USC'S SECOND commitment for 2011 could fall into place this afternoon.
Quarterback Martay Mattox (6-foot-1, 185 pounds) of Athens, Ga., plans to announce his decision today at 4:30 p.m. at his school. Mattox is down to USC and Maryland. If USC's Shane Beamer doesn't get Mattox, it won't be for a lack of trying.
"Coach Beamer was the first coach at my school on the first day" coaches could visit, Mattox said. "And coach Beamer was the first coach I talked to on the first day they could call."
USC likes him as a quarterback, and he would like to play that position in college, but he wouldn't be averse to playing receiver or defensive back.
Highly recruited running back Savon Huggins (6-0, 190) of Jersey City, N.J., made an unofficial visit to USC on Saturday with his father. Huggins has offers from across the country. He also has visited Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Miami, Rutgers, Penn State and Pittsburgh. He has not narrowed his list but plans to have a top 10 later in the summer. His teammate, offensive lineman Keith Lumpkin (6-9, 285), visited USC earlier in the spring.
Lumpkin also was on the road this weekend to scout out schools. He was to visit North Carolina Friday, Duke on Saturday, and Virginia on Sunday. He also has visited Rutgers and Pittsburgh. Lumpkin has offers from USC, Rutgers, Pitt, Florida, Georgia, West Virginia, Virginia, East Carolina, Syracuse, Louisville, Kansas, South Florida and Duke. He plans to have a top five by the start of his season and will announce his decision on National Signing Day.
Linebacker Tony Steward (6-2, 220) of St. Augustine, Fla., is one of Florida's top prospects with a long offer list that includes Clemson, USC, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, Texas Tech and UCLA. Clemson has positioned itself among his favorites, according to his coach. Steward has visited Florida, Florida State and Miami, and he plans to visit Clemson and Alabama this summer, according to his coach. Clemson, Alabama, Florida and Florida State are at the top of his list. He will take his official visits and make a decision at the end of January.
USC recruiter GA Mangus stopped by his schools along Florida's west coast last week, and one player he checked on was sophomore defensive back Jordan Diggs (6-1, 185) of Fort Myers. Diggs is the son of former USC linebacker Shed Diggs, who played in the mid '80s. Diggs also plays receiver. Florida, Florida State, South Florida and Ohio State are some of the schools showing early interest in Diggs, who is interested in USC because of his father.
Recruiters from Clemson, USC, North Carolina, Michigan State, Florida and Nebraska visited Marlboro County High recently to check in on linebacker Lateek Townsend. USC, Clemson, Florida and Southern Cal remain the four schools Townsend is most interested in, he says, with no favorite.
"Next time I have a favorite, I'll be committing," he said.
Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele spent last Tuesday at Lamar High scouting linebacker B.J. Goodson (6-1, 215). Goodson has offers from Clemson and Coastal Carolina and is close to one from East Carolina, according to his coach J.R. Boyd. Recruiters from USC, Auburn, Arkansas, Wake Forest, Appalachian State, The Citadel and Illinois also have been in to check on Goodson. He has been favoring Clemson but is not ready to make a commitment because he wants to go to some camps first.
Defensive lineman Roderick Byers (6-4, 262) of Northwestern picked up an offer from Georgia Tech last week to go along with earlier ones from USC, Clemson, Texas Tech, Maryland and Wake Forest. Byers, who once was close on a decision, no longer is.
Offensive lineman Jamar Lewter (6-7, 285) of Washington, D.C., has an offer from Clemson and will make his first visit to the school this summer for a camp on June 15. N.C. State, Wake Forest, Illinois, Rutgers, Auburn, North Carolina, Utah and Miami are some of the other offers for Lewter. His only visit thus far was to North Carolina for junior day.
Linebacker Tremayne McNair (6-2, 215) of Jacksonville, N.C., says Clemson is in his top five along with - in no order - UNC, Georgia Tech, Arkansas and Duke. McNair has offers from Clemson, USC, North Carolina, Duke, N.C. State, Wake Forest, East Carolina, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Maryland and Middle Tennessee. He already has visited Duke, UNC, and N.C. State. This summer, he will try to visit USC and Clemson.
Defensive back Laquentin Smith (6-1, 208) of Orlando, Fla., now has USC and South Florida even on his list. The Gamecocks had been slight leaders, but Smith said he has been getting a strong push from the Bulls. Smith was thinking about an end of spring decision, but he might want to take some more visits in the summer. He has visited USC and USF. His decision will come down to those two. Smith is being recruited to play safety.
Defensive back Geraldo Orta (6-0, 180) of Valdosta, Ga., recently received offers from USC and Clemson. He also has an offer from Tennessee. Orta believes he will commit sometime during the season. He does not have a favorite.
Mangus made a stop in Bradenton, Fla., on Friday to look at running back Mike Blakely (5-9, 195). Blakely counts offers from USC, Clemson, Florida, Michigan, Miami, Auburn, North Carolina, Tennessee, Ole Miss and several others. Blakely has been favoring Auburn but also likes USC, Clemson, Florida and Ole Miss.
Wide receiver Zach Witchett (6-0, 185) of Atlanta picked up an offer from USC last week. He also has offers from Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota and West Virginia. Witchett attended Georgia's spring game, and the Bulldogs appear to be in strong shape with him.
USC is the first school to offer offensive lineman Nathan Theus (6-3, 248) of Jacksonville, Fla., according to his coach. Theus plays center and is being recruited as a long snapper. Theus visited USC, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Alabama this spring. He plans to camp this summer at Georgia and Florida. USC also has offered Theus's brother John, a sophomore offensive lineman who is expected to be a major prospect. The brothers have discussed playing at the same school.
Defensive back Ronnie Martin (5-10, 175) of Spartanburg picked up an offer from LSU last week, according to his coach, Freddie Brown. Martin also has an offer from Nebraska.
LSU and Michigan State are showing interest in Brookland-Cayce fullback Jacob Baxter. A Michigan State recruiter was by the school Friday and indicated Baxter is one of three fullbacks the Spartans are recruiting. He plans to camp there next month. USC, Kentucky and Coastal Carolina also are showing interest
Sophomore defensive lineman Martin Aiken (6-3, 240) of Bamberg-Ehrhardt picked up an offer from Georgia Tech last week, according to his coach Butch Crosby. Aiken previously was offered by Illinois.
Defensive end Sterling Bailey of Gainesville, Ga., and wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley of Camilla, Ga., committed to Georgia. Both had offers from USC, and Clemson had offered Bailey.
Basketball news. Damien Leonard of J.L. Mann visited Arizona over the weekend. He has the Wildcats among his leading five schools with Clemson, USC, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma State. DePaul, with former Clemson coach Oliver Purnell now in charge, also is starting to creep into the picture.
Leonard recently visited USC and that got the Gamecocks back in the running for him. He has visited Clemson several times over the past year, and he plans to visit Oklahoma State on June 3. He also plans a return trip to Arizona during the season. Leonard had hoped to make a decision in the summer, but he now plans to narrow his list to three in the summer and make a decision in the fall.
Kenny Manigault is transferring from Wichita State and returned to his Summerville home this past weekend. He is going to make visits to The Citadel, USC Upstate, Spartanburg Methodist JC, Coastal Georgia JC and Gulf Coast JC. Manigault said he is looking at the junior college route as a way to increase his stock for possible high major offers. He plans to make a decision in June.
Baseball News. USC picked up commitments for the 2010 class from two right-handers, Spencer Jordan of Florence-Darlington TEC and Thomas Little of USC Lancaster.