Saturday was a big day for Clemson football all around with a pair of commitments complementing the win over Georgia. The Tigers had over 100 prospects of various ages on campus for the game and picked up one pledge each for the 2014 and 2015 classes.
Defensive back Jefferie Gibson of Hope Mills, N.C., committed for 2014. Gibson recently decommitted from N.C. State and said last week there was a strong chance he would commit to Clemson on the visit.
“They have a great tradition, a great football program that comes second to none and the academics are great,” Gibson said earlier this month.
Gibson had committed to N.C. State as a receiver but plans to be a safety at Clemson. He is Clemson’s 17th commitment for the 2014 class, including 2013 signee WR Kyrin Priester, who did not qualify and plans to enroll in January after a semester at prep school.
Defensive back Van Smith of Charlotte committed for the 2015 class, becoming Clemson’s third commitment for that class. He chose the Tigers over Duke, Charlotte, Kansas State and N.C. State.
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Two players came off USC’s board last week, but neither went on the Gamecocks’ commitment list. WR Blake Bone of Woodruff committed to Kentucky, and DL Peyton Newell of Hiawatha, Kan., committed to Nebraska.
LB Raekwon McMillan of Hinesville, Ga., brought his family with him to Clemson on Saturday night. “I wanted my family to see Clemson and the atmosphere,” McMillan said in a recent video interview with Rivals.com. “I want them to get the wow factor from Clemson. I’ve seen all the highs and lows.” McMillan is down to Clemson, Ohio State, Georgia, Alabama and Florida. He has visited each and has scheduled official visits with each.
WR Trevion Thompson of Durham, N.C., was at Clemson on Saturday night. He has a short list of Clemson, Ohio State, Florida State, N.C. State, North Carolina and West Virginia.
Other uncommitted senior prospects at Clemson on Saturday night included OL David Sharp of Jacksonville, DB DJ Smith of Atlanta and WR Josh Malone of Gallatin, Tenn.
RB Derrell Scott of Havelock, N.C., has USC and N.C. State as his top two schools but still gives the Gamecocks a slight lead. Scott has the two very close. Scott plans to make his announcement Oct. 25 but says that is not set in stone. There is the possibility he could announce prior to his announcement date. He could not make it to the North Carolina game but plans to get to Columbia again. Ohio State, Florida State and Tennessee are among other schools that continue to court Scott.
DE Andrew Williams of McDonough, Ga., is one of the top uncommitted seniors in the country and USC and Clemson remain strongly involved.
WR Braxton Berrios of Raleigh made an official visit to Oregon over the weekend and will visit Miami this coming weekend.
Junior OL Mason Veal (6-6 290) of Charlotte, whose father played for USC, was at Clemson on Saturday night. He attended camps at Clemson and USC this summer and has offers from both.
Junior DE Austin Bryant (6-4 240) of Thomasville, Ga., has a Clemson offer along with offers from Florida State, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
6-5 TeMarcus Blanton of Locust Grove, Ga., made an official visit to USC over the weekend and Sunday night committed to the Gamecocks. He’s the second commitment for the Gamecocks’ 2014 class. Blanton averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds a game last season. Florida State, Auburn, George Mason, Michigan State and Arkansas are some of his other offers. Baseball
Junior LHP Logan Allen (6-2, 190) of Fletcher, N.C., committed to USC last week. Allen attends IMG Academy in Florida.
According to PerfectGame.com, Allen also considered N.C. State, Stanford, Arizona, UCLA, Florida, Miami and North Carolina. He’s the second southpaw and fifth pitcher to commit to USC’s 2015 class.