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Coaches plan to hit recruiting trail this week

THE SPRING EVALUATION period for college football recruiting is underway and USC and Clemson coaches plan to hit the road this week. Staffs are allowed four weeks of evaluation through May 31.

Quarterback Morgan Newton (6-foot-5, 215 pounds) of Carmel, Ind., will throw for coaches today and expects Clemson’s Rob Spence to be present. Newton said he talked to Spence last week.

“He said I was No. 1 or No. 2 on his list,” said Newton, who also expects coaches from Penn State, Florida and Kentucky to be there. USC is among his offers, and he expects quarterbacks coach David Reaves to visit at some point. Newton recently picked up offers from Mississippi State, Cincinnati and Nebraska.

Linebacker Corico Hawkins (6-0, 225) of Milledgeville, Ga., has cut his list of more than 20 offers to Clemson, Auburn and Florida. Though once on the fast track to a Clemson commitment, he has slowed the process.

“I’m going to take my time and look into these schools and see what kind of impact I would have at those three schools,” Hawkins said.

Athlete Stephon Gilmore (6-2, 190) of South Pointe attended USC’s spring game and spent time with defensive coordinator and recruiter Ellis Johnson.

“He talked about how I can come in and have an impact on the defense,” Gilmore said. “I just got to talk to him and know him a little bit more.”

Gilmore did not make it to Clemson’s spring game but visited Tennessee recently. He has offers from Florida State, Florida, Alabama, LSU, N.C. State, Wisconsin, Penn State, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Colorado and Rutgers.

Columbia defensive back Damario Jeffery (6-3, 211) has added offers from Maryland, Kentucky, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska and Duke according to coach Kemper Amick. Southern Cal called last week to express interest. Among Jeffery’s other offers are USC and Clemson.

USC recently made offers to a pair of offensive linemen, Antonio Foster (6-4, 290) of Valdosta, Ga. and Jonathan Harrison (6-4, 290) of Groveland, Fla. Foster has a top three of Florida, Georgia Tech and Miami.

Offensive lineman Quinton Washington (6-4, 315) of Timberland likes the instate schools but will not limit his decision to those schools.

“Going away doesn’t bother him, but he loves both instate schools,” his coach Art Craig said. “Both have done outstanding jobs recruiting him.”

Kentucky is showing the most interest in Timberland tight end Aldrick Fordham. Liberty is looking hard at Timberland running abck Rockarius King (5-7, 190).

Rising junior running back Marcus Lattimore (5-11, 210) of Byrnes visited Clemson on Friday and lists the Tigers ahead of USC and Georgia.

Wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey (6-3, 217) of Calhoun County was offered Friday by Florida State. USC and Southern Cal are among his offers. Saints athlete David Sims (6-0, 208) is close to an offer from Florida State. Among his offers are USC, Alabama and Tennessee.

Defensive back D.J. Swearinger (6-1, 205) of Greenwood was offered last week by Duke. He also has offers from Vanderbilt, Illinois, Maryland, Auburn and N.C. State.

Defensive end Nick Kasa (6-7, 255) of Broomfield, Colo. has picked up an offer from Clemson. Notre Dame, Florida and Nebraska are among his offers.

USC has offered defensive lineman Josh Elizondo (6-2, 285) of Naples, Fla. He also has offers from Pittsburgh, Iowa State, N.C. State, Duke and Troy.

Defensive back Cory Addison (6-1, 190) of Jacksonville, Fla., planned to attend USC’s spring game but did not. He hopes to visit this summer. Among his 13 offers are USC, Miami and Kentucky.

Wide receiver Jheranie Boyd (6-3, 185) of Gastonia, N.C., took in N.C. State’s spring game and will not visit any other schools until the summer. Boyd has trimmed his list to nine; USC and Clemson made the cut.

USC and Clemson have offered defensive back Ricardo Dixon (5-11, 168) of Hallandale, Fla. Among his offers are North Carolina, Florida State and Auburn. Dixon said he will take an official visit to USC in the fall.

Linebacker Michael Gilliard (6-2, 200) of Valdosta, Ga., has an offer from USC and knows the Gamecocks have strong interest after talking with defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson.

“He told me I was his No. 1 prospect at linebacker and said I’m the type of player that he wants to get in there and get into his system,” Gilliard said.

Georgia, Georgia Tech and Florida are his top three right now.

Linebacker Jon Bostic (6-2, 225) of Wellington, Fla., could not make it in for USC’s spring game but plans to visit. He recently picked up offers from Florida and Auburn.

A.C. Flora offensive lineman Trip Watson (6-4, 270) and linebacker Conor Hozey (6-1, 225) attended Tennessee’s spring game. Neither has been offered.

Falcons tight end/linebacker Adger Rice (6-3, 220) will go to The Citadel this fall as an invited walk-on.

Basketball News. USC coach Darrin Horn scouted juniors Kenny Manigault of Pinewood Prep and Khris Middleton of Porter Gaud last week. Manigualt also is drawing interest from Clemson and Georgia Tech among others. Clemson and Georgia Tech are among those showing interest in

Middleton.

Former Clemson small forward Julius Powell is transferring to Lenoir-Rhyne.

Anderson native Ty Patterson of Dodge City (Kan.) JC signed with Chattanooga.

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