USC checks in on sophomore quarterback

September 17, 2013 

Avery McCall at South Carolina's Black Magic camp on Friday, July 26, 2013, at Williams-Brice Stadium.

DWAYNE MCLEMORE — dmclemore@thestate.com

USC recruiter Deke Adams stopped by Dillon High School Monday to check in on the Wildcats, in particular Gamecock commitment LB Joe Blue and sophomore QB Avery McCall.

Coach Jackie Hayes said Blue remains firm with his commitment and McCall continues to draw plenty of major interest. He now has offers from USC, Clemson, LSU, North Carolina, East Carolina, Ohio State and Tennessee. McCall suffered a shoulder injury in the season opening game and has missed the past two games, but Hayes said McCall will be back in the lineup for this Friday's game against Lake City.

Hayes said Adams was just making a casual stop by the school while making his rounds.

"He was just down to see what was going on with us and we were feeling him out about what's going on with them."

McCall hasn't made it to any games this season but Hayes said he will start going to games later this month and in October.

Hayes said Clemson also is very strong on McCall.

"He's kind of like the guy they've got up there now," he said. "I think Avery throws the ball a little bit better than Boyd does but he's still young and has a long way to go and a lot of work to do."

As for other Wildcats, senior RB Anthony Blue has offers from Appalachian State, Georgia Southern and Miami of Ohio. Newberry has offered senior defensive lineman Jalen Washington and senior LB Damu Ford. Hayes said Ford has visited Appalachian State and Florida State has offered him as a preferred walk-on at fullback.

In his junior class, Hayes said WR Er'reon Hayes (6-3 180) will be one to watch. And Hayes added that Hayes brother, 8th grade tight end and defensive end Ze'reon Hayes, will become a major prospect.

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