Swinney sticking to his guns
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has drawn a line in the sand with his football commitments and apparently is not backing down. Swinney does not look fondly upon his commitments visiting other schools.
Offensive lineman RJ Prince of Albemarle, N.C., became the third Clemson commitment in recent seasons to cross that line and lose his Clemson commitment when he visited North Carolina last week. Prince said he's now favoring the Tar Heels. He has offers from South Carolina, Mississippi State, N.C. State, East Carolina and Duke.
Also visiting North Carolina last week was defensive end Tyquan Lewis of Tarboro, N.C. Lewis has been favoring Clemson, but after his time in Chapel Hill, the Tar Heels are a much bigger factor.
"Reconsidering UNC," Lewis said. "Coach (Larry) Fedora is one of the coolest coaches ever." Lewis has offers from Clemson, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Duke, Wake Forest and East Carolina.
In other recruiting news:
Linebacker Jalen Stevens of Goose Creek attended the USC junior day. Stevens wants to play the spur position for the Gamecocks, and said he spoke with coach Steve Spurrier about that. He also spoke with Jadeveon Clowney. Stevens will visit Georgia Tech on Saturday, and Clemson on March 3. He does not have a favorite.
Wide receiver Tramel Terry of Goose Creek took in USC's junior day and learned more about the Gamecocks' plans for him. "They would line me up as a wide receiver, as a running back, and in the Wildcat sometimes," Terry said. "I would do whatever they want me to do. I can play cornerback, too."
Terry will visit Clemson on March 3 for a junior day. He also plans to visit Georgia Tech. Terry does not have any favorites, but says Clemson and USC are very strong with him.
Spartanburg LB Justin Bridges-Thompson has USC at the top of his list and is anxiously awaiting a call from the Gamecocks with an offer.
Bridges-Thompson attended USC's junior day. Brown said Oklahoma State has been showing a lot of interest of late. Bridges-Thompson plans to visit Tennessee and Oregon. He has offers from Wake Forest, Pittsburgh and N.C. State.
Clemson has put itself in the lead position with RB Wayne Gallman of Atlanta. Gallman attended the Tigers' junior day last month.
"I loved everything about it," Gallman said. "I made a good connection with the coaches. I think I fit in perfectly with their offense."
Gallman visited Georgia on Saturday and was offered by the Bulldogs. He also plans to visit USC, Alabama, Florida State and Auburn.
One of the big offensive line targets to visit USC for its junior day earlier this month was Tyrone Crowder (6-2, 315) of Rockingham, N.C. Crowder also has visited Clemson, N.C. State, North Carolina, Duke and Alabama. All but N.C. State have offered. He also has offers from East Carolina and Tennessee. Crowder does not have a favorite.
LB Jacarthy Mack of Lithonia, Ga., made his first junior day visit to USC along with his teammate OL Joshua Outlaw. Mack said he does not have a favorite and has no timetable for a decision. USC is his first offer, and he's also getting interest from Clemson, Auburn, Florida, Florida State and Miami. He plans to go to a junior day at each.
ATH Mykal Moody of Conway attended USC's junior day and was impressed with Spurrier. Moody is being recruited to play slot receiver and says they discussed using him in the Wildcat.
He also has already visited Clemson and will visit Georgia Tech on Saturday. He also plans to see Oregon and N.C. State.
QB Christian Hackenberg of Fork Union, Va., makes his first junior day visit Saturday when he goes to Penn State. Hackenberg recently picked up offers from Penn State and South Florida. He also has offers from USC, Tennessee, Rutgers, Virginia, Alabama, Connecticut and Miami. This spring Hackenberg plans to visit USC, Miami, Alabama and Tennessee.
One of USC's top offensive line targets for 2013 is Andy Dodd (6-4, 310) of Lindale, Ga. Dodd, who comes from the same program as USC lineman Kyle Harris, attended USC's junior day. Dodd visited Georgia Tech last Saturday and has also visited Alabama. He has offers from the Gamecocks and Tech.
