There was no holiday present from defensive end Jonathan Bullard of Shelby, N.C., for Clemson, South Carolina or Florida. He had planned to announce his college football decision for one of those three last Wednesday. But he decided to put off his decision until the early part of next year.
We sat down and he said he wasn't sure," his high school coach, Mark Barnes said. "I said, Jon, take your time. Get with your family. You don't have to worry about football. Get back to me when you get back from Christmas. He's not going to talk to anybody and he's not taking any questions. He's just been overwhelmed. Time is on his side. He doesn't have anything to rush about."
The delay might give USC's Steve Spurrier and Florida's Will Muschamp time to make in-home visits. Clemson's Dabo Swinney already made one.
In other recruiting news:
RB Mike Davis of Stone Mountain, Ga., made an official visit to Florida State earlier in the month. He met with head coach Jimbo Fisher and the offensive coaches and got a good feel for their plans for him. He also has taken an official visit to Tennessee. He will visit USC, Clemson and Georgia officially in January. He said there is no favorite and he won't announce a decision until Signing Day.
OL Jonathan McLaughlin of Mauldin scheduled two official visits for January. He goes to Marshall on Jan. 13 and to East Carolina the following week. Wake Forest rounds out his top three.
QB Caleb Rowe of Blue Ridge, a Maryland commitment, was added to the West roster for the Offense-Defense All-American Game.
Junior OL DJ Park of Dillon holds offers from USC, Clemson, Auburn, N.C. State, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Florida, East Carolina, Tennessee, LSU and Virginia Tech. He said he has no favorites and has no preference about staying in- state or leaving the state. He will make a decision in late May after his spring practice. He has been invited to the Under Armour and US Army combines.
Former USC signee DB Chris Payne of Columbia High has signed with Texas Tech. He played the last two seasons at Mississippi Gulf Coast JC. He has completed his junior college academic work and will enroll at Tech in January.
Clemson has picked up its interest in DE Jamichael Winston of Prichard, Ala. He committed to Arkansas in October and says it's still a solid verbal, but he will visit Clemson in January. Winston will visit Arkansas on Jan. 14, Clemson on Jan. 21 and Michigan State on Jan. 28. Arkansas is still the team to beat. He missed all of his junior season after preseason shoulder injury, and he said Alabama and Auburn stopped recruiting him because of that. So, it's his plan to leave the state. He will play in the O-D All-Star Game in January.
Clemson missed on OL target Nick Davidson of Eden Prairie, Minn., when he committed to Stanford last week. He also considered Ohio State, Colorado and Oregon.
Three USC coaches talked on the phone with DB Jordan Diggs of Fort Myers, Fla., last week after defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson left for Southern Miss. Diggs said nothing has changed with his recruiting. He's seen reports that USC and Vanderbilt had separated from the rest, and he shot down those reports. He said he's talked to recruiters from all the schools on his list this week. He is down to USC, Vandy, Tennessee, Nebraska and Michigan State. Diggs will narrow his list in early January around the time he plays in the U.S. Army All-American Game. He plans to announce during the game.
DE Dante Fowler of St. Petersburg, Fla., is committed to FSU but plans to take four official visits, including one to Clemson. His commitment is solid but he wants to "look around." FSU, Southern Cal and Florida are the other three schools he intends to visit.
LB Nick Dawson of Charlotte has taken official visits to Louisville and N.C. State. He will visit Kentucky on Jan. 13 and is hopeful of a Clemson visit. He plans to announce Jan. 7 but did say it would affect future visits.
Junior ATH Mykal Moody of Conway has interest coming from Clemson, USC, Oregon, N.C. State, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Auburn and UNC, among others. He has visited USC and N.C. State and will visit Clemson in January. He played quarterback this season but thinks slot receiver is the position he will play at the next level.
Junior QB Eddie Printz of Marietta, Ga., recently put his services back on the recruiting market after de-committing from SMU. USC quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus was recruiting him at the time of his commitment last spring, and has kept up his interest. He also is being recruited by Miami, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, UCLA, Oklahoma State and Arkansas. His father said they will attend junior days at USC, Arkansas, Pitt, Oklahoma State, Miami and WVU.
USC and Florida are the first two offers for junior OL Joshua Outlaw of Lithonia, Ga. Clemson, Georgia, Alabama and Miami are others showing interest. He says he has no early favorite. He's projected as one of the preseason top 11 players in Georgia next season.
USC appears totally out of the picture with former commitments and teammates 6-1 Ian Baker and 6-5 Carlos Morris of Jacksonville, Fla. The pair was in Columbia last week for the Chick-fil-A Classic, and they told BigSpur.com they do not plan to sign with the Gamecocks in the spring. The two said they do not even plan to take official visits with the Gamecocks. Baker is now hearing from Tennessee, Arkansas, Cleveland State and San Diego State, and Morris is hearing from Arkansas and Seton Hall. The two say they want to play together in college. They have not talked with USC since de-committing.
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