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Georgia pass catcher Bell lists USC among final schools

Phil Kornblut
Posted 10/10/19

Wide receiver/tight end Jaheim Bell of Valdosta, Ga., announced a final three of South Carolina, Florida State and Oklahoma last Friday.

On last Thursday night, Bell said he would be announcing a commitment the next day, but that was refuted on …

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Georgia pass catcher Bell lists USC among final schools

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Wide receiver/tight end Jaheim Bell of Valdosta, Ga., announced a final three of South Carolina, Florida State and Oklahoma last Friday.

On last Thursday night, Bell said he would be announcing a commitment the next day, but that was refuted on Twitter later in the night by his mother and uncle. Then on Friday morning, Bell tweeted a new profile picture of him dressed in an Auburn uniform. Bell once was a Florida commitment, but he broke away from UF on July 4. USC put on a full-court press, and he took an official visit USC in June. He returned last month for the Alabama game.

"I feel pretty good about it (USC)," Bell said. "They've got a pretty good team. I can see myself catching a lot of balls. They throw the ball pretty well."

Bell has had Dec. 18 set for his announcement. He is out for the rest of this season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in practice. Bell is considered one of the top offensive talents in Georgia for the 2020 recruiting class. In his junior year, he had 70 catches for 800 yards and 14 touchdowns. Linebacker/running back Len'Neth Whitehead of Athens, Ga., made his official visit to USC for the Kentucky game. USC put on a solid display for Whitehead running the ball and stopping the run, and that was important to show Whitehead because he could play on either side of the ball in college.

"He really enjoyed his time at South Carolina, it was a great experience," Whitehead's head coach, Josh Alexander, said. "He's really high on South Carolina, and he really likes what he sees and what they are telling him. He really loves (USC head) Coach (Will) Muschamp. He's really excited about it.

"They're not sure yet (on his position). They're recruiting him as a linebacker and maybe a running back. I don't know what they're saying in that area, but I know that Len'Neth likes them a lot."

Whitehead has also taken an official visit to Tennessee, and he will take an official visit to Wisconsin the middle of this month, according to Alexander. He said Whitehead also likes Tennessee and Georgia.

Muschamp and secondary coach/defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson remain in strong pursuit of safety DJ Taylor of Tampa, Fla., and they're making progress. Taylor has been committed to Arizona State since the summer after taking an official visit to Tempe in late May. He said Muschamp texts him daily and also calls regularly, and he's ready for Taylor to set his official visit date with USC.

"He called and wanted me to come up there for an official," Taylor said. "I'm thinking about doing the Vanderbilt game (on Nov.2 ), so he said I might have to fly up there Saturday morning and go from there."

The presence of his good friend, John Dixon, at USC is no small matter in Taylor's recruiting.

"John Dixon always keeps up, like every week, what you going to do, you need to get up here and see how it is, all that kind of stuff," Taylor said. "He wants another kid from the Tampa Bay area that can play with him. And he thought I can fit that defense that they have and have a chance to start early too."

Taylor said he remains committed to Arizona State at this point, but USC and Louisville, and to a lesser degree Penn State, are also on his mind.

"Still looking at other schools; also taking advantage of the recruiting and looking around still," he said. "I want to see the game atmosphere, and if I feel the vibe, the feeling of a player and a student-athlete better than I felt at ASU."

This past weekend, Taylor took an an official visit to Louisville. He's not sure when he'll make a final decision. He will sign in December, but he will not graduate early.

USC defensive end target Reggie Grimes of Brentwood, Tenn., took his official visit to Tennessee over the weekend. He also has taken official visits to USC and Alabama and is scheduled for an official to FSU on Nov. 2. He has set his announcement for Thanksgiving Day.

USC RB target Henry Parrish of Miami, a Pittsburgh commitment, was offered by Southern California. He took an official visit to Columbia for the UK weekend. He also has visited Pitt.

Bryce Steele, a '2 strong safety from Raleigh, N.C., released a top 10 last week and USC is in the group. The other nine are PSUe, Michigan, North Carolina, Duke, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Maryland, West Virginia and Ohio State.

USC offered '21 TE Bryson Nesbit (6-feet-6-inches, 220 pounds) of Charlotte. He also has offers from UNC and Louisiana State.

USC was the first to offer '22 athlete Malaki Starks of Jefferson, Ga.

Grantt Logan (6-1 205), a '22 quarterback from Mooresboro, N.C., was at USC for the UK game. He camped at USC the last two summers when recruiter Bobby Bentley first took notice, and he was in for the spring game in April.

