on September 1, 2009 by in Uncategorized, Comments (0)

Top in-state defensive back favoring Gamecocks

Manning defensive back John Fulton (6-0, 180) indicated last week his lean to USC has gotten stronger.

“It could change at any time,” Fulton said, “but right now I’m feeling South Carolina.”

Fulton is favoring the Gamecocks over Alabama, Georgia, Florida and LSU. He plans to take official visits to Georgia for the USC game, to Alabama for the USC game, and he will take one to USC. Fulton will be a December graduate.

One of the top uncommitted prospects in Alabama is linebacker Ladarius Owens (6-3, 230) of Bessemer, and he is including Clemson and USC among his schools of interest.

He will make an official visit to Florida State the latter part of this weekend for the Miami game, and he will also take an official to LSU. Owens said he will be at Clemson for the Boston College game, and he wants to see USC for the Florida game. He’s unsure if those will be official or unofficial visits.

Some of the other offers he’s considering right now are Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Kentucky and Arkansas. He does not have a favorite.

Clemson added some beef to its 2010 class last week with a commitment from offensive lineman Gif Timothy (6-8, 296) of Middletown, Del.

Timothy was committed to BYU in the spring but backed off that and visited Clemson this summer. That’s when the Tigers became a major factor with him.

He also considered offers from Rutgers, Maryland, Boise State, Utah and Virginia. Clemson recruited Timothy as a left tackle. He’s the 18th commitment for the class and the fourth offensive lineman.


More from the recruiting trail:

— Former USC running back signee Ben Axon, who was denied admission to USC, has enrolled at Eastern Michigan. He will sit out this season.

— USC is looking good for a visit from DL Calvin Smith (6-4, 275) of Hialeah, Fla. He’s not scheduled any visits but USC is one he’s considering. Smith’s stepfather has been a high school coach in South Florida and has known USC recruiter Jeep Hunter from his recruiting activities in that part of Florida. Some of Smith’s other offers are Florida, Florida State, Illinois, New Mexico, LSU and Auburn.

— WR Torian Richardson (6-0, 180) of Byrnes says he’ll take official visits to Michigan State and Mississippi State. He’s going to East Lansing for the Penn State game Nov. 21. He’s also looking at USC for a possible visit and will take one if the Gamecocks offer. He has offers from Michigan State, Mississippi State, Rutgers, Tulane, Louisville, Syracuse, Kansas State and East Carolina.

— USC is staying in touch with ATH Mario Jones (5-8, 180) of Myrtle Beach. Jones redshirted last season at Coffeyville JC (Kan.). He did not return to Coffeyville for this season and is attending Horry-Georgetown Tech where he says he can get the three hours he needs to become eligible. Jones hopes to enroll in a school in January. Jones said he spoke with USC recruiter Steve Spurrier Jr. a couple of weeks ago. “He just told me to be eligible when December comes around,” Jones said. “All the schools are saying the same thing about offers, but they want me to get eligible.” Jones also is hearing from Marshall and Coastal Carolina. He has not been offered. Jones is being recruited as a slot receiver and return man. He can also play cornerback.

— LB Aramide Olaniyan (6-2, 202) of Woodberry Forest, Va., is a Duke commitment but he plans to check out other schools. Four of his officials will be Duke, UCLA, Michigan and North Carolina. For the final visit he’s considering Clemson, USC, Stanford, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.

— WR Dyjuan Lewis (6-3, 188) of Indianapolis has not reduced his list, which includes USC, Missouri, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Purdue, Michigan State, Colorado, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Louisville, Tennessee, Arkansas and Oregon. He does not plan to decide on visits until late in his season.

— Denmark-Olar DL Kendrick Frazier (6-3, 260) has seen his offer list expand to include Alabama, Tennessee and Wisconsin. He’s had offers from USC, Kentucky, Maryland, NC State, Coastal Carolina, S.C. State and Buffalo. He plans to take in games this season at USC, Clemson and N.C. State.

— LB Caleb Crane (6-2, 225) of Centre, Ala., remains interested in Clemson and plans to visit during the season. He made an unofficial visit earlier in the summer. He’s also hearing from Alabama, Ole Miss and Florida State. He’s not been offered.

— DB Dontrell Johnson (5-10, 174) of Garden City JC (Kan.) remains in touch with USC and is looking at an official visit in September. The Gamecocks have not yet offered. He does have offers from Ole Miss, North Texas, Southern Miss and Georgia Southern, but most of his contact is coming from the Gamecocks.

— Irmo QB David Olson (6-3, 210) is awaiting his first offer. He’s drawn interest from N.C. State, Wisconsin, North Carolina, East Carolina, Florida State, Tennessee, Wake Forest and Furman.

— DB Xavier McFadden (5-11, 170) of Rock Hill plans to take an official visit to Kentucky next month. That’s his only offer thus far. He also likes Clemson, USC and Georgia Tech.

— Fort Dorchester LB Geno Porter (6-0, 217) is hearing from The Citadel, S.C. State, Furman, Georgia Southern and Gardner-Webb and plans to visit each school.

— Dreher DL Farrington Huguenin (6-4, 240) has been offered by S.C. State and North Carolina Central.

— USC was among the offers for DB Tony Grimes (6-0, 175) of Hollywood Hills, Fla., but he said he’s focusing on Wisconsin, Michigan and Ole Miss.

— Junior DL Ainsley Miller (6-4, 270) of Concord, N.C., is thought to be a future top prospect in that state. He’s coached by former Carolina Panther Mike Minter, who has alerted his alma mater, Nebraska, about Miller. USC recruiter Jay Graham is from Concord and also is aware of Miller.

— A sophomore prospect to keep an eye on is DL/OL Clyde Johnson Jr. (6-4, 300) who just transferred from Edisto and was approved for eligibility by the High School League last week. Johnson already is hearing from the major colleges and is projected to be a national prospect by his senior season.

— Teammates from Carvers Bay, DB Clayton Geathers (6-2, 200) and DB Davious Chestnut (6-2, 175) committed to Central Florida.


Basketball news:

— 6-5 Jason Morris of Augusta has Clemson, Georgia Tech and Stanford at the top of his list. He recently visited Clemson and will be back for this Saturday’s football game. Miami, Auburn and Connecticut also are involved. Morris attends school in Connecticut.

— 6-6 Shane Southwell of New York City has USC among his favorites along with Marquette, Kansas State, Providence and St. Johns. He’s expecting in-home visits in September from USC, Marquette and Kansas State, and he will schedule official visits with the offering schools. Southwell played in just 12 games last season because he was a transfer. He averaged 11 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists per game.

— 5-9 Bruce Ellington of Berkeley has seen Tennessee and Georgia Tech turn up their interest recently. He has offers from USC, Clemson, Auburn, Southern Cal, Miami, College of Charleston, Georgia Southern and Marquette. USC and Clemson will have in home visits in September and they are running ahead of the rest.

— 6-8 Brandon Mobley of Savannah says his decision will come down to USC, Cincinnati and Indiana. He has not scheduled his visits and doesn’t claim a favorite.

— 6-5 Malik Cooke transferred to USC from Nevada and hopes to join the basketball team as a walk-on. He will be ineligible to play this season due to transfer rules. Last season Cooke averaged 9.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.