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USC assistants make second visit to Bonds

USC ASSISTANTS DAVID Reaves, Ellis Johnson and Brad Lawing watched defensive end Chris Bonds (6-foot-4, 283 pounds) of Richland Northeast during the Cavaliers practice on Friday. The visit was the second by USC.

Richland Northeast coach Jay Frye said other schools recruiting Bonds that have visited include Tennessee, Southern Cal and LSU. Notre Dame has visited twice. Frye said he believes USC is among Bonds’ top 10. Frye said Bonds plans to visit Tennessee, Miami, Florida State, Notre Dame and Michigan this summer.

Clemson and USC missed on multiple recruiting targets last week.

Tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen (6-4, 240) of Marietta, Ga., chose Auburn over Clemson. Wide receiver Bryce McNeal (6-2, 175) of Minneapolis chose Michigan over the Tigers.

Linebacker Michael Gilliard (6-1, 200) of Valdosta, Ga., committed to Georgia over South Carolina, among others. Wide receiver Willie Haulstead (6-3, 200) of Titusville, Fla., committed to Florida State after considering the Gamecocks. Defensive line Eric Shrive (6-7, 296) of Scranton, Pa., who recently picked up a Gamecock offer, committed to Penn State.

Clemson holds commitments from two of the top safeties in the country following last week’s pledge by Devonte Holloman (6-3, 210) of Charlotte.

The Tigers previously gained a commitment from Craig Loston of Aldine, Texas. Holloman knows Loston and is looking forward to roaming the secondary with him.

Richland Northeast running back Alexander Greene (5-8, 175) has picked up offers from Presbyterian, S.C. State and Air Force according to Frye.

Cavalier quarterback Derek Frost (6-1, 180) recently had surgery for a torn ACL in his left knee and will not be ready until September. He has drawn interest from Louisville, Duke, Coastal Carolina, Wake Forest and Army.

Quarterback Morgan Newton (6-5, 215) of Carmel, Ind. gained offers from Maryland and Florida, giving him 16. Newton said last week the Gamecocks and Tigers “probably” will make it when he cuts down his list. USC’s Reaves watched Newton practice on Monday. Newton said he does not have favorites and is not planning to attend camps this summer.

Wide receiver Jheranie Boyd (6-3, 185) of Gastonia, N.C., plans to spend the day at USC on Saturday.

USC recruiter Ray Rychleski visited his school last week, and Clemson dropped by a couple of weeks ago. Coaches from Southern Cal, Oregon, Auburn, Maryland and Missouri also visited the school last week. Boyd added offers from Michigan, Ohio State and Florida State. He has a final 10 and has said USC and Clemson are in it, though he has not revealed the list. He plans to attend camp this summer at USC, Clemson and North Carolina.

Dorman offensive lineman Brandon Thomas (6-4, 280) continues to favor Clemson over USC and North Carolina. Thomas plans to attend camp at Clemson in June.

USC has offered defensive back Josh Hunter (6-2, 175) of Charlotte, and he says the Gamecocks and Wake Forest are his favorites. He also has offers from Duke, East Carolina, West Virginia and Marshall.

Linebacker Roderick Blunt (6-2, 210) of Miramar, Fla., the son of former Clemson running back Rodney Blunt, has offers from USC and Purdue.

Clemson remains strongly interested in offensive lineman Bobby Massie (6-6, 320) of Lynchburg, Va., who will attend Hargrave Prep, Va. in the fall. Massie has offers from Clemson, Alabama, North Carolina and Georgia.

Athlete Josh Robinson (5-11, 180) of Plantation, Fla. has offers from USC, Purdue and Tennessee among others. He plans to take one of his official visits to USC, but Central Florida and South Florida are his favorites.

Markish Jones (6-1, 202) of Broome, who was a member of Clemson’s 2007 class as a receiver, has given up football to concentrate on track according to his coach at Hutchinson (Kan.) CC. Ryan Rhodes said Jones pulled a hamstring early in fall camp and redshirted, and he doesn’t plan to return to the football team.

Rhodes said he expects Clemson defensive coordinator Vic Koenning to visit his school to check on defensive back Jasper Simmons (6-1, 210), offensive lineman Jamar Bass (6-4, 291) and defensive end Thatcher Starling (6-3, 261).

Former Conway defensive end Tyran Melvin (6-2, 235) is entering his sophomore season at Hutchinson and has an offer from Arizona according to Rhodes. He also is getting interest from Michigan State, Mississippi, Kansas State and Oklahoma State.

Basketball news.Khris Middleton of Porter Gaud was scheduled for an unofficial visit to Texas A&M during the weekend, and he plans to visit USC on Wednesday. Middleton said he plans to visit Michigan, Georgia and St. Josephs. Middleton was scouted this spring by Gamecocks coach Darrin Horn. He hopes to receive an offer from the Gamecocks while on his visit.

Kyle Phillips of White Knoll signed with Belmont Abbey. Jemarcus McClinton of Chester signed with Winston-Salem State. Amu Saaka is transferring to Furman from South Florida. Presbyterian signed Bok King of Fork Union Prep, Va.

Baseball news. Right-handed pitcher Colby Holmes (6-0, 185) of Conway committed to USC for the 2009 class.