Rising junior DE Clelin Ferrell (6-5 220) of Richmond visited USC this summer and is showing a lot of interest in the Gamecocks. Ferrell has an offer from USC and met with assistant Deke Adams while on campus.
"I went down there with my teammate (WR) Scott Bracey who has an offer from them too," Ferrell said. "Coach Adams showed us around campus. I like the academic center and their commitment to academics."
The success of former defensive ends at USC is another reason Ferrell is interested in the Gamecocks. "South Carolina is telling me what most schools are telling me-they like the way I play and want me to come there-stuff like that," he said. "But they're different because they're telling me how they can develop me at defensive end and it's basically Defensive End U. They're also my first SEC offer so that means a lot to me."
Clemson, Florida State, Penn State, Iowa, Charlotte, Virginia, Virginia Tech and James Madison have also offered. Though he has not visited Clemson to date, Ferrell expressed interest in the Tigers.
"They're a really good school with a good foundation and really strong in the ACC," Ferrell said. "I don't know as much about them but I know Da'Quan Bowers played there so they've had good players play defensive end too."
Ferrell would like to attend games at USC and Clemson this fall as well as Virginia, Virginia Tech and James Madison.
As a sophomore he totaled nine and a half sacks, 26 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. Ferrell does not have any favorites.