and that put the Gamecocks in the early lead. But exposure to these other programs has given Ford more options to consider. “I know when he went to Tennessee he really enjoyed their staff,” Payne said. “I know he fell in love with their facilities. And he’s always had Ohio State in his top five, even before Ohio State offered. He went to camp there last year. If you look at his top three or four schools, they’ve all produced multiple defensive linemen, very good defensive linemen. Ohio State, Tennessee, and South Carolina, those three schools are top of the line as far as defensive linemen.” Ford said Payne is focused the most on USC, Ohio State, Tennessee, Louisville, Arizona, Kansas State, NC State and Toledo. Payne said Florida could become a factor with an offer. Payne would like Ford to decide before his senior season but he doesn’t expect that. Ford has told him he wants to take some official visits and go from there.
DL Peyton Newell of Hiawatha, KS will release his top five list June 1st. Right now he has only four spots to fill. “South Carolina is definitely in that top five,” Newell said. “I have a few in mind but I want to make sure I keep in state priorities.” USC recruiter GA Mangus recently visited Newell and plans to return before the contact period ends. “South Carolina is definitely a school I’m interested in,” Newell said. “They’ve been there since the beginning of the recruiting process. I was comfortable around the players (when he visited).” Newell said USC will get one of his visits this summer. He said he doesn’t have a clear #1 right now but “South Carolina is in the mix to be number one.” He will make his decision before his football season. Other schools that have been high up on his list include Georgia, Southern Cal, Nebraska and Kansas.
USC last week offered DL Abu Lamin of Fort Scott JC, KS. He’s a native of North Carolina and has strong interest in the Gamecocks. He also holds offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Arizona State, Nebraska, Southern Miss and Tennessee.
WR Ryshene Bronson of Fort Meyers, FL decommitted from Florida and named USC, Florida, South Florida, Tennessee and LSU as his top five in no order. Bronson visited USC in the past with his cousin and current Gamecock Jordan Diggs and has maintained contact with USC assistant, G.A. Mangus. Bronson plans to announce his decision on National Sighing Day and added that he is interested in getting away from home. “I’m not sure I want to be stuck in Florida my whole life,” said Bronson. He did not name a leader.
RB Stanley Williams of Monroe, GA has scheduled several visits for the summer, including Clemson. North Carolina, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama are other schools he plans to visit. “I am interested in Clemson and there is some good relationship-building going on there.” Stanley remains interested in USC as well. “They’ve talked to be about using me the way they used Ace Sanders,” he said. “They said that by putting me in the slot, they can take advantage of my speed in the open field.” Williams no longer has a top five but does have several schools of interest that include Clemson, USC and Georgia.
LB Greg Miclisse of Palm Bay, FL has offers from USC, Clemson, LSU, Louisville, SMU, Michigan State, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Nebraska, UCLA, Auburn, Washington, Wake Forest, South Florida, Arizona, Connecticut, Missouri and Texas among others. He plans to narrow his list soon and says USC and Clemson will make the list. Miclisse will visit both this summer.
DB Kendall Randolph of Tallahassee has released a top five of USC, Miami, Florida State, Georgia and Alabama. He has Florida State and Georgia as his top two.
DE Harold Landry of Fayetteville, NC was offered Thursday by Ohio State. He’s a soft commitment to Boston College and USC and Clemson continue to recruit him. Florida State, East Carolina, NC State, Duke, Miami, Georgia Tech and Ole Miss are some of his other offers. He visited USC during spring practice.
With its upcoming move to the ACC, Louisville figures to make South Carolina a major recruiting target, especially considering head coach Charlie Strong’s and assistant Brian Jean-Mary’s history in the state. WR TJ Foster of Union County committed to the Cardinals earlier this month. Foster also had an offer from East Carolina. Last season he had 37 catches for 801 yards and 9 touchdowns.
OL Jake Whitley of North Augusta added offers from Maryland and Mercer last week. They join Coastal Carolina, Youngstown State, Appalachian State, Charlotte, Marshall and Old Dominion on Whitey’s offer sheet. Whitley is planning a trip to Maryland in June. Several schools visited him over the spring including Clemson, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Maryland, Appalachian State and Charlotte.
LB Jalen Williams of Blythewood last week was offered by the Air Force Academy. He has additional offers from Appalachian State, Wofford, Furman, Coastal, and Charleston Southern. Last season Williams led the Bengals in tackles with 114.
Air Force also offered RB John Miller of Spring Valley. He’s also getting interest from Boston College, Georgia Tech and Duke.
Citadel coach Chuck Driesell announced the signings last week of Tom Koopman of Weert, Germany and 6-3 Warren Sledge of Keller, Texas. The Bulldogs have four signees for next season.