TWO OF THE state’s top uncommitted prospects have made adjustments to their lists.
Offensive lineman Brandon Shell of Goose Creek is down to USC, Clemson and Georgia, his coach said Friday. Shell might take only two official visits, and USC is definite for one, his coach said last week. Assuming Goose Creek makes a run in the playoffs, Shell will take his visits in January. Several of his weekends will be taken up with the ACT, basketball, the Shrine Bowl and the U.S. Army All-American Game. USC is out front for Shell at this point.
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Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (6-foot-6, 240 pounds) of South Pointe added Miami to his favorites and cut LSU. Clowney said last week he is looking at USC, Alabama, Miami, Florida State and Ohio State for his official visits. He’s not claiming a leader.
Shell and Clowney did not make it to USC on Saturday for the Tennessee game, but many of the other top prospects in the state did, including Manning defensive lineman Phillip Dukes, who made his third unofficial visit of the season. Dukes is favoring the Gamecocks ahead of Clemson.
Quarterback Cole Stoudt (6-4, 195) of Dublin, Ohio, committed to Clemson on Friday, becoming the 21st pledge for the Tigers’ class. Stoudt made an official visit the weekend of the Maryland game and was offered while on the visit. He did not want to rush into a decision because of his standing commitment with Wyoming. Stoudt is considered to be an excellent passing quarterback. He missed half of last season with a broken leg and passed for 1,200 yards and 16 touchdowns with one interception. Clemson wanted to add another quarterback to go along with Tony McNeal of Chester. The Tigers also looked at Tamyn Garrick of Williston-Elko and Morgan Roberts of Charlotte before making the decision to offer Stoudt, who is the son of former NFL quarterback Cliff Stoudt.
Two uncommitted prospects made official visits to USC last weekend. Defensive back Sheldon Royster (5-11, 190) of Jersey City, N.J., is leaving Columbia today. He’s scheduled to visit Miami on Dec. 2 and also plans to visit Rutgers. He’s not claiming a leader.
Tight end Drew Owens (6-5, 230) of Charlotte also made his official visit to USC. He also has taken official visits to Michigan and North Carolina and will visit N.C. State on Nov. 20. He’s planning to announce a decision on that day.
Offensive lineman Kyle Harris (6-3, 283) of Lindale, Ga., will make his second unofficial visit to USC for the Arkansas game. Harris made his first unofficial visit to USC a couple of weeks ago after de-committing from Georgia Tech. Harris also has heard from Tennessee, Ole Miss and Auburn since reopening his recruiting but USC is the only school he plans to visit. Harris said a commitment to USC could occur on the visit “if I really like it.” Harris plays guard and center.
Offensive lineman Bobby Hart (6-5, 291) of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., has been committed to Florida State since June and the commitment remains, but he is looking around at some other options, including USC. Hart plans to make an official visit this weekend. “I’m going to give them a look. My commitment (to FSU) is pretty good, but I want to make sure I’m making the right decision.” Hart said he also wants to take official visits to Auburn and Alabama along with Florida State.
Defensive back Justin Coleman (6-0, 175) of Brunswick, Ga., who has been committed to Tennessee since the summer, is interested in taking a closer look at USC and his coach has been in touch with the Gamecocks about a possible visit. USC was among the schools to recruit Coleman in the spring and summer before he committed to the Vols.
Linebacker Cedric Cooper (6-2, 204) of Lithonia, Ga., made an unofficial visit to USC for the Tennessee game along with junior teammate offensive lineman Joe Harris. Cooper has been to Ole Miss for a game. He plans to set official visits with USC, Clemson and Ole Miss. He’s also looking at Arkansas. Cooper does not have a favorite.
Linebacker Mike Rose (6-4, 215) of Hillcrest has narrowed his list to Maryland, Wake Forest, N.C. State, Kentucky and West Virginia. He has not taken any official visits but has unofficially visited Maryland, Wake Forest, and N.C. State. Rose did not name a favorite.
Linebacker Marcquis Roberts (6-1, 205) of Powder Springs, Ga., will be at USC this weekend with teammate tight end Rory Anderson. Both will be on official visits. Roberts says USC continues to lead for his services. He will take an official visit to West Virginia the following weekend and says he could take more visits after that.
Marlboro County linebacker Lateek Townsend was scheduled for an official visit to Southern Cal over the weekend. Townsend has been favoring USC and plans to take official visits with the Gamecocks and Clemson. Townsend is planning to announce a decision at the Army All-American Game.
Wide receiver Stanton Seckinger (6-5, 200) of Porter-Gaud is down to Clemson and N.C. State. He was at the Clemson-Georgia Tech game and said it gave the Tigers a slight edge. Seckinger said Virginia is the latest school to inquire about him.
Defensive lineman Maurice Couch (6-3, 290) of Garden City JC, Kan., said last week Southern Cal is potentially coming back on his list to join USC and Tennessee. Couch said Southern Cal has been in touch with his coaches. He spoke with USC defensive line coach Brad Lawing recently and has been in touch with Tennessee. Couch said USC and Tennessee remain his top two with no leader. He has taken his official visit to USC and will try to make another visit during the Christmas holiday break. He will take his official visit to Tennessee on Nov. 12.
Running back Mike Blakely of Bradenton, Fla., announced a commitment to Florida last week over Auburn. USC was among the schools he had considered.
Defensive back Dominique Cooper (6-1, 200) of Darlington was to be at the USC-Tennessee game. He also plans to go to the USC-Clemson game. Cooper has offers from USC, S.C. State, East Carolina, and North Carolina Central. All but USC are looking at him to play running back. USC wants him to play safety. He hopes to make a trip to East Carolina for a game this season but has not scheduled one.
Tight end Corey Miller Jr. (6-5, 215) of Heathwood Hall said he is considering going to Gray Military Academy in Columbia next season. Miller continues to hear from USC and Duke. He does not have an offer.
Wide receiver A.J. Sebastiano (6-1, 189) of Broward, Fla., has offers from Florida Atlantic and Cornell and is hearing from USC. He recently put together his first highlight video and sent it to USC, Nebraska, Central Florida, Rutgers, Wisconsin and Memphis.
Nick Jacobs of Atlanta chose Alabama over Clemson, Georgia and Florida last week because of his comfort level at the school, his coach said. Jacobs was the second big miss for the Clemson staff this recruiting campaign. Earlier, guard Damarcus Harrison of Greenwood committed to BYU over the Tigers.