USC verbally offers Florida CB

It's no secret the South Carolina Gamecocks have major needs to fill at cornerback in the class of 2010. And USC may look to the Sunshine State to help fill those needs as the Gamecocks have already offered several Florida corners. The latest to pick up an offer is Mainland HS (Daytona Beach, FL) prospect Ricardo Allen. Read below as Allen reacts to that offer.

The 5-9, 175-pound Ricardo Allen picked up a verbal offer from Steve Spurrier, Jr. and the South Carolina Gamecocks when the USC wide receivers coach came by his school on Tuesday.

"I liked it," he said of the offer. "I've seen them play before so I really liked that one."

Allen hasn't had the time to get to know Spurrier, Jr. yet as Tuesday was the first time he had ever laid eyes on him. But Allen say Spurrier, Jr. did make a good first impression.

"He's really nice," Allen said. "He tells you what you want to hear. He'll tell you the right things."

Allen is still learning about the South Carolina program, but does like the way coach head coach in charge of the defense Ellis Johnson uses his cornerbacks.

"I like it," he said. "I like how they play their cornerbacks. they play man-to-man a lot."

The talented corner, who grabbed six interceptions in his junior campaign, says that fits his style.

"I'm a hitter and I like man-to-man coverage."

USC joins Arkansas, Clemson, Michigan, Illinois, FIU, Ole Miss and North Carolina as the programs who have offered the standout corner.

Arkansas was the first program to offer Allen. He says that along with the fact his mother likes the Razorbacks makes them a factor.

But it should come as no surprise the physical defensive back claims no favorites. He has not visited any schools yet.

He currently plans summer trips to Ole Miss and Clemson, and also wants to camp at USC.

While he says he doesn't know much about any of the three programs he did admit that they would have an excellent shot to land him if things check out during the visits.

Allen, who timed in at 4.57 seconds in the 40-yard dash in Orlando, does like the Clemson program from his limited knowledge of the Tigers.

"I really haven't checked Clemson out," he said. "I know their coaches are real cool though."

Allen grew up a Florida State fan, but he is not the lock to join the Seminole program some may think he is. The FSU coaches informed him that an offer would be in the mail soon, but he says that doesn't mean he will automatically commit to them.

"I'm looking at the other teams [too]," he said. "Because (the Seminoles) were good in their hey-day but now it's like their program is going down the drain."

Allen is also receiving interest from Texas Tech, Florida, Nebraska, Troy, UCF and Alabama. He plans to take all five official visits and wait until signing day to decide. Allen says he will definitely take officials to USC, Clemson and Ole Miss.

"I really don't have (a favorite)," he said. "I'm just trying to look for a good school, because I'm trying to go into a medical field."

Allen claims a 3.4 GPA and a 17 on the ACT.

The physical cornerback is ranked the No. 31 prospect in the Sunshine State Pre-Spring Hot 100 by those who cover the state for He was also put on the defensive top five list following his impressive performance at the Orlando Combine.

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