USC in good shape with Wideman

March 1, 2013 

Dexter Wideman

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DL Dexter Wideman (6-4 275) of Saluda has not been to any junior days or visited any schools this spring, according to his coach Doug Painter, because he's focusing on his academics. And he has no visits planned right now though he's talked to LSU about a visit in 4-5 weeks.

Wideman has offers from USC, Clemson, Michigan, Florida and Ole Miss. He's also hearing from Florida State and LSU. Both called this week.

According to Painter, USC is out front for Wideman. "His family would like him to go to Carolina," Painter said. "For one thing, it's closer and they can get there easy. He's pretty close to his grandmother so he doesn't want to go too far away. But he still has an interest (in other schools) because he's never been away to football games to see what goes on and check out other campuses."

Wideman has been to USC and Clemson for games, and he went to one day camps at Tennessee and Virginia Tech last year. "He's going to want to take the visits and see what's out there," Painter continued. "He's leaning towards the Gamecocks. He's not told me that, that's just my perception watching him around school."

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