Lexington wide receiver Shaq Roland will visit the Florida Gators and then make his college football commitment, Wildcats coach Scott Earley said Friday.
A date for that visit has not been set. It could come later this spring, or maybe not until the summer when Roland's AAU basketball team plays in a tournament in Gainesville. Earley said the commitment definitely would be made before the start of practice.
USC has been the strong leader for Roland and nothing has altered that at this point, according to Earley. USC recruiter Brad Lawing was recently by the school to check on Roland. Recruiters from Clemson, Alabama and Miami also have been in. Lexington will open spring practice today. Earley said Roland will not participate in any contact drills in the spring. Earley said Roland's surgically repaired shoulder is fine and he is holding him and several others out of contact this spring.
In other recruiting news:
Ninety Six OL Oliver Jones was offered by North Carolina and N.CC State last week. Jones also has offers from Clemson and USC. Recruiters from USC, Clemson, Auburn, Alabama and N.C. State were by his school last week. Jones has visited Clemson, USC, Alabama, Georgia and UNC and plans to see N.C. State soon. He also plans to visit Auburn and UNC. Jones said he will attend some camps this summer but he wants to be careful with what he does because he missed all of last season with a broken leg and a torn ACL. He said he has no favorites right now and thinks all the schools are recruiting him with about the same effort.
OL Jonathan McLaughlin (6-5, 291) of Mauldin has offers from Wake Forest and East Carolina and is hearing from USC, Clemson, Duke, Marshall, Georgia Southern and several other schools from across the South, according to coach Doug Shaw. Shaw is expecting several schools to stop in during spring practice to evaluate McLaughlin, including USC and Clemson. He has shown interest in both schools. He has been to Clemson and plans to visit USC.
DL Gimel President (6-4, 250) of Wando recently visited Virginia Tech. He will cut back his list to five after completing spring practice but did not indicate which schools will make the cut. His 10 offers are from USC, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, UNC, N.C. State, Maryland, Oklahoma, Central Florida and South Florida. President did not name a favorite.
South Aiken DL Josh Brown (6-4, 280) played mostly on the offensive line last season, so recruiters want to get a good look at him this spring on the other side. Coach Jason West said Brown is drawing interest from USC, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Ball State, Duke, Illinois, Citadel, Newberry, VMI, N.C. State, Charleston Southern and Oregon. Wake Forest has been by and West said Clemson, Georgia Tech and Tennessee plan to see him in the spring. Brown has visited Clemson, Tennessee and Georgia Tech. In limited time on the defensive line last season, Brown had 21 tackles and four sacks.
Goose Creek LB TJ Burrell (6-1, 205) has offers from Clemson, USC, Duke and Vanderbilt and is looking for more this spring. UNC has been showing strong interest. He has visited USC, Clemson, Alabama and UNC. He plans to camp at Clemson, UNC and possibly Alabama. And he plans to attend USC's showcase camp. Burrell said he's wide open with his decision but thinks Clemson is recruiting him the hardest right now, followed by UNC.
Myrtle Beach DE Tyler Knox was offered Friday by Southern Cal. He also has offers from Kentucky, UCF, Memphis, Ole Miss, Purdue, Miami, N.C. State and Mississippi State. Clemson and USC have shown interest along with Ohio State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and ECU.
Brothers OL Brock (6-5, 290) and OL Clayton (6-3, 255) Stadnik of Greensboro, N.C., will announce their college choices Thursday. USC, Wake Forest, N.C. State, East Carolina and Virginia Tech are their common offers and they have said they want to go to the same school. Clemson has offered Brock, who has several more offers than his brother. The brothers visited USC in early April and have had the Gamecocks high on their lists. They also visited Virginia Tech.
Clemson QBs coach and offensive coordinator Chad Morris has reached into Colorado in search of quarterback talent. Morris offered Cyler Miles (6-4, 215) of Denver and has a real shot at landing him. Miles is in a pro-style offense and is mostly under center. Miles also has offers from Arkansas, Washington, Illinois, Arizona, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Colorado, among others. He went to Colorado's spring game and recently visited Washington. Miles would like to visit Clemson this summer.
LB Nick Dawson (6-3, 220) of Charlotte continues to favor Clemson but what once was a big lead over Louisville is not so big anymore. Dawson was close to a Clemson commitment earlier this spring after watching his teammate Germone Hopper pledge to the Tigers. But he decided to hold off and take some other visits. Dawson said Clemson leads Louisville right now, with Miami third on his list and Tennessee fourth. He's not sure when he'll make a decision.
OL Bryce Kennedy (6-3, 285) of Southern Pines, N.C., has offers from USC and Florida International and he is hearing from UNC, N.C. State, Stanford, UConn, and Western Kentucky. He is familiar with USC OL coach Shawn Elliott from his days at Appalachian State because he went to camps there.
