Recruiting: Longhorns have eye on Wade Hampton WR

March 15, 2010 

  • Phil Kornblut

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TEXAS IS EDGING toward 20 commitments for the 2011 class, and the Longhorns apparently would like to have Wade Hampton wide receiver Hakeem Flowers.

"Coach (Mack) Brown verbally offered me but wanted a commitment on the spot, and I wasn't ready," said Flowers, who recently visited Austin. "He said when I'm ready to commit to call him and he'll send an offer."

Flowers said he has 39 offers. Those include Miami, LSU, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Oregon, Oregon State, Oklahoma and Colorado. He recently visited Oklahoma and Texas and will go to Oregon for a junior day on April 3. Flowers said he is not getting direct contact from Clemson or USC, but he plans to visit both this summer.

"They told my coach they think I want to go out of state and that's why they are holding out," Flowers said. "I'll go to the school that fits me best, in state or out of state."

USC is the lone major offer for Darlington running back Dominique Cooper, but more big-time offers should be coming this spring and summer, according to Falcons coach Justin Danner.

"A lot of people haven't seen him," Danner said. "Word is getting out now and interest is picking up."

S.C. State has offered Cooper, who also can play linebacker or free safety. Cooper attended USC's junior day and recruiter Ellis Johnson got a close look.

"They feel he can play anywhere for them," Danner said. "Coach Johnson likes him as an athlete. He plays outside linebacker and plays defense well. I think they like his range and the way he runs to the football. But, he wants to play tailback somewhere."

Offensive lineman Xzavier Ward of Moultrie, Ga., is interested in his offers from Clemson and USC. He also has offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Alabama and N.C. State. He attended junior days at Georgia and Alabama and plans to go to spring practices at Georgia and Florida State.

Wide receiver Justin Scott of Camilla, Ga., has offers from USC, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Stanford, Wake Forest, East Carolina and Louisville. He is also hearing from Clemson, Michigan, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Oregon. Scott was at Georgia Tech for junior day. He has visited Georgia a few times and plans to watch a spring practice on March 20. He wants to go to USC for a spring practice and is considering a trip to Louisville. Scott's high school coach is former USC quarterback Dondrial Pinkins.

Wide receiver Tacoi Sumler of Miami has 18 offers, including Clemson, USC, Arkansas, Nebraska, Rutgers, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Stanford, Auburn, Florida State and Florida International. He says he is expecting offers from California, Oregon and Florida.

Sumler hopes to visit Clemson and USC during spring break. He also plans to visit Florida State and Florida.

Athlete Jerrell Adams of Scotts Branch has received verbal offers from Illinois and Arkansas, according to his coach Leonard Johnson. He has been drawing interest from Clemson, USC, N.C. State and Nebraska. He attended Clemson's junior day.

Defensive lineman Gerald Dixon Jr. of Northwestern is still sitting on one offer, from USC, and he continues to favor the Gamecocks. He attended USC's junior day. Dixon said he will visit North Carolina, Tennessee and LSU.

The offer list for Dorman wide receiver Charone Peake ) of Dorman has grown with Southern Cal, Notre Dame, Penn State and Miami. Peake also has offers from Clemson, USC, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Cal, Michigan, Maryland, Kentucky, Alabama and LSU. He has visited Georgia and might get to a Clemson spring practice. Peake said he is looking hardest at Clemson, Florida and Georgia.

Offensive lineman Brandon Shell of Goose Creek is done with basketball, and now can spend time working on his football list. He might spend spring break visiting schools such as Clemson, USC, Alabama and Georgia. Shell's offers in addition to those schools include Southern Cal, Michigan, Tennessee, Florida, Miami, LSU, Wisconsin, Oregon, North Carolina, Illinois and Kentucky.

Bamberg-Ehrhardt defensive back Zeph Grimes has his first two SEC offers: Arkansas and Ole Miss. He was offered by Michigan State, Illinois, Colorado and Tulsa. Grimes went to junior day at Georgia Tech and his next is Tennessee on March 27. He is also going to Illinois on April 2. Grimes said he is not getting much attention from Clemson or USC. He has a top group of Georgia Tech, Illinois, Michigan State and Arkansas.

Marlboro County linebacker Lateek Townsend was offered by Southern Cal, according to his coach, Dean Boyd. Townsend has offers from Clemson, USC, N.C. State, Illinois, Maryland, LSU, Georgia Tech, Miami, Alabama, Tennessee, Nebraska, Michigan State and others. Clemson, USC and Florida are three schools at the top of his list.

Tight end Eric Ebron (6-4 220) of Greensboro, N.C., has an offer from the Clemson and hopes to visit this summer. His 14 offers include Louisville, North Carolina, N.C. State, Virginia, West Virginia, Rutgers and East Carolina. Ebron has been to junior day at North Carolina and is heading to Maryland on March 27. This summer he plans to visit Clemson and Miami.

Tight end Brandon Fulse of Fort Meade, Fla., has an abundance of offers, including USC and Clemson. Other include Florida, Florida State, Miami, Georgia, Auburn, Louisville, Rutgers, Maryland, Texas Tech, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Stanford and Marshall. Fulse has not been to any junior days but says he plans to go to Florida and Miami's spring games.

Linebacker Myles Jackson of West Chester, Pa., is getting interest from USC and will be evaluated this spring by recruiter G.A. Mangus. Jackson said he is looking for offers from Rutgers and Syracuse.

Ridge View senior linebacker Marcus Lyerly has signed with Newberry for this year's class.

Basketball. USC is in pursuit shooting guard Mike Taylor of Brooklyn, N.Y. Taylor said the Gamecocks have offered along with Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. Johns, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Providence, Maryland and Indiana. "South Carolina is pretty high on my list," Taylor said. "I like their style of play. The coach looks like he lets his kids play, so I like that."

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