Buffalo QB Kelly considering Clemson
Quarterback Chad Kelly (6-3, 205) of Buffalo, N.Y., the nephew of former University of Miami and Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, has offers from Clemson, Alabama, Florida State, Rutgers, Buffalo, Cincinnati, and Western Michigan. Other schools showing interest include Tennessee, Miami, Connecticut, Florida, and Michigan State. Kelly says he would also like to hear from USC. He has visited Pitt and Penn State and attended junior day at Buffalo. Clemson recently made its offer.
"I'm real excited," he said. "I've already talked to coach (Chad) Morris and he told me that if I want to play in the NFL, their system is perfect for me." He is considering attending the Tigers spring game. As a junior, Kelly became the first player in New York State history to throw for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 in the same season. He threw for 24 touchdowns and rushed for 15. Kelly does not have a favorite.
Mauldin to Louisville
One of the South Carolina commitments who was told days before signing day he would not be signed because the Gamecocks had over-committed on their numbers has decided not to wait for a spot to come open in this year's class. Defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin of Atlanta recently signed a letter of intent with Louisville. Mauldin still has to get a qualifying test score. He said if he fails to qualify, he will attend North Carolina Technical Prep School in Charlotte. Mauldin said if he has to go to prep school, he will do so as a Louisville commitment but will also open things back up to other schools. USC was willing to sign Mauldin later for this year's class if he qualified and if a spot opened for him. USC took Mauldin's commitment knowing he would be close on qualifying.
USC signee defensive end Jadeveon Clowney of South Pointe remains on track to qualify according to a source familiar with his situation. The source said if Clowney scores above average on three of the remaining core courses he is taking, he has a high enough test score to give him the NCAA qualifying combination of GPA and test score.
--Defensive back Travis Blanks (6-1, 195) of Tallahassee, Fla., has over 30 offers including Clemson, USC, Florida State, Florida, Miami, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, Southern Cal, Ohio State and Notre Dame.
Blanks has not been to any junior days but did take an unofficial visit to Clemson in January. Blanks will visit Auburn this week for a couple of days and he would like to visit USC as well. As a junior, Blanks had 104 tackles and four interceptions. On offense, he caught 36 balls for 453 yards and eight touchdowns. Blanks does not have a favorite.
--LB Nick Dawson (6-3, 220) of Charlotte has 11 offers including Clemson, Kentucky, Louisville, Illinois, North Carolina, N.C. State, Auburn, Miami, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. USC has shown interest but has not offered. Dawson has taken two visits to Clemson in the last few months and says he is interested in the Tigers. Dawson also has visited North Carolina, N.C. State, Alabama, Louisville and Kentucky and will visit Auburn this weekend. As a sophomore, Dawson totaled 93 tackles and seven interceptions. As a junior, he had 113 tackles, seven for loss, six forced fumbles, and an interception.
--OL Javarious Leamon (6-6, 277) of Woodruff has offers from USC, Clemson, Auburn, Tennessee and East Carolina. Florida and Georgia are also interested and appear close to offering according to his coach Brian Lane. Leamon is also getting looks from Notre Dame, Oregon, Texas and Texas A&M as well. He attended junior days at Clemson and USC. According to Lane, he does not have a favorite.
--DB Ronald Geohaghan (6-1, 189) of Allendale-Fairfax has added an offer from Vanderbilt to his list. He also has offers from Clemson, USC, Illinois, Kentucky, Tulane, East Carolina and N.C. State. Geohaghan has visited Clemson and USC. He will visit Duke and N.C. State this weekend. He doesn't have any current plans to visit Clemson again but said he may go to USC's spring game. Geohaghan does not have a favorites list at this time.
--DL-TE Jeff Savage (6-4, 260) of Smackover, Ark., will attend a junior day at Clemson on April 9. Savage has an offer from Missouri State and also is hearing from Mississippi State, Arkansas, Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech, Texas, Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Samford. He has visited Mississippi State and really likes the program. Savage plans to attend the spring game at Arkansas and is going to visit Missouri State, Louisiana Tech and Arkansas State. As a junior, Savage totaled 64 tackles, 17 for loss, six sacks, and two forced fumbles. He had 29 receptions for 328 yards and three touchdowns. Though he did not name any favorites, he says he is high on Mississippi State.
--QB Brendan Nosovitch (6-2, 195) of Allentown, Pa., has an offer from Virginia and is hearing from USC, Penn State, Pitt, West Virginia, Boston College and Northwestern among others. He plans to visit USC this spring. He attended Pitt for its junior day and has visited Virginia. He will take a trip to Penn State at the end of March. As a junior, Nosovitch threw for more than 3,100 yards and 40 touchdowns. He ran for 1,700 yards and another 20 scores. He does not have a favorite.
--DE Carlos Wray (6-2, 250) of Shelby, N.C., has Clemson in his top three. Duke, who is his lone offer to this point, Auburn and Clemson, in that order, are the schools Wray named. Wray is hearing from Clemson, North Carolina, Auburn, Georgia Tech and West Virginia and says USC has sent him mail. He has been to North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest and Georgia. This weekend he will attend Duke's spring game. As a junior, he totaled 88 tackles, 21 for loss, 14 1/2 sacks, three forced fumbles and scored a touchdown. He plans to commit in December.
--Tight end Colin Thompson (6-5, 250) of Warminster, Pa., has 19 offers including USC, Florida, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Illinois, Alabama, Penn State, Boston College, Stanford, Wisconsin, Rutgers and Pitt. USC is in his top 10. He has been to Notre Dame for junior day and taken an unofficial visit to Florida. He plans to make a return trip to Florida and will visit Wisconsin on April 16. He also will visit Alabama and Stanford and he wants to visit USC. He does not have a favorite.
--Clemson OL commitment has accepted an offer to play in the Under Armour All-American Game following his senior season.
Point guard Chris Colvin (6-3) of Palm Beach junior college in Florida has made a decision on three of his official visits, according to coach Butch Estes. He will visit Arizona State on April 9 and has plans to visit West Virginia and Miami. Colvin has not set dates for West Virginia or Miami but will save the last visit for the Hurricanes. Clemson also is involved with Colvin but his coach says the Tigers are not high up on his list right now. Tennessee is a possibility for a visit as well but the coaching situation there has him concerned. Colvin has eliminated Iowa and California from his list.
Center Joell James (6-10, 285) of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., was part of a state championship team this season averaging 9 points and 7 rebounds per game. He has offers from Clemson, USC, Miami, West Virginia, Florida and Florida State. He's also hearing from Duke, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Wake Forest and Maryland. He does not have favorites and has not taken any visits. He said he probably won't make a decision until next spring.
Two Clemson targets made commitments to other schools last week. , a 6-8 senior from Columbia, Md., chose Georgetown and 6-10 juniorof Duluth, Ga., committed to Iowa.