Quarterback Chad Kelly of Buffalo will visit Alabama on June 14 and Clemson on June 15 as he begins to wind down his recruiting.
Kelly has a final list of Clemson, Alabama, Florida State, Syracuse, Purdue, Michigan State and Buffalo, and all remain in contention.
But Clemson has made a very strong push. Kelly talked with quarterbacks coach Chad Morris last week. "We talked about everything. We talked about academics, his offense and who has been drafted out of what kind of offense. I got seven letters from him today."
Kelly said he talks with Alabama a good bit and has also had recent conversations with Florida State. Clemson and Florida State have had time at the top with Kelly, and he said it's been hard to stick with a favorite. "I'm up and down every day," he said. "I'll have a number one after the visits." But going into June, Kelly is a lean to the Tigers. "My visit there (earlier in the spring) speaks for itself," he said. "It was amazing and I felt like I was a home and wanted." Kelly plans to make his decision by the first part of July.
Dorman OL Patrick DeStefano became the third major in-state prospect to declare his college choice last week when he announced for Clemson. DeStefano chose the Tigers over offers from USC, Penn State, Stanford, Tennessee, North Carolina, Arkansas, Florida State, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and others. DeStefano plans to graduate from high school in December and enroll at Clemson in January. He's the Tigers' fourth commitment for 2012 and the second on the offensive line.
WR DaMar Hall (6-2, 185) of Blythewood is gaining attention from recruiters after two very good seasons. Last year, he caught 46 passes for 836 yards and 11 touchdowns. Over the past two seasons, Hall had 73 catches for 18 touchdowns. He also plays in the secondary and had 3 interceptions last season. Hall is getting interest from USC, Georgia Tech and East Carolina. Interest in him is expected to increase once he takes the SAT for the first time in June.
The offer list for Myrtle Beach DE Tyler Knox continues to expand. Last week, Clemson and Tennessee joined the group. Previous offers to Knox were USC, Kentucky, Central Florida, Memphis, Ole Miss, Purdue, Miami, N.C. State, Mississippi State, Southern Cal and Tennessee. Knox has been keeping his options open and is not claiming favorites at this point.
DB Elijah Shumate (6-1, 205) of Ramsey, N.J., has around 30 offers and recruiters from most of those schools have been thru this spring including USC, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, Southern Cal, California and Oregon. The Gamecocks are one of the schools showing a lot of interest. "They're one of the schools recruiting me the hardest for sure," Shumate said. Some of his other offers are Penn State, Pitt, Alabama, Miami, Tennessee, LSU, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Wisconsin. He does not have a favorite but has stated that some of the schools showing him the most interest include USC, UNC, Rutgers, Penn State and Connecticut.
OL Blake Bars (6-5, 275) of Nashville, Tenn., has 14 offers right now and said USC will offer him if he visits the school. Bars has offers from Vanderbilt, Florida, Penn State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, LSU, Wake Forest, Virginia, Louisville, Boston College, Kentucky, Middle Tennessee State, Arkansas State and Tulane. He plans to narrow his list in June and make a decision before this season. Bars said he and his family will try to visit USC if he can work it into his schedule. He has no favorites.
OL James Hamilton (6-4, 335) of Orlando has offers from Clemson, North Carolina, Kentucky, Illinois, South Florida, Illinois, Rutgers, Syracuse, N.C. State, Texas A&M, Michigan State, Western Kentucky and Florida Atlantic. He is hearing from USC, Georgia, Florida and Ohio State but said, "I haven't heard from South Carolina as much as I thought I would." Hamilton plays both sides of the ball and is being recruited for offense and defense. "Clemson likes me at (offensive) guard," Hamilton said. During the spring, Hamilton took visits to Georgia, South Florida and Florida.
Clemson continues to work prospects in Alabama and likes DL (6-3, 290) of Atmore. Tigers recruiter Charley Harbison was by the school recently and watched Nero worked out. Nero said he has offers from Clemson, Auburn, Alabama, South Alabama, Illinois, Georgia, Florida, Florida State, Arkansas and Arkansas State. He plans to visit all of those schools this summer. He's open right now with no favorites. Last season, Nero had 73 tackles with 14 tackles for loss and 7 sacks.
USC is one of the offers for WR D'Vario Montgomery (6-2, 205) of Winter Park, Fla., and the Gamecocks are keeping up their recruiting interest. USC recruiter Jeep Hunter was recently by the school to check on Montgomery, who also has offers from Florida, Georgia, LSU, Central Florida, South Florida, Rutgers, West Virginia, Virginia, Arkansas, Alabama, UCLA and Washington State. Montgomery said he's wide open regarding his choice. Last season, he had 45 catches for 1,100 yards and 13 touchdowns.
QB Greyson Lambert (6-5, 200) of Jessup, Ga., has offers from Clemson, USC, N.C. State, Mississippi State, Alabama, Louisville, Miami, Boston College, Purdue and Virginia. Lambert is very familiar with Clemson, having visited five times. "I like the homey atmosphere there," he said. "I like the coaching staff and think they're going to get things done, especially with the recruiting class they brought in last year." He is less familiar with USC. "They just offered me a month ago," Lambert said. "I'm going to camp there this summer since they've offered." He has visited Clemson, Alabama, Georgia and Florida for football games and visited Florida State this spring. He plans to camp at Clemson and USC this summer. Last season, he threw for nearly 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns. He rushed for two more scores. Lambert does not have a favorite.