FOUR PLAYERS AROUND the state made commitments to major college programs last week: Greer tight end Desmond Parks (6-foot-6, 215 pounds) to Florida; Gaffney offensive lineman Denzell Good (6-5, 315) to N.C. State; Marlboro County defensive end Tariq Edwards (6-3, 225) to Virginia Tech; and West Florence offensive lineman John Coleman (6-4, 275) to Duke.
Clemson and USC missed on some targets last week.
Running back Lonnie Pryor (6-1, 195) of Okeechobee, Fla., committed to Florida State over Clemson, Georgia and LSU.
Wide receiver Zach Rodgers (6-2, 170) of Nashville, who held a USC offer, committed to Tennessee.
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Offensive lineman Andrew Carter (6-6, 265) of Tallahassee, Fla., committed to Illinois over USC and others.
Defensive lineman Curtis Porter (6-2, 330) of Charlotte chose Miami over Clemson and others.
Defensive back Zach Greene (5-10, 170) of Raleigh committed to Duke over USC and others.
And defensive end Anthony Orr (6-5, 260) of Harvest, Ala., committed to Alabama over offers from Clemson, USC and others.
Defensive end Derrick Lott (6-5, 270) of Kennesaw, Ga., made an unofficial visit to Florida State last week, but he continues to favor USC. He also likes the Seminoles, Georgia and Oklahoma State.
Linebacker Daniel Mack (6-0, 198) of Miami plans to narrow his list this month and said Clemson is one of his finalists and will get a visit. Mack also has visited Clemson.
Linebacker Roderick Blunt (6-2, 215) of Miramar, Fla., likes USC as the Gamecocks were one of the first to offer. He also has offers from Purdue, Wisconsin, Mississippi State, Central Florida and South Florida. Blunt’s father, Rodney, played running back at Clemson in the early 1990s.
Running back Orwin Smith (6-0, 200) of Phenix City, Ala., has a top three of Clemson, Auburn and Vanderbilt and plans to visit Clemson soon. He also has offers from Georgia Tech, Alabama and Minnesota. He is favoring Auburn.
Linebacker Jalston Fowler (6-0, 240) of Mobile, Ala., is strong on USC and would like to join the Gamecocks if they accept his commitment. Fowler said he has offers from USC, Marshall, Arkansas State and South Alabama. He also plays fullback and defensive end.
Clemson continues to show interest in athlete Justin Wray (6-2, 205) of Covington, Ga., but has not offered. The Tigers like him as a safety. Wray has an offer from Central Florida.
Clemson and USC remain major players with wide receiver Jamal Patterson (6-3, 202) of McDonough, Ga., who remains open about his recruiting. He visited Stanford, Kentucky and Auburn over the summer. He said he will attend games at USC and Clemson this season.
Linebacker Enrique Williams (6-1, 215) of Mobile, Ala., is getting interest from USC and Clemson and feels the Gamecocks might be moving close to an offer. He has offers from Mississippi and South Alabama.
Defensive end Marlin Sims (6-2, 245) of Phenix City, Ala., is drawing interest from Clemson. He has an offer from Auburn and is favoring the SEC’s Tigers.
Wide receiver Dominique Ellis (5-10, 170) of Homerville, Ga., favors USC and said he would commit if offered. Ellis also plays corner and safety. He has offers from Central Florida and Georgia Southern.
Basketball news. Class of 2010 point guard Eric Smith (6-0, 185) of Mullins has switched his favorite from Clemson to USC. Smith said last week he likes new USC coach Darrin Horn and his staff, and he sees a chance to start early with the departure of Devan Downey before he would arrive.
Tennessee, Wake Forest and Florida also are showing interest. Smith was scheduled to attend camps at USC and Wake Forest over the weekend.
USC is going after Kevin Parrom of New York. He also is looking at Rutgers, St. John’s and Xavier. Parrom also has offers from Providence, Pittsburgh, Marquette and Rhode Island. He plans to visit USC before making a decision.