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

Gators take aim at USC recruit

Florida is making a late push for USC commitment Eric Mack, an offensive lineman out of Calhoun County. The Gators contacted Mack last week and invited him for an official visit. Right now, he tentatively plans to take that visit weekend after next after playing in the North-South All Star Game in Myrtle Beach. Mack has taken an official visit to Auburn and will take his official visit to USC in January. No other officials have been firmed up, though he’s been looking at Clemson, North Carolina and Kentucky for possible trips. Mack made an unofficial visit to USC on Saturday for the Clemson game. Coaches from USC, Florida and Auburn are scheduled for in home visits this week.

Florida also is interested in Calhoun County athlete Shamier Jeffery and may eventually offer him as a quarterback.

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More from the recruiting trail:

— Defensive back Chris Davis of Birmingham, Ala. made an official visit to USC over the weekend. He was the only official visitor for the Gamecocks. Davis has an offer from the Gamecocks but did not commit and, because of some family issues, may stay closer to his home, though he enjoyed his time in Columbia. “South Carolina is my favorite but I want to look around and see what’s out there,” Davis said. An offer from Auburn might be out there for Davis, as his Auburn recruiter plans to visit him Wednesday and Davis is hopeful of an offer. He’s also scheduled for an official visit to Mississippi State Jan. 15. He also has offers from UAB and Arkansas State.

— The Gamecocks are targeting Manning’s John Fulton and Darlington’s Victor Hampton for perhaps their final defensive back scholarships. Both have taken official visits with the Gamecocks and both were back for Saturday’s game. Fulton said last week he is still favoring USC over Alabama, and he is finished with his official visits. He also visited Florida and LSU. “I still have not made up my mind,” Fulton said. He plans to announce his commitment on Dec. 17. Hampton continues to receive interest from Tennessee and Auburn but has not scheduled any visits. He’s not planning to make an announcement until the US Army All American Game.

— Two other defensive back prospects who came in for the Clemson game were Vanderbilt commitments Kenny Ladler of Stone Mountain, Ga. and Sharrod Golightly of Decatur, Ga. USC likes both players but probably won’t move forward with them unless something falls through with Fulton and/or Hampton.

— Defensive lineman Ego Ferguson Jr. of Hargrave Prep, Va. is trying to work out a date to visit USC. He has been to Notre Dame and LSU officially and is scheduled to visit Cal on Dec. 11. And he also plans to set a date with Oklahoma.

— Defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd of Philadelphia, Pa. put recruiting on the backburner while his season played out. His Washington High team lost Saturday in the district championship game, so Floyd can now turn his attention back to his recruiting matters. He has taken official visits to Florida, Southern Cal and Ohio State and he’s scheduled to visit North Carolina on Dec. 11. USC also remains a factor and recruiter G.A. Mangus plans to visit him early this month.

— Athlete Sherard Cadogan of Cherry Hill, N.J. is scheduled for his official visit to USC this coming weekend. He has taken officials to Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Wisconsin and West Virginia, and he recently went back to Michigan State with his mother for an unofficial visit because she didn’t go with him on the official visit. All five schools remain in contention.

— Offensive lineman Laurence Gibson of Hargrave Prep made an unofficial visit to Auburn for the Alabama game. He has been to Boston College officially and will visit Virginia Tech this weekend. Gibson will visit Clemson on Dec. 11. Those are the four he’s considering. “I’m looking for a good vibe, somewhere where I can live and not be upset, a good feeling,” Gibson said. He plans to announce Dec. 17. Gibson’s teammate, defensive lineman Josh Watson, also went to Auburn on Friday and is scheduled for an official visit to Duke this weekend, Clemson on Dec. 11 and North Carolina on the Dec. 18. He has been to Boston College. He plans to announce on Christmas Day and does not have a favorite.

— Beaufort linebacker Justin Parker was at the USC-Clemson game. He continues to favor the Gamecocks over Clemson, LSU, Georgia Tech and N.C. State. He has taken his official visit USC and is scheduled for Clemson on Jan. 15. He’s also considering setting visits with the other three schools on his list. Parker now plans to wait until Signing Day before announcing a decision.

— Athlete Darius Lipford of Lenoir, N.C. switched his commitment last week from Duke to North Carolina. Clemson and USC have been working him for official visits and it remains to be seen if he schedules any more trips.

— Defensive end Adrian Hubbard of Norcross, Ga. will take his last official visit on Dec. 11 to Alabama. He has been to USC and Florida State. There is no favorite among the three right now and he’ll make s decision sometime after the Alabama trip.

— Defensive lineman Kyle Woestmann of Marietta, Ga. was scheduled for an unofficial visit to USC Saturday. Woestmann, who has been committed to Vanderbilt, is also looking at Clemson and took an unofficial visit there for the Virginia game. He’s also considering setting official visits with USC and Clemson along with Vandy.

— Defensive back Kenny Ladler of Stone Mountain, Ga., another Vanderbilt commitment, was also scheduled for an unofficial visit to USC for the Clemson game. He’s also planning to set official visits to USC, Vanderbilt and possibly Kentucky.

— Defensive lineman Michael Thornton of Stone Mountain has taken an official visit to Penn State and is undecided on his other visits. “There is no top five or top ten,” he said. “I’m still interested in all my offers.” He has been in touch with Clemson recruiters Dan Brooks and Chris Rumph and USC recruiter Lorenzo Ward. He’s also looking at Miami, Auburn, N.C. State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Arkansas and West Virginia. Thornton finished the season with 80 tackles and 7 sacks.

— Former Myrtle Beach athlete Mario Jones plans to enroll at Coastal Carolina in January. Jones had drawn interest from USC and Marshall but his offers were from Coastal and Georgia Southern. Jones told the Myrtle Beach Sun-News last week he had contacted the Coastal staff and informed him of his plans. Jones attended Coffeyville JC, KS last year and was redshirted. He’s taking classes at Horry-Georgetown TECH this semester.

— Irmo quarterback David Olson has an offer from Princeton and plans to visit there this month. Olson feels Virginia and Wisconsin are seriously interested and he’s also been hearing from Oklahoma, Alabama and Missouri. He finished the season with more than 1,700 passing yards and 16 touchdowns.

— Marlboro County junior linebacker Lateek Townsend was offered last week by East Carolina, his sixth official offer. He also has offers from Clemson, USC, Illinois, N.C. State and Maryland.

— Brookland-Cayce junior fullback Jacob Baxter made an unofficial visit to Georgia Tech on Saturday. The Yellow Jackets are very interested in Baxter who holds verbal offers from Tech, North Carolina, Michigan State and The Citadel. USC also is showing interest.

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Basketball News:

— 6-2 Shannon Scott of Alpharetta, Ga., son of former North Carolina great Charley Scott and a Clemson target for the 2011 class, committed last week to Ohio State.