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Pledges roll in to USC, Clemson

USC AND CLEMSON closed last week with a flurry of commitments. The Gamecocks added two pledges to their class and the Tigers one.

The Gamecocks gained defensive back Jimmy Legree (6-foot-0, 170 pounds) of Beaufort and linebacker Chaun Gresham (6-3, 200) of Winder, Ga. Legree favored the Gamecocks since they offered in June.

“I’m ready to step into my new role and do my part,” said Legree, a cornerback who had six interceptions last season. “If the ball is in the air, I feel like it’s mine and I’m going to get it.”

Legree also had offers from Vanderbilt, Buffalo and Presbyterian.

Gresham committed to Georgia Tech in March but Gamecock recruiter Shane Beamer continued to recruit him. Gresham attended USC’s camp last month and decided after that to change his commitment. He also had offers from Clemson, Alabama, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Marshall. The two commitments give the Gamecocks a total of 14.

Clemson reeled in linebacker Corico Hawkins (6-0, 225) of Milledgeville, Ga., beating Florida and Auburn for his services.

Quarterback Morgan Newton (6-5, 215) of Carmel, Ind., is down to Clemson, Indiana, Purdue, Kentucky, Illinois and Florida. He said Clemson, Kentucky and Florida are pushing the hardest.

Beaufort defensive end Duane Chisolm (6-4, 245) has USC, Clemson and Florida State foremost on his mind. The Gamecocks and Tigers have offered along with Kentucky, Tennessee, N.C. State, Alabama, West Virginia, Georgia and Auburn. He visited USC, Clemson and Tennessee this summer and might visit Georgia. He said USC will be one of his official visits.

Clemson made the final 10 with wide receiver Jheranie Boyd (6-3, 185) of Gastonia, N.C., but USC did not. The others on his list are Florida, Florida State, Auburn, North Carolina, N.C. State, Missouri, Illinois, Oregon and Southern Cal. He plans to cut that list in half early in his season. Clemson and Florida are two of the stronger schools with him.

Linebacker Devekeyan Lattimore (6-1, 225) of Athens, Ga., has a Clemson offer, and the Tigers are a major player. He also has offers from South Florida, Michigan and Louisville, among others. Lattimore said he will not use an official visit on Clemson since it’s so close to his home.

Linebacker Tony Straughter (6-1, 211) of Georgia Military JC has a top three of USC, Mississippi and Tennessee. He also has offers from Kansas State and East Carolina. There is no favorite.

Defensive back Branden Smith (5-11, 165) of Atlanta remains open to all of his offers including Clemson and USC. He attended camp at Clemson, Georgia, Auburn and LSU.

USC is one of the offers for running back Donald Russell (5-10, 202) of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Other offers are Pittsburgh, South Florida, Wisconsin and Southern Miss. Russell expects one of his official visits to be USC.

Quarterback A.J. Graham (6-4, 202) of Tallahassee claims offers from Clemson, Kansas State, Central Michigan, Illinois and Marshall. USC, Georgia, Miami, Kentucky and Louisville have shown interest. Graham attended camp at USC.

Wide receiver Justin Brown (6-4, 210) of Wilmington, Del., recently visited USC and is looking hard at the Gamecocks. He also made visits to N.C. State, Maryland, Rutgers and Penn State.

Wide receiver Richard Drake (6-2, 180) of Stone Mountain, Ga., is hearing from Clemson, Indiana, Auburn, Illinois, Tennessee, Central Michigan, Marshall and Vanderbilt. He has an offer from Eastern Michigan.

Clemson is in the top five of defensive lineman Antwan Lowery (6-4, 315), joining Rutgers, Miami, Florida State and South Florida. He visited Rutgers and Florida State this summer. He has a brother who plays for Rutgers. Lowery also has offers from Southern Cal, Michigan and Ohio State.

Clemson and Virginia Tech are the two favorites of wide receiver Malcolm Moulton (5-10, 184) of Lawrenceville, Ga., though neither has offered. He has an offer from Alabama Birmingham and is drawing interest from Georgia Tech and Florida.

Wide receiver Jamal Patterson (6-2, 203) of McDonough, Ga., is a USC and Clemson target. He has more than 40 offers. He said he is close to making a final decision, and Stanford appears to be the front-runner.

Basketball. Clemson offered Donte Hill of Virginia Beach, Va. on Saturday, and he committed. “Clemson is a school that fits my style,” Hill said. “They get up and down and press. It’s the right fit.”

Robbie Dreher of Southside committed to Winthrop.

Matt Wilson of Raleigh, who drew interest from USC and College of Charleston, committed to UNC Wilmington.

Clemson is pursuing Josh Hairston of Fredericksburg, Va. He also is looking at Memphis, Virginia and Virginia Tech, among others.

USC and Virginia are the top two with Ramon Galloway of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Galloway said he will take an official visit with USC.

USC will be one of the final five schools with Keith Clanton (6-8) of Orlando. He plans to visit the Gamecocks on Aug. 28.

Eric Smith of Mullins, one of the state’s top prospects for the 2010 class, is a strong lean to USC but is not ready to make an early commitment. Smith, who had strongly favored Clemson, said the Tigers cooled on him. Clemson and USC are his two offers.

Mike Green of Ridge View has impressed coaches this summer and is drawing serious interest from USC and Clemson, according to his coach, John Combs.