WHEN USC LOST offensive line coach Eric Wolford to Youngstown State, it was thought that would be the end of the interest in the Gamecocks from offensive lineman Morgan Moses of Fork Union (Va.) Prep.
Wolford had handled most of the recruiting of Moses and had developed the closest relationship. But Moses said last week he is still considering USC despite Wolford's departure.
"I didn't drop them," he said. "I just have not heard from USC. I'm not mad. I understand it's a business."
Moses says he is down to Florida and Virginia but would reconsider the Gamecocks if they were to contact him. He says that the new offensive line coach would affect a decision.
"Yeah, I would definitely consider them, but it would depend on who they hire," he said.
Defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd of Philadelphia will not take any more visits and will announce his decision during the US Army All American Game on Jan. 9. Floyd took official visits to North Carolina, Ohio State, Florida and Southern Cal. He dropped plans to visit USC on Jan. 15, but he has not dropped the Gamecocks. He made two unofficial visits to USC over the summer, spending six days on campus, and Floyd feels knowledgeable enough about the Gamecocks to consider them on that basis.
Defensive lineman Ego Ferguson Jr. of Hargrave (Va.) Prep may visit USC on Jan. 15, according to his father. Ego Ferguson Sr. has been in regular contact with Gamecock recruiter Jay Graham and said he and his son are planning to come in for the Gamecocks' big recruiting weekend, either on an official or unofficial visit. Ferguson has taken official visits to LSU, Notre Dame and Cal. He will go to Oklahoma on Jan. 22, and his fifth official visit is going to be UCLA unless he switches to USC. Ferguson has cut Maryland from his list, which includes North Carolina, Miami and Florida State.
Clemson missed on offensive lineman Max Garcia of Norcross, Ga. He committed to Maryland.
Defensive back Chris Hughes of Mobile, Ala., will visit Mississippi State on Jan. 15 and is planning to visit Clemson. He is also looking at Ole Miss, Arkansas and Southern Miss for visits.
Byrnes defensive end Corey Miller says he is solid with his commitment to Tennessee. There were rumblings out of Shrine Bowl practice that Miller might take a visit to USC, but he said last week he will enroll at Tennessee early next month.
Dillon Shrine Bowl wide receiver Antuawn Blue has been offered by S.C. State. He also has had contact from Clemson and USC. Blue said he needs to get a qualifying test score and he is not taking the test again until Feb. 6, so he will not sign on Signing Day. Blue said he is looking at junior colleges and is getting interest from Georgia Military.
Defensive end Kyle Woestmann (6-foot-4, 245 pounds) of Marietta, Ga., is committed to Vanderbilt but will take an official to USC on Jan. 22.
"The coaches just want a chance for me to see what they have to offer," Woestmann said. "That seems really fair if you think about it."
Woestmann made an unofficial visit to USC for the Clemson game. He still favors Vanderbilt and will visit there Jan. 15.
"It will take a lot to change my mind," he said. "Just looking for that thing to wow me. I'll know when I see it."
He has offers from USC, Clemson, Vandy, and North Carolina. He says he is still unsure if he will take any other visits.
Tight end Clive Walford (6-6, 222) of Belle Glade, Fla., is committed to Miami but plans an official visit to USC in January.
"I'm a big fan of (Steve) Spurrier," Walford said. "I want to see if there is a better fit for me. I don't know what it would take to change my mind. We'll have to see."
Walford says he is not looking at any other schools other than USC and Miami. He has offers from USC, Miami, Central Florida, South Florida, Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Purdue, Ole Miss and Southern Miss.
USC remains interested in linebacker Antoine Pozniak (6-3, 220) of East Syracuse, N.Y., as a fallback should Justin Parker of Beaufort go elsewhere. Pozniak also is close on grades. If he does not qualify, USC would like to place him in a junior college or a prep school to be in a position to get him once he qualifies.
Quarterback Hutson Mason of Marietta, Ga., who made an unofficial visit to Clemson earlier this month but was not offered by the Tigers, committed to Georgia.
Linebacker Kendall Moore of Raleigh is considering an official visit to USC for Jan. 15, though that's not locked yet. Moore has been committed to Notre Dame but starting looking again after the coaching change. He has taken official visits to Notre Dame and N.C. State.
Irmo quarterback David Olson visited Princeton and is hearing from Harvard, Virginia, Nebraska, Georgia, Wisconsin and Illinois.