USC ADDED ANOTHER offensive lineman to its class last week - and dropped one.
While Du'Van Milsap will be joining the large group of offensive linemen coming in next season, long-time commitment Elliot Williams of Georgia Military College will not. Williams signed with the Gamecocks in 2008 but did not qualify, and he has not made enough academic progress to be re-signed. If he returns to Georgia Military College next season, USC will re-evaluate him.
Calhoun County offensive lineman Eric Mack, a USC commitment, has taken an official visit to Auburn and will visit Clemson on Nov. 6.
"Clemson has made him a priority," said a source close to Mack. "(Assistant) coach (Chris) Rumph is coming after him hard. They talk weekly."
Mack will set official visits with USC and Kentucky. He was at the USC-Vanderbilt game and will return to Columbia for the final two home games.
"The USC commitment is still good," the source said. "I think he's solid."
Mack plans a return trip to Auburn for the Alabama game if he is not playing in the state championship game that day.
Beaufort linebacker Justin Parker was scheduled for an official visit to Colorado over the weekend. He went into that visit favoring USC, moving the Gamecocks back on top ahead of Clemson.
"South Carolina will always be the first camp I went to and the first school that offered me a scholarship my sophomore year," Parker wrote in his weekly diary for the Beaufort Gazette. "I'll always remember that and I can tell they are really committed to me. We'll see what happens."
Parker will take his official visit to USC on Nov. 13, He will visit Clemson in January.
Byrnes running back Marcus Lattimore made an official visit to Auburn over the weekend. This weekend he takes an official visit to Penn State. He has decided on Oregon for an official visit Jan. 16. He is non-committal about his final two official visits. USC, Clemson, Georgia and Florida State are on his list.
Athlete Victor Beasley of Adairsville, Ga., is maintaining his position as a "soft" commitment to Clemson. He plans an official visit to Auburn, possibly Dec. 11. He will take his official visit to Clemson. Beasley has offers from East Carolina, Tennessee, Auburn, Louisville, Stanford and Southern Miss.
USC has worked its way into strong shape with defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd of Philadelphia, according to his adviser Andre Odom.
"South Carolina is definitely a legitimate option," Odom said. "He has a huge relationship with the coaches."
Floyd has taken official visits to Florida, Southern Cal and Ohio State and an unofficial visit to Penn State. He is planning to visit USC after his season and is looking at North Carolina and Nebraska.
Wide receiver Marquel Wade of Jacksonville, Fla., committed to Arkansas over the weekend while on an official visit. He had narrowed his list to Arkansas and USC and had planned to visit USC for the Florida weekend.
Defensive end Adrian Hubbard of Norcross, Ga., picked up offers from USC, Clemson and Florida State. He has offers from N.C. State and Kentucky. Hubbard was at USC for the Vanderbilt game and had a chance to meet Steve Spurrier in his office. Hubbard planned to be at Auburn on Saturday for the Ole Miss game. He is looking at USC, Clemson and Kentucky for three of his official visits.
Defensive back Victor Hampton of Darlington made another unofficial visit to USC for the Vandy game and had a chance to meet with coaches.
"They want me there," he said. "They feel like I can be an impact player next year."
Hampton was scheduled for an official visit to Tennessee over the weekend but that was canceled. He plans to take his official visit to USC for the Florida weekend. He has offers from Clemson, North Carolina, Georgia and N.C. State.
USC has offered defensive back Chris Davis (5-foot-11, 185 pounds) of Birmingham, Ala., as a cornerback and he is scheduled for an official visit for the Florida weekend. Davis has offers from UAB and Arkansas State, and he's also drawing interest from Auburn.
Irmo running back Mustafa Green is hearing the most from Rutgers, Syracuse and N.C. State. He is having some contact from USC recruiter Brad Lawing. He is scheduled for an official visit to Rutgers on Dec. 4.
Athlete Sherard Cadogan of Cherry Hill, N.J., made an official visit to Michigan State. He has taken officials to Pitt, Wisconsin and West Virginia, and is scheduled for an official visit to USC for the Florida weekend pending his playoff schedule.
Tight end Ethan Farmer of Tabor City, N.C., has not set his official visits but plans to with Clemson, North Carolina, N.C. State, Virginia Tech and Tennessee.
Linebacker Telvin Smith of Valdosta, Ga., plans to set official visits with USC, Florida State, Florida and Georgia. Smith has been committed to Florida State and has been to Tallahassee and Florida for games this season.
Wide receiver Kadron Boone of Ocala, Fla., remains a Texas Tech commitment while pondering other official visits. USC is among the schools on his mind. Boone might make an unofficial visit for the Florida game with junior teammate cornerback Chris Johnson, who is being recruited by the Gamecocks.
Running back Jawan Jamison of Jacksonville, Fla., has a top three of Clemson, USC and Rutgers. The Tigers and Scarlet Knights have offered. He has offers from Northern Illinois and Wake Forest.
USC is looking at defensive back P.J. Clyburn (6-2, 210) of Statesville, N.C., for an offer as a strong safety. He was at the USC-Vanderbilt game and has the Gamecocks among his favorites with East Carolina and Arkansas. He has offers from Illinois, East Carolina, Arkansas, Kentucky, N.C. State and some smaller schools. Clyburn also plays receiver.
USC is waiting on test scores from linebacker Antoine Pozniak of East Syracuse, N.Y., before deciding on an offer. Pozniak likely would commit to the Gamecocks with an offer.
Defensive lineman Ainsley Miller of Concord, N.C., is scheduled for an official visit to West Virginia. He is set for New Mexico on Dec. 4. Clemson, USC, Nebraska, Virginia, N.C. State and TCU are showing interest.
Irmo quarterback David Olson is getting interest from Wisconsin, Virginia, Missouri and Ohio State. He was offered by Princeton and is hearing from Wofford.
Marlboro County offensive lineman Thomas Brown has an offer from S.C. State. He is having contact from Clemson, East Carolina and Maryland.
Byrnes wide receiver Torian Richardson took an unofficial visit to East Carolina. He likes the Pirates, Mississippi State and Michigan State the most. He is scheduled for an official visit to Michigan State on Nov. 20.
Quarterback Joey Carter of Ben Lippen is looking at Presbyterian, Gardner-Webb, Charleston Southern, The Citadel, Western Carolina and Kentucky Christian.
Baseball. USC picked up a commitment for 2010 from Mason Williams of Winter Garden, Fla., regarded as one of the top centerfield prospects in the country. Williams is a left-handed hitter and a right-handed pitcher. His father is former New England Patriots receiver Derwin Williams.