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Recruiting: Auburn in mix for OL Mack

CALHOUN COUNTY OFFENSIVE lineman Eric Mack apparently is not going to allow USC to rest easy about his commitment, which he now considers as a "soft verbal."

Mack said Auburn is now even with the Gamecocks. "Both schools are good," he said. "I could go to either one and play some my freshman year. I'm trying to make sure Carolina is the perfect fit."

Clemson is also in the mix, and Mack has scheduled an official visit with the Tigers for Nov. 6. He will also take officials to Kentucky and USC. He said he will announce his decision on Signing Day.

Defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd of Philadelphia was scheduled for his official visit to USC over the weekend but changed that to Ohio State. He plans to take his official to USC after his season. Floyd has visited Southern Cal and Florida officially. He is scheduled to visit North Carolina on Nov. 6 and is considering Penn State. He took an unofficial visit to Happy Valley two weekends back.

Linebacker Justin Parker of Beaufort planned to be at USC for the Vandy game. He is still favoring Clemson slightly over the Gamecocks. He is looking at North Carolina, N.C. State, Colorado, Georgia Tech and Nebraska. He will set officials with Clemson, USC and Colorado.

Offensive lineman Max Garcia of Norcross, Ga., is scheduled for his official visit to Clemson on Nov. 6. A week or two later, he plans to have a decision between the Tigers, Maryland and Vanderbilt. Maryland is his favorite going into the final visit.

Defensive lineman Ego Ferguson Jr. of Hargrave (Va.) Prep will take an official visit to LSU this weekend. He will visit Notre Dame on Nov. 20 and will take an official visit to Oklahoma. He is undecided about his final two officials, but he will take an unofficial to USC for the Florida game. Ferguson also is considering North Carolina, Miami, Florida State, Maryland, UCLA and California. He plans to cut his list to five in about two weeks.

USC offered defensive back Kenny Ladler (6 foot, 185 pounds) of Atlanta and hopes to sway him from his commitment to Vanderbilt. Ladler is a safety and he plans to set official visits with USC and Vanderbilt. "Coach Ward said he's bringing in one safety and four corners, and I would be the only safety they bring in if I come," Ladler said.

He is also planning an unofficial visit to USC for the Florida game. Ladler has offers from East Carolina, Toledo, New Mexico and Western Kentucky.

Defensive end Tavaris Barnes of Jacksonville, Fla., remains a Florida State commitment but will also take official visits to Clemson, USC, North Carolina and Georgia Tech. "I don't even know right now," Barnes said when asked how strongly he is committed to the Seminoles.

Defensive end Adrian Hubbard (6-7, 227) of Norcross, Ga., is back playing football this season after concentrating on basketball last season. He has been to Clemson and was at USC on Saturday. Kentucky has offered, and he is getting interest from Vanderbilt, LSU and Georgia. He has offers from Tennessee State, Jacksonville State and Georgia State.

Athlete Sherard Cadogan of Cherry Hill, N.J., took his official visit to Michigan State. He has also taken officials to Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Wisconsin, and he will visit USC on Nov. 13. He plans to make his decision in November.

Defensive lineman Tra Thomas of Wadesboro, N.C., talked with Clemson recruiter Dan Brooks last week about setting an official visit. The Tigers have offered, along with Duke, Michigan State, East Carolina, Louisville, Marshall, Navy, Elon and Appalachian State. North Carolina also is showing interest.

USC has been in touch with tight end Kendall Montgomery (6-6, 240) of Miami and wants to see more film. He has been offered by Florida International and has a verbal offer from Purdue. He is drawing interest from LSU, Florida State, Minnesota, Colorado State and Kansas State.

Running back Cassius McDowell of Deerfield Beach, Fla., says he is still hearing from USC, but Michigan is recruiting him hardest right now. He claims offers from those two along with West Virginia, Connecticut, Florida International, Wake Forest, Ole Miss and Central Florida.

Tennessee commitment wide receiver Ted Meline of Miami has been talking with Clemson and might take an official visit with the Tigers. He is also looking at Georgia and Purdue. He is scheduled for his official visit to Tennessee this weekend.

Manning defensive back John Fulton was scheduled to be at USC for the Vanderbilt game on an unofficial visit along with teammate defensive lineman Phillip Dukes. Fulton took an official visit to Alabama for the USC game, a visit that was capped by breakfast at the home of coach Nick Saban.

"He doesn't promise you nothing," Fulton said. "He just gives you the opportunity. That's all I'm looking for."

Fulton will take an official visit to Florida on Nov. 6, one to USC on the 13th, and he is scheduled for Michigan on Nov. 27. He plans to reschedule an official visit with LSU.

Defensive lineman Ainsley Miller (6-4, 275) of Concord, N.C., took an unofficial visit to Clemson for the Wake Forest game and feels he is close to an offer from the Tigers. He likes Clemson the most. His coach, former Panthers safety Mike Minter, has been in touch with USC recruiter Jay Graham about Miller. He is drawing interest from North Carolina, New Mexico, West Virginia, Nebraska, Virginia, N.C. State and TCU. Miller was scheduled for a visit to West Virginia over the weekend and is scheduled for New Mexico on Dec. 4.

Florida State commitment defensive end Darious Cummings of Titusville, Fla., has taken an official visit to USC and might take one to Florida State this weekend. Cummings plans to visit Florida on Dec. 11. He is looking at a return visit to USC for the Florida game.

Defensive back Dontrell Jamison of Garden City (Kan.) JC was scheduled for an official visit to USC over the weekend but it was postponed for academic reasons.

Clemson commitment defensive end Corey Crawford (6-5, 245) of Columbus, Ga., will take his other official visits.

"I want to make sure I made the right decision," Crawford said.

He was at Florida State unofficially for the Georgia Tech game. He wants to take officials to Florida State, Florida and Clemson. He is also looking at USC, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Maryland, Southern Miss and others.

Linebacker Caleb Crane of Centre, Ala., was scouted by Clemson and he is hoping he is closer to an offer from the Tigers. He is planning an unofficial visit to Clemson for the Florida State game. He made an unofficial visit to Alabama for the USC game and he is also hearing from Florida State.

Offensive lineman Matt Ashley of Belton-Honea Path has offers from Marshall and Liberty. He has been to games at Clemson, Furman, Newberry and Coastal Carolina.

Offensive lineman Jacob McQueen of South Pointe committed last week to Gardner-Webb. He was drawing interest from Appalachian State, Wofford, The Citadel, Charleston Southern, Presbyterian and Western Carolina.

Clemson has checked out junior running back Dondre-Lewis Freeman (5-9, 160) of Hopewell, N.C., scouting on a night he rushed for 224 yards and five touchdowns. Clemson has asked for film, according to his coach.

Basketball. Malcolm Rhett of Lower Richland committed to Tennessee State. Rhett is the son of former USC star Joe Rhett. Tennessee State is coached by former USC assistant John Cooper.

Jason Morris of Augusta took his official visit to Clemson. He will visit Georgia Tech on Nov. 7 and might take a trip to Stanford if he is academically accepted there. He plans to make his decision around Thanksgiving or in early December.

Baseball. LHP Bryan Harper (6-5, 195) and RHP Donn Roach (6-1, 180) of College of Southern Nevada JC committed to USC last week for the 2010 class. Harper pitched for Cal State Northridge last season and was 0-4 with a 6.68 ERA in 16 appearances. Roach pitched last season for Arizona and was 1-4 with a 7.84 ERA in 20 appearances.