Tag:South Carolina
Posted on: July 1, 2011 12:11 am
Edited on: July 1, 2011 12:25 am

Tight end Rainey selects South Carolina

Posted by Bryan Fischer

South Carolina fans, still celebrating from the Gamecocks' victory in the College World Series, got another dose of good news when Yulee (Fla.) tight end Kelvin Rainey committed to the school Thursday afternoon.

"I just really liked South Carolina," Rainey told TheBigSpur.com. "I've visited there and there wasn't anything that I didn't like. The academics are great. I liked the whole coaching staff. I have been building a relationship with that coaching staff since my sophomore year. There really hasn't been a school that stuck with me like South Carolina."

The heavily pursued Rainey, who held offers from schools such as Florida, Florida State, USC and Notre Dame, is a major victory for South Carolina on the recruiting trail. He credited receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. as a key factor in his decision.

"Coach Spurrier Jr. was pretty big during this process," Rainey said. "He has been there the whole time. We have always kept in touch with each other and he is always keeping me updated on things. He let me know how they are going to use me. He is like a close friend."

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Rainey is South Carolina's ninth commitment for 2012 but only the second skill position player. He had 20 catches for 413 yards and 5 touchdowns last year as a junior.
Posted on: June 29, 2011 9:40 am
Edited on: June 29, 2011 10:20 am

6/29 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Running back Greg Garmon has overcome obstacles to become both a cancer survivor and a Top 100 recruit.

One of the top quarterbacks in Georgia, Greyson Lambert, will visit South Carolina, Alabama, Florida and Florida State in July.

 Big offensive line recruit Vadal Alexander will visit Geogia but says his leaders are Alabama, LSU and Auburn.

 Offensive lineman Alex Kozan took in the sights and sounds of Arkansas yesterday.

Nebraska is making itself at home in the state of Ohio.

 Notre Dame offered quarterback Jalin Marshall.

 The Orlando Sentinel says Florida State's recruiting class narrowly edges out Florida.

 Running back David Smith could follow his friend Maurice Fleming Jr. to Illinois.


 Al Golden and Miami picked up two players in the 2012 class in linebacker Reggie Northrup and tight end Brandon Holifield.

 Wide receiver Lamarlin Wiggins has pledged to attend USF.

 It was a good day for Washington, which picked up commitments from safety Taylor Lagace, defensive end Kalei Auelua and defensive back Bryan Harper.

 Texas added kicker Nick Jordan to their upcoming class.

 Running back Joe Riddle pulled the trigger on a commitment to Maryland.
Posted on: June 26, 2011 7:58 pm

Aiken takes familiar path to Clemson

Posted by Bryan Fischer

In case you haven't noticed, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney can recruit. While the coach has been placed on the hot seat by some, that hasn't affected him on the recruiting trail as he reeled in another top recruit on Sunday in Bamberg (S.C.) defensive end Martin Aiken.

"I told (Swinney) I was going to try to hold onto it until I was absolutely positive and could announce it to everybody," Aiken told Clemson247.com about a conversation after Clemson's camp last week. "He smiled, looked at me and said if I hadn’t told him that right then, he’d have been jumping up and down and hugging me because he’s wanted me for a long time. So he told me to take my time and if anything changed, let him know."

The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder selected the school over South Carolina and Georgia Tech and held offers from schools such as Auburn, USC and Tennessee. He got to talk with former Clemson and Bamberg-Ehrhardt High defensive linemen Da'Quan Bowers and Ricky Sapp about the program before making his own decision.

"I know a lot of people think they probably pushed me there, but those guys didn’t," Aiken told the site. "It was more like they thought I was really considering going somewhere else. We hung out at camp, and they were like, 'Wow, you’ve got a lot of offers. How you feel about Clemson.' I told them, and when I told them, they were surprised because I had all these big offers. They told me they weren’t going to try to influence me, but encouraged me to go wherever fit me best. Just make your own decision. Those are good guys, they really helped me out."

