USC COACH STEVE Spurrier believes help for his team is on the way. Spurrier got a commitment from defensive back Devonte Holloman (6-foot-3, 210 pounds) of South Pointe Friday night. Holloman, one of the top safety prospects in the country, is the type of player USC has to successfully recruit to compete on an annual basis with the best in the SEC.
The Gamecocks hope to add a Holloman type recruit in the near future in running back Jarvis Giles (6-0, 180) of Tampa, Fla. Giles was committed to Tennessee before the coaching change there. He made an official visit to USC for the Arkansas weekend. Giles said he could have a decision in a couple of weeks or might wait until his all star game in January. Like Holloman, Giles is a December graduate and can enroll in January.
Another top safety prospect strong on USC is Jonathan Scott (6-4, 185) of Daytona Beach, Fla. He made his official visit for the Arkansas weekend. “I enjoyed everything,” Scott said. “They keep three safeties on the field and you never know where they’re coming from. I like that.” Scott also has visited Alabama and West Virginia.
Possibly another pickup for USC is defensive back D.J. Swearinger (6-0 200) of Greenwood. He de-committed from the Tennessee last week and is now looking at USC. Swearinger also has been hearing from Wake Forest, Maryland and Michigan. He attended USC’s final three home games. “They would be my favorite right now,” he said of the Gamecocks.
Wide receiver Lamar Scruggs (6-4, 212) of Jacksonville, Fla., attended the Arkansas-USC game and has the Gamecocks in his top five with Florida, South Florida, Illinois and LSU.
Clemson commitment linebacker Quandon Christian (6-4, 210) of Lake View was offered last week by N.C. State and plans to take an unofficial visit to Raleigh Saturday with his coach. Christian called his commitment to Clemson “very firm.”
Clemson and LSU will be two of the official visits for wide receiver Kendall Kelly (6-3, 215) of Gadsden, Ala. He’s also looking at Alabama and Auburn, among others.
Defensive lineman Brandon Moore (6-6, 318) of Montgomery, Ala., has set official visits with Florida Dec. 13, Clemson Jan. 10, Miami Jan. 17 and Alabama Jan. 24. He’s also considering Auburn.
Greenwood defensive end Sam Montgomery (6-5, 240) said last week he’ll set official visits with Michigan and Southern Cal. For his other visits he’s looking at Clemson, USC and LSU, among others. He attended USC’s last three home games. As for Clemson, Montgomery is concerned about the defensive coordinator. “It’s all about coach (Vic) Koeninng,” Montgomery said. “If he’s not there, I probably won’t be interested any more.”
Calhoun County wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey (6-3, 217) insists he’s still a Southern Cal commitment, but he plans to take visits to USC, North Carolina and Kentucky. Jeffrey attended four USC game this season.
USC commitment linebacker Tony Straughter (6-1, 211) of Georgia Military JC is giving some thought to switching to South Florida for family reasons. Straughter is a native of Madison, Fla., and his father, who is paralyzed from the waist down, would have more opportunities to see him in Tampa versus Columbia. “The only school that would change my mind is USC,” said Straughter who has not yet been offered by the Bulls.
Clemson has had recent contact with defensive end Ryan Robinson (6-5, 245) of Atlanta, but has not yet offered. Robinson has had an offer from USC but not much recent contact from the Gamecocks.
USC commitment offensive lineman Johnnie Farms (6-3, 306) of Perry, Ga., made an unofficial visit for the Arkansas game and has scheduled his official visit for Dec. 13.
Defensive back Jonathan Meeks (6-2, 193) of Hargrave Prep planned to take an official visit to N.C. State over the weekend. The Rock Hill native also is looking at USC, Clemson and Penn State. He plans to take an unofficial visit to Clemson for the USC game. Meeks will graduate in December.
Defensive end Duane Chisolm (6-4, 245) of Beaufort has official visits set with USC for Jan. 17 and N.C. State Jan. 24. He’s also getting strong interest from Alabama and Florida State.
Dorman offensive lineman Malcolm Boyd (6-3, 270) committed to Liberty. Boyd was added to the Shrine Bowl roster in place of his injured teammate offensive lineman Brandon Thomas (6-4, 285). Thomas remains a Clemson commitment but plans to take an official visit to Florida in January. He also wants to visit Clemson, USC and North Carolina.
Basketball news. Clemson and USC signed their committed prospects Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period. Inking with the Tigers were Milton Jennings (6-9) of Pinewood Prep, Devin Booker (6-7) of Union County and Donte Hill (6-5)of Virginia Beach, Va. The Tigers class is ranked 18th by Scout.com and 25th by ESPN.com.
The Gamecocks signed Lakeem Jackson (6-5) of Arden, N.C., and Ramon Galloway (6-2) of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The Gamecocks remain involved with Sherrod Wright (6-4) of Mount Vernon, N.Y.
The Clemson women signed Keyrra Gillespie (5-6) of Statesville, N.C. She’s the reigning Ms. Basketball in North Carolina.
Presbyterian signed Travis Smith (6-2) of Porter Gaud.
Furman signed twin brothers Charlie (6-5) and Colin Reddick (6-9) of Powder Springs, Ga.
The Citadel signed Harrison DuPont (6-5) of Midwest City, Okla.
Baseball news. USC gained a commitment for the 2011 class from shortstop Mikal Hill of Charlotte. The switch-hitter is regarded as one of the top prospects in North Carolina.