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Recruiting | Cal RB considers USC for new home

FORMER PARADE ALL-American running back James Montgomery (5-foot-9, 205 pounds) is considering USC as his new home after deciding to leave California.

Montgomery visited Columbia late last month. He also visited Gainesville, Fla. where his close friend, receiver Carl Moore, plays for the Gators. Montgomery reportedly also is interested in Washington, Oregon and Fresno State. He is a native of Rancho Cordova, Calif., and he redshirted in 2006 at California.

Wide receiver D.J. Donley (6-4, 203), who at one time strongly considered transferring to USC from Georgia Tech, will transfer to Purdue according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Athlete Tori Childers (6-5, 210) of Rock Hill and New Hampton School, N.H., signed his letter of intent with USC late last month and faxed the papers to the football office formalizing his commitment. Childers hopes to play receiver with the Gamecocks.

USC could gain a commitment from Central tight end Justice Cunningham (6-3, 232) this week.

“It’s probably a good chance (of a commitment), not 100%, but pretty good,” Cunningham said.

Clemson is close on a commitment from tight end Tyler Shatley (6-3, 255) of Icard, N.C.

“It won’t be too much longer,” Shatley said. N.C. State is the other school Shatley is strongly considering though he visited North Carolina Friday.

Defensive back Craig Loston (6-3, 210) of Aldine, Texas, narrowed his choices to Clemson and LSU. He plans to be at Clemson this weekend for the spring game.

“It’s because of their style of play,” Loston said about his two finalists. Loston said he plans to go to Texas A&M for its spring game on April 19.

USC offered quarterback Morgan Newton (6-5, 215) of Carmel, Ind., last week joining Clemson, Indiana, Purdue, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Louisville, Kentucky and Virginia on his offer list. Newton said he plans to visit USC during the spring.

USC recently offered defensive end Justin Chaisson (6-5, 265) of Las Vegas. He also has offers from Florida, Oklahoma, LSU, UCLA, Oregon and California, among others.

Wide receiver Nukeese Richardson (5-10, 170) of Pahokee, Fla., favors USC and plans to attend the spring game April 19.

“It’s a good chance I might end up at South Carolina,” he said. Southern Cal is second on his list.

Marlboro County wide receiver Kinsman Thomas (6-3, 195) visited USC recently to watch practice. He also has visited Clemson and Virginia. He has offers from USC, Clemson and Vanderbilt.

Offensive lineman Brandon Thomas (6-4, 280) of Dorman watched a Clemson practice last week and talked with coaches Tommy Bowden, Brad Scott and Billy Napier. Thomas plans to take the ACT on Saturday, so he can not attend Clemson’s spring game. He plans to attend USC’s spring game on April 19. He also has offers from Maryland and Vanderbilt.

Offensive lineman Andrew Carter (6-6, 265) of Tallahassee visited USC on Friday and Saturday. He met with Steve Spurrier and spent time talking with his recruiter Shane Beamer. He also has visited Georgia and Florida State and plans to visit Florida this weekend.

Calhoun County athlete David Sims (6-0, 208) recently visited Georgia Tech, which is recruiting him as an option quarterback, and he lists the Yellow Jackets as his leader. He was scheduled to go to Tennessee for a junior day Saturday and hopes to attend Alabama’s spring game on Saturday. USC and Tennessee trail Georgia Tech on his list.

Clemson is one of the favorites of running back Carlos Hyde (6-0, 230) of Naples, Fla., along with Florida State, Ohio State, Miami and Wisconsin.

Running back Desmond Scott (5-10, 185) of Durham, N.C., had hoped to visit Clemson last week but couldn’t make it. He still plans to visit. Scott also has offers from USC, Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee, among others.

Though showing interest, USC has not yet offered athlete Duron Harmon (6-2, 192) of Camden-Wyoming, Del. He has offers from Pittsburgh, Stanford and Rutgers.

Quarterback Donny McElveen II (6-3, 190) lives in Winston-Salem, N.C., but plans to move to Summerville so he can play his senior season for his grandfather John McKissick. He visited Clemson and met with Tigers quarterback coach Rob Spence and coach Tommy Bowden. McElveen has offers from Central Florida and Middle Tennessee State.

Defensive back Mike Jones (6-2, 200) of Orlando is getting mail from Clemson, Notre Dame, Alabama, Ohio State, North Carolina and Virginia.

Basketball news: Milton Jennings of Pinewood Prep plans to announce his college choice Wednesday at a news conference. Clemson is expected to get the nod.

New USC coach Darrin Horn visited Jennings last week to make a quick pitch. Horn also saw three sophomores: Damarcus Harrison of Greenwood, Rashaad Richardson of James Island and Eric Smith of Mullins.

Center Brendon Knox of Spartanburg Methodist JC was recruited by Dave Odom. His coach, Rob Burke, hopes to get Horn interested this week. Knox has offers from Wichita State and Winthrop.

Clemson hopes for the final visit from Wesley Witherspoon of Lilburn, Ga. He has visited Colorado, LSU, Virginia and Texas. He is considering Clemson, Memphis and Florida for that final trip.