It's announcement week for prized defensive end recruit Jonathan Bullard of Shelby, N.C.
Bullard, who had a pair of sacks in North Carolina's Shrine Bowl win Saturday, will announce his college football choice Wednesday afternoon at his school. He's choosing from Clemson, South Carolina and Florida. Bullard said Saturday that USC coach Steve Spurrier didn't make it to his home last week to visit with his parents. He said USC defensive line coach Brad Lawing visited, as did assistants from Clemson and Florida. Clemson's Dabo Swinney was the only head coach of the three final schools to make an in-home visit.
Bullard said the fact Spurrier and Florida's Will Muschamp did not make it in to see him is not a factor in his decision.
"I'm not worried about that," he said. "I'm going to be with my position coach the most, so that's what I care about," he said
Bullard said all three remain in the running, and he said his mom's input will help him arrive at his choice.He said he did not talk to any recruiters last week.
Rumblings from close observers are that Florida has moved to the front with him, with Clemson second.
In other recruiting news:
Tarboro, N.C., RB Todd Gurley, who rushed for 119 yards and a TD in the Shrine Bowl, too, has a final four of Clemson, Georgia, North Carolina and N.C. State, and he said Saturday no one is out in front. He plans to make his decision in early January after he returns from the Semper Fidelis All Star Game in Phoenix. that's what makes them attractive to him. He has taken official visits to Georgia, Clemson and N.C. State, and he's been to UNC unofficially.
DL DJ Reader of Greensboro, N.C., played on the offensive line at the Shrine Bowl. He knows his future in college, however, will be on the defensive line. Reader has narrowed his decision to Clemson, UNC and Maryland, and feels good about each one. Reader took his official visit to Maryland in November. He will go to Clemson on Jan. 21 and to UNC the week after that. He also is a baseball prospect as a first baseman and pitcher, and added that will factor into his decision.
Clemson is in strong shape to land DE Kenderius Whitehead of Atlanta. His coach, Mike Carson, said Clemson recruiter Marion Hobby met with Whitehead last week and has the Tigers in good position to land him. "I think it would be Clemson," Carson said. "It's been Clemson, Georgia and N.C. State in that order for some time." He is scheduled to visit Clemson on Jan. 14. But Carson said he expects Whitehead to announce at the Semper Fidelis All Star Game in Phoenix on Jan. 3.
Clemson also is showing interest in Whitehead's senior teammate DB Jordan Moore. He is a safety who has five major offers. Carson said Clemson is very interested but he's not sure if the Tigers have offered, adding Moore probably will set up a visit with Clemson.
USC commitment WR Kwinton Smith of Dillon and his junior teammate OL DJ Park were at USC's practice Sunday along with 2014 prospect DL Zeek Rodney of South Pointe. At its practice Saturday, Clemson had junior OL Brandon Smith of Kernersville, N.C., junior OL Taylor Chambers of Irmo and 2014 QB Deshaun Watson of Gainesville, Ga.
Junior WR Mike Williams of Lake Marion has offers from USC, Clemson, Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee. He is getting looks from most SEC schools, Florida State, Oregon and Duke, among others.
Spurrier got the final in-home visit with DB Jordan Diggs of Fort Myers, Fla., last Wednesday. He said he was satisfied with what Spurrier told him about his coaching future. Assistants John Butler and G.A. Mangus were also at the meeting. He said he will reduce his list from five to three around the time he leaves for the U.S. Army All-American Game on Jan. 1. He will announce his decision during the all-star game.
Spurrier also met last week with DE Tyriq McCord of Tampa, Fla., who said last week USC is his favorite. He was scheduled to make an official visit to Georgia over the weekend. He is scheduled to visit Southern Cal on Jan. 14, but he will make a commitment announcement at the U.S. Army game. He's also looking at TCU and Florida for visits. He also had visits last week from Al Golden of Miami and Lane Kiffin of Southern Cal.
Junior WR Dannon Cavil of San Antonio is an early target of Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris. He said Morris offered him last summer, and Cavil said he has definite interest in the Tigers. Baylor also has offered, and Cavil is getting interest from Southern Cal, Arkansas, Alabama, LSU, UCLA, Texas A&M, Texas and TCU. He missed most of this season with a torn hamstring and a MCL injury.
Junior QB Carlis Parker of Statesville, N.C., has offers from USC, UNC, Duke, ECU, Wake Forest, N.C. State and Virginia Tech. He started the final four games of his freshman season, and passed for 1.800 yards and ran for 1,200 as a sophomore. He missed his junior season after suffering a knee injury in the opener. He does not have a favorite.