Latta offensive lineman Donell Stanley is ready to reveal his college decision. Stanley has known his choice for a couple of weeks and has set Friday at 1 p.m. for his announcement at his school. Stanley had a final four of South Carolina, Clemson, North Carolina and Alabama and actually narrowed his decision to the two in-state schools.
South Carolina wide receiver target Braxton Berrios of Raleigh made an official visit to Tennessee over the weekend, and he will now work on his final decision. He also took officials to USC, Miami and Oregon, and he will choose one of those four with the announcement expected within a few days.
USC runningback target Derrell Scott made an official visit to Tennessee over the weekend, as well. USC and N.C. State are the other top contenders for him. The Gamecocks and Wolfpack have been out front.
In other recruiting news:
Blythewood LB Jalen Williams decided a grayshirt offer from Clemson, with a chance for a scholarship in the 2014 class, was a better option than an immediate scholarship from Appalachian State, so Friday morning he announced a commitment to the Tigers. He also strongly considered Towson. Williams also had offers from Wofford, Presbyterian, Furman, Coastal Carolina, Charleston Southern, Air Force and Campbell. But the chance to play at the highest level was too much to ignore. Williams camped at Clemson last summer, and it was then when the Tigers ramped up their interest. “That was the best performance I ever had at a camp at Clemson that day,” Williams said. “What stood out was the way they went out on a limb to offer me. Coach (Brent) Venables and Jeff Davis and a couple of other guys off the Clemson staff, I caught their eye. I love everything about Clemson.” An added connection in this case is Clemson recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott, a former head coach at Blythewood. Last season, Williams had 102 tackles with eight for loss and three sacks. He tentatively becomes the 18th commitment for Clemson’s 2014 class.
Former USC commitments senior DB Wesley Green and junior DE Arden Key of Lithonia, Ga., were at the Kentucky game Saturday night. The teammates are still strongly considering the Gamecocks as they look at other options as well. Green was at Georgia for the LSU game and will take an official visit with the Bulldogs. He also will set an official visit with USC. He’s also considering Tennessee, LSU and Mississippi.
OL Chad Mavety (6-6, 330) of Nassau JC, N.Y., has taken an official visit to Florida State and will officially visit Alabama and Ohio State. USC is one of several schools under consideration for those two final trips. “Recently, coach (G.A.) Mangus called me and said they want me, they need me,” Mavety said. “They think their tackle is going to leave, and they are only going to recruit one JUCO offensive tackle and they think I’m that guy. They want me to come in there and step in right away and lead that offensive line at left tackle. They are not coming at me just for fun. They need me. They said they are going to recruit me real hard and are going to come up and see me soon. They think I’m extremely talented.” Mavety said Ohio State, Alabama, Florida State and Tennessee have been recruiting him the hardest in recent months, but he said USC has a decent chance to get one of those visits. “I’m definitely going to consider them. It’s late, but I’m not going to hold that against them. I know how the recruiting game works and I’m mature enough to understand that. I definitely have to look into it more and talk with coach Elliott. I’ll figure out if I want to go down there and check it out and see if it is the place for me.” Tennessee and Texas A&M are two other schools he’s considering for those visits. Mavety is a native of Sparta, N.J., who did not sign with a school out of high school. He will graduate in December and will have two years to play two.
DB Kaleb Chalmers of Greenwood has been to games at Clemson, USC, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina. He has offers from Clemson, USC, North Carolina, Duke, Stanford and Tennessee and is hearing from Wake Forest, N.C. State and Georgia, among others. He does not have any favorites. Chalmers could visit Clemson and/or USC again this fall but does not have any definitive plans.
DE Chauncey Rivers of Stone Mountain, Ga., committed to USC in July and said he remains firmly committed. But the offers continue to come in, and Clemson is pushing pretty hard. “They are contacting me real hard and want me to come up there,” said Rivers, who is hearing from Marion Hobby. He was at USC on Saturday night and plans to be at USC for the Clemson game. “I’m very strong, real firm,” Rivers said of his USC commitment. Rivers has picked up recent offers from Kentucky, Missouri, Vanderbilt and Ohio. He also has offers from Florida and Auburn along with USC and Clemson.
OL Brian Chaffin of Charlotte was at USC on Saturday night. He has offers from Mississippi State and Charlotte, and is also hearing from USC, Clemson, North Carolina, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Duke and East Carolina, among others. His previous game visits were to Duke and East Carolina, and he plans to visit Clemson, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Northwestern, among others.
One of the most heavily recruited linebackers in the country is Ricky DeBerry (6-2, 240) of Richmond, Va. He has 44 offers, including Clemson and USC. Some of the others are Florida, Ohio State, Southern Cal, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Iowa. DeBerry visited Clemson for the Georgia game and got a good feel for the place. “I like the game day atmosphere and I like the school in general” DeBerry said. “I like the coaching staff. Coach (Dabo) Swinney is a great guy, a players’ coach. It was pretty special for me.” DeBerry was at Tennessee on Saturday and will go to Penn State for the Nebraska game. He hasn’t visited USC but said, “I’m very interested in them as well.” He plans to visit more schools then narrow his list next spring. He also wants to get to Ohio State, Nebraska and some southern and western schools. And he’s also going to visit the two in-state schools. DeBerry does not have favorites at this point.