Clemson now has 12 commits in their class of 2012 after Aiken's pledge. He had a monster season as a junior last year, racking up 12 sacks and over 100 tackles as a defensive end.
Posted on: June 26, 2011 7:39 pm

USF gets two big in-state commitments

Posted by Bryan Fischer

With new coaching staffs at Miami and Florida, many observers thought that USF could capitalize on the turnover and steal a few recruits that might otherwise head to those two schools or go out-of-state. Skip Holtz and the Bulls picked up two such players this weekend with the commitments of Citra (Fla.) tight end Sean Price and Gainesville (Fla.) cornerback Chris Bivins.

“There is so much to like about USF,” Price, right, told USFNation.com. "When I visited with them and got to hang with Coach (Phil) McGeoghan, Coach (Larry) Scott, Coach Holtz, the whole staff, and some of the players, I felt like it was one big family and I wanted to be part of it.”

Price held scholarship offers from Florida, Miami, Alabama, LSU and Notre Dame among others and has had a terrific summer at 7-on-7 competitions. Despite all of the attention from powerhouse programs in the recruiting process however, it was the school just down the highway that offered Price the best chance to improve his game.

“The campus was real nice, the facilities are awesome and it’s a place where I feel like I can grow into a man at. The whole atmosphere there is electric,” said Price. “They’re a young team and are just going to get better and better, and I know I can go in there and play my freshman year.”

Like Price, Bivins has been a mainstay on the 7-on-7 circuit and camp circuit. He ended up committing at the SuperBull camp put on by USF coaches at Raymond James Stadium.

"After I did everything with the coaches, had some experience with the coaching staff to see how they did things, everything just felt good," Bivins told The St. Petersburg Times.

Bivins' sister, a volleyball player, committed to USF earlier in the week. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound corner also held offers from Arkansas, Illinois and South Carolina. Even with several other programs close to offering this summer, it was tough for the family to be separated and therefore Chris became the second member of the Bivins clan to commit to USF.

"We've been together all our lives. It would be hard for us to separate," he said. "I love my sister to death. I've got to be her big brother and not let anything happen to her. She's older than me, but I still think of myself as her big brother."

The in-state duo give USF six commitments for the class of 2012, including four defensive backs.
Posted on: June 23, 2011 9:56 am
Edited on: June 23, 2011 12:02 pm

6/23 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- As the No. 2 overall recruit and the top quarterback in 2012, Gunner Kiel is keeping his recruitment low key.

- Running the numbers on SEC recruiting compared to ACC recruiting turns out about how you'd expect.

Arkansas is keeping tabs on speedy wide receiver Eric Hawkins.

Florida State, Florida, South Carolina, USF and Miami are defensive tackle Earl Moore's top five according to this Q&A he did.

The decommitment of Kyle Kalis is just the latest news in Ohio State's recruiting woes.

Offensive lineman Blake Bars visited Michigan and now has a top five.

Wisconsin is off to a fast start in putting together their 2012 recruiting class.


Florida added the commitment of kicker Austin Hardin, who selected the Gators over Auburn and Tennessee.

Cornerback Hugs Etienne committed to Wisconsin over West Virginia.

Pitt added former Ohio State signee Ejuan Price.

Dual threat quarterback Brenden Motley selected Virginia Tech over Virginia and Georgia Tech.
Posted on: June 21, 2011 5:40 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 6:02 pm

English set for South Carolina

Posted by Bryan Fischer

South Carolina is inching closer and closer to the double-digit commitment mark for the class of 2012, adding pledge No. 8 late Monday night from Powder Springs (Ga.), defensive end Darius English. He visited the school unofficially Saturday and made his commitment public two days later to become the latest Gamecock.

“When I finished the tour and everything, I told Coach (G.A.) Mangus that South Carolina is where I want to be,” English told TheBigSpur.com. “He was excited. He said that I was the first defensive end commit for them. I just wanted to talk things over with my parents before I went public. They were excited about it as well. That was the school they wanted me to go to. They live in Augusta so they are close to South Carolina.”

One factor that went into his decision was the fact that two high school teammates, linebacker Marcquis Roberts and tight end Rory Anderson, signed with South Carolina in February and will be able to show him the ropes once he gets to Columbia.

“Yes, I’ve got two people there that I know,” English told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “That way, when times get tough, I have two friends there for me. They will keep me going, keep pushing me.” 

