South Carolina hopes to bring in a dynamic running back in this year's football recruiting class and the Gamecocks appear to be sold on the talents of Jamal Womble (5-11, 221) of Sierra Vista, Ariz. Womble has scheduled an official visit to USC for the weekend of Nov. 24.
"They said if I commit I would be the only running back they take," Womble said. "Coach (Robert) Gillespie said I'm their No. 1 guy."
Womble said he will make an unofficial visit to USC in July while visiting family in the Southeast. He lived in North Carolina and Georgia before his family settled in Arizona. Womble has also set an official visit to Nebraska for Sept 16. He has offers from Oregon State, Wisconsin, Arizona State, Illinois and Indiana. He has camped at Arizona and is camping this week at Notre Dame.
Hanahan WR Brandon Ford (6-4, 207) picked up offers recently from Clemson and Georgia, and he thinks USC and Tennessee will soon follow. He has camped at all four. He plans to make an unofficial visit with his family to Georgia in July and to Clemson in August. He and his father have visited USC.
"If I had to choose right now, I'd probably pick Tennessee or Carolina," he said.
Last season, Ford had 63 catches for 650 yards and six touchdowns.
USC is one of the three favorites of RB Franklin Green (5-11, 208) of Savannah, along with Florida and Rutgers. Those three have offered along with Central Florida, Marshall, Indiana, Purdue, South Florida and Georgia Southern. Green said Georgia appears close to offering. He has camped at Florida and Georgia Southern. He plans to make an unofficial visit to USC with his teammate DE Chaz Sutton the end of this week. Green rushed for 1,900 yards and 19 touchdowns last season.
The Gamecocks offered Aynor OL T.J. Johnson (6-4, 275) last week, becoming his 11th offer. His others are Maryland, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Duke, Troy, Marshall, N.C. State, East Carolina, Tulane and Wake Forest. He has camped at USC and Clemson along with Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest.
Clemson lost a member of its 2008 commitment class last week when TE Nick DiLillo (6-6, 225) of Madison, Ohio., announced he had retracted the pledge he made in April. DiLillo made the decision after attending a camp at Clemson. He said the 12-hour drive from his home was too much for his family, and he would look for a school closer to his home, with Pittsburgh expected to be his ultimate choice.
Clemson missed last week on LB Dwayne Maddox (6-1, 222) of Shelby, N.C., when he committed to N.C. State. But the Tigers are in good shape with LB Marcus Dowtin (6-2, 215) of Upper Marlboro, Md. He attends Fork Union High School in Virginia. Dowtin has 19 offers and has a top four of Clemson, Georgia, Michigan and California. He has camped at Clemson, Georgia and Michigan and will camp at Maryland and Rutgers. Dowtin had 92 tackles and five sacks last season. He also plays running back and rushed for 1,332 yards and 15 scores.
USC and Clemson missed on LB Bryce Ros (6-4, 240) of Kennesaw Mountain, Ga., when he committed last week to Georgia. His father, Frank, prepped at Eastside in Greenville and later played at Georgia.
OL Matt Patchan (6-7, 263) of Seffner, Fla., last seek cut his list of more than 60 offers to eight. Clemson was one of the offers, but didn't make the cut. The final eight are Miami, Florida, Florida State, Auburn, Georgia, Notre Dame, LSU and Ole Miss.
ATH Janoris Jenkins (6-0, 181) of Pahokee, Fla., plans an unofficial visit to Clemson for this weekend along with teammate LB Jatavious Miller (6-0, 209). Jenkins attended camp at Rutgers over the weekend. He also has visited Auburn and Central Florida and might visit Florida State on July 11. USC has offered, but he said he's not hearing from the Gamecocks.
Clemson has offered OL Barrett Jones (6-5, 271) of Memphis, Tenn., and he might make an unofficial visit later in the summer. Jones has 22 offers. He has visited Alabama, Vanderbilt, Florida, Auburn, Tennessee, Arkansas and Ole Miss. He plans to camp at North Carolina later in the summer. Some of his other offers are Georgia Tech, Stanford, Miami, Arkansas, LSU and UCLA.
OL Bobby Massie (6-7, 330) of Lynchburg, Va., did not make it to Clemson's camp earlier this month, but plans to make an unofficial visit with his mother in a week or two. He plans to visit Maryland and UNC. Georgia remains out front ahead of Clemson and Virginia Tech.