"It was an absolutely great visit," Logan said. "Such hospitality and kind people in Columbia. We were treated with A-1 service. Everything from the tour of the facilities, the food, to the bus ride from the football facilities, to the stadium for pregame, was amazing. The atmosphere in the stadium was electric. It was family weekend, and it was fitting that my mom and dad were able to make the trip with me. I'm truly grateful for the opportunity to be a part of something special at Gamecock Nation."

The evaluation process by the schools continues for Logan. No one has offered yet, but it's still early and he's still developing.

"The Gamecocks are showing good interest at this point, and I'm hoping it is just a matter of time for the offer from them to come in," Logan said. "I feel like if I just keep working hard in the classroom and on the field that there are plenty of schools that will be interested in my services. Some feedback that I have been getting is that coaches like my size, accuracy, and arm strength."

Logan planned to be at ND on Saturday for its game against Bowling Green and later in the month he plans to be in Chapel Hill for the Duke-UNC game.

WR Antonio McKnight (6-2, 185) of C.E. Murray High School in Greeleyville made an unofficial visit to USC for the UK game.

"The visit was a great experience, always love the atmosphere at USC," McKnight said. "Would love that to be a future home to bring my skills to."

McKnight is still looking for that first offer. He was scheduled to visit The Citadel last Saturday, and he also plans to visit North Greenville.

Raheim Jeter, a '23 quarterback from Byrnes High School in Duncan, was back at USC for the UK game. "It was great," Jeter said. "It's always good to get to Williams-Brice (Stadium), especially for a night game."

CLEMSON

Katron Evans, a '21 defensive tacke from Norfolk, Va., named Clemson in his top 12. The others are PSU, Virginia, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas Christian, UGA, LSU, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Alabama and Oregon.

Aaron Willis, a '21 LB from Baltimore, named a top five of Clemson, Maryland, UGA, LSU and Alabama.

Troy Stellato, a '21 WR from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was offered by Clemson. He also has offers from FSU, Mississippi, UNC, Duke, Oregon,

TCU, Washington State, Southern Cal, Georgia Tech and others. He recently visited Alabama and Ohio State.

Clemson '21 WR target Beaux Collins of Bellflower, Calif., was at Ohio State over the weekend. He's a teammate of Clemson '20 QB commitment DJ Uiagalelei.

Clemson offered '21 QB Caleb Williams (6-1, 209) of Washington, one of the nation's top dual-threat QBs.

"I've been rooting for Clemson since (former QB Deshaun) Watson, so I've always liked Clemson and wanted the offer and finally got it," Williams said. "So it was exciting being able to get that call from (Clemson head) Coach (Dabo) Swinney."

Going into his junior season, Williams had passed for 2,931 yards and 26 TDs in two seasons at Gonzaga High, according to MaxPreps. He had completed 56% of his passes with six interceptions. Last season, he rushed for 229 yards and eight TDs.

"I believe I fit in any style," Williams said. "I don't have a style of play. I can do everything. I can pass and run when needed, so I believe I fit in any style."

Williams visited Clemson for the A&M game. Last summer, he visited Oregon, PSU, UGA and Oklahoma among others, and he camped at LSU. He said one of his future visits this season probably will be LSU.

USC also has offered Williams along with UGA, Oklahoma, LSU, PSU, Oregon, Stanford, Alabama, Arkansas, UF, FSU, Michigan, Ohio State, UNC, A&M, Southern Cal and Virginia Tech.

CLEMSON AND USC

Will Fowler, a '21 placekicker from Spartanburg High,was at USC for the UK game.

"It was really fun," Fowler said. "Loved the environment in Williams-Brice."

Fowler plans to return to Clemson this weekend for the FSU game. He also visited earlier in the season. He will also be at Alabama for the LSU game. He visited UGA in the spring.

OTHERS

Former USC offensive lineman commitment Issiah Walker of Miami committed to UF. He was in Gainesville on Saturday for the Auburn game.

Former USC '21 RB commitment Lovasea Carroll of IMG Academy in Florida was offered by Miami and UF.

Myrtle Beach High WR JJ Jones was offered by Louisville, Vandy and PSU. He was at WVU on Saturday.

Spartanburg High defensive end Zione Meadows reported an offer from Mississippi State.

BASKETBALL

USC, Pitt, Providence, Seton Hall and Miami are the finalists for 6-5 Earl Timberlake of Washington, according to StockRisers. He took official visits to each and has no other visits planned.

There's been no movement with 6-8 Ja'Von Benson of Ridge View High in Colunmbia. According to his head coach, Benson is still trying to decide between USC and College of Charleston. No coaches were in last week to see him.

Isaih Moore, a 6-10 former standout at Sumter High, who played his freshman season at Charleston and is now at Pearl River Junior College in Mississippi, committed to St. John's, according to The Sumter Item.