Future Clemson quarterbacks will have another big target after wide receiver Shadell Bell of Decatur, Ga., committed to Clemson.
Bell (6-3, 195) announced his decision after watching the Tigers beat The Citadel last weekend. He becomes Clemson’s fifth commitment for the 2015 class. Bell also had offers from Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, Duke, West Virginia and N.C. State.
Bell said Clemson has been his favorite since he made his first visit.
“They love wideouts and put the ball in their hands down the field,” Bell said. “Their coaches are amazingly cool and great coaches on the field. I’ve always loved Clemson.”
Bell added that the other aspect of the school attracted him as well.
“Academic-wise, they are great with civil engineering, and that’s what I would like to major in. And the atmosphere is great.”
Four players — linebacker Raekwon McMillan of Hinesville, Ga.; wide receiver Josh Malone of Gallatin, Tenn.; linebacker Richard Yeargin III of Hollywood, Fla.; and defensive end Lorenzo Featherston of Greensboro, N.C. — made their official visits to Clemson over the weekend.
McMillan has also taken official visits to Georgia, Ohio State and Alabama. He will visit Florida this weekend. McMillan will be a mid-year enrollee.
This visit was Malone’s last official visit and he’s announcing Dec. 4. He also made official visits to Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio State and Florida State.
Yeargin has been committed to Notre Dame since last August but Clemson is still a factor with him. “Clemson weighs a lot on me because of the ties I have in South Carolina, but I’m comfortable with where I’m at,” Yeargin recently told the Miami Herald.
Featherston has also visited Florida and Florida State. He’s also considering North Carolina, N.C. State and Georgia.
Also taking official visits to Clemson this weekend were 2014 commitments QB Deshaun Watson, WR Artavis Scott, LB Chris Register and WR Demarre Kitt. They have all signed their financial aid agreements and will be enrolling in January.
Wesley Green, a defensive back from Lithonia, Ga., did not make it in to USC as planned for the Florida game and right now has no plans for coming in for the Clemson game, but he has set his official visit with the Gamecocks for December, according to his coach.
“Right now, he’s concentrating on getting his official visits set up,” Cortez Allen said. “He does have a date set with the coach at South Carolina. He’s just taking a break from everything as far as traveling on the weekend and will spend some time with his family and decompress from the season and look ahead to everything that’s coming up.”
The USC visit will be the first of four Green plans to take. The others will be Tennessee, Mississippi and Georgia. There have been reports of Green trending more toward Georgia now after having been committed to USC, but Allen says he’s given him no such indication.
“Not that we’ve discussed,” he said. “That’s what he has on the table. He’s looking at those four and those are the ones he’s going to make a decision off of. After he takes his trips he’ll sit down and map out everything from there. As far as a favorite out of the top four, I don’t know that he has one.”
USC defensive end commitment Taylor Stallworth made an unofficial visit to Auburn recently and had a great time, but he said that visit did not affect his pledge to the Gamecocks.
“I’m still strongly committed to South Carolina,” Stallworth said. “I’m sticking with my choice.” On a scale of 10, Stallworth called his USC commitment a “9”. However, Stallworth does plan to take other official visits to Auburn, Mississippi State and Florida State. He will take his USC official visit in January and he will try to get to USC for the Clemson game. Stallworth said Auburn has not offered and he’s not picked up any new offers recently. This season Stallworth had 60 tackles and 6 sacks. He will play in the Alabama-Mississippi All Star Game and the Offense-Defense All Star Game.
OL Kareem Are of Fort Scott JC, Kan., visited Penn State officially over the weekend. He’s also been to Florida State officially and will make his official visit to USC this weekend. He said his mother talked recently with Gamecocks defensive line coach Deke Adams. “She likes it a lot,” Are said. “She had a great conversation with him and she was all excited about it. She doesn’t really care about all of this football stuff, but she sounded excited about it.” Are added that Ole Miss recently offered him and could get a fourth official visit. He’ll make his decision sometime in December.
Down to four schools, DB DJ Smith of Marietta, Ga., took an unofficial visit to USC for the Florida game. It was enough to convince him to return for an official visit. Smith is down to USC, Clemson, Georgia and Tennessee, in no order, and plans to take official visits to each school. He will visit USC in January but has not determined which weekend it will be. He has not set the date for any of his other official visits either. “It was a good visit,” Smith said. “The fans were real loud. I enjoyed the game. The visit helped USC’s (status) with me.” His final four schools will likely have to wait until National Signing Day to find out what that decision will be.
WR Tyshun Samuel of Chapman visited USC on Saturday, and the Gamecocks offered the speedster who has been favoring Vanderbilt and North Carolina. He also has offers from N.C. State, Maryland, East Carolina, Charlotte, Old Dominion and Appalachian State. Samuel also was at USC for the Vanderbilt game.
OL Christian Taylor of White Knoll made a couple of recent trips to S.C. State and is now a Bulldogs commitment. “I am 100 percent committed to S.C. State.” Taylor chose the Bulldogs over N.C. State, Marshall and Coastal Carolina, among others. “I’ve got family members that played there,” he said. “And I feel like their coaches care. The players made me feel welcome and like a part of the family. They have a great head coach and I think I can help me get to the next level.” Taylor will not visit any other schools.
RB Josh Moore of York committed to Youngstown State.