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South Carolina Recruits Are Ineligible

College Football News
Posted Jun 18, 2009

Three of South Carolina recruits from the 2009 signing class, ranked 13th nationally by Scout Inc., have each been ruled ineligible.

By: BE Coleman

Three of South Carolina recruits from the 2009 signing class, ranked 13th nationally by Scout Inc., have each been ruled ineligible. A fourth player, Alshon Jeffrey is now awaiting results from an SAT he recently took.

6’2” 256 lb. DE Duane Chisolm, rated as a three star prospect from Beaufort, SC., 5’10” 170 lb. Safety Chris Payne, rated as a three start prospect from Columbia, SC and 6’3” 190 lb. WR Charles Holmes, rated as a two star prospect from Rock Hill, SC. have each been ruled ineligible to play.

Payne has enrolled in a prep school, while Chisolm and Holmes have yet to indicate what path they will choose, either prep school or junior college.

Jeffrey, a four star recruit from Calhoun County, SC is also taking an online class in hopes of bringing up his GPA. The St. Matthews, prospect is a 6’3”, 220 lb. receiver that was ranked 12th nationally by Scouts Inc in the 2009 prospect class.

He is also at the center of the Lane Kiffin “Gas-Pumping” statement claim back in February that brought Tennessee more headline news. Kiffin denied claims of him telling Jeffrey he would be a gas pumper for life by attending South Carolina.

The center of the controversial statement is from an ESPN writer, Chris Low. The Low story previously showed a quote that was not inside of quotation marks. Many sports writers had the initial feeling that something misleading was being applied outside of the quotes. Redacted edits were modified.

"I never said that to Alshon, nor would I say anything like that," said Kiffin upon the statement during a phone call to an Orangeburg hotel-motel stay, where Jeffrey was camped out with his high school coach.

Jeffrey later said afterwards that he was not told that by Kiffin, in a phone call made by Kiffin on speaker phone to him. Kiffin was very bothered by the Low story, quickly worked to have the credibility of the story squashed.

Jeffrey denied the claim during the phone call that was also downplayed by his prep coach Walter Wilson. In an edited update, his prep coach said that he had said that; it was just a late night attempt to get the player to sign with the Vols.

NBC Sports reported it as, "It was his last resort. That's all it was," Wilson reportedly had told ESPN. "When you get pushed against the wall and your back is there, you're going to come out with something. You should have heard coach (Pete) Carroll. He was wide awake at 3 o'clock in the morning. Remember, he was on West Coast time and fighting to get Alshon to the very end."

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