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Gamecocks not in Bonds' final three

Chris Bonds
Chris Bonds

From a list of more than 40 offers, Richland Northeast defense end Chris Bonds (6-4 283) has trimmed his list to three: Alabama, Notre Dame and Southern Cal.

Bonds has taken official visits to Notre Dame and Alabama and he said Wednesday afternoon he will take a visit to Southern Cal in December, if not sooner.

USC, Tennessee and Michigan were three others he had been strongly considering.

Bonds has been out with a knee injury since Sept. 12 and doesn't plan to play any more this season, though doctors have cleared him. He said USC's interest in him has dropped off since his injury and decision not to return to the playing field.

"I don't know about Carolina right now," Bonds said. "I've chosen not to play again and I hear they have chosen not to recruit me. I can't get in touch with anybody, really. I guess they want to see me play again or something. The other coaches didn't care if I played again or not. I haven't talked to (USC recruiter) coach Reaves in weeks."

Bonds said he decided not to play again this season for the Cavaliers because he's had a series of injuries and he's thinking about his future. Bonds said he doesn't have a favorite among his finalists, calling them "dead even."