USC commitment defensive end Arden Key of Atlanta said at the Under Armour Game over the weekend that he has been contacted by new Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, who offered him while he was the coach at Florida.
Key said he will considering making an official visit to Auburn, where he has visited several times unofficially. Key plans to visit USC, LSU, Miami and Georgia.
... USC will add a new punter prospect this spring. Sean Kelly of Winter Garden, Fla., said Sunday he had decided to accept a walk-on offer from the Gamecocks over Florida State and will enroll in school this week. Kelly played two years at Florida Atlantic before this fall attending Tallahassee JC, where he did not play football. He will have three years to play two.
... The Gamecocks have stepped up with defensive back Maurice Smitherman of Adamsville, Ala. Smitherman committed to Mississippi State in June but that commitment has weakened to a 50-50 split between the Gamecocks and Bulldogs.
“I plan to take an official visit to South Carolina (Jan. 30),” Smitherman said. “I’ve been talking to coach Grady Brown. I really liked it the first time I went down there (for the 2013 Clemson game). I haven’t been down there since then.”
Smitherman said he’s softened on Mississippi State because he’s concerned about the future of his position coach there.
“It’s Mississippi State or South Carolina right now,” he said, adding that Kentucky and Georgia also are talking to him. Smitherman has taken his official visit to Mississippi State.
... USC also has made a move with Kentucky commitment defensive back Jeremiah Denson of Hialeah, Fla.
“They (USC) offered about two weeks ago and are coming at me strong,” Denson said. “I’m real interested in them. They had two defensive backs decommit, and coach Brown came back and offered me. My interest is real good.”
He has never visited USC and plans to take an official visit, possibly Jan. 16. He has seen the Gamecocks on television and has an idea of how Brown and Lorenzo Ward deploy the secondary.
“They like to play five DBs, and there’s a good chance for me to get on the field as a freshman,” he said.
Denson also has an official visit to Louisville set for Jan. 30. Kentucky has been on Denson since offering in the spring and has remained in regular contact.
“They hit me up every day and they really want me,” he said. “If I go on a visit (to USC) and they wow me, it (commitment flip) is possible. I have to go through the process, go on a visit and get a feel for the coaches and everything.”
Denson said he’ll make his final decision around signing day.