DE Darrius Caldwell (6-5 205) of Atlanta has had USC among his favorites this summer but apparently the recent story regarding tight end Weslye Saunders and the negative publicity connected to it has forced him to push the Gamecocks down his list for now.
"I like South Carolina a lot but I talked to my mom and she said they had been in trouble recently and she wants to see how things shake out," Caldwell said. "She saw that their athletic program had gotten into some trouble. She didn't go into detail."
The NCAA has questioned Saunders about a trip he allegedly made to attend a party in Miami that reportedly was put on by an agent, but the school has not been accused of any wrongdoing.
Caldwell has not been to any camps or taken any visits this summer and he won't be at USC's camp Friday. Right now he has a top five of Central Florida, West Virginia, Virginia, Ole Miss and Marshall. He wants to make his decision before the season.