Wide receiver/tight end Jaheim Bell of Valdosta, Georgia, Friday announced a final three of USC, Florida State and Oklahoma. Thursday night Bell said he would be announcing a commitment Friday, but that was refuted on Twitter later in the night by his mother and uncle. Then Friday morning Bell tweeted a new profile picture of him dressed in an Auburn uniform. Bell once was a Florida commitment but he broke away from the Gators on July 4. USC put on a full-court press and he took an official visit with the Gamecocks in June. He returned last month for the Alabama game. Bell has had Dec. 18 set his announcement. He is out for the rest of this season with a torn ACL suffered in practice. Bell is considered one of the top offensive talents in Georgia for the 2020 class. In his junior year, he had 70 catches for 800 yards and 14 touchdowns.

LB/RB Len’Neth Whitehead of Athens, Georgia, made his official visit to USC for the Kentucky game. The Gamecocks put on a solid display for Whitehead running the ball and stopping the run, and that was important to show Whitehead because he could play on either side of the ball in college. Whitehead has also taken an official visit to Tennessee and he will take an official visit to Wisconsin the middle of this month according to his coach. Alexander said Whitehead also likes Tennessee and Georgia.

USC head coach Will Muschamp and secondary coach/defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson remain in strong pursuit of SAF DJ Taylor of Tampa, Florida, and they’re making progress. Taylor has been committed to Arizona State since the summer after taking an official visit to Tempe in late May. He said Muschamp texts him daily and also calls regularly, and he’s ready for Taylor to set his official visit date with the Gamecocks. Taylor said he remains committed to Arizona State at this point but USC and Louisville, and to a lesser degree Penn State, are also on his mind. This weekend Taylor took an an official visit to Louisville. He’s not sure when he’ll make a final decision. He will sign in December but he will not graduate early.

USC target DE Reggie Grimes of Brentwood, Tennessee took his official visit to Tennessee over the weekend. He also has taken official visits to USC and Alabama and is scheduled for an official to Florida State November 2nd. He has set his announcement for Thanksgiving Day.

USC target RB Henry Parrish of Miami, a Pitt commitment, was offered by Southern Cal. He took an official visit to Columbia for the Kentucky weekend. He also has visited Pitt.

Former USC commitment OL Issiah Walker of Miami committed to Florida. He was in Gainesville Saturday for the Auburn game.

2021 DT Katron Evans of Norfolk, Virginia, named Clemson in his top 12. The others are Penn State, Virginia, Oklahoma, Nebraska, TCU, Georgia, LSU, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Alabama and Oregon.

2021 LB Aaron Willis of Baltimore named a top five of Clemson, Maryland, Georgia, LSU and Alabama.

2021 SS Bryce Steele of Raleigh released a top 10 Saturday night and USC is in the group. The other nine are Penn State, Michigan, North Carolina, Duke, NC State, Notre Dame, Maryland, West Virginia and Ohio State.

USC offered 2021 TE Bryson Nesbit (6-foot-6, 220 pounds) of Charlotte. He also has offers from North Carolina and LSU.

USC was the first to offer 2022 ATH Malaki Starks of Jefferson, Georgia.

2021 WR Troy Stellato of Ft. Lauderdale was offered by Clemson. He also has offers from Florida State, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Duke, Oregon, TCU, Washington State, Southern Cal, Georgia Tech and others. He recently visited Alabama and Ohio State.

Clemson target 2021 WR Beaux Collins of Bellflower, California, was at Ohio State over the weekend. He’s a teammate of Clemson 2020 QB commitment DJ Uiagalelei.

Former USC commitment 2021 RB Lovasea Carroll of IMG Academy was offered by Miami and Florida.

Clemson offered 2021 QB Caleb Williams (6-foot-1, 209 pounds) of Washington, D.C., one of the nation’s top dual-threat quarterbacks. Going into his junior season, Williams had passed for 2931 yards and 26 touchdowns in two seasons at Gonzaga High School according to MaxPreps. He had completed 56% of his passes with six interceptions. And last season he rushed for 229 yards and eight touchdowns. Williams visited Clemson for the Texas A&M game.

Last summer he visited Oregon, Penn State, Georgia and Oklahoma among others, and he camped at LSU. He said one of his future visits this season probably will be LSU. USC also has offered Williams along with Georgia, Oklahoma, LSU, Penn State, Oregon, Stanford, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State, North Carolina, Texas A&M, Southern Cal and Virginia Tech.

2022 QB Grantt Logan (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) of Mooresboro, North Carolina, was at USC for the Kentucky game. He camped at USC the last two summers when recruiter Bobby Bentley first took notice, and he was in for the spring game in April. Logan planned to be at Notre Dame Saturday for the game against Bowling Green and later in the month he plans to be in Chapel Hill for the Duke-North Carolina game.

Myrtle Beach WR JJ Jones was offered by Louisville, Vanderbilt and Penn State. He was at West Virginia Saturday.

WR Antonio McKnight (6-foot-2, 185 pounds) of CE Murray made an unofficial visit to USC for the Kentucky game. McKnight is still looking for that first offer. He was scheduled to visit The Citadel Saturday and he also plans to visit North Greenville.

Spartanburg DE Zione Meadows reported an offer from Mississippi State.

2021 PK Will Fowler of Spartanburg was at USC for the Kentucky game. Fowler plans to return to Clemson this weekend for the Florida State game. He also visited earlier in the season. He will also be at Alabama for the LSU game. He visited Georgia in the spring.

2023 QB Raheim Jeter of Greer was back at USC for the Kentucky game.

Basketball

USC, Pitt, Providence, Seton Hall and Miami are the finalists for 6-foot-5 Earl Timberlake of Washington, D.C., according to StockRisers. He took official visits to each and has no other visits planned.

There’s been no movement with 6-foot-8 Ja’Von Benson of Ridge View. According to his coach, Benson is still trying to decide between USC and the College of Charleston. No coaches were in last week to see him.

Six-foot-10 Isaih Moore of Sumter, who played his freshman season at the College of Charleston and is now at Pearl River JC (Mississippi) committed to St. John’s according to the Sumter Item.

Phil Kornblut covers college baseball, basketball and football recruiting around South Carolina.