WR Williams picks Texas A&M over Gamecocks
Wide receiver Ja’Quay Williams of Fork Union Prep, Va., committed to Texas A&M over South Carolina, Georgia and Florida on Sunday night.
The former Auburn commitment made an official visit to USC over the weekend. He also made official visits to Georgia and A&M.
Williams, a native of Tyrone, Ga., signed with Auburn in February but did not qualify. He remained committed to the Tigers until coach Gene Chizik was fired.
In other recruiting news:
USC LB commitment Matt Rolin of Ashburn, Va., made an official visit to Florida over the weekend and is now giving the Gators a serious look. Rolin committed to the Gamecocks in late May and had held strong to that pledge until the visit to Gainesville.
One of the major targets left on Clemson’s board for 2013 is WR Marquez North of Charlotte. He and his father visited Clemson for the USC game. “It went great. He really enjoyed the visit,” Ramando North said. “We met with Coach Swinney and Coach Scott and Coach Morris. They went over some plays and how he would fit in to their offense. He was excited about it.” North plans to visit Clemson again Jan. 11 for the big recruiting weekend. He hasn’t decided yet if it will be official or unofficial. Clemson, North Carolina, Florida, Tennessee and Miami were by the school last week. “He really likes Tennessee but that’s on hold because they don’t have a coach,” Mr. North said.
DE Robert Nkemdiche of Grayson, Ga., told Kipp Adams of ESPN.com not to lock him in with Ole Miss just yet. “To people that do think I am a lock to Ole Miss, I will just say you never know,” Nkemdiche said. “I could end up falling in love with any other school. If schools give up, they give up, but you never know if I take a visit and fall in love. It could happen.” Nkemdiche also would not confirm his brother’s recent comments that he’s going to commit to Ole Miss soon. “I do not know about that,” Nkemdiche said. “I will have to see. ... If I do commit, I think I will still take my official visits.” Nkemdiche also said that he hasn’t talked to Clemson since de-committing, and if he visits schools other than heavy favorite Ole Miss, it may be LSU and Oregon.
DB David Kamara of Loganville, Ga., recently decommitted from Clemson after deciding he wanted to look around and make sure of his decision. He visited Clemson for the N.C. State game, was at Ole Miss for the Egg Bowl and is planning a trip to Maryland this month. Kamara named Clemson, Ole Miss, Maryland and LSU as the only schools he is considering, and all are even, he said.
Summerville junior DB Darrin Smalls was seen last week by recruiters from Clemson, USC and Virginia Tech. He visited USC during the season and was at Clemson for a camp last summer. He’s not yet been offered. Smalls intercepted six passes as a sophomore and five this season. He also returned two punts for touchdowns and one kickoff for a touchdown.
Stratford coach Ray Stackley said his junior quarterback Jacob Park now has offers from Auburn, Tennessee, North Carolina and N.C. State. He’s also getting interest from USC, Alabama, Georgia and Notre Dame. Stackley said even though USC has offered junior Drew Barker of Kentucky, the Gamecocks continue to recruit Park, who passed for 2,700 yards and 25 touchdowns this season. USC was by the school last week.
Carvers Bay coach Nate Thompson said his junior DL Naquez Pringle has offers from Clemson and USC and was at the rivalry game last month. Both schools had recruiters come by the school last week. LSU, Alabama, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Ohio State were by the school in the spring and are showing interest.
DL Jamar Winston of Dutch Fork has been committed to Charlotte since the summer but interest from other schools continues to increase. He is hearing from Clemson, USC and Missouri. Winston says he may visit Clemson in the future and feels an offer is a possibility. The Gamecocks have also expressed interest though Winston does not feel it is as serious. As for Missouri, a visit to the other Columbia seems likely. He remains committed to the 49ers but is open to other schools.
DL Montravius Adams of Vienna, GA visited Clemson for the USC game. He confirmed that he remains interested in the Tigers and USC. Adams plans to announce his top five programs following his season. All five of these schools will receive an official visit from Adams with him likely announcing his decision on Signing Day. He has given indications in the past that Clemson is a strong candidate for one of these visits. Adams has not named a leader.