DL Carlos Watkins (6-4, 285) of Forest City, N.C., has made two visits to Clemson, and the Tigers are out front ahead of Miami. While Clemson is the team to beat, Watkins said he grew up a fan of Miami. He has offers from Clemson, Miami, USC, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Arkansas, Duke, Florida, Georgia Tech, Duke, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Auburn, Nebraska and Georgia. He also has visited USC, Georgia Tech and Tennessee and plans to get to UNC and Wake Forest soon.
Recruiters from Wake Forest and UNC have been through his school. He would like to make a commitment early in his season.
OL J.J. Denman (6-6, 310) of Fairless Hills, Pa., has 26 offers, including USC, Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Boston College, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Rutgers, Virginia, Louisville, Miami, Pitt and Purdue. He does not have a top five but did mention USC, BC, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Penn State as schools of interest. He visited Wisconsin and Michigan for their spring games and made a spring practice at Penn State. He wants to get to USC for a game this season.
LB Kaiwan Lewis (6-2, 230) of Hammonton, N.J., plans to narrow his list to 10 schools by June 1 and says USC will make the list. His most recent offer came from Stanford. He adds that to offers from USC, Virginia, Tennessee, Rutgers, LSU, Boston College, East Carolina and Tulsa. He did not name a favorite.
ATH Tysean Holloway (6-0, 189) of Asheville, N.C., continues to hear from Clemson. He has offers from UNC and Georgia Tech and is hearing from several other schools. He plans to camp at Clemson this summer. Recruiters from Duke, Wake Forest, UNC, Tennessee and Michigan were in last week.
Clemson is one of the offers for QB Chad Voytik (6-1, 205) of Cleveland, Tenn., but the Tigers currently are not one of his top three. Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Pittsburgh are his three favorite at this point. Vandy has been by this spring and he's expecting Clemson, Pitt and Mississippi State to be through as well. He attended Clemson's spring game and also visited Vandy and Pitt. He's not planning to take any more visits.
USC is one of the offers for DE Kenderius Whitehead (6-5, 210) of Monroe, Ga., and recruiter Lorenzo Ward was by the school last week. Whitehead also has offers from Clemson, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Illinois, UCF, Virginia Tech, Nebraska, Arkansas and Louisville. Whitehead was at Georgia Tech's spring game and also has visited Virginia Tech. He plans to narrow his list to five later this spring.
DB Elijah White (5-9, 175) of Conway, Ark., has offers from Clemson, LSU, Arkansas, Arkansas State, Arizona and Nebraska. He is hearing from Auburn, Ole Miss, Arizona State, Colorado, Colorado State and Cal, among others. White wants to visit Clemson this summer and is planning visits to Arkansas, Auburn and Ole Miss over the summer as well.
USC is showing strong interest in ATH Devin Fuller (6-0, 190) of Norwood, N.J., but has not yet offered. Fuller plays quarterback and wants to play that spot in college, but USC is one of the half dozen schools more interested in his overall athletic skills.LFuller has offers from Rutgers, Boston College, Penn State, UCLA, Florida State, Syracuse, UConn, Maryland, TCU, Kansas, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Vandy, Virginia, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Nebraska and Pitt. He has also been to TCU, Penn State, Rutgers, Georgia Tech, Boston College and UConn. Coaches from Alabama, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Nebraska, Michigan, FSU and Miami have been in or plan to get by his school.
USC and Clemson are among the schools showing interest in TE Clark Eyers (6-5, 245) of Spivey's Corner, N.C. He has not been offered. Other schools showing interest are Kentucky, UNC, N.C. State, Maryland, Wake Forest, Tennessee, Georgia and Duke. Eyers attended a USC game last season, and this spring he has visited Maryland, Georgia, N.C. State, UNC and Wake Forest. He is hearing the most right now from UNC, N.C. State, Maryland and Kentucky. N.C. State has been in to see him and Kentucky is coming in.
DL Jeff Savage (6-4, 260) of Smackover, Ark., has an offer from Missouri State and is expecting Arkansas and Louisiana Tech to offer at camp. He is hearing from Clemson and wants to attend a camp there this summer. Other camps he plans to attend are Mississippi State, Tulsa and Missouri State. Some schools planning on evaluating him during the spring are Ole Miss, Mississippi State, SMU, and Central Arkansas. He says several others have contacted him and may come as well. He did not name a favorite.
WR Hayden Jones (5-11, 170) of Orlando, Fla., visited USC for a junior day and is expecting the Gamecocks to scout him this spring. Jones has a lot of interest in USC and South Florida. He has an offer from Bryant and is getting interest from UCF, Sacred Heart and several Ivy League schools.
DB DJ White of McDonough, Ga., who held a USC offer, committed last week to South Florida.
Charleston Southern signed 6-2 Arlon Harper of College Park, Ga.