USC speeds up its hunt for receivers

October 12, 2009 

  • Phil Kornblut

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USC fans have seen this season that the Gamecocks have a talented group of tall, lanky receivers. The coaching staff would like to augment that group with a smaller, quicker player in this year's class.

One possibility is Marquel Wade (5-foot-10, 180) of Jacksonville, Fla. He has scheduled an official visit with the Gamecocks for Nov. 13.

Wade talked with Gamecock receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. earlier this month.

"He was telling me he needs a receiver that can move like a Percy Harvin," Wade said. "He wants someone they can get the ball to quicker and faster. I'm real interested."

Wade has narrowed his choices to USC, Arkansas, South Florida and Georgia. He is scheduled to visit Arkansas on Oct. 30 and South Florida on Nov. 20. He has no favorite.

Another possibility is Tehvyn Brantley (5-10, 175) of Durham, N.C., a speedster - 4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash - who has more than 1,000 all purpose yards this season. The Gamecocks have not offered, but they have been in touch. Brantley said N.C. State and East Carolina are showing strong interest, and he's also hearing from Tennessee, California and UCLA. He claims to have offers from North Carolina, Wyoming and Central Michigan.

Clemson remains in the running for athlete Keenan Allen (6-3, 195) of Greensboro, N.C. despite a recent Web site report he was on the verge of committing to Alabama. "One minute it's Alabama, the next minute it's Clemson, then it's Oregon," said Allen's father, Scott Lang. "It (a decision) is getting close, but there's nothing finalized." Allen plans to visit all three schools. He is playing quarterback but can play receiver and safety.

Manning defensive back John Fulton (6-1, 180) was scheduled to make his first official visit over the weekend to LSU. Fulton also will take official visits to USC, Alabama, Florida and Georgia. Michigan and Tennessee have been making a strong push recently. Fulton has been favoring the Gamecocks.

Athlete Sherard Cadogan (6-3, 227) of Cherry Hill, N.J., was scheduled to make his official visit to USC over the weekend but postponed the trip until the weekend of the Florida game. He has taken officials to Pittsburgh, Wisconsin and West Virginia and will visit Michigan State Oct. 23. Cadogan does not have a favorite.

Byrnes running back Marcus Lattimore (6-0, 210) canceled his official visit to Florida State this past weekend, scratched his plans to come to the USC-Kentucky, and stayed home to catch his breath. Lattimore said he will take official visits to Auburn the end of the month and to Penn State the first weekend in November. He has not decided on his other official visits, which he will take Jan. 16, 23 and 30. Lattimore has is considering USC, North Carolina, Georgia and Oregon.

Calhoun County offensive lineman Eric Mack (6-4, 315) will set one of his remaining official visits with Kentucky. Wildcats recruiter Joker Phillips visited Calhoun County. Mack has taken an official visit to Auburn and will set visits with USC and Clemson.

Defensive back Dontrell Johnson (5-9, 174) of Garden City Junior College (Kan.) plans to make his official visit to USC on Oct. 23. He has offers from Purdue, UAB, Mississippi, North Texas, Southern Miss and Georgia Southern. He also plans to visit Purdue and UAB.

Beaufort linebacker Justin Parker (6-2, 225) was at USC's game with S.C. State and spent time with recruiter Shane Beamer and former teammate Jimmy Legree. Parker has not scheduled his official visits but knows USC and Clemson will be two of them. "I really don't have a top five right now," Parker said. "Clemson has a slight lead over USC, but I have to mention Nebraska. They came by my school to see me, and that was huge."

Offensive lineman Jack Deboef (6-8 270) of State College, Pa., has not decided on his official visits but said USC has a good shot at being one of them. The Gamecocks have offered, along with North Carolina, N.C. State, Miami of Ohio, Temple, Purdue, Buffalo and Illinois.

USC is getting a look from Defensive lineman Calvin Smith (6-4 275) of Hialeah, Fla. Smith said he has known recruiter Jeep Hunter for a while and they have a good relationship. "Coach Hunter is well known down here, and South Carolina is going to be way up on my list," he said. Smith has taken official visits to Florida State and Illinois, and he plans to set visits with USC and Tennessee.

