One of the nation's top uncommitted football prospects announced a final-seven list last week, and Clemson made the list.
Defensive lineman Eddie Goldman of Washington, D.C., had been sitting on a list of 15, including Clemson and South Carolina. The reduced list consists of the Tigers, Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, California, Maryland and Miami. Of course, the situation at Miami puts the Hurricanes in a tenuous position. Goldman is now deciding on his five official visits. One of his early ones is expected to be Florida State next month for the Oklahoma game.
Another highly regarded defensive lineman, John Atkins of Thomson, Ga., plans to announce his decision on Sept. 2. He is down to Clemson, Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Georgia Tech. He said he knows where he plans to commit.
In other recruiting news:
Defensive back Chaz Elder of College Park, Ga., will announce his decision Friday, with USC expected to get the nod over Georgia and Vanderbilt. He plans to post his decision on his Facebook and Twitter pages.
WR Chris Brown of Hanahan wants to play football and run track in college. And right now USC is where he's planning to apply his talents. "It's highly probable he will be going to USC but my mission is to show him other places before he signs," his father, Joe Brown, said. "Steve Spurrier Jr. has been communicating with him pretty hard. I got a feeling it's going to be around the end of the football season (before he commits)." Joe Brown said his son is going to visit Virginia Tech unofficially in a couple of weeks, and he is planning to take official visits to Cincinnati and LSU. He's also talking with Notre Dame about an official visit. The elder Brown said USC wants his son first as a wide receiver, though he could end up playing cornerback there. He's also a nationally ranked triple jumper.
ATH Marty Williams of Fox Creek now calls Florida his favorite. Williams, who had one time appeared set to commit to Clemson, said Florida, Clemson and Miami are his top three, in that order. He plans to take official visits to each. Williams wants to play quarterback in college and the Gators worked him at that position at their camp last month. Clemson has recruited him as a free safety.
LB T.J. Burrell of Goose Creek is committed to Clemson but is considering a visit to Georgia Tech. "As of now, I'm only going to visit Clemson for my official (visit), but I don't want to say I won't take any other visits," he said. "If I do, it would be to Georgia Tech." Burrell went on to say it is the only other school he would consider. But Burrell's mom added last week that her son is firm with Clemson and would be signing with the Tigers.
WR Mark Irick of Calhoun County committed to Virginia Tech in July and still feels good about the choice. "I can say I am really happy with them, but I don't want to say I wouldn't look at other chools," he said. Irick had offers from USC, Kentucky and Auburn before committing to the Hokies. Irick is considering taking in some games at Clemson and USC.
RB Todd Gurley of Tarboro, N.C., set his first official visit for Georgia on Sept. 10, when the Bulldogs host USC. Gurley has not set any other visits but is likely to visit Clemson. "They're in my top six," he said. "I think I'll take an official (visit) there but I don't know if they have space for another (running) back." The others in his top six are UNC, Georgia, Virginia Tech, N.C. State and Auburn. He recently visited Virginia Tech. UNC is also likely for an official visit.
LB Nick Dawson (6-3, 220) of Charlotte was planning to visit Clemson last week but never got it confirmed with the Tigers, so the visit didn't come off. He has had Clemson in his top five along with Louisville, Tennessee, UNC and Miami, but right now Dawson isn't sure he's a take for the Tigers. He recently visited Louisville, which is where his father lives, and is strong on the Cardinals but is not ready to name a favorite.
OL Patrick DeStefano and OL Javarius Leamon committed to Clemson this summer and remain solid with their decisions. "I've shut it down (the recruiting process)," DeStefano said. "I'm 100 percent a Tiger. I won't take any other visits." Leamon sounded a similar tone. "I still hear from other schools, but I'm not interested," Leamon said. "I'll go to some Clemson games and take my official visit there. I won't visit and other schools." DeStefano plans to graduate early and enroll at Clemson in January.
6-8 Brice Johnson of Edisto was scheduled to make unofficial visits to UNC and N.C. State over the weekend. Those are two of his final eight. The others are Clemson, USC, Florida, Connecticut, Baylor and Ohio State. He plans to decide soon on his official visits.
USC added a heavily recruited outfielder to the 2012 class last week with a commitment from Jamie Jarmon of Millsboro, N.J. TheBigSpur.com reported Jarmon chose USC over Clemson, East Carolina, Maryland, Virginia and others. He is a right-handed hitter with power who can play any outfield position. He's the only outfielder at this point in the commitment class for 2012.
The Gamecocks also gained a commitment for the 2014 class from middle infielder Seth Lancaster of Hanahan.
Clemson gained a commitment over the weekend from junior SS/RHP Cody Smith of Lexington DiamondProspects.com said.