Top prospect growing tired of recruiting process


The recruiting process is starting to wear on next year's projected No. 1 South Carolina prospect, athlete Tramel Terry of Goose Creek High School. Goose Creek head coach Chuck Reedy said last week Terry won't wait much longer.

"He's getting tired of it," Reedy said. "He'll narrow his choices soon. South Carolina, Clemson, Georgia and Florida are schools that will be on the list."

Reedy did not have a dateline on a Terry decision. Terry has taken multiple visits to USC and Clemson. He's also been to Georgia, Virginia Tech, Alabama and Tennessee. He went to junior days at both Clemson and USC recently and will go back to Clemson for a junior day on March 3. On that trip, he plans to stop by USC so his parents can see the school.

Reedy also said linebacker Jalen Stevens was offered on Wednesday by North Carolina. That's his first offer. Stevens is also getting interest from USC, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Florida State, Alabama, North Carolina State and Notre Dame. He went to USC's junior day and plans to go to Clemson on March 3.

UNC also offered Goose Creek defensive end Gerald Turner on Saturday while he was on campus for an unofficial visit. Turner also has offers from Clemson and USC.

And the Tar Heels and Clemson offered Orangeburg-Wilkinson High defensive back Jadar Johnson last week. He also has an offer from NCSU.

USC last week joined the long list of offers for defensive lineman Montravius Adams of Vienna, Ga. "(New USC assistant) Coach (Kirk) Botkin is a nice guy and has communicated with him," Dooly County High head coach Jimmy Hughes said. "They kind of got in late." Clemson was an early offer for Adams, and he's visited there three times since last summer. "He always enjoys his time there," Hughes said. "He thinks a lot of (head) Coach (Dabo) Swinney and has a good relationship with (assistant) Coach (Robbie) Caldwell."

There are others strong with Adams. "Georgia is the state school and is in the hunt," Hughes said. "Auburn and Alabama Alabama was one of the first to recruit him and offer. They are in the mix along with Florida."

Ohio State has also called about Adams. He went to Alabama last weekend and will visit Florida on Saturday and Georgia on March 3. He might take a visit to FSU at some point. Adams also has been to Auburn.

There is no timetable for a decision, but he will narrow his list in the summer. "No one has been ruled out," Hughes said. "He is really intrigued by Southern Cal(ifornia)."

USC has targeted DB Cameron Sutton of Jonesboro, Ga., as a cover cornerback and is one of his five offers along with VT, GT, Mississippi and Kentucky. He's also hearing from Clemson, Georgia, Louisiana State, Louisville and Oregon. Sutton had two interceptions last season. He also plays wide receiver and had 31 catches for 500 yards and nine touchdowns.

Sutton has not taken any visits yet because of his basketball schedule.

Offensive lineman Ethan Pocic (6-foot-6 inches, 290 pounds) of Lemont, Ill., has offers from Clemson, Illinois, Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee, Arkansas, Arizona, ND, Nebraska, Iowa, Southern Cal, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Ohio State and Wisconsin among others. He has visited several schools, including Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Illinois. He went back to Michigan last weekend.

DE Devin Washington of Orlando, Fla., added to his offer list week when USC jumped on board. The Gamecocks became his fifth offer. Washington also has offers from Illinois, Ole Miss, Cincinnati and Florida International. He went Florida's junior day last week and also plans to visit Illinois and Central Florida in coming weeks. He plans to get to USC for a spring practice and a camp this summer. He has visited Miami and Auburn.

DE Tyquan Lewis of Tarboro, N.C., was offered by USC last week. He also has offers from Clemson, East Carolina, VT, Duke, Wake Forest and UNC. He has been to junior days at Clemson and UNC and does not have a favorite.

DB Brendan Langley of Marietta, Ga., picked up an offer from USC last week. The Gamecocks and Georgia are his first two offers. Langley visited Georgia in January and plans a return trip in March. He also plans to visit USC this spring. Alabama, Florida, Miami and Tennessee also are showing interest. Last season, he had 60 tackles with six interceptions.

DE/LB Corey Vereen of Winter Haven, Fla., received an offer from Clemson last week. The Tigers join Tennessee, GT, Minnesota, UCF and South Florida as schools to offer. He is receiving interest from Florida, FSU and Miami among others. Vereen has visited Clemson and plans to visit this spring to observe a practice. He was at Florida last weekend and will visit Tennessee on March 3. Vereen has also heard from USC.

"It's kind of off and -on with them," Vereen said. He does not have any favorites, but is showing interest in the Tigers.

OL Josh Cardiello (6-2, 270) of Buford, Ga., was offered last week by USC. Gamecock recruiter GA Mangus made the offer to Cardiello, who also has an offer from Florida. He is also drawing interest from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, FSU and Georgia. He visited Auburn in January and was at Florida's junior day this past Saturday.

Tight end Adam Breneman of Camp Hill, Pa., has over 30 offers with USC among them. Others include Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State, FSU, Georgia, ND, Michigan State, Michigan, Tennessee, Florida, UNC, Vanderbilt, Auburn, California, Washington, Stanford, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Virginia and Maryland. Breneman could visit Columbia this spring. Breneman has visited PSU, ND, Michigan State, Alabama, Maryland, UVa, Boston College and Rutgers. He was back at PSU last week and will go to Ohio State on Monday and ND on March 24. He does not have a leader.

