USC recruit Freeman still has Hokies on his mind; Felder picks Buckeyes over Clemson

South Carolina is recruiting Thaddeus Moss, the son of former NFL great Randy Moss. Moss said he is interested in the Gamecocks because of head coach Steve Spurrier. AP Photo/Brett Flashnick/File

C.J. Freeman, running back from Greensboro, N.C., committed to South Carolina in March but it won’t be until later this year that the Gamecocks will know if they have him for certain.

Freeman attended Virginia Tech’s spring game and said the Hokies are second on his list behind USC.

“I’m solid right now with my commitment but I’m going to take a few unofficial visits to other schools that have offered,” Freeman said. “Virginia Tech was my No. 1 school before South Carolina. I definitely enjoyed the spring game.”

The Gamecocks are doing all they can do to make sure Freeman doesn’t slip away. He said he hears from them practically every day. Freeman is also looking at visiting Auburn, West Virginia, Washington State and Georgia Southern.  He plans to graduate in December and enroll in college in January.

Defensive back Kareem Felder of Baltimore announced a commitment to Ohio State Sunday over Clemson. He visited both last month. Felder said he liked both staffs but had a special bond with the Buckeyes’ head coach. “I’m definitely closer to Urban Meyer more than any other head coach,” Felder said. Felder originally committed to Virginia Tech before backing off that earlier in the spring.

LSU on Friday offered USC wide receiver commit Kyle Davis of Lawrenceville, Ga. He’s also picked up recent offers from Alabama, Michigan State, Tennessee and Auburn.

Linebacker Kenneth Ruff of Fort Lauderdale has accumulated a lengthy offer list at this point in the recruiting season. He can count USC, Clemson, North Carolina, Kentucky and Georgia Tech among offers from Power Five conference schools. He said USC has made the strongest impression on him thus far.

Though he has a verbal offer from Clemson, Ruff hasn’t heard from the Tigers since last summer so he doesn’t consider them an option at this point. He’s also hearing regularly from Oregon State, Rutgers, Alabama and Bowling Green. Ruff did not take any visits in the spring but this summer he plans to see USC, Mississippi State and Alabama.

Offensive lineman Bryce Mathews of Brentwood, Tenn., is the son of former NFL offensive lineman Jason Mathews who played for the Titans and Colts after a college career that started at BYU and finished at Texas A&M. Bryce is an offensive tackle of high repute who has offers from Clemson, Ohio State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Louisville, Northwestern and Virginia. Late last month he made his first trip to Clemson.

“I want to try to visit as many schools as possible during the summer and I want to get back to Clemson again,” Mathews said. “I’ll narrow down my list this summer and focus on certain schools. Clemson would be on that list as of right now.”

Tight end Thaddeus Moss of Charlotte is the son of former NFL star Randy Moss. But the younger Moss isn’t resting on the family laurels. His performance as a tight end and defensive end has earned him more than 20 offers from coast to coast, including both schools known as USC. Moss was under the instructions of his father this spring to focus on his academics and his football skills so the only campus visit he made was to North Carolina for a junior day. He has not yet visited USC (Columbia) but he plans to as soon as he can. Gamecock recruiter Shawn Elliott has been keeping in touch with Moss checking in via social media on a weekly basis.

Moss said he’s not all that familiar with the Gamecocks at this point though he’s well aware of the head coach. “I know how much of a good coach Coach Spurrier is, of course,” he said. “That’s what stands out right now.”

Offensive lineman Clark Yarbrough of Woodberry Forest, Va., will announce his decision May 21 following the conclusion of the final spring practice at his school, Yarbrough plans to tell his teammates and coaches his college decision. He is down to Clemson, Stanford, Virginia, Florida and Duke.

South Pointe defensive back Chris Smith picked up his biggest offer to date last week when USC co-defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward contacted his coach and informed him he wanted him for the Gamecocks. Smith also has offers from Old Dominion, Mercer, Furman, Coastal Carolina, Campbell, Miami of Ohio, Charlotte, Air Force and Gardner-Webb.

Those are all good offers but Smith realizes the USC offer takes his recruiting to another level. “When they offered me I was like so excited,” Smith said.  “I jumped up and said, for real? So, they jumped into the lead.”

