Clemson, South Carolina await decisions from Gibson, Chubb
Two more recruits will come off the board this week as they announce their college decisions.
Jefferie Gibson of Hope Mills, N.C., is expected to choose between Clemson, North Carolina and N.C. State. Gibson was at Clemson for a junior day earlier this year and has been to Clemson several times. He’s also been to North Carolina and N.C. State. Clemson likes him as a safety.
Nick Chubb of Cedartown, Ga., is going on television in Atlanta tonight to reveal his choice. The running back is down to South Carolina, Georgia and Auburn. He visited all three last month.
In other recruiting news:
The twin sons of former Clemson star linebacker Jeff Davis — linebackers JD Davis and Judah Davis of Daniel — committed to the Tigers on Friday at the conclusion of camp. Both plan to graduate from Daniel in December and enroll at Tri-County Technical College in January and enroll on scholarship at Clemson in January of 2015. The twins are 6-2, 215, and are the first pledges for Clemson’s 2015 class.
Northwestern High School QB Mason Rudolph committed to Oklahoma State last week. Rudolph picked the Cowboys over LSU and Virginia Tech. He also had offers from Louisville, Virginia and Mississippi. Last season, Rudolph passed for 3,990 yards and 41 touchdowns.
Auburn offered rising freshman (Class of 2017) QB Jake Bentley of Byrnes on Friday while he was at camp. Bentley is the son of Byrnes coach Bobby Bentley. He has a brother who is a quarterback at Rutgers and another brother who is Byrnes’ starting quarterback and who is committed to Old Dominion. Jake Bentley camped at Clemson last week and is getting interest from the Tigers.
Donnell Stanley of Latta finished a three-day stay at Clemson on Friday. Stanley went to observe the Dabo Swinney camp and check out the campus. Stanley did not work out at the camp.
“He toured the campus and went to the Ag Department,” said his uncle, Chris German, who was not on the visit. “He really enjoyed it. He met with coach Swinney in his office and said he was impressed with that. He also met with (OL) coach Caldwell.”
Stanley will visit North Carolina and said he might attend a USC camp as well. He is going to Alabama for a camp July 14 ,and will visit Mississippi on July 15 and LSU a couple of days later. The week after he’s going to Florida and Florida State, and the following week he will visit Ohio State. German said Stanley will shorten his list after his visits. Stanley does not have a leader at this point, and German said he will announce during the season or right after. He does not expect him to wait until Signing Day.
LB Kendall Joseph of Belton-Honea Path made his final visit to Clemson on Friday. His parents and brother joined him. Joseph is down to Clemson, Duke and Louisville. He will visit Duke on June 14. He won’t make another trip to Louisville. At this point all three are even, but Duke is outworking the other two.
Joseph plans to make his decision on June 17.
DB Darin Smalls of Summerville would like to commit prior to his senior season but has not set a date for a decision. “It could be tomorrow and it could be next week ... I don’t really know,” said Smalls. He does plan to visit several schools this summer. After recently adding Kentucky to his offer sheet, the Wildcats will receive one of those visits. “I’m going to go to Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Oklahoma,” he said. Smalls has publicly favored the Gamecocks but now says he does not have a leader. “They’re definitely one of my favorites but I don’t really have a leader,” said Smalls. “I talk to them all of the time. They keep telling me how much they want me.”
His offers include USC, Clemson, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Louisville, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech.
QB Jacob Park of Stratford is hitting the road this summer to check out the schools on his list he hasn’t had a chance to see. Last week he was at Alabama and Mississippi State. He also will visit Florida State, Georgia, N.C. State, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame. The visit with the Irish will take place June 20 and will be his final visit before he makes his decision. Park also has Louisville, West Virginia and Oklahoma State on his list.
Woodruff WR Blake Bone is now sitting on 11 offers and has put together a top five list. Bone said his five favorites, in no order, are USC, Nebraska, Mississippi, Kentucky and Louisville with no leader. His other offers are Clemson, Central Florida, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Arkansas and Marshall.
Bone said he won’t participate in any camps this summer but he’ll visit several schools including USC, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, North Carolina and Ole Miss. He’s looking at spending one of his official visits with Nebraska.
DL Kwamelle Barnes of Saluda was offered last month by S.C. State. N.C. State and North Carolina are among others showing interest in Barnes. He plans to attend camps at Florida, LSU, N.C. State and North Carolina. He is not hearing from Clemson or USC.
LB Raekwon McMillan of Hinesville, Ga., released his top five Saturday at the Rivals combine in Chicago, and Clemson is in the group. McMillan also named Ohio State, Florida, Georgia and Alabama in his top five. McMillan said he has the closest relationships right now with the Clemson and Ohio State staffs. McMillan doesn’t plan to name his school until the Under Armour Game following this season.
