USC has made a strong pitch for DL Sharrif Floyd (6-3 311) of Philadelphia, and according to one of his close advisers, the efforts of GA Mangus, Brad Lawing and others have put the Gamecocks in good shape.
"He likes everything about South Carolina," Andre Odom, a former Washington High and Temple football player, said Thursday night. "The coaches, the environment, the team. What South Carolina has to offer and what he has to offer South Carolina. South Carolina is definitely a legitimate option. He has a huge relationship with the coaches. Coach Mangus is a great guy. They've been recruiting him since the end of his sophomore year."
Floyd has taken official visits to Florida, Southern Cal and Ohio State, and he took an unofficial visit to Penn State two weeks ago. He will not take any more visits until after his season. "He's focused on the playoffs and getting his team to the state championship," Odom said. "All the schools are still alive. We're doing some evaluating. He's not leaning towards any one school right now."
USC is expected to get one of those final official visits and North Carolina is likely to get the other. Floyd won't announce a decision until the Army All American Game in January.