ATH Mykal Moody of Conway took an unofficial visit to East Carolina recently and loved his time there. He’s also been contacted by Miami and is hearing from Marshall and Texas A&M.
DB Ryan Carter of Loganville, GA visited Clemson with teammate DB David Kamara for the NC State game. Clemson has been in touch with him but has not offered. His top two are East Carolina and Ole Miss and he said that could change should the Tigers offer. His offers are from Ole Miss, East Carolina, Arkansas State, Georgia State, Southern Miss and Tulane.
OL Tyrone Crowder of Hamlet, NC was at Clemson for the USC game and will be back for an official visit in January. North Carolina was the only other game visit he made this season. Crowder will play in the Shrine Bowl and the Under Armour Game. He will schedule his official visits after that with Clemson, Georgia and North Carolina, his final three schools. “All things are equal,” said his brother Charles McManus.
Gaffney DE Jaylen Miller has set an official visit to Wake Forest for January 19th. That’s the only official visit he has set to this point.
Junior DB Jalen Tabor of the District of Columbia has offers from USC, Clemson, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, N.C. State, Maryland and West Virginia among others. He has interest in the Gamecocks and Tigers. He has not visited USC but plans to do so. He has been to Clemson for a camp. Other schools he has visited include Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Florida, Virginia Tech and Florida State. Tabor does not have any favorites.
Junior TE Milan Richard of Savannah added Clemson to his offer sheet last week. The Tigers join USC, Georgia, NC State, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, UCLA and Louisiana-Lafayette with offers for Richard. Richard visited Clemson for the USC game.
Northwestern junior QB Mason Rudolph had a monster season in leading the Trojans to the 4A-Division 2 state championship game. The former tight end had passed for 3993 yards and 40 touchdowns while completing 68% of his attempts. LSU has taken notice and is the first major program in with an offer. “LSU is really high on him,” Northwestern coach Kyle Richardson said. North Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama are three others showing interest at this point. Rudolph camped last summer at USC and the Gamecocks also have been in contact. This season Rudolph attended games at USC, Wake Forest, Clemson and North Carolina. He plans to visit about five or six schools this summer, but LSU stands out with him right now. “I’m excited about the LSU offer,” he said, “but I want to see what else comes in.”
USC offensive line coach Shawn Elliott visited junior OL Donnell Stanley of Latta last week. He named Clemson, USC, LSU, Alabama, Ohio State and North Carolina as his top six in no order. Stanley visited Alabama for the Auburn game. He also was at USC and Clemson for games this season. Stanley does not have a leader.
Junior TE Jeb Blazevich of Charlotte was back at Clemson for the USC game. Blazevich also went to games at Georgia, Alabama, LSU and Ohio State this season. Recruiters from Clemson, Tennessee and Virginia have been in and Florida is coming this week. Notre Dame will come by in a couple of weeks. Blazevich is working on his short list from around 25 offers and couldn’t confirm Clemson will be on it. “I don’t know how to answer that right now,” he said without elaborating. He plans to get his list down to six or seven and make a decision before this summer. USC also has offered but he hasn’t talked with recruiter Shawn Elliott in a while.
Junior RB CJ Fuller of Easley made the short ride up U.S. 123 for the Clemson-USC showdown. Fuller has an offer from the Tigers. He also visited for the NC State game where he had a chance to chat with Dabo Swinney. “He said it was up to me, basically saying they made their decision and it’s up to me if I want to come,” Fuller said. “I’m favoring them a little bit but I’m keeping my options open. I want to see what other offers I get.” Fuller also went to games at USC and North Carolina, and he wants to go back to Chapel Hill to talk to the coaches. Fuller is also getting interest from Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, LSU, North Carolina, Auburn, Duke, Mississippi State and Georgia. This season he rushed for 2044 yards and 19 touchdowns.