USC still recruiting QBs; Clemson focuses on defense

South Carolina quarterback Connor Mitch surveys the defense as head coach Will Muschamp watches during the Gamecocks’ spring football game at Williams Brice Stadium on April 9. (Sean Rayford/Special to The Post and Courier)

One South Carolina quarterback target came off the board Friday, but another one came on.

Jelani Woods of Ellenwood, Ga., committed to Oklahoma State at the start of an unofficial visit to Stillwater. Woods attended USC’s spring game and came out of that with USC his stated leader, but he said Friday night his feelings changed because he “just felt more comfortable at Oklahoma State.”

With Woods out of the picture, USC on Friday offered Kaymen Cureton (6-2, 195) of Lawndale, Calif. Cureton’s grandmother lives in Beaufort, and thus he takes the offer from the Gamecocks seriously.

“USC is of sincere interest because my grandmother and a large part of my family actually live in South Carolina,” Cureton said. “I would be coming into a family environment, which is huge for me because that’s just the type of guy I am. I’m glad it has actually come true. It’s a huge school to be offered by, and it’s SEC football, meaning that only a few guys out this way get offers like this because it’s major talent out in the South.”

Cureton currently is committed to San Jose State but has seen his offer list expand to a higher level this spring. Some of the new offers besides USC are LSU, Boston College, Hawaii, San Diego State, Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado State.

Cureton, a dual-threat quarterback, passed for 3,787 yards and rushed for 773 yards while accounting for 34 total touchdowns last season.

In other recruiting news:

Clemson is among the top 10 schools listed by defensive end Jordan Williams of Virginia Beach. His original top 10 did not include the Tigers. His new top 10 are Clemson, Georgia, Virginia Tech, Florida, Penn State, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Southern Cal, Notre Dame and Virginia.

Defensive end Josiah Coatney of Holmes JC took his final official visits recently to Florida and Alabama. Those two, along with USC, Texas A&M and Mississippi State, are the schools he’s considering as he works toward a decision the first week in May. Coatney said he will make his pick from the five schools he visited.

Clemson is actively recruiting a pair of defensive stalwarts from Paramus (N.J.) in linebacker Drew Singleton (6-2, 215) and defensive lineman Corey Bolds (6-3, 260). Both were at the spring game Saturday and both are giving Clemson strong consideration.

Defensive end Zachary Carter (6-5, 235) of Tampa visited Clemson for the spring game, his third trip there in a year. Carter said he spoke with Dabo Swinney in his office and got the message from him how much the Tigers want him. Carter said he doesn’t have an official short list yet, but he’s also thinking pretty hard about Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi, Notre Dame and Auburn along with Clemson. He has also been to Florida and Ole Miss this spring. He won’t make a decision until after his season. Last season, Carter recorded 76 tackles and 8 sacks.

Former Mississippi signee defensive end Joe Anderson (6-4, 285) will play his second season at Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) Junior College in the fall, and then he most likely will get another shot to play in the SEC. Anderson has picked up offers from USC, Texas A&M and Mississippi State, and Mississippi is also back in touch. He also has offers from Iowa State, Kansas and Texas-San Antonio. Right now, he has the Gamecocks and Aggies at the top.

Former Georgia defensive back Johnathan Abram, currently at Jones (Miss.) JC, was offered Thursday by USC. Abram played last season at Georgia and even started in the game against USC. He did not join the Bulldogs in their bowl game due to what was called “personal reasons.”

Linebacker Markail Benton of Phenix City, Ala., has USC and Clemson in his top six. The others are Auburn, Alabama, Florida State and LSU.

USC basketball coach Frank Martin added a fourth member to his 2016 recruiting class Monday with a commitment from 6-2 PG Hassani Gravett, a native of Villa Rica, Ga., who played this season at Pensacola State JC, Fla. Gravett made his official visit to USC over the weekend and made his pledge Monday morning.

Gravett plans to sign his letter of intent at a ceremony at his school in the near future. He chose the Gamecocks over West Virginia, East Carolina and Georgia State and will have three years of eligibility.

Martin also had two other players in for official visits over the weekend — 6-2 PG Kory Holden, a transfer from Delaware, and 7-1 Khadim Gueye of Bradenton, Fla.

Holden plans to visit Seton Hall unofficially Tuesday and Baylor officially at the end of the month. He’s also looking at Kansas.

Gueye is a classic post player, according to his coach at Victory Rock Prep, Loren Jackson. He is primarily a defender and rebounder who still needs work on his offensive game, but he does run the floor well and is a good passer. Gueye, a native of Senegal, has visited South Florida and Long Beach State and will also visit Arizona State before making his decision.

Martin also is looking at is 6-8 2G Keanu Pinder, a native of Australia who played the past two seasons at Hutchinson JC, KS. Prior to attending Hutch, Pinder attended Sunrise Christian Academy from where Martin signed 6-9 Maik Kotsar for this year’s class. Pinder just decommitted from New Mexico. He also has been committed to Nebraska in the past. This season he started 30 of 34 games as the Dragons lost in the junior college national championship game. He averaged 10 points and 7 rebounds a game while shooting 52% from the floor and 63% from the line. Pinder is early in the process since decommitting from the Lobos and several schools have been in touch with him. He’s not at the point where he’s identified the ones he plans to visit.

USC commitment PG Rakym Felder of Brooklyn has not yet signed his LOI but plans to once he gets his most recent test score back assuming he qualifies.

The USC women signed highly recruited 5-10 PG Tyasha Harris of Noblesville, IN. She had not been previously publicly committed to USC. Dawn Staley also signed previously committed 5-8 Victoria Patrick of Orlando.

Wofford signed 6-7 Justin Tucker of Orlando.

Coastal Carolina signed 6-8 Demario Beck of South Georgia Technical College & 6-4 Arthur Labinowicz of Charlotte.

Charleston Southern signed 6-6 Jamar Martin of Navarro JC, TX and 6-9 Abdul Sarki of Daytona State JC.

The College of Charleston signed 6-3 Brevin Galloway of Seneca, 6-7 Jaylen McManus of Huntersville, NC and 6-8 Osinachi Smart of Nigeria and Greensboro, NC.