SOUTH POINTE DEFENSIVE back Stephon Gilmore (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) remains one of the state’s most coveted uncommitted prospects, and five schools still have a chance to land him.
Gilmore said last week he will set his official visits with USC, Clemson, Florida State, Tennessee and Alabama. The Gamecocks and Tigers in particular have put the hard press on Gilmore. He visited each for a practice recently and likes both.
“I got a chance to see who I would be competing against, and I think I could play early,” Gilmore said.
He has teammates committed both ways, defensive back Devonte Holloman to Clemson and wide receiver Charles Holmes to USC. Gilmore said he will be at the Georgia-USC and the USC-Clemson games and possibly others. He intends to graduate early and enroll in January. He does not claim a leader.
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USC remains the front runner for linebacker Robert Nelson (6-0, 205) of Stone Mountain, Ga., ahead of Auburn and Tennessee. He also has offers from West Virginia, Mississippi State, Troy and Louisiana Tech.
Defensive lineman Antwan Lowery (6-4, 335) of Miami cut his list to Clemson, Rutgers and Florida, according to Sporting News Today.
Linebacker Jon Bostic (6-1, 220) of Wellington, Fla., cropped his list from 27 to 11, according to the Palm Beach Post. The survivors are USC, Clemson, Southern Cal, LSU, Florida, Miami, Florida State, Auburn, Alabama, West Virginia and Central Florida.
Athlete Kayvon Webster (5-11, 180) of Miami has set a visit with USC for Sept. 13, according to ESPN.com. He will visit LSU on Oct. 25 and Miami in November.
Wide receiver Jheranie Boyd (6-3, 185) of Gastonia, N.C., said last week he will announce his college choice Oct. 10. Boyd has trimmed his list to Clemson, Florida, North Carolina, N.C. State and Auburn. He mentioned Clemson, Florida and Auburn as being at the top of his list.
Boyd plans to attend the N.C. State-Clemson, Florida-Miami and Virginia Tech-North Carolina games in the coming weeks.
Clemson missed on quarterback target Morgan Newton (6-5, 215) of Carmel, Ind., when he committed last week to Kentucky.
USC finished second for offensive lineman David Harding (6-5, 285) of Orlando, Fla., who committed last week to Duke.
Tennessee pulled in a commitment Saturday from Greenwood defensive back D.J. Swearinger (6-0, 200). Some of his other offers were USC, Vanderbilt, Illinois, Maryland, Auburn, N.C. State, Michigan and North Carolina. Swearinger had been favoring Tennessee since a visit there for camp this summer.
Greenwood defensive end Sam Montgomery (6-5, 240) said last week he has narrowed his list, but he is not ready to go public with the list. He did indicate USC and Clemson are on the list and will get visits. Montgomery also talked strongly about North Carolina and N.C. State, two other schools he visited this summer. He said he would also like to visit LSU and Miami.
Georgia Military JC linebackers Josh Dickerson (6-2, 220) and Tony Straughter (6-1, 211) have set visits with USC for the Georgia weekend.
“South Carolina is my top school,” Dickerson said. “They want me as a weakside linebacker.” Dickerson will be a December graduate. Straughter has a top three of USC, Tennessee and Mississippi.
Clemson is one of the top seven with highly-touted linebacker Jarvis Jones (6-3, 220) of Columbus, Ga. The Tigers are joined on his list by Miami, Florida, Georgia, Texas, LSU and Auburn.
Eight schools are out front with wide receiver Jamal Patterson (6-3, 202) of McDonough, Ga., — Clemson, USC, Stanford, Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Central Florida and Tennessee. Patterson said Stanford and Central Florida will be two of his visits. He will attend the Georgia Tech-Clemson game, and he plans to take in a USC game
USC is one of the favorites for defensive end Ryan Robinson (6-5, 245) of Atlanta, the nephew of former USC linebacker Kenneth Robinson. He has offers from the Gamecocks, Kentucky, S.C. State, Western Carolina and Middle Tennessee State.
Clemson and USC are showing interest in athlete Carvin Powell (6-2, 195) of Chesapeake, Va. Powell plans four of his visits for East Carolina, North Carolina, N.C. State and West Virginia, and those are his top four schools.
Byrnes defensive back Riyahd Richardson (5-9, 165) is drawing attention from USC but no offer thus far. He has an offer from Texas A&M while N.C. State, Colorado, Notre Dame and Penn State also are showing interest.
Basketball news. A commitment to USC could occur as early as this week from 2010 point guard Eric Smith of Mullins. His father told The State last week they are trying to arrange a visit for this week and if it takes place and all goes well, his son would commit to Darrin Horn.
USC continues to work 2009 prospect Keith Clanton of Orlando. He said he talks regularly with recruiter Scott Cherry and his mother talked last week with Horn. Clanton said he is considering making a visit this weekend, but it is not definite. He also is looking hard at South Florida.