Offers for OL Derwin Gray (6-5,m280) of Washington have reached double digits. Clemson is in the group, along with Auburn, Michigan State, Syracuse, New Mexico, Rutgers, West Virginia, UNC, Maryland, Tennessee, Ohio State, Nebraska and Washington. Gray, who also plays DE, visited Clemson last summer and plans to get back. He also has visited Auburn, Alabama, Rutgers and Maryland. He will go to Miami in March, and while in Florida, he will visit either Florida or FSU. He has no favorite.

Running back TJ Logan of Greensboro, N.C., recently visited WVU and UNC, but USC remains in strong shape with Logan. The Gamecocks were the first to offer him - as a sophomore. Logan also has offers from Clemson, Ohio State, Virginia, WVU, Cal, NCSU and Tennessee

WR Reggie Davis of Tallahassee, Fla., has offers from Florida, FSU, Miami, ND, Georgia, PSU, Vanderbilt, Alabama and USF. He felt an offer coming from the Gamecocks, but said the departure of assistant coach John Butler has him unsure of where he stands with USC. He has visited FSU, Florida, USF and Georgia and will attend FSU's junior day this weekend.

TE Austin Richardson of Kernersville, N.C., could be closing in on his first offer. He attended the Clemson-FSU game last season and was impressed with the Tigers. He is planning several visits that include WF, Vanderbilt, Duke, UNC and NCSU - all schools he has visited before. He does not have a favorite.

OL Michael Selby (6-3, 280) of Sandersville, Ga., is closing in on his first offers and is hearing from Clemson, USC, GT, Georgia, Mississippi State, Duke and Maryland. He went to Alabama last weekend and will visit GT this weekend.

DB Brian Walker of Charlotte had favored USC early in his junior season, but the North Carolina schools have taken the lead for his services. "I would have to say that my two favorites are (North) Carolina and N.C. State," Walker said. "I'm really focusing on the instate schools right now."

Walker was in Columbia for the junior day and went to UNC this past Saturday. His offers are from USC, UNC, NCSU, UVa, Auburn and Minnesota. Walker has no timetable for a commitment.

DE Dane Rogers of Shelby, N.C., has offers from NCSU and Tennessee with interest from Clemson, UNC, Florida, Duke and WF among others. He is the cousin of Clemson recruit Carlos Watkins and recently visited Clemson. He was at Florida this past weekend and would like to visit several other Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference schools. Rogers does not have any favorites.

USC and Clemson recruiters are interested in a pair of prospects from McDonough, Ga., in TE Bill Teknipp and LB Shawayne Lawrence. The pair attends Eagles Landing High. New USC assistant Joe Robinson and Clemson recruiter Marion Hobby have checked on both players, who are waiting on their first offer. Both have been to games at Clemson. NCSU, FSU, GT and Troy and others are showing interest in both players.

OL Justin Evans (6-6, 265) of Wilson High in Florence has offers from ECU, VT and Tennessee with interest from USC and Clemson among others, according to head coach Darryl Page. "I suspect Clemson may offer after he takes a junior day visit there," Page said.

Quarterback Riley Ferguson of Matthews, N.C., added offers from Auburn, UNC and USF last week. Ferguson has had offers from Clemson, Michigan, LSU, Louisville, VT, ND, Maryland and Alabama. USC also is showing interest, but hasn't offered.

Sophomore LB Kevin Crosby Jr. of Bamberg-Ehrhardt High picked up two more offers last week. According to his head coach and father, Kevin Crosby Sr., UNC defensive coordinator Vic Koenning called to re-offer. The previous staff had offered Crosby. And Arizona State recruiter Ron West called with an offer from the Sun Devils. USC and Clemson are also among his many offers. Crosby's next visit will be to Clemson on March 3 for the junior day.

Former Clemson OL commitment RJ Prince of Albemarle, N.C., committed to UNC on Sunday. He visited Chapel Hill on Saturday for a junior day.

Florida landed a handful of commitments from its junior day on Saturday, including DB Keanu Neal of Bushnell, Fla.,, DB Nick Washington of Jacksonville, Fla., and LB Quinton Powell of Daytona Beach, Fla. USC had offered all three and Clemson had offered Washington and Powell.

Basketball News: Sheldon Jeter, a 6-6 player from Beaver Falls, Pa., made an official visit to USC over the weekend and enjoyed the visit so much he nearly committed.

"I was tempted to commit, but I'm going to take a couple of more visits," Jeter said. "I really liked it. The players were really cool. They showed me everything."

The Gamecocks' on-the-court struggles are not a negative with Jeter, who watched Saturday's loss to LSU. "Next year I think they are going to be a (NCAA) tournament team," said Jeter, who plays both shooting guard and small forward and is averaging 20 points and 15 rebounds per game this season. Adding to the visit was Saturday telephone conversations with Dwayne Wade and Courtney Lee, two players USC head coach Darrin Horn recruited earlier in his career.

"That went really good," Jeter said. "They both talked about 75 percent of the time. They just talked about what their experiences were like."

Jeter also plans to visit Wisconsin and Penn State and is also looking at Pitt and Seton Hall.