RNE's Bonds takes a look at the Vols

June 23, 2008 

  • Phil Kornblut

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RICHLAND NORTHEAST defensive end Chris Bonds (6-foot-4, 283 pounds) is making an unofficial visit to Tennessee today and Tuesday.

The trip actually coincided with a softball camp his sister is attending at Tennessee, so he decided to go along and make a football visit. Bonds will meet with Vols coach Phillip Fulmer this afternoon. He was scouted in the spring by Tennessee assistant Dan Brooks.

Outside of observing USC’s seven-on-seven tournament a couple weeks ago, Bonds hasn’t visited any schools until today because of workouts at school and the rehabbing of his surgically repaired left knee. Bonds has not trimmed his long list of offers but said he has a top group of USC, Southern Cal, Michigan, Notre Dame and Alabama. And he said Miami, Michigan and Notre Dame likely will be three of his visits in the fall.

The Gamecocks and Clemson have offered quarterback Morgan Newton (6-5, 215) of Indianapolis. Newton has been to Illinois, Purdue and Kentucky this summer. He visited USC and Clemson in the spring and might return to the state later in the summer. Newton said some of the standout schools are USC, Clemson, Indiana, Purdue, Kentucky, Florida, Miami, Mississippi State and Penn State.

Wide receiver James Green (6-4, 200) of Tallahassee, Fla., visited South Florida over the weekend and plans to visit USC on July 21. USC remains a major factor and is in his top two with South Florida. Green also likes Auburn, Central Florida, Mississippi and N.C. State.

Defensive back Jerrodd Williams (6-0, 185) of Daniel did not receive an offer from Clemson, as he had hoped, while at a seven-on-seven passing league there last week.

“They told me they are waiting on a couple of other corners and might offer during the season after watching my first two games,” said Williams, who already has committed to Virginia Tech. “It doesn’t bother me. I’m 100 percent with Virginia Tech.”

USC offered defensive back Jimmy LeGree (6-0, 170) of Beaufort last week. He camped at USC and Clemson and plans to camp at N.C. State later in the month. He plays safety but is being recruited as a corner. He favors the Gamecocks.

Clemson last week offered tight end Desmond Parks (6-6, 215) of Greer, and he made an unofficial visit there Friday. He also camped at Clemson and Florida. Parks also has offers from Florida, North Carolina, Presbyterian and Western Carolina. He currently favors Florida.

Linebacker Jon Bostic (6-2, 225) of Wellington, Fla., might take an unofficial visit to USC this summer, and he’s very interested in the Gamecocks since they were one of the first of the 27 schools to offer. Some of his other offers are Clemson, Southern Cal, Michigan, LSU, Miami, Florida, Auburn, Florida State and West Virginia. He visited Miami and will visit Florida and LSU.

Offensive lineman Johnnie Farms (6-3, 310) of Perry, Ga., camped at USC, Alabama and North Carolina and was scheduled for an unofficial visit to Auburn over the weekend. Farms has 38 offers, including USC and Clemson, and has no favorite.

Defensive lineman Josh Elizondo (6-2, 270) of Naples, Fla., is not attending camps this summer preferring to spend most of his time working out and lifting weights. He said four schools which have moved to the front of his list are USC, Duke, Pittsburgh and N.C. State with Duke the leader right now.

Athlete Everett Proctor (6-2, 190) of Fayetteville, N.C., landed an offer from Georgia Tech last week. He also has offers from Maryland, N.C. State, North Carolina, Western Carolina, Illinois and Appalachian State. He also is being recruited by Clemson and USC and hopes to get to a camp at each.

“Any school recruiting me as a quarterback is a favorite,” Proctor said, and that includes are Georgia Tech, N.C. State, East Carolina, Appalachian State and Illinois. USC told him they would like to look at him in camp at the quarterback position.

Wide receiver Kendall Kelly (6-3, 215) of Gadsden, Ala., camped at Clemson, Texas and Auburn and will be going to LSU, Florida State, Florida and Alabama. Kelly is very interested in Clemson but has not narrowed his list from his 35 offers. He does not have favorites.

The favorites for defensive end Izaan Cross (6-5, 253) of Flowery Branch, Ga., are USC, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Oklahoma and NC State, but he calls that list fluid. He went to a one-day camp at Georgia Tech and has nothing else planned.

Tight end Jim Teknipp (6-6, 230) of McDonough, Ga., has new hope of a USC offer with the deletion of tight end Will Middleton from the commitment list. He recently talked with position coach Ray Rychleski. He has offers from Central Florida, Akron and Marshall. He has camped at USC, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Defensive back Kayvon Webster (5-11, 180) of Miami camped at South Florida over the weekend. He also camped at LSU and Mississippi and will go to Alabama in July. USC also has offered, and he is in regular contact with recruiter Robert Gillespie. Auburn, West Virginia, Florida, Tennessee and Miami are some of his other offers. He has no favorites.

Defensive back Ricardo Dixon (6-0, 175) of Hallandale, Fla., visited South Florida over the weekend and will visit USC this weekend. Kentucky is his latest offer. South Florida remains his favorite with USC second.

Athlete Justin Payne (5-9, 160) of Columbia is headed to S.C. State after not being admitted to Elon, even though he is eligible by NCAA standards, according to his coach, Kemper Amick.

Former Clemson quarterback Tribble Reese is transferring to Charleston Southern where he will play out his final season of eligibility.

Basketball news. Lakeem Jackson of Arden, N.C., visited USC earlier this month, his second trip to check out the Gamecocks. USC coach Darrin Horn offered Jackson while he was at Western Kentucky, and that offer stands for the Gamecocks. Jackson also has offers from Clemson, Marquette and Georgia Tech.

Kammeon Holsey of Sparta, Ga., is favoring Georgia Tech after visiting there earlier this month.

James Padgett of Brooklyn, N.Y., was offered by USC recently. He also has offers from Houston, Providence, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and St. Johns. He has no favorites.

Kenny Manigault of Pinewood Prep visited Richmond and Virginia over the weekend. He also has visited USC.

Glenn Rice Jr. of Marietta, Ga., was to be at Clemson on Saturday for a team camp. He also has been to Georgia Tech and Florida State and will try to visit Miami. Rice has offers from Georgia Tech, Marquette and Alabama and is favoring Tech.

Junior Damarcus Harrison of Greenwood was at USC’s team camp last week and is getting strong interest from the Gamecocks, according to his coach Hob Chandler. Harrison, who has not been offered, also is hearing from Clemson, Auburn, Georgia and BYU.

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