Phil Kornblut

Kelleher down to a final eight

OL Nolan Kelleher of Wando has nearly 30 offers but only eight remain under consideration. Wando coach Jimmy Noonan said Kelleher has cut his list to USC, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida, Florida State, Tennessee and NC state.

Kelleher visited Clemson last weekend. "He said it was a great visit up there," Noonan said. "He's also been to Tennessee, and he really liked his visit there. He'll visit USC the first part of July and he'll visit Florida in July as well." Kelleher has also visited Florida State.

"He wants to make sure," his coach said. "He's going to get it down to two to three early in the season." Noonan said Kelleher will attend some games and hopes to have his decision in the early part of the season.

There is no favorite. "He's taking an honest look at everyone," Noonan said. The engineering program at each school is a key factor with Kelleher whose father is a nuclear engineer.