DL Peyton Newell of Hawatha, Kan., has six finalists but will visit only two of them this summer before making his decision on Aug. 30. Newell is down to USC, Georgia, Nebraska, Kansas, Kansas State and Southern Cal. He is going to the Big Red Weekend at Nebraska on June 15 and the USC Showcase Camp in late July. The Gamecocks, Cornhuskers and Georgia are particularly strong with him, although Newell is not ready to call them his top three.
Newell plans to release a top three about two weeks before he announces. There is no leader right now.
Clemson Thursday offered junior QB Tyler Queen of Kennesaw, Ga., while he was at camp. Queen also holds offers from Alabama, N.C. State, North Carolina, Louisville and others. Last season Queen passed for 2,607 yards and 23 touchdowns and rushed for 942 yards and 20 touchdowns.
LB Dillon Bates of Ponte Vedra, Fla., has narrowed his list to Tennessee, Florida and Alabama, eliminating USC and Texas. He plans to announce next month at The Opening.
DB DJ Smith of Marietta, Ga., visited USC on Saturday along with his father and a friend. It’s the second straight summer Smith has made a trip to Columbia to check out the Gamecocks. “I had a good time,” Smith said Saturday night. “I met some of the new players and they showed me around the campus. We had a good time.”
DE Harold Landry of Fayetteville, N.C., landed offers last week from North Carolina and Indiana. He has been committed to Boston College but continues to look at USC and Clemson among others. He visited both before his commitment in early April.
RB Derrell Scott of Havelock, N.C., remains open about his decision and will visit Ohio State and Florida State this summer, his coach said last week. Those visits will take place in the next couple of weeks. USC, Clemson and Oregon round out Scott’s top five. Coach Jim Bob Bryant said Scott won’t visit USC this summer since he’s been there multiple times, but he may make it to Clemson. The coach does not sense a favorite for his star back at this point. “It’s 1A, 1B and 1C right now I think,” Bryant said. “No order. I think all five are pretty even right now until he takes officials to all five of them and see what they have to offer.”
USC also is a factor with Bryant’s junior receiver Michael Bowman. The Gamecocks have offered along with North Carolina, N.C. State and East Carolina. Bowman also will go to Ohio State when Scott visits there.
DL Abu Lamin of Fort Scott JC, Kan., is going to take his official visits this summer and will make his decision later this summer instead of waiting until the midway point of his season. Lamin visited Arkansas unofficially last week. He has set an official visit to Florida for June 14 and one to USC on June 21. Lamin talked with Gamecock recruiter Deke Adams last week to finalize plans for his visit, which will include his mother and brother who will drive down from Fayetteville, N.C. Lamin said at this point USC, Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia, Arizona State, Florida, Nebraska and LSU are the schools he’s most interested in. “I’m impressed with all those schools.” He did not name a favorite.
DB Chris Lammons of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is looking hard at USC and has the Gamecocks in his final 15. He plans to visit this summer. Lammons has never been to USC.
“They produce a lot of cornerbacks and put them in the NFL,” he said. “There’s a chance to play early because they play five defensive backs.”
The others on his reduced list are Oregon, Florida, Miami, Arkansas, West Virginia, LSU, Ohio State, Alabama, Florida State, Central Florida, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Indiana and Kentucky. He doesn’t plan to announce until Signing Day.
DL Chris Williams of Tyrone, Ga., has a top five of Ole Miss, Tennessee, USC, Texas A&M and Ohio State in that order. Ole Miss is the team to beat, and he will visit there this week. He does want to visit each of his top five before committing and plans to commit prior to the season. DB Denzel Franklin of Atlanta plans to visit USC this summer and has the Gamecocks high on his list. He will narrow his list down to three or four before the season and says that USC is very much in the mix. He will visit Tennessee, Boston College and Virginia as well. He recently visited Duke. His other offers include Michigan State, UCLA and Florida. Franklin does not have a favorite.
Junior LB Sherrod Pittman of Jacksonville, Fla., put out a top 11 of USC, Clemson, Auburn, LSU, Florida, Miami, Georgia Tech, Central Florida, Louisville, Georgia Tech and Florida State. Pittman added that USC, Florida and Louisville will be in his top five.
DB Quincy Wilson of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., released his top 12 list of USC, UCLA, Southern Cal, Ohio State, LSU, Alabama, N.C. State, Florida, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Louisville and Vanderbilt. Wilson said there is no order to his list. He cut his list from more than 40 offers.
DL Andrew Brown of Chesapeake, Va., says he will take official visits this fall to Clemson, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Florida and Florida State. Those are his final five schools and he has not named a favorite. He plans a decision for October.