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May 3, 2010

Recruiting: Waccamaw lineman likes Tigers

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN JEROME Maybank (6-foot-4, 320 pounds) of Waccamaw committed to Clemson on Saturday, picking the Tigers over USC, North Carolina and West Virginia.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN JEROME Maybank (6-foot-4, 320 pounds) of Waccamaw committed to Clemson on Saturday, picking the Tigers over USC, North Carolina and West Virginia.

Maybank had been strongly favoring the Tigers from the early part of his recruiting. He attended the Tigers' junior day back in January. Maybank plays on the offensive line but is projected as a defensive tackle for the Tigers. He is the eighth commitment for the Tigers and their fourth from South Carolina.

Quarterback Christian LeMay (6-3, 195) of Matthews, N.C., announced Friday that Georgia is his favorite school and he plans to enroll for January. LeMay is not calling this a commitment because he does not want to be pinned down should there be major changes on the Georgia staff after the season. LeMay picked Georgia over Clemson, Auburn, Notre Dame and Texas A&M.

Calhoun County quarterback Shamier Jeffery (6-2, 190) said he could have a decision in a couple of weeks. He did not name a favorite but indicated Kentucky is strongly on his mind. He has not visited anywhere since going to Clemson for a spring practice. He said he would like to visit more of the schools that have offered, like Kentucky, Alabama and Auburn. USC is also an offer, and he has talked recently with recruiter Shane Beamer.

Lake City running back Shon Carson (5-9, 195) was informed Thursday of his nomination for the U.S. Army All-American Game, according to former Lake City coach Justin Gentry. Carson is busy with his baseball season right now. His top three schools, according to Gentry, are USC, Clemson and North Carolina. Gentry said Carson is not indicating a favorite.

USC is going hard after tight end Rory Anderson (6-5, 205) of Powder Springs, Ga., and currently is one of his two favorites along with Tennessee.

"Tennessee is out front because I've been communicating with them a lot and I got up there on a visit and enjoyed talking to the coaches," Anderson said.

Anderson has never visited USC but plans to do so this summer. He also likes Purdue, Louisville and Virginia in his top five. He has offers from Tulsa, N.C. State, Mississippi State, Southern Miss and Florida International. Coaches from USC, Florida State, Purdue, Louisville and Southern Miss have been through the school.

USC has yet to offer defensive back Pat Martin (6-0, 192) of J.L. Mann, but the Gamecocks are interested, and he talked recently with recruiter Shawn Elliott. Elliott has been by his school. Martin said Clemson also is interested but is being patient because the Tigers say they're not taking many defensive backs this time. Martin is holding offers from Duke, Maryland, Minnesota, Arkansas, UCLA, Louisville, Cincinnati, Tennessee, LSU, Mississippi State and Oklahoma. Martin is not claiming a favorite but said the schools standing out the most are LSU, Tennessee, Louisville, Cincinnati and Arkansas. His only visits this spring were to USC and Clemson, and he will visit Alabama on May 22. Martin said he's been nominated for the Army All-American Game.

Wide receiver Hakeem Flowers (6-3, 189) of Wade Hampton has more than 40 offers and is still waiting to hear from USC and Clemson. He continues to speculate that both schools expect him to go out-of-state for college, but Flowers is considering contacting both schools directly. His latest offers are from Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Oregon.

Clemson is in pursuit of one of Florida's fastest players in running back Mike Bellamy (5-10, 180) of Punta Gorda. Bellamy is a sub-4.4 sprinter who rushed for 2,153 yards and 31 touchdowns last season. Bellamy's offers include Clemson, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida State, Kentucky, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, TCU, Tennessee, Southern Cal, West Virginia, Georgia and Florida. His leaders are Clemson, Florida, Georgia and Alabama. Bellamy plans to make about a two-week trip to Clemson after his spring practice.

USC and Clemson are two of the offers for running back Chevelle Buie (5-9, 165) of Cocoa, Fla. Buie's former teammate is USC signee Ronald Patrick, and Buie went to three Gamecock games last season. He also has offers from Duke, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia, Tech, Michigan, TCU, Ole Miss and Auburn.