QB Boeing Brown (6-4, 218) of Brookfield, Conn., has received interest from several schools including USC, and, according to his father, he favors the Gamecocks. Brown visited last season and will visit again in two weeks, and then return during the spring. Auburn has started to show a lot of interest, and he's also hearing from Florida, Penn State, Michigan State, N.C. State and Wake Forest, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Maryland, Kentucky and Vanderbilt. Brown has not yet been offered.
DB Cameron Sutton of Jonesboro, Ga., was offered last week by USC. He also has offers from Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss and Kentucky. He's also drawing interest from Georgia, LSU, Louisville, N.C. State and Oregon. Sutton had two interceptions on defense, and as a receiver he had 31 catches for 500 yards and nine touchdowns.
OL Bryce King of Dillon will not take a scheduled visit to Virginia Tech on Saturday due to an illness in the family. King was at USC's junior day. There was a possibility he would commit to the Gamecocks on that trip but chose not to. "I told some people that there was a chance but I didn't say I would," he said. King has no timetable for a decision and plans to take several visits. "I don't have a favorite and I am still looking around," said King. He does not have any other scheduled visits in the near future but plans to take in spring practices at Clemson and USC. His offers are from USC, Clemson, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, N.C. State, LSU and Tennessee with interest from Miami, Alabama, Auburn and Wake Forest, among others.
OL Brandon Kublanow (6-3, 290) of Marietta has added Clemson to his offer sheet and will be at the Tigers' junior day March 3. He also has offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Duke, Boston College, Virginia, Maryland and Vanderbilt. USC, Florida, Texas, Alabama and Auburn are some of the schools showing interest. Kublanow planned to visit Georgia Tech over the weekend and will go to Alabama this Saturday. He also plans to visit USC, Florida, Texas and Vandy in the near future. He does not have any favorites.
DE Garrett Sickels (6-4, 235) of Red Bank, N.J., has offers from USC, Alabama, Boston College, Connecticut, Duke, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Central Florida, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Stanford, Miami, Purdue, West Virginia and Oklahoma, among others. He is planning to visit USC this summer. He has visited Florida, UCF, Tennessee, Penn State, Georgia and Rutgers.
QB Carlis Parker of Statesville, N.C., was at North Carolina on Wednesday. He also has been to Clemson and N.C. State for junior days. He was invited to USC but didn't make it because he had no transportation. Parker has offers from USC, North Carolina, Wake Forest, East Carolina, N.C. State and Virginia Tech.
RB Jabo Lee of Dillon said he's not hearing from USC or Clemson since his recruiters from those schools left. Lee was not offered by USC's Jay Graham but was getting interest. Clemson's Kevin Steele offered Lee before his firing. So, with the in-state schools showing little interest, Lee is focusing on out-of-state programs Virginia Tech and Tennessee.
Sophomore QB Will Hunter (6-1, 180) of Lexington figures to be one of the state's top prospects in the 2014 class after passing for nearly 4.000 yards, 35 touchdowns and only six picks last season. "He's a special kid," said Lexington coach Scott Earley. "He's the real deal." Earley said Hunter could grow to be 6-4. Hunter had shoulder surgery Jan. 12 to repair damage his labrum he injured in the White Knoll game last season. USC surgeon Dr. Jeff Guy performed the procedure.
"He will miss spring practice but he'll be full strength by mid-summer," Earley said. Hunter is not only dealing with his shoulder issue but also the likelihood that a chance for a scholarship offer from Clemson ended with the commitment of fellow sophomore QB DeShaun Watson to the Tigers earlier this month. "Everybody knew that's where his heart was," Earley said. "That was really what the kid was going to do. They have a lot of family ties (to Clemson). He's open now to all kind of things."
Outfielder Austin Meadows (6-3, 200) of Loganville, Ga., ranked No. 2 in the country by PerfectGame.com for 2013, has committed to Clemson.
He chose the Tigers over offers from North Carolina, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Auburn. He also drew interest from USC.
Meadows is a left-handed hitter described by PerfectGame as an outstanding athlete with huge potential with his bat. Last summer for the Under16 Team USA National Team, Meadows batted .537 with one homer and drove in a tournament record 28 runs.
Last spring for his high school, he hit .388 with one homer and 18 RBIs in only 49 at-bats.