Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney hosted two major prospect camps last week and cashed in big time. Swinney and his staff rolled in a total of six commitments for their 2013 and 2014 classes through Sunday.
And the surge continued Monday with a commitment from 6-5, 290-pound offensive lineman Maverick Morris, who became the 10th commitment in Clemson’s 2013 class and the first offensive lineman commitment.
Morris, from Douglas, Ga., did not have any other Division I offers but was drawing interest from Florida State and Georgia.
Of course, the big news for the Tigers was the commitment by defensive end Robert Nkemdiche of Loganville, Ga. He is regarded by most analysts as the top prospect in the country for the 2013 class.
The Tigers also put three commitments on their board for the 2014 class in RB Dalvin Cook of Miami, RB Jae’lon Oglesby of Daniel and DB Dylan Sumner-Gardner of Mesquite, Texas.
Clemson now has four commitments for the 2014 class.
In other recruiting news:A former Clemson commitment is still making news in Palmetto State recruiting circles. DE Isaac McDonald of Hialeah, Fla., has South Carolina in his final four and is very serious about the Gamecocks, according to his coach Mike Tunsil. Mississippi, West Virginia and Oregon are the other schools in McDonald’s final group. McDonald had been a Clemson commitment until that relationship was severed in early June after he visited other schools with some teammates. Tunsil also said DB Chucky Williams remains in play for USC. He said Williams has his list down to nine, and USC is on that list.
WR Kyrin Priester of Snellville, Ga., decommitted from Georgia last week and, according to one of his coaches at Brookwood High School, he might commit to USC while on a visit this week. Assistant coach William Lee told 247Sports that the Gamecocks offered Priester and he’s “probably” going to commit. According to the coach, Priester also has drawn interest from Clemson, Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Tennessee. He had 31 catches for 565 yards and 5 TDs last season.
Former Brookland-Cayce standout WR Jonathan Rumph has emerged as a major recruit as he heads into his second season at Holmes JC, Miss. Rumph holds offers from USC, Arkansas, LSU, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Kentucky, Nebraska, Baylor, Texas Tech, Kansas and Iowa State. Rumph visited USC a couple of weekends ago and picked up an offer from receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. Rumph says he’s not going to rush a decision. Rumph has also been to Mississippi State and LSU and will take more visits, but none have been planned. Last season, Rumph had 42 catches for 778 yards and 4 TDs.
TE Zach Riggs (6-5, 240) of JL Mann is receiving interest from USC, Clemson, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, N.C. State, Alabama and Kentucky, among others. He has yet to receive an offer but feels one or more could be close. Riggs attended camps at Clemson, USC and Appalachian State last week.
Junior LB Christian Miller of Spring Valley was offered Wednesday by Clemson while attending the Tigers’ camp. That’s the first offer for the son of former USC and NFL linebacker Corey Miller, who was with his son at the camp. USC, Maryland, Tennessee, Florida State, Alabama and Texas are other schools interested in Miller.
DB Adrian Baker of Hollywood, Fla., cut his list to a final five Friday afternoon, and Clemson made the cut. The Tigers are joined by Florida State, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Vanderbilt in his final five. Baker has been to Florida State this month and plans to get to Clemson and Ohio State.
Goose Creek LB Jalen Stevens camped last week at Tennessee. He did not get an offer, but the Vols are highly interested. He has offers from North Carolina and Arizona State.
Gaffney DE Jaylen Miller was also at Tennessee’s camp last week. He has offers from Duke, North Carolina, LSU, Florida, Wake Forest, Furman and Wofford.
OL Justin Day of South Aiken was offered by Southern Miss. He also has an offer from Kentucky.
Byrnes QB Shuler Bentley, who is a rising junior, was named the MVP of the North Gwinnett 7 on 7 tournament last week. Byrnes FS Keke Ashmore was named the defensive MVP. Bentley and teammate Shane Samuels visited Duke over the weekend.
WR Colton Korn of Byrnes signed with Gray Military Academy in West Columbia. He’s the brother of former Clemson and North Greenville QB Willy Korn.
Clemson signee DB Marty Williams of Fox Creek did not qualify and will attend a junior college in the fall according to his coach.
Basketball news6-2 Southern Miss transfer LaShay Page will take an official visit to USC this week. “There’s a strong possibility on a commitment,” Page said. “South Carolina is definitely my frontrunner. If I like the coaching staff, I may commit to them.” Page has been in regular contact with USC and knows he’s wanted by them.
“South Carolina is very interested,’ he said. “Obviously, they said they have a scholarship for me and they would love to have my presence since I have NCAA experience and I can contribute a lot to them next year.” Virginia Tech is the other school Page is hearing from a lot. and he might schedule a trip to Blacksburg if he doesn’t nail things down with the Gamecocks. Clemson also has been in contact with Page but he’s not talked with them about taking a visit.
7-1 Jordan Dickerson of Alexandria, Va., visited Auburn last week and said it was his best visit to date. He’s also been to USC and Providence. Those three are strongly under consideration and St. Johns also is a factor.
Baseball newsClemson signee RHP Lucas Sims reached contact terms last week with the Braves, who picked him in the first round of this month’s draft. And USC signee RHP Dixon Llorens agreed to terms with the Cardinals who took him in the 25th round. He’s the fourth Gamecock signee to decide to forgo college for pro baseball.
The Citadel signed 14 players for the 2012 class including C Stephen Windham of Summerville, RHP Zach Wimmer of Cane Bay, OF Jason Smith of Gilbert, RHP Layton Meacham of Mauldin, RHP Austin Mason of Eastside, RHP Zack Lavery of Goose Creek, OF Drew Joiner of Riverside, C Skylar Hunter of Hanahan, IF Bret Hines of Hanahan and OF Steven Hansen of Pinewood Prep.