Offensive lineman Max Garcia (6-5, 280) of Norcross, Ga., took an official visit to Maryland for the Clemson game and came away impressed. "If I had to choose a school right now, it would be Maryland just because I've been there," Garcia said. He will visit Vanderbilt this weekend, and he plans to visit Clemson and possibly one other school.

Byrnes wide receiver Jazz King (5-11, 180) was offered by North Carolina last week. He also has offers from Kansas, Tulane and Michigan State.

Irmo quarterback David Olson (6-3, 207) is hearing from North Carolina, Missouri, Wisconsin, Virginia, Ohio State, Florida State and East Carolina.

Manning defensive end Dexter Morant (6-7, 240) remains a strong Georgia commitment and will not set official visits with anyone else, though he said he might attend a USC game.

Linebacker Antoine Pozniak (6-3, 220) of East Syracuse, N.Y., hopes to set an official visit with USC soon. He has kept in touch with Gamecocks recruiter G.A. Mangus. He's also drawing interest from Penn State and Syracuse.

Running back Terrance Martin of Winchester, Tenn., is planning to make an unofficial visit to Clemson for an upcoming game. Martin has not been offered by the Tigers but likes them and North Carolina. He has an offer from Chattanooga.

Defensive back PJ Clyburn (6-2 210) of Statesville, N.C., also plays receiver and returns kicks. He has offers from N.C. State, Arkansas, Kentucky, Illinois and East Carolina. Clemson, USC and North Carolina have been showing interest. He has not set any visits.

Wide receiver Kadron Boone (6-1, 190) of Ocala, Fla., remains committed to Texas Tech but is looking at several other schools for official visits, including USC, Miami, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Florida and South Florida.

Athlete (6-2, 200) Darius Lipford remains a Duke commitment but plans to set official visits with Clemson, USC, North Carolina and Virginia.

USC remains in contact with offensive lineman Shane Johnson (6-5, 300) of Hyattsville, Md., who has not decided on official visits. His offers include USC, California, Maryland, Virginia, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Duke, New Mexico, Boston College, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Rutgers.

The top three with offensive lineman R.J. Canty (6-2, 265) of Chester are East Carolina, Duke and William & Mary, and he plans to visit those three. His offers are from East Carolina, Elon, Western Carolina, Coastal Carolina and S.C. State.

USC recently scouted defensive lineman Michael Thornton of Stone Mountain, Ga., and he said he wouldn't mind taking a visit to Columbia. Penn State and Michigan will be two of his official visits. He's also looking at Georgia and Auburn. Clemson is among his offers.

Interest in Byrnes wide receiver (5-10, 169) Torian Richardson is growing. He's had recent contact with Alabama, North Carolina and Minnesota. He's also hearing more from Georgia. Richardson has set official visits with Michigan State and Mississippi State, and he plans to make an unofficial visit to Alabama for Saturday's game with USC. Richardson has offers from Michigan State, Mississippi State, Louisville, Tulane, Kansas State, Syracuse and East Carolina.

Byrnes defensive back (5-11, 167) Zach Miller has been hearing from Colorado, Central Michigan, Purdue and Kansas. He has not been offered.

Richland Northeast offensive lineman C.J. Wilson recently visited Appalachian State. He has offers from S.C. State, North Carolina A&T, Tennessee State, East Carolina and North Carolina Central. He's also receiving interest from Western Carolina, Buffalo, Presbyterian and Elon.

Calhoun County junior athlete Shamir Jeffery was offered Friday by Kentucky. He also has offers from USC and Tennessee. Jeffery was on hand Saturday to watch his brother, Alshon, have a breakout game for USC.

Also in attendance at USC Saturday were junior prospects offensive lineman Shaq Anthony (6-5, 260) of Wren and defensive lineman Phillip Dukes (6-3, 295) of Manning among others.

Brookland Cayce junior fullback Jacob Baxter (6-1, 240) has oral offers from Georgia Tech, Michigan State and North Carolina. He's also drawing interest from USC.

Basketball. Jason Morris (6-5) of Augusta is scheduled for his official visit with Clemson this weekend. With Stanford landing a commitment last week from , the Cardinal are no longer a factor, and Morris is expected to choose either Clemson or Georgia Tech. He will visit the Yellow Jackets on Nov. 7.

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