Jadeveon Clowney of South Pointe made his official visit to Alabama over the weekend. His mother and coach also were on the visit, though his coach traveled separately and did not participate any of the meetings.
"It went well," Clowney said. "He did have a great time," said his coach Bobby Carroll. "He liked it and his mother liked it."
Asked if he had a favorite right now, Clowney said, "I don't really have one."
Carroll said he asked Clowney after the trip if there were a difference in his feelings between South Caroliona, Alabama and Florida State.
"He said there was no difference," Carroll said.
Clowney said he is planning to visit Florida State this coming weekend. He also said over the weekend he will visit Clemson on Jan. 28.
Ohio State has also been trying to get that last visit. Coaches from all the contending schools are expected to meet with Clowney this week.
He apparently is now thinking about not announcing on National Signing Day. His birthday is Feb. 14, and he is considering waiting until then to make a decision.
In other recruiting news: Goose Creek's Brandon Shell, a South Carolina commitment, also took an official visit to Alabama over the weekend. The Post and Courier's Lowcountry Player of the Year had not planned to visit Alabama, but Clowney asked him at the Shrine Bowl to join him on the visit, so he agreed to go.
However, the indications after the visit are Shell remains solid with his USC commitment.
Clemson hosted 20 recruits over the weekend for official visits, 14 who had previously committed to the Tigers. The weekend resulted in one more joining the Tigers' class.
DE Jeoffrey Pagan (6-4, 250) of Asheville, N.C., picked the Tigers over Georgia and Alabama. He once was committed to Florida but backed off that following the coaching change.
The other uncommitted players to visit Clemson over the weekend were DL Phillip Dukes of Manning, LB Tony Steward of St. Augustine, Fla., LB Stephone Anthony of Wadesboro, N.C., DB Brandon Ellerbe of Wadesboro, N.C., and TE Jerell Adams of Scotts Branch.
All of the committed prospects who visited remain firm with their pledges, including highly touted RB Mike Bellamy.
Clemson withdrew its scholarship offer to longtime RB commitment Marlin Lane of Daytona Beach, Fla., late last week because he would not cancel his future visits and because of concern about a marijuana possession arrest on Dec. 23. Lane visited Tennessee over the weekend. He also has visited Auburn and is scheduled to visit Florida State this weekend.
This could be a very productive week in recruiting for South Carolina as five of the Gamecocks' remaining targets will make decisions. Teammates LB Marcquis Roberts and TE Rory Anderson of Powder Springs, Ga., have been expected to commit to the Gamecocks for some time. Roberts has only visited South Carolina and has family in Columbia. Anderson visited Tennessee over the weekend and said he's also giving the Vols some consideration.
QB Tanner McEvoy of Oradell, N.J., made an official visit to North Carolina over the weekend. He's picking between the Gamecocks and Tar Heels. South Carolina recruiter G.A. Mangus met with McEvoy on Friday before he went on his trip and the Gamecocks have been in a good position with him throughout the process. He has said he would make a commitment this week, but it could be next week before he announces.
DB Sheldon Royster will announce a decision Thursday night between South Carolina and Rutgers. He did not visit anywhere over the weekend but Mangus did see him on Friday. Royster has not indicated a favorite.
And DL Leon Mackey of Hinds Junior College, Miss., will have a decision possibly today between South Carolina, Mississippi State, Texas Tech and Tennessee. He visited Mississippi State over the weekend. South Carolina recruiter Lorenzo Ward is supposed to visit with him Monday.
South Carolina commitment DB Jared Henry of Jacksonville, Fla., made an official visit to Central Florida over the weekend. He plans to finalize a decision after his official visit to South Carolina this weekend.
DE Mason Harris of Rossville, Ga., remains committed to South Carolina and will have his in home visit with head coach Steve Spurrier on Monday night. Harris is scheduled for his official visit to South Carolina this weekend but plans to visit Miami on the Jan. 28.
South Carolina has 23 official visits scheduled for this weekend, the majority being players already committed to the Gamecocks.
Uncommitted prospects who have scheduled visits with USC for this weekend include LB Cedric Cooper of Lithonia, Ga., Dukes, Adams, DB Ahmad Christian of Jacksonville, Fla., and QB Jacoby Brissett of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
As for Jan. 28, Brissett is looking at Miami, Florida and Washington. Florida State is also a major player but he won't take an official visit there because he's plenty familiar with the program. FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher has had his in home visit with Brissett and his coach said South Carolina's Spurrier may be in this week. Coach Jack Daniels said Brissett is strongly interested in South Carolina.
Christian also has set a visit with Tennessee for Jan. 28. He's also considering Auburn and Miami, two schools he's visited unofficially. But right now the Gamecocks are the group to beat for Christian.
But a commitment from Christian won't mean he'll be on hand in the fall. He's also a highly touted shortstop and said scouts have told him he could be a top five round pick this summer. But his goal right now is to play both sports in college.
