USC quarterback Jake Bentley a factor in recruiting

November 7, 2016 GMT

Chad Terrell, a highly recruited wide receiver out of Dallas, Ga., who announced his commitment to South Carolina on Friday night, said he made up his mind about two weeks ago.

Terrell had cut his list down to USC and Oregon. He said watching freshman quarterback Jake Bentley run the Gamecocks’ offense was a factor in his decision.

“Jake Bentley was honestly a huge factor for me, too,” said Terrell, who met Bentley on a junior day visit last year before Bentley decided to graduate early and enroll with the 2016 class. “I saw the last two games and saw how he’s definitely going to develop more and more. I just feel comfortable having him as the quarterback there for the future.”

The decision for Terrell came down to the Gamecocks and Oregon and he took an official visit to Eugene in September.

“They both have similar attributes that I really like,” he said. “South Carolina, I feel like they are bringing in a really good recruiting class this year and I feel like in the next few years the future is really bright. I like the academics because what I want to major in is going to be along the lines of marketing and business and the business program at South Carolina is among the tops in the country.”

Terrell said he is looking to take his official visit with the Gamecocks on Nov. 19. He currently is second in the state of Georgia this season for receiving yards. He is USC’s 22nd commitment for the class and the third at receiver.

USC has moved to the pole position with defensive back Keisean Nixon of Arizona Western JC and he has set his official visit with the Gamecocks for Nov. 19.

“South Carolina is the favorite for sure,” Nixon said. “I’m just liking the program and Will Muschamp is a big plus because he develops a lot of first rounders. The South Carolina visit is going to be big for me. I’m excited. My boys are Jamarcus King and Steven Montac and we’re going to take over the SEC with our secondary.”

Nixon has set Dec. 17 for his decision but he did not discount the idea of committing to the Gamecocks on his visit. “I don’t know,” he said. “Anything can happen.” Nixon also is scheduled for an official visit to Missouri on Nov. 26 and he continues to talk with Mississippi State.

USC commitment Jay Urich, a quarterback at Wren High School, was surprised last weekend when he received an offer from Tennessee. But flattered and appreciative as he was by the attention from the Vols, Urich said the offer in no way affects his commitment to the Gamecocks.

“All I know right now is I’m fully committed to South Carolina,” Urich said. “I am fully committed to South Carolina.”

Urich said he’s not yet set up his official visit with USC but it will come in December and January. Jake Bentley is entrenching himself as USC’s starting quarterback for the foreseeable future and Urich clearly understands the situation he will step into when he gets to USC next summer. He will not be an early enrollee. “I’m going to go in and compete, that’s the way it has been and always will be,” Urich said. “Going in there and doing what I do and competing and having fun with those guys and being able to help each other and grow from Jake. We all have a great relationship in that room right now. I’ve already been in there and it’s a great atmosphere in that room. Great atmosphere in there to learn, plus with Coach Roper, it’s a great opportunity.”

Urich was chosen for the North-South Game in December.

TigerIllustrated and Clemson247 both reported Clemson no longer is recruiting safety Markquese Bell of Bridgeton, N.J., who was scheduled for an official visit this weekend. The Tigers appear to have more interest in Xavier McKinney from Roswell, Ga. McKinney will take his official visit with Clemson this weekend. He’s also considering Florida, Georgia, Ohio State and Alabama.

Defensive end Malik Herring of Forsyth, Ga., visited Clemson Saturday unofficially. The Tigers are fighting Georgia and Alabama for his services.

Defensive lineman Tyrone Truesdell of Augusta has had a top group of USC, Florida, Louisville, Kentucky, Auburn and Ole Miss. That group remains intact along with the additions of Georgia Tech, West Virginia and Mississippi State.

Truesdell said he continues to get a strong recruiting push from USC. He visited for the East Carolina game in September and was back for a visit for the Georgia game last month. Truesdell has also been to Georgia and Florida for games this season. He has an official visit to Louisville set for January. He said he will also set visits with Ole Miss and Florida. As for an official visit to USC, Truesdell said since Columbia is so close to home, he doesn’t feel the need to schedule an official visit. He said Florida stands out the most with him right now.

Defensive lineman Romello Martin of Brooklyn doesn’t have any dates set but he is basically set on the five schools he will officially visit later this winter. Martin said USC, Florida, Ole Miss, Miami and Louisville stand to get his visits at this point. Besides the five schools he’s looking at for official visits, Martin said Penn State is another program that has worked its way back into the picture with him. He said there’s no leader at this point.