Cheraw WR Jaron Brown (6-3, 190) made an unofficial visit to West Virginia last week and camped at Kentucky. He had planned to attend a USC camp, but didn't make it. Brown plans to visit Tennessee and Vanderbilt this week, and he probably will drop in at USC and Clemson in July. He does not have a favorite.
RB Chris Jordan (6-3, 215) of Brentwood, Tenn., is attending no camps this summer at his coach's recommendation.
"He said it would just lower my stock," Jordan said. He has offers from Clemson, USC, Kentucky, Alabama, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Indiana, Georgia, Auburn, Florida and Georgia Tech. He does not claim favorites but said Clemson and Alabama are the "main two" schools he's talking to.
Clemson and Cincinnati are the two favorites of WR Lynell Payne (6-3, 210) of Marlton, N.J. He has offers from Connecticut, Temple, Delaware, Buffalo and Akron, and he's getting interest from Rutgers and Iowa. Payne had planned to camp at Clemson earlier this month but couldn't make it because of his school exams.
The Tigers are the favorite of DB Dwayne Gratz (6-0, 179) of Piscataway, N.J., though they have not yet offered. He has been offered by Maryland, Temple and UConn. He hopes to make an official visit to Clemson this fall.
USC remains the leader for ATH Tony Morgan (6-1, 190) of Garner, N.C., but by a slim margin over UNC. The Gamecocks like him as a defensive back. He likes East Carolina and has camped at this three favorites. Morgan also claims offers from Clemson, Colorado and Marshall.
OL Zebrie Sanders (6-6, 273) of Clayton, Ohio, camped at Southern Cal the end of last week. He visited UCLA while in Los Angeles. Sanders said he might attend Florida's Friday Night Lights camp but has no other camp plans. He has scheduled an official visit to Clemson for the Florida State game. His other favorites are Georgia, Florida, Michigan, Arkansas, Florida State, Southern Cal and UCLA.
The top five with WR Davon Johnson (5-11, 170) of Miami, are USC, LSU, Miami, South Florida and UCF. He has offers from Ole Miss, Florida International, Ohio State, West Virginia, Minnesota and Miami of Ohio. He has camped at Miami (Fla.) and Rutgers.
WR DeMario Williams (6-4, 178) of Columbia, Tenn., has offers from USC, Ole Miss and Troy, and they are his current top three. He's hearing from Tennessee, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Middle Tennessee. Williams also is a basketball prospect, with offers from Murray State and Western Kentucky.
OL Ricky Barnum (6-4, 265) of Lakeland, Fla., said last week USC remains very interested while he's not hearing any longer from Clemson. Both have offered along with UCF, Virginia Tech, Miami, South Florida, Georgia Tech, West Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Alabama, Nebraska, Maryland and Louisville. He does not have a favorite.
LB Jacoby Thomas (6-0, 225) of Mobile, Ala., has offers from USC, Purdue, Colorado, UAB, Alabama and Auburn. He is not attending any prospect camps this summer. Thomas was first-team all-state the past two seasons. Last year, he had 125 tackles and five sacks.
Clemson, Maryland, UConn and Virginia are the offers for DB Mike Beckford (6-4, 178) of Charlottesville, Va., while Virginia, West Virginia, Miami, Florida, Florida State and Louisville are showing interest. He plans to attend camps later this summer at LSU, Miami and Maryland. His top five are Clemson, Maryland, Miami, Florida and Louisville.
OL Brian Merrifield (6-4, 275) of Davidson, N.C., attended a recent Clemson camp. He has camped at Duke and UNC. He's also hearing from N.C. State, Furman, Wofford, Elon and Wake Forest. He has not been offered.
One-time USC target 6-9 Miles Plumlee of Warsaw, Ind., committed last week to Stanford.
Wofford signed 6-5 Terry Martin of Cincinnati last week. He averaged 10 points and seven rebounds last season.
Clemson has offered rising junior 6-4 Leslie McDonald of Memphis, Tenn., according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal. He holds offers from Alabama, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Miami, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Memphis. He averaged 20 points and six rebounds last season and is ranked as high as 11th nationally in his class.
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