DECISION TIME MAY be coming soon for South Pointe standout defensive back Stephon Gilmore (6-foot-2, 195 pounds). He made an official visit to Alabama over the weekend and could have an announcement Friday. Gilmore also has taken official visits to USC and Tennessee. He told the Alabama fan Web site BamaOnLine.com after his visit to Tuscaloosa that he might take an official visit to Clemson before making a decision. But if he decides not to, he will hold a press conference Friday and announce for either the Gamecocks, Crimson Tide or Vols.
“I know in my mind what I want to do,” Gilmore said. He added that he had a good visit to Alabama and was told by Nick Saban that he loves his potential at cornerback. “Coach Saban thinks I have all the tools,” Gilmore said.
Clemson (Nov. 29) is among the schools defensive back Branden Smith (5-11, 170) of Atlanta will take official visits to. The others are Florida (this week), Tennessee (Oct. 25), Auburn (Nov.15) and Georgia on a date to be determined. Smith said he hasn’t eliminated any school that has offered, and he will not announce a decision until the Under Armour All-America High School Game on Jan. 4.
USC increased the number of 2009 commitments to 17 last week with pledges from offensive lineman Johnnie Farms (6-3, 305) of Perry, Ga., and linebacker Josh Dickerson (6-2, 220) of Georgia Military JC. The Gamecocks actually are sitting on 19 recruits; coaches expect to re-sign two 2008 recruits who did not qualify. Defensive ends Chaz Sutton and Ronald Byrd are at Fork Union Prep, Va., and hope to be eligible to join the Gamecocks next semester.
Richland Northeast’s Chris Bonds visited Notre Dame and scheduled visits to Alabama (Oct. 18) and Tennessee (Oct. 25). He is considering USC, Michigan and Southern Cal for his other visits.
Defensive end Derrick Lott (6-5, 270) of Kennesaw, Ga., was offered late last week by Georgia. The Gamecocks have been in good shape with Lott, but Georgia is expected to move into a strong position.
Offensive lineman Quinton Washington (6-4, 315) of Timberland made an official visit to Michigan (Sept.27) and was impressed. Washington plans to set visits with Clemson and USC. He is considering Alabama, Tennessee and Miami for his final visits.
Wide receiver Jheranie Boyd (6-3, 185) made an official visit to Oklahoma (Sept. 27) and counts the Sooners among his favorites. He also likes Clemson, North Carolina, Florida, N.C. State, Missouri and Illinois. Clemson will not be one of his official visits because he has been there several times.
Quarterback A.J. Graham of Tallahassee claims a Clemson offer and says the Tigers are keeping in touch. He also has offers from Kansas State, Illinois, Central Michigan and Marshall.
Greenwood defensive back Byron Best (5-9, 180) is sitting on offers from North Carolina, Marshall, S.C. State and Gardner-Webb. He hopes USC will offer.
Linebacker Jarvis Jones (6-3, 226) of Columbus, Ga., will visit Texas on Oct. 18. Clemson is on his list along with LSU, Florida, Georgia, Southern Cal and Miami.
Linebacker Jerod Askew (6-0, 230) of Chesapeake, Va., plans to set an official visit with Clemson. He was scheduled for an official visit to Tennessee over the weekend and is scheduled for Maryland on Oct. 18. He plans to visit Alabama and West Virginia.
Offensive lineman Bobby Massie (6-6, 335) of Hargrave Prep, Va., hears from Clemson on a weekly basis and is considering the Tigers for one of his visits. He will not decide on visits until after the season. He has not narrowed his list of more than 65 offers.
Linebacker Roderick Blunt (6-2, 210) of Miramar, son of former Clemson running back Rodney Blunt, favors the Tigers but hasn’t been offered. He says his offers are USC, Purdue and Wisconsin. He also likes Georgia, Auburn and Florida State.
Offensive lineman Antonio Foster (6-5, 290) of Valdosta, Ga. — a Tennessee commitment — is considering contacting USC about an official visit.
Defensive end Justin Jones (6-8, 250) of Conyers, Ga., de-committed from Kentucky last week and is looking at USC, Alabama-Birmingham, East Carolina, Akron and Delaware. He also is hearing from Alabama, Vanderbilt and Notre Dame.
USC is interested in offensive lineman James Carpenter (6-5, 300) of Coffeyville JC, Kan. He is a native of Augusta who signed with Iowa State out of high school. He has three years to play two at the next level. The Gamecocks have not offered and are evaluating new film on him.
Clemson will get one of the official visits of defensive lineman Brandon Moore (6-6, 318) of Montgomery, Ala. He also wants to visit Florida, Miami and Tennessee.
Clemson has shown interest in defensive lineman Corey Gaines (6-1, 275) of Tallahassee. He has offers from Auburn, Tennessee and Rutgers among others.
S.C. State has offered linebacker Devekeyan Lattimore (6-1, 220) of Athens Ga. He also has offers from Kentucky, Louisville and Oklahoma State among others.
A.C. Flora linebacker Conor Hozey (6-1, 225) has been offered by Army. He also is getting interest from The Citadel, Navy and several Ivy League schools.
A.C. Flora receiver/defensive back Carlos McCoy (5-7, 160) has an offer from Newberry plus interest from S.C. State and Middle Tennessee State.
A.C. Flora kicker Grant Clayton (5-7, 165) has an offer from Air Force and is hearing from Western Kentucky, Central Florida, Rutgers and Maryland.
Defensive end Josh Roseborough (6-3, 220) of Fairfield Central is getting interest from Wofford, Duke and Presbyterian.
Fairfield Central quarterback Justin Trapp (6-0, 180) has an offer from Presbyterian and is hearing from Coastal Carolina and Kentcky. Trapp has been committed to the College of Charleston for baseball but is reconsidering.
Fairfield Central wide receiver McKendrix Thompson (6-1, 185) is hearing from Coastal Carolina, S.C. State and Kentucky.
Sumter linebacker Quinn McClendon (6-4, 215) was scheduled for an unofficial visit to Coastal Carolina Saturday. He has an offer from Kentucky.
Timberland running back Rockarious King (5-7, 190) has offers from S.C. State and Newberry.
Basketball news. USC is interested in senior Hassan Whiteside of Lenoir, NC. He also is looking at Kentucky and Mississippi State among others. He does not plan to sign until the spring.
Coaches from USC, Clemson, Auburn, Winthrop, Wichita State and Virginia Tech are showing interest in Ridge View junior Mike Green.
Clemson is strongly involved with junior Ian Miller (6-2) of Charlotte. Florida, Kentucky and Florida State are three others showing strong interest.