Offensive lineman Jerry Drake Jr. of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., has taken official visits to USC and Tennessee and said as of now no others are scheduled. He’s still looking at Oklahoma, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Pitt and West Virginia for potential official visits.

Drake visited USC officially for the Texas A&M game. Since his visit, Drake said Will Muschamp and Shawn Elliott have been in daily contact. Drake is not naming a favorite now but he said a decision could be coming sooner than expected, possibly within the next couple of weeks.

USC commitment DB Hamsah Nasirildeen took official visit to Florida State for the Clemson game but told the FSU247 site he’s still committed firmly to the Gamecocks.

Ben Lippen QB Ben McClure last week clarified that he has not yet been offered a preferred walk-on opportunity at USC but it is something being discussed. McClure has offers from Virginia Tech and Western Carolina and will visit Blacksburg this weekend.

Running back Jaylond Adams of Adamsville, Ala., visited USC unofficially Saturday for the Missouri game. His offers include South Alabama and several FCS programs. He said the Gamecocks are interested and will be down to see him in December.

Defensive back Tyler Banks of Winder, Ga., was at USC for the Tennessee game. Banks camped at USC last summer. This season he’s also been to Clemson, Georgia Tech and Auburn for games. He’s not received any FBS offers at this point.

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RB Caleb Johnson of Cordova, Tenn., picked up his first offer Saturday and it came from USC. Running backs coach Bobby Bentley made the offer to Johnson, who is in the running for Mr. Football in his state.

“I was excited to have Coach Bentley offer me,” Johnson said. “He said he liked my tape and was coming to see me in December. He liked my vision and my footwork. He said I can flat out play ball. And he was very impressed with my skill set level. Coach also said I should fit nicely in the offensive scheme.”

Johnson said he’s also drawing interest from Memphis and Kentucky. He was at Kentucky on Saturday for the Georgia game. This season Johnson has rushed for 2,083 yards and 24 touchdowns.

USC offered QB Artur Sitkowski of Matawan, N.J., in the summer and he still considers USC a school on his consideration list. “Yes they are definitely in the mix. I like South Carolina a lot. I haven’t visited a lot of places this season due to my season but I visited South Carolina, North Carolina, Ohio State, Michigan, Florida, Miami, Pitt, Rutgers and Maryland this summer and spring.”

DE Xavier Thomas of Wilson was back at USC on Saturday for the Missouri game. He also visited USC earlier in the season. He has also been to Clemson, Georgia and Alabama this season.

ATH Justin Watkins of Citra, Fla., has offers from Clemson and USC along with many others. He said he is interested in Clemson.

TE Trey Ross of Randleman, N.C., has been to Clemson for a game this season and said he hopes to return soon. Ross has not picked up any FBS offers at this point. He also has been to Duke, East Carolina and Appalachian State and will visit Wake Forest, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Clemson remains in touch.

USC recently offered OL Maxwell Iyama (6-5 265) of Murfreesboro, TN. Iyama has visited Tennessee and Louisville this season. He also has offers from Eastern Kentucky and Illinois State.

Clemson QB target Trevor Lawrence of Cartersville, GA was at LSU Saturday for the Alabama game and he now plans to visit Alabama for the Auburn game.

LB Dax Hollifield of Shelby, NC was back at USC for the Tennessee game. He was at North Carolina this past weekend. Hollifield has offers from USC, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky.

DB Israel Mukuamu of Berkeley is planning to go to Clemson for the Pittsburgh game.

WR Diondre Champaigne of Jones (Miss.) JC and Fort Dorchester, a one-time USC commitment, said Mississippi State and Southern Miss have been showing interest. He said he’s also talking with USC receivers coach Bryan McClendon.

TE Jacob Warren of Knoxville visited USC for the Tennessee game and remains in contact with the Gamecocks. He has not been offered.


USC coach Frank Martin over the weekend hosted 6-10 Felipe Haase of Chile and his AAU coach Art Alvarez of the Miami Tropics for an official visit. Haase attends Miami Christian High School and Martin, himself a native of South Florida, has strong ties to the area, especially with long time friend Alvarez.

Haase is power forward at 6-10, a player Alvarez likes to call a “stretch four” because of his ability to stretch the floor with his outside shooting skill.

Wednesday is the first day of the early signing period and Haase plans to make his decision this week. Also Wednesday, Lower Richland guard Clyde Trapp Jr. will sign with either USC, Clemson, Charlotte or Rice. He took official visits to all four with the Clemson visit taking place over the weekend.