Recruiting is beginning it's final push towards National Signing Day on February 2nd and the Gamecocks are still interested in a few big-time prospects they hope to land for 2011. Here's a couple of updates on some recruits USC is currently after at this moment.USC getting final shot with Cooper
By Phil Kornblut
LB Cedrick Cooper of Lithonia, GA will meet Wednesday morning with USC recruiter Lorenzo Ward as he tries to sort out the recruiting mess he created over the last few days. Cooper committed to USC Sunday at the conclusion of his official visit. But he also committed to Arkansas Monday night during an in home visit with its coaches. At this point, he has not decommitted from either. And Cooper plans to take an official visit to Ole Miss this weekend. Cooper probably will keep a final decision to himself until Signing Day.
This recruiting battle has been stressful for both Arkansas and South Carolina the last few days. Cooper committed to USC Sunday night but then committed to Arkansas on Monday when some coaches came to visit. The strange part is he hasn't decommitted from either school. I know it's a tough situation but surely you can't think by committing to both schools that there is any good in that? Hopefully we'll get an update on Cooper after Lorenzo Ward meets with him this morning. I'm not sure if Arkansas will visit Cooper again before this weekend and it looks like he's planning the visit to Ole Miss as of now. I think the tight numbers and this whole situation could end up with Cooper elsewhere. USC would love to have him but I don't know if they can afford to wait on him to truly announce where he wants to sign next Wednesday. I guess we'll wait to see what news comes from the meeting today.Harris gets visit from Miami coaches
By Phil Kornblut
USC commitment DE Mason Harris of Rossville, GA met Monday night with Miami head coach Al Golden and assistant Michael Barrow. The pair came to the school and met with Harris for about 45 minutes. "I like Coach Golden," Harris said. He will take his official visit to Miami Thursday night thru Saturday night and he's excited about the trip. "It's Miami first of all," he said. "I like the football tradition. I want to get down there and see what they have to offer. I'm 90% (committed to USC) but you never know. I'll see when I go down there. I'll get back and talk it over with my mom and know something on Monday." Harris made his official visit to USC last weekend. No USC coaches are seeing him this week but he did talk on the phone with USC defensive line coach Brad Lawing. Last season Harris had 120 tackles with 15 sacks.
Miami has made a run on some Gamecock commitments and already convinced Thomas Finnie to switch his commitment. Harris is another that new coach Al Golden is after and he plans a official visit there late this week and early part of the weekend. I'm a bit worried about Harris and his commitment. The last visit this weekend before Signing Day and the full court press that Golden will put on could probably convince Harris to switch. USC has been on Harris' mind for a long time now but they will have to try and combat any last minute pressure from the Hurricanes. Harris says he's 90% committed to USC but I think it's most like a 55/45 split between the Gamecocks and Hurricanes. The official visit will go a long way with Harris.Spurrier getting last visit with Adams
By Phil Kornblut
USC's Steve Spurrier will be the last head coach to get a home visit with TE Jerrell Adams of Scotts Branch and his family. Spurrier is scheduled to visit on Wednesday evening. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney made his in home visit last week. Martell Adams, who is Jerrell's cousin and is helping him with his recruiting, said they are not expecting any Clemson coaches to visit this week. But he said the Tigers are still even with the Gamecocks. "The Clemson official visit really helped them out," he said. "They showed him a lot more in depth about the school." Adams made his official visit to USC this past weekend. He might visit Alabama this weekend but nothing has been planned at this point. Adams plans to announce his choice on Signing Day.
Adams is one of the few remaining prospects that USC has been after for a long time. The good news for the Gamecocks is the last visit will be ours. Head coach Steve Spurrier will stop by on Wednesday and will be the last head coach to visit Adams before he makes a decision. He's thinking of an Alabama visit this weekend but I would put that at a 0% chance of happening now. This one is a USC/Clemson battle and I'd say USC is the favorite at this time. The odds look to be around 52/48 in USC's favor but Clemson has made the move to get it this close. I think he'll end up at Carolina but he may need prep school to get there. Stay tuned for this one next week.
These are just a few last minute updates on some Gamecock recruits to keep in mind as that final push happens this week. Roderick Byers has announcement plans in place for 4:00 pm this afternoon and we'll let you know what the final decision will be for the defensive lineman from Rock Hill, South Carolina. Early reports indicated USC but now everything is showing Oregon for Byers and head coach Chip Kelly is in town this morning as well. I think that's a good sign for the Oregon Ducks landing Byers.
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