|USC Legends News|
Spurrier eyeing first S.C. quarterback
Spurrier is very interested in Reid McCollum (6-foot-4, 205 pounds), and the Summerville native is optimistic he’ll pick up an offer when he attends the Gamecock camp this weekend.
“I think they are going to offer,” he said. “They said they were going to offer after the camp on (Saturday).”
McCollum was at USC on Saturday participating in a seven-on-seven camp. While he likes the Gamecocks, McCollum said Virginia and N.C. State also have been showing interest, and he plans to attend their camps as well.
Clemson missed on defensive back Makiri Pugh (6-0, 195) of Charlotte on Friday when he committed to Georgia.
USC has a narrow lead on North Carolina for athlete Tony Morgan (6-1, 190) of Garner, N.C. Morgan also has offers from Clemson, East Carolina and Colorado. He plans to camp at USC, East Carolina, North Carolina and N.C. State.
The Gamecocks also are making a push for Garner linebacker Reggie Bowens (6-2, 210), but he favors Alabama, though the Tide have not offered. Bowens also lists USC, North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee in his top five.
Offensive lineman Preston Bailey (6-5, 315) of Nashville, Tenn., plans to make unofficial visits to USC and Clemson this summer along with Florida, Michigan, Louisville, Alabama, Tennessee, Notre Dame and Penn State. He has offers from the Gamecocks and Tigers along with Mississippi, Vanderbilt, Middle Tennessee, Miami and Tennessee. He does not have a favorite.
Chester athlete Charles Whitlock (5-11, 170) will cut his list after making summer visits, according to his coach Victor Floyd. Whitlock was scheduled to visit Alabama last week and also plans to visit Virginia Tech, Auburn, Georgia, Clemson and USC.
Clemson remains the favorite of defensive lineman Brandon Thompson (6-2, 294) of Thomasville, Ga., even though he visited Florida State and met with Bobby Bowden last weekend. He and his father will be at Clemson this weekend. They also plan to visit USC, Miami, Ohio State and possibly Georgia.
USC offered running back Jamal Womble (5-11, 220) of Sierra Vista, Ariz., last week and is interested in the Gamecocks. Womble grew up in Teachey, N.C., and much of his family lives in the South. He plans to make unofficial visits in July to USC, North Carolina, Duke and N.C. State. He has offers from USC, Oregon State, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Purdue, Arizona State, Illinois, Indiana, Duke, Central Florida, Army, Navy and Utah.
Clemson recently offered athlete Alfonzo Dennard (5-10, 185) of Rochelle, Ga., as a receiver. He also plays cornerback. He also has offers from Purdue, Alabama and Troy. He favors Clemson. Dennard might attend a USC one-day camp this week. He will go to Auburn June 16th and Clemson on the 22nd.
Clemson is one of the four finalists for defensive back Xavier Brewer (5-11, 180) of Jacksonville, Fla., along with LSU, Florida and Alabama. There is no leader. Brewer said he has no camp plans or summer visit plans.
Clemson is in the top five with running back Covaughn Deboskie (5-11, 191) of Chandler, Ariz., along with Cal, Stanford, Arizona State and Georgia Tech. He plans to visit Clemson, USC, Georgia Tech and Florida in July.
Offensive lineman Zebrie Sanders (6-6, 273) of Clayton, Ohio, will visit Clemson for the Florida State game on Labor Day night. He is also planning visits to Georgia for the Auburn game, Florida, and Southern Cal if the Trojans offer.
Sanders said he is focusing on Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Stanford, Arkansas, Oklahoma State and Florida State.
Georgetown native defensive end Larry Ford (6-3, 240) of Coffeyville (Kan.) JC said last week he’s added offers from Kansas, Kansas State and Purdue to earlier ones from USC and Texas A&M. He plans to make an unofficial visit to USC this weekend, and he wants to check out Clemson while he is home for the summer. Ford favors Purdue.
Aynor offensive lineman T.J. Johnson (6-4, 275) attended a camp at North Carolina over the weekend and has other camp trips planned with Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Clemson, Tennessee and Florida State. He might drop in on one of USC’s camps if he gets an indication of an offer. He has offers from Maryland, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Duke, Troy, Marshall, NC State, East Carolina and Tulane.
Offensive lineman Michael Via (6-6, 260) of McLeansville, N.C., made an unofficial visit to Clemson last week and attended a camp at Florida over the weekend. He will camp at Virginia Tech this coming weekend. Via has offers from Clemson, USC, Vanderbilt, Penn State, Illinois, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, East Carolina, Wake Forest, Duke and Buffalo. He does not have a favorite.
Former Colleton County defensive end Joe Council (6-3, 250) is transferring to S.C. State from N.C. State, according to the Orangeburg Times and Democrat. He will be eligible to play this season.
Basketball news. All of USC’s 2007 signees have preliminarily qualified for NCAA eligibility and are now in the Clearinghouse stage. If cleared there, the players still have to be accepted by the university before they can join the program.
After dropping out of USC, Mike Jones hopes to enroll at a junior college in the fall. He is looking at Chipola (Fla.), Indian Hills (Iowa), and Georgia Perimeter in Atlanta.
Baseball news. USC-bound left-hander Steven Neff of Lancaster was named the Gatorade player of the year in the state after going 7-4 with a 1.38 ERA. He totaled 117 strikeouts in 76 1/3 innings.
OTHER USC FOOTBALL NEWS
USC FOOTBALL NEWS