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Gamecocks digging deep in Florida

AFTER LANDING A commitment last week from Plantation, Fla., linebacker Brent Singleton, USC is getting interest from another Sunshine State linebacker.

Matt Coffee (5-foot-11, 210 pounds) of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., made an unofficial visit over the weekend and has the Gamecocks No. 1 on his list.

“I didn’t commit then, but they are my leader now and I’m feeling really good about them,” Coffee said. “I’m going to commit soon.”

Coffee, whose brother plays for Alabama, also has offers from Mississippi, N.C. State, Maryland, Illinois, Southern Miss, Marshall, Iowa State and Mississippi State. He said an offer from Alabama would not shake him from his plans to commit to the Gamecocks. His final word could come by the end of the summer.

Tight end Justin Jones (6-8, 250) of Conyers, Ga., made a brief stop at USC on Wednesday but committed to Kentucky on Friday. However, Jones said he might make a return visit to USC in July. He also visited Clemson, Mississippi State, Alabama and Kentucky this summer.

Another tight end considered by the Gamecocks but headed elsewhere is Jim Teknipp (6-6, 230) of McDonough, Ga. He committed last week to Central Florida. He also had offers from Akron and Marshall.

Three Floridians recruited by USC and Clemson committed to South Florida recently after attending a camp at the Tampa school. wide receiver James Green (6-4, 200) of Tallahassee, athlete Victor Marc (6-0, 205) of Hollywood, and defensive back Ricardo Dixon (6-0, 175) of Hollywood once were teammates in Miami and decided to reunite at South Florida. However, the three do plan to visit other schools.

Athlete David Sims (6-0, 215) of Calhoun County recently visited N.C. State, which is recruiting him as a running back. He has now visited all of his favorites, the others being USC, Tennessee and Georgia Tech.

Calhoun County wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey (6-3, 217) made an unofficial visit to Southern Cal last week, where he participated in a camp. He remains committed to the Trojans.

“My commitment is strong, there’s no second thoughts,” Jeffrey said.

Clemson is keeping in touch with defensive lineman Brandon Moore (6-6, 318) of Montgomery, Ala., and he says he still has interest in the Tigers. He camped at Alabama on Saturday and also has camped at Southern Miss. He wants to visit Auburn and Mississippi State this summer. Tennessee and Miami recently offered.

USC is the team to beat for wide receiver Eric Williams (5-11, 188) of Bradenton, Fla. He plans to visit USC in July and might go to a camp at Florida State. He has offers from USC, Middle Tennessee State, Marshall, Troy and South Florida.

Offensive lineman Andrew Carter (6-6, 265) of Tallahassee is visiting Central Florida, South Florida, Michigan, Indiana, Purdue, Michigan State and Illinois this summer, and he will try to get to USC. Carter said the Gamecocks are on his list right now, and he does not have a favorite.

Defensive end Dyron Dye (6-5, 225) of Sanford, Fla., made an unofficial visit to Southern Cal earlier this month. He might visit USC and Clemson in July. Dye, who has over 50 offers, wants to trim his list to eight by the end of summer.

Defensive back Terry Shankle (6-0, 170) of Norwood, N.C., attended a Clemson camp earlier this month and has the Tigers in his top five along with Alabama, Florida, N.C. State and North Carolina. There is no leader. He was scheduled to visit N.C. State over the weekend, and he plans to visit Alabama and Florida in July. Shankle recently picked up offers from Tennessee, Marshall, Maryland and Miami.

Wide receiver Lance Ray (6-3, 190) of Havana, Fla., remains very interested in USC and he keeps in touch with recruiter Shane Beamer. One of his official visits in the fall will be to USC. He recently camped at Florida and South Florida, and he plans to visit Auburn and LSU in July.

Athlete Marsalis Teague (5-11, 170) of Paris, Tenn., visited Clemson and Miami in June and has no other visits planned. He recently picked up offers from Michigan and Stanford and wants to visit those two along with North Carolina and Duke. He has no favorites.

USC and Clemson are among the many offers for defensive back Darren Myles (6-2, 185) of Atlanta. Some of his other offers are Notre Dame, Purdue, West Virginia, Tennessee, Rutgers, Ohio State and Georgia Tech. USC and Clemson coaches scouted Myles in the spring. He said Rutgers and Tennessee are recruiting the hardest.

Running back Demonte Terry (6-2, 194) of Laurinburg, N.C., who camped at USC in early June, plans to make a return trip to see the Gamecocks. He has an offer from East Carolina, and after attending camps at North Carolina and N.C. State, he feels like those two might offer soon. He also plans to visit Virginia Tech and Maryland.

Clemson-bound defensive back Devonte Holloman (6-3, 210) is transferring to South Pointe High in Rock Hill from Independence High in Charlotte. Holloman is maintaining a commitment to Clemson, and his presence at South Pointe could help the Tigers with athlete Stephon Gilmore (6-2, 190) who is considering Clemson, USC, Tennessee and Alabama.

Defensive lineman Javon West (6-3, 275) of Crestwood has been offered by UAB, Hampton and Gardner-Webb. His teammate, defensive back Randy Moulds (6-2, 175), has an offer from Presbyterian.

A.C. Flora defensive lineman Darius Hammond (6-6, 260) impressed Clemson coaches in a recent camp, and Falcons coach Robin Bacon feels the Tigers are close to offering. He has an offer from S.C. State and is drawing interest from USC.

Falcons offensive lineman Trip Watson (6-4, 270) attended camps at Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Duke and also has visited Wofford. He also is getting interest from Penn, The Citadel, Georgetown and Presbyterian.

A.C. Flora kicker Grant Clayton (5-8, 170) visited Maryland last week and impressed the coaches there. He also did well at a camp at Central Florida. Clayton has an offer from Air Force.

Sumter linebacker Quinn McClendon (6-4, 215) camped at USC and Clemson in June and might go to a camp at Virginia Tech. He has an offer from Kentucky.

Sumter junior quarterback Stephen Curtis (6-3, 205) camped at USC and Clemson and also is hearing from Tennessee and Maryland.

Basketball news. All-state guard Shane Phillips of Wheeling, W.Va., plans to walk on at USC this fall, according to a report by WVNS-TV in West Virginia. At the recent West Virginia North-South All Star Classic, Phillips scored 12 points and won the 3-point contest and the free throw contest.

Mullins junior point guard Eric Smith (6-0, 185) visited USC and Clemson last week, and he has the Tigers out front. Smith’s offers right now are USC and Clemson, and he is also hearing from Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Cal and LSU.

C.J. Harris of Winston-Salem, N.C., cut his list to Clemson, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech. He has no leader.

Shaunesy Smith of Macon, Miss., has a top three of Clemson, Mississippi State and Kentucky, with Baylor creeping up on the leaders. Kentucky and Baylor have not yet offered.

Donte Hill of Virginia Beach, Va., was at Clemson recently for an invitational camp and is waiting to hear back from the Tigers regarding an offer — which likely would lead to a commitment, according to his father. Hill has offers from Marquette, Old Dominion and George Mason. He also has camped at Old Dominion and Marquette.

Matt Wilson of Raleigh impressed N.C. State coaches at a recent camp and was to meet with them last week. He recently visited UNC Wilmington and the College of Charleston and plans to visit USC this summer. He also is considering Davidson.