Final 2002 Recruiting Update

Several key prospects are beginning to show their hands. Two prospects high on the Gamecocks' list in particular, have narrowed their choices down considerably. And South Carolina fans and coaches have to like their chances with both of them as signing day draws nearer. Plus there is news on other major prospects ...

Cedric Boone, the massive 6-4, 335 pound defensive tackle out of Americus High School in Georgia, while keeping his options open with five teams, has basically trimmed his list to two this past weekend - and not necessarily the two that are recruiting him the hardest.

"I still have the same five schools right now," said Boone. "Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, South Carolina, and Clemson are all about even. I'd have to say that South Carolina and Clemson are the two teams recruiting me the hardest right now. I haven't set up any of my official visits yet; I'm going to do that later this week or first thing next week."

But our sources tell us that South Carolina has made the most progress with Boone and that it is a three horse race between the three SEC schools, Auburn, Georgia and The Gamecocks.

Boone was recently named AA Defensive Player of the Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He benches an incredible 500 pounds and is still a teenager! ... But will need work in the "quickness department" once he enters a D-1 program.

And James Townsend, the highly regarded wide receiver out of New Jersey has cut his list to three. South Carolina, Syracuse, and Iowa.

Syracuse is the home to a friend of his in Johnnie Morant, which most Gamecock fans will remember had narrowed it down to the Gamecocks and the Orangemen before committing to 'Cuse two years ago. Iowa is touting the possibility of signing Chris Leake to all of their potential wide receiver prospects. And the Gamecocks, as you know, have many connections with Townsend including family and coaches. (Learn more by clicking the bio link attached to his name above.)

Charles Silas, as reported on our premium board earlier in the week, has reconfirmed his commitment to the Gamecocks effectively dispelling the rumors that he had been leaning toward the Arkansas Razorbacks.

And the Gamecocks still look very solid with Eric Young, Syvelle Newton and Demetris Summers. All three are expected to wait until signing day or shortly thereof before announcing. Although, there is a possibility that Young could relieve some pressure by announcing earlier, perhaps as early as mid January. We're doubting that simply because he doesn't have his SC visit scheduled until the 17th nor his Tennessee visit scheduled until the 24th of January.

Summers and Young were both recently named to the USA Today High School All-American first team offensive squads. They were also recently named First Team All-Americans by, the web site presence for Sports Illustrated.

Two notes with regards to Summers. Demetris will probably announce his intentions on Tom Lemming's national signing show to be broadcast on signing day on ESPN. There has also been talk that Summers is now taking a hard look at Florida, and that he might have been thinking that way even prior to Charlie Strong's departure. We do know that Florida is making a very very hard push for Summers. We have been unable to confirm or glean the level of Meat's interest straight from the stallion's mouth. But we have spoken with two people who are very close, ultra close, to him and we have been told that the Florida rumors are overblown and that Demetris is still heavily favoring Lou Holtz's Gamecocks.

David Overmyer and Skyler Thornton are insisting that they intend to take all of their visits before announcing, and that they have no favorite at the moment. Overmeyer we remain in the hunt with, but Thornton is going to find a school not-so-interested in Demetris Summers in our opinion.

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