OL John Simpson of Fort Dorchester made an unofficial visit to Clemson Sunday. He has the Tigers and USC at the top of his list.

DB Robbie Robinson of Hampton, VA will announce July 25th. Clemson is in the running for him.  Some of his other offers are Virginia, West Virginia, Arizona State, Duke, Ohio State, Michigan State, Stanford, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.  He visited Clemson for a junior day earlier this year.  

Georgia Southern offered Bamberg-Ehrhardt DB Keshawn Orr and OL Drew Watson.

Greer DB Troy Pride was offered last week by Maryland. He remains committed to Virginia Tech.

USC last week offered OL Pete Leota of Asheville and checked on DE Jaquan Bailey of Jacksonville. He’s a Florida

DE Ron Johnson Camden, NJ, who is looking hard at USC, was offered by Arizona State, Tennessee & Missouri.

DL Jabari Ellis of Lake Marion added an offer from Western Carolina to earlier ones from Miami, SC State and Georgia Southern. His teammate DE Emmanuel Walker also was offered by Western Carolina.

DE Emmanuel Walker of Lake Marion picks up offer from WCU. He has major offers from Georgia, Penn State, North Carolina and Wake Forest.

DL Tyler Wallace of Milton, FL plans to visit USC.

USC last week offered LB Kash Daniel of Paintsville, KY. He also has offers from Kentucky and Louisville.

Clemson offered 2017 DB Chris Ingram from Mooresville, NC last week and USC offered 2017 DL Kedonis Haslem of Fort Lauderdale, the son of NBA player Udonis Haslem.  The Gamecocks are the first to offer.  

6-6 Malik Ellison of Burlington, NJ Friday signed with St. John’s. He also considered USC, Rutgers and Minnesota.

6-10 Eric Cobb of Jacksonville will make one more official visit this coming weekend before making a decision his coach said Sunday night. Cobb attends school in Baltimore and his coach said he has not decided where he will visit. He is looking at VCU, Old Dominion and Massachusetts for that official visit. He has also visited Seton Hall unofficially. Cobb’s mother came in from Jacksonville to join him on his USC visit and coach Nick Myles said Cobb spoke positively about the experience. “He really liked it and enjoyed it,” Myles said. “He things Coach Martin is going to be somebody to push him and develop his game. And he liked the campus and said it felt like home.”

6-9 Aric Holman of Owensboro, KY did not visit USC last week as he had said he would. Holman’s coach said Holman has talked with USC but at present has no plans to visit. He could visit Texas at some point and he’s also considering going to Hargrave Prep, VA.

6-7 Dikembe Dixon has cut his list to Alabama, Mississippi State and Arkansas. He also had a USC offer.

Robert Morris transfer guard Marcquise Reed visited Southern Cal over the weekend and plans to visit Clemson this weekend. He also has visited Tulsa and Massachusetts.

Clemson last week offered 2016 6-5 Kevin Huerter of Clifton Park, NY

2016 6-4 Eli Wright of Owensboro, KY had an in-home visit with Clemson last week. He is planning visits to Virginia Tech and Miami.

Recruiters were in touch again late last week with the mother of 6-5 guard Tevin Mack of Dreher.  Paula Mack said she spoke with assistant coaches from Clemson (Steve Smith), Georgia and Texas.  She also was contacted by a recruiter from West Virginia.  Ms. Mack talked earlier in the week with head coaches Brad Brownell of Clemson, Shaka Smart of Texas, Mark Fox of Georgia and Bill Self of Kansas.

Clemson women’s basketball signed 5-9 Aliyah Collier of Augusta. She averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds per game last season.

USC announced last week that 6-2 Sarah Imovbioh will transfer from Virginia to play her final season. . Imovbioh was the top rebounder in the ACC last season, pulling down 10.8 boards per game to rank 19th in the nation, and posted 13 double-doubles in 31 games in 2014-15. In just three seasons, she amassed 1,028 points and 793 rebounds, which puts her among Virginia’s top 10 in career rebounds.

USC offered 2017 SF Kodye Pugh of Baltimore and 2017 5-11 PG Quade Green from Philadelphia.