Cooper was scheduled for an official visit to N.C. State over the weekend. He's been to Arkansas and is scheduled to visit Ole Miss on Jan. 28.
Clemson is scheduled for official visits this weekend from committed WR Sammy Watkins of Fort Myers, Fla., along with uncommitted prospects DL Gabe Wright of Columbus, Ga., DB Geraldo Orta of Valdosta, Ga., DE Ray Drew of Thomasville, Ga., and PK Ammon Lakip of Alpharetta, Ga.
Watkins has shut down his recruiting and is "as solid as he can be" with his Clemson commitment, his coach said.
Drew made his official visit to Miami over the weekend. His Clemson visit will be his final one. He also has visited LSU, Auburn and Georgia. He said he has no favorite among the five. Clemson coaches will visit with him Monday.
Lakip did not make his official visit to Auburn over the weekend as was scheduled and is focused primarily on Clemson and Georgia Tech because they have made him full offers. Auburn wants him as a walk-on. Lakip has moved up his Clemson official visit to this coming weekend from Jan. 28. He's going to Georgia Tech today to visit with their coaches. Clemson recruiters Jeff Scott and Danny Pearman will be in to see Lakip this week. He said he could make a decision after his Clemson visit. This past season Lakip was 14-of-20 on field goals with a long of 51. And he was 65-66 on extra points.
Wright made an official visit to Tennessee over the weekend.
Orta visited Tennessee over the weekend. He's down to Clemson and Tennessee. He plans to make a decision shortly after the Clemson visit.
DB Pat Martin of J.L. Mann has been committed to Tennessee and last week decided to cancel future visits to Arkansas and Miami and stick with the Vols.
OL of Moultrie, Ga., was scheduled to visit Florida over the weekend. He is scheduled to see Auburn this weekend, and he would like to take a visit to Clemson but is unclear on whether or not that will occur because he hasn't heard from the Tigers recently.
TE Jay Rome (6-6, 240) of Valdosta, Ga., the son of former Clemson great Stan Rome, has officially dropped the Tigers from his list.
DB Calvin Caldwell of J.L. Mann has offers from North Greenville, Lenoir-Rhyne, Wingate, and Tusculum and is waiting on another from The Citadel.
As of now, Caldwell says Lenoir-Rhyne is out front with him and he was scheduled to visit there over the weekend. He will visit either Wingate or Tusculum this weekend and may visit The Citadel, should they offer.
DE Roderick Byers of Northwestern could visit either South Carolina or Clemson or Oregon this weekend. He's been undecided about his plans. Those are the three schools he's considering and one will not get an official visit. He does not have a favorite.
Clemson is interested in PK Cameron Haynes (6-2, 175) of Pelham, Ala., the hometown of Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney. Tigers assistant coach Charlie Harbison is expected to visit Haynes. Samford and Troy also are showing interest in Haynes, who was 9-of-12 on field goals with a long of 50 this past season. He also averaged over 45 yards per punt.
Williston-Elko LB Dexter Staley will enroll at Georgia Military Junior College in the fall, but he has scheduled an official visit to Georgia for Jan. 28. Staley said he remains very interested in South Carolina and would like to end up a Gamecock.
Former South Carolina signee LB Brandon Golson started classes at Louisville last week. Golson was denied admission to South Carolina. He also visited Miami before deciding to go with Louisville.
Junior defensive end Martin Aiken (6-3, 245) of Bamberg-Ehrhardt landed verbal offers last week from South Carolina and Tennessee, according to his coach, Butch Crosby. Aiken also has verbal offers from Georgia Tech and Illinois. Official offers to juniors cannot be made until September. This past season, Aiken had 106 tackles with 36 tackles for loss and 13 sacks. He also plays on the offensive line.
Furman and Presbyterian have picked up recent verbal commitments. Picking the Paladins were OL Justin Floyd (6-5, 287) of Cartersville, Ga., DE John Mackey (6-2, 240) of Chattanooga, Tenn., and DE Ira McCune (6-2, 250) of Powder Springs, Ga.
And committing to Presbyterian was LB Alonzo Jackson (6-2, 225) of Jacksonville, Fla.
6-7 SF KJ McDaniels of Birmingham, AL committed to Clemson early Saturday morning. McDaniels made his call to Tigers head coach Brad Brownell shortly after midnight. Brownell had watched McDaniels play Friday night. McDaniels picked the Tigers over Missouri, Jacksonville, Ole Miss and VCU. "I loved the energy of Littlejohn (Coliseum), the fans, the educational aspect of Clemson, the staff, just the entire campus," said McDaniels who made an unofficial visit to Clemson for the Miami game earlier this month. "I can picture myself just developing and getting better as a player and a person." McDaniels is Clemson's third commitment for the 2011 class. He's averaging around 30 points and 12 rebounds per game this season.
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