Tag:South Carolina
Posted on: January 7, 2012 2:26 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 7:21 pm
 

Jordan Diggs heads up to South Carolina

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Cape Coral  (Fla.) defensive back Jordan Diggs was keeping people guessing until the end but made his commitment public at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl on national television by selecting South Carolina.

"All of these are really great schools and great fits for me," Diggs said. "But Gamecock Nation, here I come."

The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder can play just about every skill position on the field but likely goes to South Carolina as a safety. Diggs also considered Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Miami.

A four-star prospect, he is rated by Maxpreps as the 131st overall player in the class of 2012.



Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:43 pm
 

Defensive back Chaz Elder commits to S. Carolina

Posted by Bryan Fischer

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- College Park (Ga.) defensive back Chaz Elder was one of the top uncommitted players in the South and had two SEC programs going after his services hard. Elder disappointed one staff and fan base on Thursday by announcing he was going to South Carolina at the 2012 Under Armour All-American Game.

"I like everything about the (program)," Elder said. " The DB's, they have five of them on the field at the same time."

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Elder was also seriously considering Georgia but had the Gamecocks in front during most of his recruitment. He is ranked by Maxpreps as the the 15th best safety in the country but can also play safety.

"Chaz shows good instincts and anticipation," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Loose-hipped, he can turn and run and is known for his hard hitting style of play. Not yet a super but shows flashes of brilliance. He needs to become more consistent.."


Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:58 pm
 

Safety Lucas Thompson picks East Carolina

Posted by Bryan Fischer

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Winter Garden (Fla.) defensive back Lucas Thompson was one of the top uncommitted players in the state of Florida and had several programs going after him late in the process but announced he was going to school somewhere a bit off the radar at the 2012 Under Armour All-American Game.

"I'm going to...," Thompson said. "East Carolina."

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Thompson was also considering South Carolina and Miami. He is ranked by Maxpreps as one of the top safeties in the class of 2012.


Posted on: January 5, 2012 3:48 pm
 

Junior Shaq Wiggins drawing plenty of attention

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Though he's a year and a couple of weeks away from signing his name to a letter of intent, Tyrone (Ga.) cornerback Shaq Wiggins is already getting into the thick of recruiting. One of the top players at the Rising Seniors Bowl at the end of last year, the talented defensive back recently picked up several scholarship offers and is seeing plenty of attention as schools turn their sights to the class of 2013.

"The latest are Wake Forest, Virginia and Tennessee," Wiggins said. "Tennessee, Virginia and Michigan are recruiting me the hardest."

"The DB coaches are great. Coach Lance Thomas from Tennessee is a cool guy and Coach (Derek) Dooley is a great guy and a good coach. The environment and the people around the college are great too. I've been down there like three times."

Wiggins exploded onto the scene with a terrific junior year that saw him snag nine interceptions. Schools from across the country are in contact with him and several others are on the cusp of offering.

"I'd say South Carolina, Florida, Michigan State, North Carolina and USC are close," he said. "Schools like that."

The 5-foot-10, 165-pound corner was one of the top competitors at the Rising Seniors Bowl in Atlanta, limited by cramps and a minor knee issue for most of the week before performing well in a game many didn't expect him to play. He had four tackles and led the victorious West team in pass breakups while running onto the field after icing between plays. While Wiggins knows what to look for in games, he also has an idea what he's looking for in colleges.

"It's a little bit of everything," he said. "The school itself, the education, the environment - I want to be surrounded by good people. Just things like that. Coaches, players and the team overall too."

Wiggins is planning on using the spring to get to campuses around the country and already has an idea as to when he wants to sit down and make his commitment.

"I've (already) visited Auburn, Michigan, Florida, Georgia and Georgia Tech," he said. "I might camp out at Alabama. I'm going to South Carolina's Junior Day, Florida's Junior Day, Virginia's Junior Day and maybe one more.

"I would like to get (a decision) done over the summer. I want to focus on my senior season, I want to have fun. Last year of high school, I'd never be able to it again. I plan on committing in June or July, sometime around then. I'll take a few visits during the spring."

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Posted on: December 21, 2011 7:55 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2011 8:58 pm
 

SEC junior college early signees

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Wednesday, December 21st is the first day Junior College players can sign with schools across the country and the faxes are already in for several commitments. Here's a list of each SEC team and who has signed or is expected to sign paperwork soon. This is for the early period only.

Arkansas

Los Angeles Harbor C.C. (Calif.) defensive end Austin Flynn

Alabama

Eastern Arizona C.C. (Ariz.) cornerback Travell Dixon

Auburn

None.

Florida

East Mississippi C.C. (Miss.) defensive tackle Damien Jacobs

Georgia

Coffeyville C.C. (Kan.) offensive lineman Mark Beard

Kentucky

East Central C.C. (Miss.) defensive back Kory Brown

LSU

None.

Mississippi

Coahoma C.C. (Miss.) offensive lineman Darone Bailey
City College of San Francisco (Calif.) offensive lineman Pierce Burton
Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) defensive back Dehendret Collins

Mississippi State

East Mississippi C.C. (Miss.) defensive end Denico Autry
Gulf Coast C.C. (Miss.) offensive lineman Dylan Holley
Butte C.C. (Calif.) offensive lineman Charles Siddoway

Missouri

None.

South Carolina

None.

Tennessee

Gulf Coast C.C. (Miss.) defensive end Darrington Sentimore

Texas A&M

Gulf Coast C.C. (Miss.) defensive back Otis Jacobs

Vanderbilt

None.


Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:03 am
 

12/21 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel will pick among Notre Dame, LSU and Vanderbilt by Christmas.

 Receiver Brett Bartolone picked up an offer from Washington State.

 Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze is playing catch up in recruiting.

 Mark Richt's contract extension at Georgia could help recruiting.

 Defensive end Jonathan Bullard will pick among Clemson, South Carolina and Florida.

 Kansas State's success this season won't change Bill Snyder's recruiting approach.

 Recruiting is a tricky situation for West Virginia.

 Penn State coaches are telling recruits to keep their options open.

 Nebraska and Maryland landed JUCO cornerbacks.

 Michigan extended offers to a couple of 2013 prospects.
Posted on: December 7, 2011 10:13 am
Edited on: December 7, 2011 10:13 am
 

Keith Marshall commits to Georgia

By MaxPreps' Steve Spiewak

Keith Marshall, the nation's No. 25 recruit, committed to Georgia Tuesday in a ceremony held at his school.

The Millbrook (Raleigh, N.C.) star running back selected the Bulldogs over Clemson, South Carolina, and Florida.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Marshall is one of the most explosive running backs in the country, combining good vision with elite speed.

Marhsall burst onto the scene as a sophomore, rushing for more than 1,100 yards and putting together an extremely impressive highlight tape.

Since then, he's become one of the more popular recruits on Twitter, boasting more than 5,000 followers and routinely tweeting about his recruitment, which has intensified this fall.

"It can get really tiring, but it's a good problem to have," Marshall told MaxPreps in September.

With the commitment of Marshall, two of the nation's Top 3 tailbacks have verbally committed to colleges, with Johnathan Gray making a pledge to Texas in April.

Barry Sanders, the nation's No. 2 tailback and No. 15 recruit overall, remains uncommitted.

Marshall joins a recruiting class that also features five-star offensive lineman John Theus.

 
 
 
 
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