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Southern Cal lures USC, Clemson prospect

A WRITTEN OFFER from Southern Cal arrived in the mail Friday for Columbia High defensive back Damario Jeffery (6-foot-3, 211 pounds). USC, Clemson, Oklahoma and Michigan are among Jeffery’s 16 offers.

USC’s David Reaves was the first recruiter to visit Jeffery this week. Coaches from North Carolina and N.C. State also came by the school.

“He keeps saying he’d like to play in the SEC,” said Columbia coach Kemper Amick.

Richland Northeast defensive end Chris Bonds (6-4, 283) picked up offers from Florida State, Virginia Tech, Purdue and Northwestern, according to his coach, Jay Frye. Coaches from USC, Michigan, Florida State and Notre Dame have visited.

Bonds has visited USC, Southern Cal, Alabama and Virginia. He wants to visit Tennessee, Michigan, Notre Dame and Miami.

Frye believes USC is among the half-dozen or so schools that have moved toward the top of Bonds’ list.

“He wants to go to a school with a good engineering program,” Frye said.

Michigan last week offered athlete Davis Sims (6-0, 208) and wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey (6-3, 217) of Calhoun County. Both have been offered by USC among others. Coaches from USC, Florida State, North Carolina, Michigan and Virginia visited last week.

USC is the stated favorite of wide receiver James Green (6-4, 200) of Tallahassee, Fla. Green believes the Gamecocks, Central Florida and Auburn are recruiting him the hardest.

USC is among the top five of wide receiver Willie Haulstead (6-3, 200) of Titusville, Fla. LSU is his front-runner. Georgia, Miami and Florida complete his favorites list.

Defensive back Craig Loston (6-3, 210) of Aldine, Texas picked the Tigers over LSU last week.

“I feel at home at Clemson. I know I will get a chance to play early,” Loston said.

Clemson quarterbacks coach Rob Spence checked on quarterback Morgan Newton (6-5, 215) of Carmel, Ind. last week. “He spent about two hours with my coach going over stuff and looking at film,” Newton said.

Tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen (6-4, 240) of Marietta, Ga., plans to announce his choice May 16. Clemson was one of his spring stops.

“We have a house on Lake Hartwell, so that’s a plus (for Clemson),” said Lutzenkirchen, who is expecting Clemson coaches to visit his school this week.

The top three with linebacker Hawatha Bell (6-1, 230) of Matthews, N.C., are USC, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. The Gamecocks are the front-runner.

Defensive back Dale Peterman (5-11, 175) of Youngstown, Ohio, said Friday he wants to commit to USC, but the Gamecocks have not yet seen him in person and aren’t prepared to accept a pledge from him.

“I plan to come down to a camp and talk more with the coaches,” Peterman said. “I would rather play in the SEC than the Big 10. It’s a faster game.”

Recruiters from USC, North Carolina and N.C. State visited Dorman last week to check on offensive lineman Brandon Thomas (6-4, 286). He expects a visit from Clemson’s recruiter this week.

He plans to take official visits to Clemson, USC, North Carolina, Maryland and Vanderbilt before deciding. He said his top three are USC, Clemson and North Carolina.

USC recruiter Robert Gillespie checked on wide receiver Rashad Wynes (6-1, 211) of Warner Robins, Ga. The Gamecocks have not yet offered. Wynes said his top three are USC, Mississippi and UAB.

North Augusta linebacker Brett Johnson (6-2, 206) drew visits by recruiters from LSU, North Carolina and Georgia last week.

USC and Clemson are among the more than 40 offers for defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick (6-3, 185) of Gadsden, Ala., and he has not eliminated anyone. He attended spring games at Georgia, Alabama and Auburn.

Tight end Malcolm Bush (6-5, 235) of Hackensack, N.J. has an oral offer from Clemson and is hoping recruiter Billy Napier will make it an official offer when he visits this month.

Bush attended Clemson’s spring game. He also visited Rutgers and will go to a one day camp at Florida.

Defensive end Dyron Dye (6-5, 225) of Sanford, Fla. has 33 offers; USC and Clemson are among them.

Clemson recruiter Dabo Swinney is expected to visit wide receiver Kendall Kelly (6-3, 205) of Gadsden, Ala. this week. Clemson, USC, Florida, LSU and Southern Cal are among his offers.

Richland Northeast athlete Derek Frost (6-1, 180) is hearing from Louisville, Duke, Coastal Carolina and Wake Forest. Cavalier running back Alexander Greene (5-8 175) is drawing interest from Vanderbilt, East Carolina, Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, Furman and Wofford.

Defensive lineman Eric McDaniel (6-3, 297) of Calhoun, Ga. has no offers but is getting consistent interest from Clemson.

Basketball News. USC coach Darrin Horn and assistant Scott Cherry got a look at Daniel High sophomore DeAndre Hopkins (6-2, 175) last week according to his coach Jeff Maness.

Hopkins also is drawing interest from Clemson, Florida and Tennessee among others.

Horn and Clemson’s Oliver Purnell visited sophomore Eric Smith (5-10) of Mullins last week.

“I would like to stay in state if it’s a good situation,” Smith said. “I would probably have to say Clemson has the edge right now because their program has been doing good the last couple of years and South Carolina hasn’t.”