USC recently became the first offer for DB Rodney O'Neal (5-11 165) of Dublin, GA, and that move has the Gamecocks out front for the strong safety.
"I like the way they (USC) fit my academics," O'Neal said. "If you want to play for coach Ward, you have to have your academics and go to class."
O'Neal said he's not close to making a decision and wants to see what other offers come in. He will go to Georgia this weekend for a junior day. Georgia Tech also is showing interest. O'Neal said he grew up rooting for Georgia, but he said he would not commit immediately if offered by the Dogs.
O'Neal has not been to any junior days yet, and he plans to attend one of USC's summer camps.