Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Tarheel Gridiron Standout Commits to USC

According to Phil Kornblut of the South Carolina Radio News Network North Carolina prep LB Larenz Bryant committed to the University of South Carolina on Monday over a plethora of BCS level offers. The Charlotte, NC native is regarded as the top high school football talent in the state of North Carolina according to 247sports. USC Run Game Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach Shawn Elliott was the lead recruiter of Bryant for South Carolina. Bryant chose the Gamecocks over several SEC and ACC schools like Alabama, Texas A&M, Florida, Clemson, Georgia, Florida State, UNC, N.C. State, Virginia Tech, Duke, Wake Forest, Oklahoma, East Carolina and UVA. Bryant is the fifth linebacker prospect to commit to the Gamecocks for the 2013 football recruiting class. The Vance High School product is a four-star prospect according to 247sports. One interesting tidbit regarding Bryant is that he is a native South Carolinian as he hails from the Charleston area. This is the 18th verbal commitment for USC in its 2013 class and remember that verbal commitments are non-binding until the prospect either enrolls in classes come January 2013 or "inks" scholarship papers come National Signing Day in February 2013. This is an excellenbt pickup by the USC coaching staff and kudos to Coach Shawn Elliott for being in BEAST MODE on the recruiting trail. This is the 13th defensive prospect that the Gamecocks have accepted a verbal pledge from in the 2013 class. Go Gamecocks!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Georgia Gridiron Prospect Ties "Knott" with USC

The Gamecocks recruiting bonanza continues as USC picked up commitment number 17 Sunday evening when Georgia offensive line prospect Alan Knott gave a verbal commitment to South Carolina. The Tyrone, GA & Sandy Creek High School product called USC Offensive Line Coach/Run Game Coordinator Shawn Elliott with the good news and giving the Gamecocks their second Peach state o-line commitment in the last 24 hours on the heels of J.P. Vonashek's commitment yesterday. USC now has four offensive linemen committed for the 2013 recruiting cycle. Knott selected the Gamecocks over UNC, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Miami, South Florida, Louisville and Georgia Tech. The 6'5", 265 pounder is a three-star prospect according to 247sports. Go Gamecocks!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Georgia OL Prospect Chooses Gamecocks

The Gamecocks secured their 16th verbal football commitment Saturday evening when offensive lineman J.P. Vonashek pledged to USC coaches after making an unofficial visit to the Midlands this afternoon. After receiving a South Carolina offer eleven days ago, the Kingsland, GA native selected the Gamecocks over multiple offers from Auburn, FSU, Georgia, Miami, Michigan State, Ole Miss, UNC, Ohio State, and Tennessee among others. The Camden County High School product is the fifth Peach state product to verbally commit to the University of South Carolina for the 2013 recruiting cycle. Vonashek was recruited to USC by Runningbacks Coach Everette Sands with help from USC Offensive Line Coach/Run Game Coordinator Shawn Elliott. The 6'7" 275 pounder is the third offensive line commitment for the Gamecocks joining the duo, D.J. Park & Bryce King, from Dillon, SC. Vonashek is a three-star prospect according to 247sports. Go Gamecocks!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Basketball Transfer Turning a New "Page" Over to USC

According to Phil Kornblut of the South Carolina Radio News Network current Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles basketball player LaShay Page is considering a transfer to the University of South Carolina. The former Pee Dee hoopster has graduated from USM and been given a release to transfer. Page has requested a family hardship waiver from the NCAA for immediate eligibility at his new institution of choice. The 6'2" combo guard has contacted Gamecocks Head Basketball Coach Frank Martin and it is reported that Martin would welcome the former Palmetto hoopster into the USC family. Ironically Coach Martin is a little familiar with Page as it was his Kansas State Wildcats program that ended the season of Page and the Golden Eagles basketball team in the NCAA Tournament by a score of 70-64 in the first round. Page played two years at Southern Miss where he avergaed 9.6 points/game and shot 34.7% from three-point range. This year the former Latta and Dillon High Schools star avergaed 11.6 points/game, shot 35.2% from 3-pt range and shot 82% from the Free Throw line. Page played one year at Chipola Junior College before transferring to Southern Miss. If accepted into USC, Page would get the last scholarship available for the 2012-13 season. Go Gamecocks!