DB Jarius Morehead (6-1, 185) of Whitsett, N.C., attended a Clemson camp in the summer of his freshman season and liked what he saw. The Tigers remembered him, and recruiter Robbie Caldwell recently scouted one of his games. He liked what he saw and made Morehead an offer from the Tigers. “He told me the whole staff liked my highlight tape,” said Morehead, who has not been back to Clemson since but hopes to get in for a game this season. Morehead also has offers from N.C. State, North Carolina, Tennessee, East Carolina, Charlotte, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech. He said N.C. State is showing a lot of interest, and he’s also getting a good push from North Carolina. He does not have favorites and plans a decision for the beginning of his senior season.
WR Shaddell Bell (6-3, 195) of Atlanta made his first ever trip to Clemson for the Wake Forest game. He had previously been offered by the Tigers, and now everyone else has to catch Clemson. “Clemson is my favorite,” Bell said. “It’s in the Southeast and it’s only about two hours away. I’ve always loved Clemson. My top two are Clemson and Tennessee, but I’m still looking at other schools and the best fit for me. I can see myself picking Clemson, but you never know what can happen on a day-to-day basis.” Bell plans to return to Clemson for the Florida State game. He’s also been to Auburn this season. He could have a decision in the spring. Last season, Bell had 27 catches for 250 yards and six touchdowns.
Junior LB Austin Bryant of Thomasville, Ga., has a Clemson offer and is planning to visit for the Florida State game. His other offers are Florida State, Georgia Tech, Mississippi, N.C. State and Vanderbilt. He visited Auburn for their season opener and was at Georgia a week later when USC was in town.
ATH RayRay McCloud (5-9, 175) of Tampa, Fla., has been to Clemson twice for camps and has an offer from the Tigers, as well as one from USC. He also has offers from Florida, Arizona, Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi, South Florida, Tennessee and Wisconsin. This season, he’s been to games at Florida and South Florida. McCloud plans to visit USC and Clemson at some point. He does not have favorites and won’t make a decision at the earliest until the beginning of next season. Last season, McCloud rushed for 1,383 yards and 13 touchdowns.
N.C. State is the latest to offer junior WR Freddie Phillips of Pelion. He was at a recent Wolfpack game. North Carolina was his first offer. Clemson has shown interest in Phillips, and he has been there for a game this season. He plans to get to a USC game as well.
DB Calvin Brewton (6-0, 175) of Miami has Clemson and Florida State as his early leaders. Brewton has yet to visit Clemson but would like to make a game this season. Brewton has been to Florida State game. Clemson, FSU, South Florida, West Virginia and Louisiana-Lafayette are his current offers, with interest from several schools across the Southeast.
Clemson basketball coach Brad Brownell on Friday landed perhaps the most highly touted recruit of his time with the Tigers in 6-8 Donte Grantham of Hargrave Prep, Va. Grantham chose the Tigers over Michigan. Both coaching staffs were in this week to see him. Grantham visited Clemson unofficially last Saturday. He made an official visit to Michigan in early September. “I knew Clemson is where I wanted to go earlier this week,” Grantham said. “When I came back home from my visit on Sunday, I sat down and thought about it, and on Monday I knew that Clemson is where I wanted to go. I was in Clemson for an unofficial visit last week. It was great. I went to the football game and it was really cool. I had a lot of fun.” Grantham is a West Virginia native and was that state’s player of the year last year. He made an official visit to Clemson last spring and the Tigers had been hard after him ever since. “I just love everything about it. It’s just family up at Clemson,” Grantham said. “I love the atmosphere. I love the coaches. I just love everything about Clemson. Clemson has also been there since Day 1, and that means a lot to me. Also, playing in the ACC is something that I’ve always dreamed about. Playing in the ACC is second to none.” Grantham averaged 18 points and 9 rebounds per game last season. “He’s an excellent shooter,” said Hargrave coach AW Hamilton. “He’s very skilled. And he handles and passes the ball well.” Hamilton added that the year of experience at the prep school will benefit Grantham once he gets to Clemson. “He’s an older kid, a postgraduate this year, so he’ll be the age of a sophomore next year. He’s playing with a bunch of guys around him who are super talented, so he’s going to get pushed daily. I think he’ll be ready to step in and help that program. He’s a tremendous passer and a great teammate.” Grantham also considered Cincinnati and West Virginia in his final group. He is Clemson’s second commitment for the 2014 class.
USC target Donte Buford of Jacksonville made an official visit to Oklahoma over the weekend. He is scheduled to visit Miami this weekend and USC the first weekend in November. Buford is a Simpsonville native and has been hotly pursued by Gamecock coach Frank Martin.
Juniors 6-10 Derrik Smits of Zionsville, Ind., and 6-6 Bronson Kessinger of Cordyon, Ind., visited Clemson for the Wake Forest footall game. Smits is the son of former Indiana Pacers star Rik Smits. Clemson has offered along with Butler and Xavier. Kessinger has offers from Indiana State and Evansville and is also getting a lot of interest from Purdue.
6-5 DeSean Murray of Mount Holly, N.C., committed to Presbyterian.
Catcher Jared Martin of Chattahoochee Valley JC in Phenix City, Ala., committed to USC on Sunday. Martin visited USC over the weekend. He also visited Georgia last month. The Atlanta native batted .354 with three home runs and 45 RBIs last season. Defensively, Martin committed just one error and threw out 9 of 17 runners attempting to steal. Martin gives the Gamecocks 14 pledges in the 2014 class.