Weekend 1 Recruiting Update - Now The Fun Begins

The ball started rolling this weekend for the Gamecocks and that is a good sign ... because this wasn't their big weekend. With only five players in for their visits Lou Holtz picked up one commitment, got good vibes from two others ... and the best news is what didn't happen elsewhere. Why? Read on ...

David Laggis, the big 6-5 240 tight end out of Conyers, GA committed to the Cocks. You can read more about him in our commitment feature located on the front page of the site.

Demetris Summers - it has been confirmed that Summers has cancelled his visit to Florida and will not reschedule. Furthermore Summers has clearly stated that he intends to stay instate and "close to home."  Demetris will visit South Carolina in the 17th and Clemson on the 24th. He will announce his decision on signing day. The Gamecocks remain the odds on favorites to sign Summers.

Eric Young enjoyed his visit upstate but did not commit. He did say that he is now a slight lean to the Tigers but that was expected. He will visit South Carolina on the 17th, Tennessee on the 24th and North Carolina on the 31st. He will announce on signing day and this one is anybody's guess although we here at GamecockInsider.com are comfortable enough to predict a USC signing on the 5th. And as we have been saying since mid December, our only concern is Tennessee. That visit scares us.

Tremaine Billie came away from Clemson uncommitted. As a matter of fact he says he is still committed to the Gamecocks heading into his official visit on the 17th. Billie has gone on record as saying he will not attend the same school as Summers in an effort to avoid the competition but ... we understand he may now be waivering on that stipulation because our coaches have stressed to him the fact that he could well be a major player at Ryan Brewer's old slot back/tailback position. We still believe we will see Billie sign at Clemson before all is said and done.

Tez Doolittle of Alabama is no longer hearing from the USC coaches and has dropped them from his list.

Adrian Griffin visited Maryland this weekend and will visit Mississippi State on the 24th. He says he has not heard from USC in awhile and that may be because of the Joker Phillips move. He is expecting a call from the USC coaches early this coming week - don't worry, we'll be back in with Griffin when the time is right.

Editor's Note: The USC coaches have been under the restrictions of the dead period non contact rule until midnight tonight. Beginning tomorrow (Monday) our coaches will be allowed to once again start making calls and re-establishing contact once again. They have been unable to speak with some recruits since Phillips departed because of the dead period.

Tray Rogers visited UNC and came away impressed. He visits USC on the 17th and Georgia on the 24th. Joker Phillips was also recruiting him and he too says he has not heard from USC since. (See note above) The Gamecocks are still in excellent shape with Rogers.

Brian Staley, who everyone had been saying was a strong lean to Clemson came away uncommitted. But according to a report by Phil Kornblut, Staley said that the Clemson coaches attempted to convince him that USC was about to go on probation. That negative approach appears to have backfired on Clemson and now Staley will make his official visit to Carolina on the 24th with an open mind and a new curiosity. He has already been to Nebraska He committed to Clemson out of high school. If we lose him no one should be surprised or disappointed.

Alan Abrams enjoyed his visit to USC but did not commit. He will visit Ole Miss next weekend and then begin a run of welcoming coaches from Wake Forest, Ole Miss and Miami into his home before making a decision. Abrams has already visited Purdue. He's probably going to want to go to the school that will afford him the earlier opportunity for playing time.

Noah Whiteside enjoyed his visit to Clemson but did not commit. He did say that he should be considered "no longer committed to South Carolina" and that the two schools are even now ... and he will make his official to USC on the 17th as planned.  South Carolina is still in excellent shape with Whiteside and we are predicting a reconfirmed commitment from him before signing day. Don't sweat this Gamecock fans, Noah will be a Gamecock.

Syvelle Newton enjoyed his trip to Clemson but did not commit. He will visit USC on the 17th, UCLA on the 24th and Vanderbilt on the 31st. He will not announce until signing day. GamecockInsider.com says that THE USC is the team to beat by a wide margin.

Cody Wells recommitted to the Gamecocks after making his official visit to Central Florida over the weekend. He said he is firm with USC and will not make anymore visits.  Wells is one of the sleeper commits of this class.

Richard Kitrell has narrowed his list to USC, Iowa, Maryland and Connecticut. He has already visited Iowa and Maryland and will come in for an official with USC on the 24th. He visits Michigan State on the 17th. The Gamecocks are in good shape with Kitrell but he will need to hurry in order to secure an available scholarship. If Kittrell continues to delay his decision look for the visit to never happen - we'll not have time to wait on him in our estimation.

Ryan Brown made his official visit to Clemson and came away unimpress


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