It was a very productive recruiting week last week for the Clemson football program as the Tigers added a player to their 2010 class and picked up three more commitments for 2011, giving them an even dozen pledges for the class.
Clemson has added defensive back Evan McKelvey (6-1, 185) of Berkeley to its 2010 football recruiting class, though he may not enroll until January. Berkeley coach Jerry Brown said McKelvey recently qualified and immediately contacted Clemson.
"He was excited, they were excited," said Brown, who added that Clemson was the only school McKelvey wanted to attend and was the only school he contacted once he qualified.
He's the cousin of former Clemson receiver JJ McKelvey and the third member of his immediate family to get the chance to play college football. McKelvey plays safety and last season recorded 142 tackles and 5 interceptions.
Brown said McKelvey will report in August if a scholarship comes available. If not, he'll enroll in January.
Running back (5-10, 180) of Punta Gorda, Fla., committed to Clemson on Sunday while on campus for an unofficial visit. "It's a great town and I just fell in love with the town," Bellamy said.
Bellamy is regarded as one of the top running back prospects in Florida for this coming season after rushing for 2,153 yards and 31 touchdowns last season.
Some of Bellamy's other offers were Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida State, Kentucky, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Southern Cal, Georgia and Florida.
Defensive back Gerlado Orta (6-0, 180) of Valdosta, Ga., committed to Clemson on Saturday while on campus for an unofficial visit. He picked the Tigers over offers from USC, Tennessee, North Carolina, Louisville, South Florida, Central Florida, Wake Forest, Southern Miss, Mississippi State, Arkansas State and UAB.
Orta plays corner and had 73 tackles with 6 interceptions last season. And he finds Clemson's defensive style to his liking. "They jam," he said. "I like man coverage. They jam the receivers and I love that."
WR Adam Humphries (6-0, 175) of Dorman was offered last week by Clemson and Saturday he made his commitment to the Tigers. "Ever since I went to my first Clemson game I've been a fan," Humphries said. "It's just the atmosphere, and the coaches treat everybody like family. I can't wait to be a part of it."
The Clemson coaches view Humphries as a version of former receiver Tyler Grisham, who is now with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Humphries played mostly defensive back last season and had 46 tackles with 5 interceptions
LB Mason Harris (6-3, 190) of Rossville, Ga., committed to USC on Monday while on campus for a camp. Harris was offered by his recruiter GA Mangus and made his pledge. "Coach Mangus thinks I'll fit in good with the program," Harris said. "I toured the campus and talked with coach Lawing. He wants to use me like (Eric) Norwood, rushing in and dropping back. He wants me to put on about another 40 pounds." Harris also has offers from Middle Tennessee State and UT Chattanooga.
Last season he had 65 tackles and 12 sacks. He is the third commitment for USC's 2011 class.
USC held the first of its summer camps over the weekend with dozens of prospects for all positions in attendance. A pair of quarterbacks the Gamecocks are looking at who planned to be in are senior Garrett Mohr (6-3, 200) of Lincolnton, Ga., and junior Zeke Pike (6-5, 228) of Edgewood, Ky. Mohr has not been heavily recruited to this point. Last season he passed for 600 yards and 6 touchdowns. He's also a punter and averaged 36 yards per punt. Pike, on the other hand, has eight offers at this point including Kentucky and Purdue. Pike passed for 1,634 yards and 17 TDs last season.
DL Phillip Dukes (6-4, 280) of Manning has gone back and forth favoring USC or Clemson. But last week he was clear to say that neither school has an advantage with him at this time. Dukes camped at USC on Saturday and will be at Clemson later this summer. He also plans to visit LSU, Michigan, Florida, North Carolina and Alabama. Other than the Tigers and Gamecocks, Dukes said he likes North Carolina, Georgia, LSU, and Michigan. Dukes plans to make his commitment at the Under-Armour All-American game in Orlando.
Dorman WR Charone Peake (6-4, 194) is expected to cut his long list of offers down to a final five within the next couple of weeks, if not sooner, according to Cavaliers coach Dave Gutshall.
"His top three, in no order, are Clemson, Georgia and Florida," Gutshall said. "I think those are the three that are the top runners. And I think he'll consider a couple away from here like Notre Dame and Southern Cal. They have recruited him hard."
Gutshall also said his junior OL Patrick DeStefano (6-6, 272) has early offers from USC, Clemson and Duke.
Clemson is among the recent offers for WR Rashad Greene (6-1, 175) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He's also picked up recent offers from Boston College, Purdue, Iowa, LSU and South Florida. USC has been on his offer list along with Florida, Florida State, Miami, Georgia, Wake Forest, Illinois, Stanford, Notre Dame and others. Greene said he will visit Wake Forest, Georgia and Florida State this month. He has no favorites.
LB Jarvis Jones (6-3, 230) is leaving the Southern Cal football program after one season and will transfer to another school. Jones is a native of Columbus, Ga., and Clemson was one of the schools that recruited him out of Carver High School. The Tigers are expected to be one of the programs he looks at this time. Jones missed the final five games of last season and all of spring practice with a neck injury that Southern Cal coach Lane Kiffin called career threatening. The Southern Cal medical staff refused to clear him to resume his football career. He sought out other opinions and was cleared by those doctors.
DL Devonte Brown (6-4, 260) of Fayetteville, N.C., has offers from USC and Clemson and has them among his favorites along with Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. He recently received an offer from Florida, adding it to his others from USC, Clemson, North Carolina, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Virginia, West Virginia, Duke, Maryland, Arkansas, and East Carolina. This week Brown will be at Clemson for a camp. He is also attending camp at Florida.
DL Roderick Byers (6-4, 262) of Northwestern has added Georgia Tech and Oregon to his offer sheet. Other offers include Clemson, USC, Maryland, Wake Forest, and Texas Tech. Byers plans to visit USC, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest this summer. And he might camp at Florida State. He did not name a favorite but did say he is most interested in USC, Clemson, Georgia Tech, and Wake Forest.
DB Ronnie Martin (5-10, 175) of Spartanburg has been offered by USC, according to his coach Freddie Brown. Martin also has offers from Nebraska, LSU and Illinois and is getting interest from Clemson, Alabama, Miami, Florida, North Carolina, N.C. State and Kansas State. Martin planned to camp at LSU Sunday and he's going to Florida's Friday Night Lights camp in July. He also might go to Miami for a camp. Martin does not have a favorite among the offering schools.