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Top QB prospect makes rounds in S.C.

CLEMSON AND USC entertained one of their top quarterback prospects last week when Morgan Newton (6-foot-5, 215 pounds) of Carmel, Ind., passed through while on spring break. Newton was at Clemson last Tuesday where he met with Tommy Bowden and sat in on the quarterbacks meeting. Wednesday, Newton was at USC where he got a tour of the campus and facilities, and he met with Steve Spurrier. From meeting with Bowden and Spurrier, Newton believes both are seriously interested. “In May, we’ll see who’s really interested and we’ll narrow it down from there,” Newton said. Newton also visited N.C. State, Kentucky and Tennessee on his trip. He also has offers from Indiana, Purdue, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Louisville and Penn State.

Linebacker Eric Fields (6-3, 215) joined Clemson’s 2009 commitment last week. “It felt more like home to me,” said Fields who also considered offers from Miami, Florida, Florida State and Georgia, among others.

Clemson soon could add another top defender to the class in defensive back Craig Loston (6-3, 208) of Aldine, Texas. He made an unofficial visit over the weekend for the spring game and continues to favor the Tigers over LSU. He will decide between the two by Wednesday of this week.

Clemson also is the strong leader for linebacker Corico Hawkins (6-0, 225) of Milledgeville, Ga., who made a recent two day visit to the school. “The things they have facility-wise are amazing, the best I’ve seen,” Hawkins said. Hawkins also has offers from USC, Florida State, Florida, Auburn and Georgia Tech, among others.

Defensive back Devonte Holloman (6-3, 205) of Charlotte attended a Clemson practice last week with his parents. He has trips coming up to Notre Dame and Michigan. He also likes LSU, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Georgia.

Athlete Stephon Gilmore (6-2, 190) of South Pointe, a good friend of Holloman’s, was at the same Clemson practice last week. He has also been to USC for practice. He also has offers from Florida State, Florida, Alabama, LSU, N.C. State, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Penn State and Maryland.

Tight end Justice Cunningham (6-3, 232) of Central attended a USC practice last week and is close to committing to the Gamecocks. USC is his only official offer thus far, and he has been getting interest from N.C. State.

Defensive back Damario Jeffery (6-3, 211) of Columbia took in a USC practice last week as well. USC and Alabama are his top two. Jeffery will be at the spring game Saturday. He also plans to visit Auburn in a few weeks.

Former Cal running back James Montgomery (5-9, 205), who had considered transferring to USC after visiting a couple of weeks ago, decided last week to transfer to Washington State.

Greenwood defensive end Sam Montgomery (6-5, 240) took in Clemson’s spring game Saturday and plans to visit Florida State, N.C. State and North Carolina in coming weeks. He has also been to USC. Montgomery also has offers from Alabama, Maryland and Southern Cal, among others.

Wide receiver Alshoun Jeffrey (6-3, 217) and athlete David Sims (6-0, 208) of Calhoun County visited Alabama Saturday for the spring game. Both are expected at USC this Saturday.

Teammates athlete C.J. Gattis (5-11, 160) and defensive lineman Nick Stone (6-2, 240) of Durham, N.C., made unofficial visits to Clemson last week. Clemson likes Gattis as a receiver and defensive back. Gattis has not been offered but is also drawing the interest of Wake Forest, Maryland, North Carolina and Florida, among others. Stone has not been offered and is also hearing from Duke, Wake Forest, N.C. State, Virginia Tech, Georgia and Georgia Tech.

Gattis and Stone are teammates of running back Desmond Scott (5-10, 185) who has offers from Clemson, USC, Virginia, North Carolina and N.C. State,among others. He will go to Connecticut this weekend and plans to visit Clemson and USC.

Defensive end Izaan Cross (6-5, 250) of Flowery Branch, Ga., visited USC last week and met with Spurrier, defensive line coach Brad Lawing and his recruiter Shane Beamer. He has offers from USC, Oklahoma, Central Florida, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest.

Linebacker Jon Bostic (6-2, 225) of Wellington, Fla., has offers from USC, LSU and Miami, among others. He was at LSU’s spring game and was scheduled to be at Florida Saturday. And he plans to be at USC’s game this Saturday.

USC and Clemson have offered running back Jaamal Berry (5-11, 190) of Miami, and he wants to visit both. He also has offers from Florida State, Auburn and Mississippi, among others. Michigan, Southern Cal and Oklahoma also are showing interest.

USC, Mississippi and N.C. State are the offers for linebacker Matt Coffee (5-11, 210) of Fort Walton Beach, Fla. He is also hearing from Clemson, Florida, Florida State and Alabama. He will try to visit USC this summer, and he said Clemson plans to scout him in the spring.

A.C. Flora teammates linebacker Conor Hozey (6-1, 225), offensive lineman Trip Watson (6-4, 270) and linebacker Brandon Bates (6-3, 210) attended a USC practice last week. Another prospect to watch at Flora is defensive lineman Darius Hammonds (6-6, 260).

Wofford added three signees last week in defesnsive back Trey Diller (6-2, 198) of The Woodlands, Texas, defensive lineman Alex Goltry (6-1, 220) of Knoxville, Tenn., and defensive lineman Ameet Pall (5-11, 235) of Montreal.

Basketball news. Clemson gained a commitment from 6-9 Milton Jennings of Pinewood Prep last week. He picked the Tigers over UCLA, Florida and Georgetown.

Jennings joins 6-7 Devin Booker of Union County as 2009 commitments for Oliver Purnell.

S.C. State released November signee Darian Norris of Las Vegas from his letter of intent according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.

6-6 Bryan Narcisse of North Augusta, who signed with Western Kentucky last November when new USC coach Darrin Horn was the coach there, has been given his release by the school according to the Augusta Chronicle.