Georgia tight end might follow dad
Tight end Jay Rome (6-6, 240) of Valdosta, Ga., now has Clemson in his top three, according to his father.
"It's Clemson, Georgia, and Alabama ... maybe Florida," said Stan Rome, the former Clemson football and basketball star.
Rome's father played at Clemson in the late 1970s but says he is not pressuring his son to go to his alma mater.
"I want him to choose the school that best fits him," he said.
Rome is currently finishing up spring football practice and is working on his summer visits schedule. As for a commitment date, the elder Rome is encouraging his son to hold off.
"I want him to slow down," he said. "I hope (he does not commit too early)."
Rome has offers from Clemson, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Florida State, Auburn, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Michigan, Stanford and Duke, among many others. His father did not indicate a leader.
In other recruiting news: QB Jacoby Brissett (6-5, 235) of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., has played football longer than basketball, but he likes hoops more. He's been offered by South Carolina in both sports. Right now he has no idea which one he will choose to play in college. And he's not all that interested in trying to play both in college. Neill Berry has been in touch with him for Gamecock basketball. Jeep Hunter and GA Mangus are working him for football. Brissett said he has no favorite school for either sport. His football offers are South Carolina, Boston College, Wisconsin, Florida International, Marshall, Minnesota, Rutgers, South Florida, North Carolina, Louisville and Texas A&M. His basketball offers are South Carolina, Miami, George Washington and Old Dominion. Brissett hasn't taken any visits and has none planned.
ATH Martay Mattox (6-1, 185) of Athens, Ga., committed to South Carolina last week over Maryland.
"I visited with South Carolina and other schools, and it was a different environment," Mattox said. "It feels like I've been there before. I have a great bond with coach (Shane) Beamer. I talk to him about every two weeks. When I went to their spring game, I loved the fan support."
Mattox plays quarterback and expects to get a shot at that position with the Gamecocks. But the career projection for him is at a defensive back. Last season, he passed for 789 yards and 16 touchdowns and rushed for 1,879 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also had an offer from South Florida. He's South Carolina's second commitment for the 2011 class.
DE Clay Burton (6-4, 235) of Venice, Fla., says Clemson and Georgia Tech are his favorites.
"They are my top two right now," said Burton. "I've built really good relationships with the coaches at Clemson. I know them all by name."
He has offers from Clemson, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Purdue, Rutgers, South Florida, Stanford, West Virginia, Mississippi, Memphis, and Florida International and has picked up offers recently from LSU, Tennessee, Pitt, and Cincinnati. In June, Burton will take an unofficial to Notre Dame, and plans to visit LSU and Tennessee over the summer as well.
ATH Chris Milton (6-0, 180) of Folkston, Ga., plays quarterback for Charlton County, but the colleges like him for receiver or defensive back. Last season, he passed for 2,800 yards and 33 touchdowns and rushed for 1,200 yards and 17 touchdowns in a spread, zone-read offense.
South Carolina is one of his offers and recruiter Jeep Hunter has been through the school.
DE Desmond Floyd (6-5, 230) of Union County picked up his ninth offer recently from Wisconsin. He has offers from South Carolina, Kentucky, Duke, Maryland, West Virginia, N.C. State, Arkansas and Illinois.
DE Deon Lee (6-4, 210) of Defuniak Springs, Fla., continues to favor South Carolina ahead of Louisville, Texas Tech and Michigan. Lee has offers from Wisconsin, Troy, Florida International, Western Michigan, Central Florida, South Florida, Southern Miss, East Carolina and Iowa State. Lee has already visited South Carolina and says he felt very comfortable with the coaches and the school. He might visit Alabama, Michigan and South Florida this summer.
DB Ronnie Harris (5-10, 155) of Atlanta picked up recent offers from Wake Forest and West Virginia. He has offers from USC, Mississippi, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Louisville, Auburn, Purdue, Stanford, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Harvard.
DE Jordan Williams (6-4, 250) said the Gamecocks have not offered yet because, according to Williams, Steve Spurrier Jr. doesn't feel qualified to properly evaluate him because he's a receivers coach. But Williams is interested in South Carolina after attending junior day there.
QB Ryan McGriff (6-1, 210) of Gainesville, Fla., does not have any offers yet, but is hearing from South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Duke, Mississippi and Arkansas. He says an offer from South Carolina would likely mean an immediate commitment.
DE Trevarris Saulsberry (6-5, 260) of Gainesville, Fla., has offers from South Florida, Florida International, Troy, Florida A&M, Iowa State, and Marshall. He is hearing from South Carolina, Miami, Florida, Florida State, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisville and Oregon. He will camp at South Carolina, Georgia, Arkansas, Mississippi and Florida this summer.
LB (6-3, 215) of Oak Ridge Military, N.C., will go into the summer with one offer from Illinois. But there's a long list of schools which will scout him this fall with a scholarship offer in mind.