Defensive back Ronnie Harris (5-10, 155) of Atlanta has USC as one of his front-runners, along with Tennessee, Ole Miss, Purdue and Louisville. Harris also has offers from Vanderbilt, Auburn, Stanford and Harvard. He is expecting an offer from Kentucky. Coaches from Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Kentucky have been through his school. Harris went to USC's junior day, and he has visited Oregon. He also plans to visit Tennessee and Ole Miss, and he will make a return trip to USC this summer.

Clemson signee linebacker Ricky Chaney will attend Hutchinson (Kan.) J.C. this fall according to Chaney was considered a long shot academically when the Tigers signed him out of Battery Creek. Chaney said he expects to spend one year at the JC.

Defensive lineman Roderick Byers (6-4, 262) of Northwestern wanted to visit Clemson last week but never made it to campus. He still plans to visit Clemson. Byers is favoring USC but says he wants to take more visits.

Running back Dominique Cooper (6-1 200) of Darlington has offers from USC and S.C. State and continues to hear from Clemson, Alabama, North Carolina, Duke, Georgia Tech and Illinois among others. Last summer he camped at Clemson and will return the favor to USC this year.

Linebacker Corey Miller Jr. (6-4, 210) of Blythewood is getting the strongest interest from Wake Forest and N.C. State and is looking for an offer from one or both this spring. USC is the only school he has visited but he is planning to visit Wake Forest, N.C. State and East Carolina.

Linebacker Edward Muldrow (6-4, 196) of Snellville, Ga., recently visited Clemson and is looking for an offer from the Tigers. His offers are USC, North Carolina, Florida State, Illinois, West Virginia, Mississippi State and Ole Miss, among others. He continues to favor the Gamecocks over Florida State and North Carolina.

Marlboro County linebacker Lateek Townsend (6-3 205) has seen coaches from North Carolina and Nebraska come through his school. Coaches from USC, Clemson, Southern Cal, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Tulsa, Colorado, Auburn, LSU and Georgia have told him they will be in. Townsend said one of the coaches who called him during the recent open calling period was USC's Ellis Johnson. Townsend said three of his official visits will be USC, Clemson and Florida. Mississippi State is his most recent offer.

USC offensive line coach Shawn Elliott checked in on Mauldin offensive lineman Ryan Norton (6-4 282) last week. Norton is planning to take another unofficial visit to USC at some point. Norton continues to favor Clemson over USC and Georgia Tech. The earliest he'll make a decision will be right after his spring practice.

USC is one of the new offers for defensive back Robenson Therezie (5-10, 180) of Miami. He has about a dozen offers. Others are Alabama, Florida State, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Texas Tech and Central Florida. He is also drawing interest from Miami.

Baseball . USC signed catcher Dante Rosenberg (5-11, 185) of Palm Beach State (Fla.) JC. Rosenberg is hitting .271 and is known as a good defensive catcher.

Basketball. Clemson has two scholarships available. One is being held for 6-7 Marcus Thornton of Atlanta, the former Clemson signee who was released after Oliver Purnell left. Thornton visited Alabama last Thursday and Friday and will visit Texas this weekend. Georgia, Georgia Tech and Michigan also are being considered by Thornton, along with Clemson.

S.C. State signed 6-8 Presano Bell of Polk (Fla.) J.C., and 6-8 Omar Sanders of Wabash (Ill.) J.C. Sanders is a native of Spartanburg.

6-5 Jacoby Brissett of West Palm Beach, Fla., is a heavily recruited quarterback but he is also a major basketball talent. USC is showing interest in him in football but has offered for basketball, according to The Palm Beach Post. Brissett reportedly has football offers from North Carolina, LSU, West Virginia, Florida State and Wisconsin. His basketball offers reportedly include Xavier and Miami. Brissett would like to play both sports in college. He said North Carolina is his favorite basketball school, and if the Tar Heels were to offer in that sport, it would be hard for him to turn down. Brissett comes from the same program as USC basketball player Ramon Galloway.

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