ONE OF CLEMSON’S quarterback targets will come off the board this week, and there’s a 50-50 chance he will be added to the Tigers’ commitment list. Morgan Newton (6-foot-5, 215 ponds) of Carmel, Ind., is scheduled to announce his college decision Tuesday, and according to his mother, the choice is down to Clemson and one other from among Indiana, Purdue, Kentucky, Illinois and Florida. “We still have a controversy in the Newton family about where he will go,” Rubie Newton said late last week. “One place I like, one place his father likes, and one place Morgan likes. I like Clemson. We’re down to Clemson and one other. I know Clemson is my favorite.”
Clemson also is on the final five lists of wide receiver Jheranie Boyd (6-2, 185) of Gastonia, N.C., and defensive back Darius Winston (6-0, 180) of West Helena, Ark. Boyd also has Florida, Auburn, North Carolina and N.C. State on his list. He has, in the past, cited Clemson and Florida as his top two.
Winston, who has made his decision and plans to announce the first week of September, picked from Clemson, Arkansas, Tennessee, Michigan and Mississippi.
Offensive lineman David Harding (6-5, 285) of Orlando made an unofficial visit to USC Friday with his parents spending about six hours meeting with coaches and players and touring the campus and facilities. “It was a great visit overall,” Harding said. “They are one of my top schools along with Duke and Central Florida. They are all standing pretty tall, pretty equal.”
Richland Northeast defensive end Chris Bonds (6-4, 283) attended Saturday’s scrimmage at USC with his mother, step-dad and step-brother. Bonds said he spoke with assistant coaches Brad Lawing and David Reaves and has USC, Southern Cal and Alabama at the top of his list. He’s waiting to see Michigan and Notre Dame this season on official visits. He also plans to visit Tennessee.
USC and Clemson are two of the 35 offers for defensive back Zeke Motta (6-3, 210) of Vero Beach, Fla. Clemson was one of his stops earlier in the summer along with Wake Forest, Boston College and Notre Dame, among others. Motta plans to trim his list soon to a final five. He said he’s heard more from Clemson than USC.
USC is pursuing wide receiver Stedman Bailey (5-11, 185) who the coaches see as a Kenny McKinley clone. Bailey also has offers from Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin, among others. USC will get one of his official visits.
Wide receiver Eric Williams (5-11, 185) of Bradenton, Fla., picked up an offer from Mississippi recently and that put the Rebels at the top of his list with USC. He plans to take official visits to USC, Mississippi, Purdue and Marshall.
Clemson likely will get an official visit from defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick (6-3, 190) of Gadsden, Ala. This summer he visited Florida and Florida State and camped at Alabama.
Clemson is in the top three with linebacker Conor O’Neill (6-1, 195) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He also likes Auburn and Wisconsin. O’Neill, who’s also a baseball prospect, wants to make a decision before December so he can concentrate on his second sport. Clemson’s success in both is part of the allure for him. He wants to play both sports in college, and Clemson baseball coach Jack Leggett has contacted O’Neill’s coach. He has set an official visit with Auburn and will set dates with Clemson and Wisconsin.
Offensive lineman Kwame Geathers (6-6, 310) of Carvers Bay is holding steady with his recruiting right now with USC, Clemson, Georgia and Florida State heading up his list. He also has an offer from Maryland.
Dorman defensive back Taylor Sowell (5-10, 190) de-committed from North Carolina last week and now is looking at Miami, Georgia Tech and West Virginia.
USC is in the front four with defensive back Josh Hunter (6-2, 176) of Charlotte along with Florida, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
USC remains in touch with linebacker Enrique Williams (6-1, 210) of Mobile, Ala., but hasn’t offered. He has offers from South Alabama and Mississippi. Williams is hopeful of a USC offer and would like to take an official visit to Columbia.
Running back Tracy Lampley (5-9, 175) of Waynesboro, Miss., is drawing USC interest and he expects to get an offer when he makes his official visit. He has been offered by Mississippi State, Southern Miss and UAB. He’s also hearing from Memphis, Auburn and Alabama, among others.
Clemson is showing a lot of interest in athlete Justin Green (5-10, 180) of Louisville who is committed to Ohio State but still looking around. He also has offers from Alabama, Wake Forest and N.C. State, among others. He’s hopeful of an offer from Clemson.
Defensive lineman Brandon Moore (6-6, 320) of Montgomery, Ala., plans to take one of his official visit to Clemson. He also has offers from Alabama, Auburn and Mississippi State, among others.
Basketball News. USC remains a factor with Kevin Parrom (6-6) of New York. “They will most likely be in my top five,” Parrom said. He recently landed an offer from Connecticut and is expecting offers soon from Temple, Virginia and Virginia Tech. He also has offers from Providence, St. Johns, Xavier, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Marquette and Rhode Island.
Junior DeAndre Hopkins (6-3 185) of Daniel also is a football prospect and is unsure which he wants to play in college. He has basketball offers from USC, Florida and Wake Forest and a football offer from Clemson. Hopkins said Clemson is pulling him the hardest for football, but the USC basketball staff also has been working him hard. He does not plan an early decision.
Baseball News. Short stop Anthony Iacomini of White Plains, N.Y. committed to USC last week after participating in the Impact World Series at Sarge Frye Field where he batted over .500 and did not commit an error. While in Columbia, Iacomini toured the campus and the new baseball park.