Junior DB James Valdez of Lake Marion will be one of the top prospects in the state's 2016 class and he has set June 7th for his announcement date. Valdez has offers from USC, North Carolina, NC State, Tennessee, Wake Forest and SC State. He's been hearing regularly from all of those schools.
"USC wants me to commit right now, wants me to commit early," Valdez said. "They told me they had a bad season last year and I can come in and be a big factor on the defensive side of the ball. It can be a possibility. I don't know where I'm going yet but USC could be a possibility."
Valdez said he wants to visit schools he hasn't gotten yet before he makes his decision. Those include Florida, Georgia, NC State, Alabama and Florida State. He was at four USC games last season. Valdez last talked to USC earlier this week. He's also been in touch with Clemson talking to his Tiger recruiters on his birthday in December as well as on Christmas.
"I talked to coach Hobby and coach Reed and they are going to offer," he said. "I'm just waiting on it but there's no rush."
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Valdez said he doesn't have a favorite and will formulate a short favorite's list in the spring.