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound speedy defensive end lived in the opponent's backfield last season, racking up 17 sacks as a junior. He also held offers from Auburn, Arkansas, Michigan State and Ole Miss among others but will wind up at South Carolina. He is head coach Steve Spurrier's second defensive lineman in the upcoming recruiting class, joining fellow Georgian Carlos Hood.
Posted on: June 11, 2011 4:01 pm
Edited on: June 11, 2011 4:05 pm

Clemson adds pair of top flight defensive backs

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Clemson brought in one of, if not the, top linebacker groups as part of their class of 2011 and they are now in good position to being in the top defensive back class in 2012 based on a pair of recent commitments. Fairfax (S.C.) safety Ronald Geohaghan and Top 100 defensive back Travis Blanks of Tallahassee (Fla.) both pledged to the Tigers this week, giving the school two elite players for an already strong recruiting class.

"There's just something about Clemson," Geohaghan told TigerIllustrated.com. "They put out great players in so many sports and you see so many guys getting great jobs after they leave Clemson. I see it all over the place here. They have good citizens that represent the university well."

"I called up coach (Dabo) Swinney, told him and he was ecstatic," Blanks told the site Friday. "It was crazy. Coach Swinney is on the front-end of his coaching career and Clemson's been getting some big-time commits."

The 6-foot, 190-pound Geohaghan is high school teammates with Clemson commit Bashaud Breeland. The pair wanted to play together at the next level and it looks like both enjoyed Clemson enough for that to be the school they'll head to next fall.

"Bashaud and I had talked about playing together in college back when we were in high school," Geohaghan said. "Now it's going to happen and it's a dream come true. I'm going to work hard and hopefully play as a freshman."

Blanks is the 16th overall player in the class of 2012, according to analyst Tom Lemming. At 6-foot-1 and 195-pounds, he can play either safety or corner and starred at both during the recent Tallahassee Nike Camp, shutting down opposing receivers with ease. Holding well over 30 offers from powerhouse programs across the country, it was the Clemson coaching staff made the best connection with the talented Florida athlete and a big reason why he pulled the trigger on a commitment.

"They did a tremendous job," Blanks said. "They kept it real with me. They didn't hound me. I like those type of guys."

The five-star athlete had 104 tackles and four interceptions last year as a junior and added eight touchdowns on offense and special teams. He was expected to leave Tallahassee (home of Florida State) for college and had given strong consideration to Auburn and Miami. Geohaghan acutally played linebacker last season in high school and had 97 tackles and seven sacks. He was considering Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State and South Carolina before picking the Tigers.

The pair's commitments give Clemson seven total players in the class of 2012, including three defensive backs for secondary coach Charlie Harbison. Both participated in Swinney's football camp this week prior to making their commitment.

Photo via MaxPreps of Travis Blanks.

Posted on: June 6, 2011 1:20 pm

Another Stephenson High player headed to the SEC

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Stephenson High has been a football factory the past several years and this year's senior class is loaded with as many as 18 FBS-caliber signees. Stone Mountain (Ga.) defensive back Kyle Fleetwood added to the school's number of commitments Sunday night, pledging to South Carolina and giving his high school an impressive seven players who are committed to an SEC school.

“Honestly, the shoe fits me,” Fleetwood told TheBigSpur.com. “The city is great. It is a great city for football. The fans are great. They have great support up there. I also have a chance to play early. I can play multiple positions for them and that increases my chance to play early. They are also graduating most of their players and that was a big thing for my family. It is a great place to be. It fits me the best.”

The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder held offers from LSU, Penn State, Louisville, Stanford and Ole Miss among others. He visited Columbia unofficially Sunday and liked the Gamecocks plan for him in college so much that he left the city as a commitment.

“They told me that I would probably start out at both safety spots when I come in but I could play a little corner as well if I wanted too,” he said. “I also could play Spur later down the line. The told me that they have six defensive backs on the field on passing downs and that sounded great.”

High school teammate and defensive tackle Carlos Hood is also committed to the Gamecocks. Fleetwood's pledge is the sixth for South Carolina's class of 2012 but first defensive back for the school. Assistant coach Lorenzo Ward gets credit for recruiting both Stephenson players and he is still working on landing several more.
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