TE Drew Owens (6-5, 230) of Charlotte recently opened his recruiting back up after initially favoring South Carolina and North Carolina. He's waiting on offers from Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State and Florida before moving forward. He will visit South Carolina and Clemson this summer. He's visited both several times.
DE Ray Drew (6-5, 250) of Thomasville, Ga., has 23 offers including Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida, Florida State, Alabama, North Carolina, Cal, LSU, Southern Cal and Notre Dame.
OL (6-4, 310) of Vero Beach, Fla., says Miami, Florida, Florida State, Tennessee and South Carolina are his top five in that order. He has visited Miami, Florida and FSU, and that's why they are ahead of the other two. He plans to visit South Carolina this summer.
DL Deon Green (6-3, 251) of Orlando, Fla., is from Orangeburg and he hasn't forgotten his South Carolina roots. Green told the Orlando Sentinel that Clemson and South Carolina are among his top four schools along with Penn State and South Florida. He has narrowed his list to those four from 17 offers. Some of his other offers are Central Florida, Rutgers, Illinois, Mississippi, Northwestern, Wake Forest and Texas Tech. Green had 75 tackles and six sacks last season. Green moved from Orangeburg before his freshman season of high school. He has said he grew up a South Carolina fan.
OL Justin Floyd (6-5, 287) of Cartersville, Ga., was scouted at his spring game by South Carolina recruiter GA Mangus and feels an offer from the Gamecocks may not be far off. He says South Carolina is one of his favorites along with Clemson, Vanderbilt and Duke. Illinois State is his only official offer at this point.
TE Jerrell Adams (6-5, 220) of Scott's Branch has seen his offer list grow to include Clemson, USC, Arkansas, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Alabama, LSU, Notre Dame and Wake Forest. And he's expecting an offer soon from Florida. Adams said his top four are South Carolina, Clemson, Illinois and Alabama, with the Gamecocks still out front.
South Pointe DE Jadeveon Clowney (6-6, 240) has not visited any schools recently and he has no visits or camps planned at this point. Dozens of recruiters have been through his school. Clowney said he's decided on four of his official visits this fall: Southern Cal, LSU, Alabama and Miami. He's undecided on his fifth visit. Of course, that list is subject to change. Clowney said he does not have any favorites right now and considers all the schools equal. He will announce a decision in January at the Under Armour All American Game.
Clemson commitment DB Brandon Ellerbe (6-0, 203) of Wadesboro, N.C., is still committed to Clemson. But his mother might be moving to the Chapel Hill area, and that could change his plans.
"I don't know what I'm going to do," he said. "If I stay at Anson (High) with my aunt, I'll be going to Clemson. If I move with my mom to near Chapel Hill, I'm going to North Carolina. Overall, I still might be going to Clemson."
Ellerbe has offers from Maryland, Texas Tech and Duke.
DL Terry Redden (6-3, 285) of Memphis already had offers from Clemson and Mississippi and now has offers from Memphis and Western Kentucky as well. Redden is hearing from Alabama, Oregon, Miami, Southern California, Michigan, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Kentucky, Georgia, Princeton, and Harvard. He says he expects offers from Kentucky, Tennessee, Southern Cal, Mississippi State, and Georgia. As a junior, Redden totaled 65 tackles and seven sacks. He's favoring Clemson, Mississippi, Memphis and Western Kentucky right now.
DE Anthony Rabasa (6-3, 220) of Miami is up to 22 offers now including South Carolina, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Auburn, UCLA, Purdue, Maryland, N.C. State, and Duke. North Carolina is also showing interest. He plans to visit South Carolina this summer. He does not have a favorite.
South Carolina assistants Jay Graham and Brad Lawing were at Blythewood High School recently to watch RB Brandon Wilds in spring practice. Clemson, Duke and Illinois also have been thru the school this spring. Wilds has offers from South Carolina, East Carolina, Maryland and Illinois.
DL Gerald Dixon Jr. is holding with the one offer from South Carolina right now. Coaches from South Carolina, LSU, N.C. State, Wake Forest, North Carolina, East Carolina, Michigan and Florida State have been by the school. Dixon is looking at South Carolina, North Carolina or Tennessee for camps this summer.
6-9 Ryan Riggins of Marietta, GA says former Clemson coach Oliver Purnell and his staff had a lot of interest in him before leaving for DePaul, and he's hoping to hear from the new Tiger staff. Riggins has been offered by Virginia Tech and is also getting interest from Kansas, Georgia, East Carolina, East Tennessee and Cincinnati.
6-4 Mike Taylor of New York said South Florida recently offered him, and Florida State and Oklahoma State are now showing serious interest. Taylor also has offers from South Carolina, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. Johns, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Providence, Maryland and Indiana. He plans to take unofficial visits next month to South Carolina, Pittsburgh, South Florida and a few others. He wants to make his decision in late October if possible, but no later than mid December.