Defensive end prospect Ogundeko deciding between Clemson, Syracuse
Defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko of Brooklyn is deciding between wearing the orange of Clemson or joining the Orange of Syracuse. The highly touted Ogundeko has narrowed his decision to the two schools after eliminating Florida. He visited all three, as well as Arizona State. Ogundeko said last week it’s 50-50 between the finalists. He will be an early graduate and will announce his decision at the Under Armour Game next month.
In other recruiting news:
DL Montravious Adams of Vienna, Ga., will go to Florida on Jan. 6 after playing in the Under Armour Game, Clemson on Jan. 11, Alabama on Jan. 18 and Georgia on Jan. 25th. He’s undecided about his fifth official visit at this point. Mississippi, North Carolina and Auburn are three schools he’s considering for that final visit.
DL Keith Bryant of Miami has set official visits to Florida State on Jan. 12, South Carolina on the 19th and Oklahoma on the 26th. He’s also considering a visit to Miami on Feb. 2. Bryant has visited Purdue. Bryant decommitted from Miami earlier this month.
RB David Williams of Philadelphia has taken an official visit to Arizona State and has one scheduled for USC on Jan. 19. He also will go to Penn State on Jan. 12 and to Miami on Jan. 26. Ohio State is also making a push for Williams and could get a visit in January.
WR Demarcus Robinson of Ft. Valley, Ga., returned to Clemson’s camp last week after a brief commitment to Florida. Peach coach Chad Campbell said this time the decision is final.
“He just said Clemson is where his heart was,” Campbell said.
Robinson had 48 catches for 969 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. Robinson will be a mid-year enrollee at Clemson.
USC missed on linebacker target Tommy Sanders of Butler County JC (Kan.) last week when he signed with Texas A&M. Ohio State and Mississippi State were his other finalists.
So, the Gamecocks remain in need of another linebacker for this class. One possibility is former USC commitment Brandon Golson of Calhoun County and Georgia Military JC. Golson has been committed to Arizona since October, but he talked with USC coaches last Friday, according to his high school coach Walt Wilson.
Wilson said Golson needs three more classes to complete his academic work and will take those classes at Orangeburg-Calhoun TEC. Golson has three years to play two.
DE Robert Nkemdiche of Grayson, Ga., who is writing a recruiting diary for ESPN, said last week has a top four of LSU, Ole Miss, Alabama and Clemson. Nkemdiche, who had said Ole Miss was his favorite after he decommitted from Clemson in early November, now says that’s not necessarily the case. He will begin his official visits after he plays in the Under Armour Game with two of the trips going to LSU and Oregon. He said he’s not sure if Ole Miss, Alabama and Clemson will get official visits. He has visited each unofficially.
DB Adrian Baker of Hollywood, Fla., returned from his official visit to Oklahoma weekend before last and announced he was no longer committed to Florida State. He plans to wait until Signing Day to announce. Baker has visited Clemson and Oklahoma this month. He had been wavering on his Florida State commitment ever since the departure of Mark Stoops for Kentucky. His decision appears to be down to the Tigers and Oklahoma.
OL Tyrone Crowder of Hamlet, N.C., is down to Clemson and Georgia and will spend the next few weeks trying to figure things out. Clemson has been recruiting him the hardest, but that has not been enough for the Tigers to put any separation between themselves and the Bulldogs. Crowder will visit both in January and go from there. He plans to wait until Signing Day before announcing a decision.
USC was the leader for WR Corey Cooper of Raleigh back in early April. But he visited Louisville and later committed to the Cardinals in July. He decommitted from the Cardinals earlier this month. Cooper said he has talked with USC recruiters Joe Robinson and G.A. Mangus and he still has a Gamecocks offer.
“They don’t have any receiver commitments, so if I commit, I would be the first,” Cooper said.
He will take an official visit to USC and it likely will take place on the Gamecocks’ major recruiting weekend of Jan. 18. Cooper finished his career as his school’s all-time leading receiver.
Clemson commitment WR Ryan Jenkins, who now has a Tennessee offer, met with his family to talk about an official visit to his father’s alma mater. Jenkins is scheduled to visit Clemson on Jan. 11.
Spartanburg native DB Ronnie Martin of Georgia Military JC signed with USC last Wednesday, the first day mid-year junior college transfers could sign. Martin signed with the Gamecocks in 2011 but did not qualify. He was a Shrine Bowl performer in his senior season with the Vikings. He missed most of this season with a hamstring injury. He will have three years of eligibility with the Gamecocks.
Former USC commitment LB Kight Dallas of Stone Mountain, Ga., committed last week to Georgia State.
Dutch Fork DE Jamar Winston picked up an offer from Howard last week to go along with his initial offer from Charlotte. He remains committed to Charlotte.
Conway coach Chuck Jordan said last week that according to his senior Shrine Bowl ATH Mykal Moody, USC and Clemson are telling him he is a take for them if he qualifies. Jordan said his other Shrine Bowler, WR Malcolm Green, will attend a junior college next season.
DB Mackensie Alexander of Immokalee, Fla., who has been a Clemson target and has recently drawn the interest of USC, is now considering Auburn since the arrival of Charlie Harbison. He has taken official visits to Clemson and Texas A&M.
DB Darin Smalls of Summerville picked up his second offer this week, and it was from Virginia Tech. USC was his first offer, and he continues to favor the Gamecocks. Smalls also is drawing the interest of Clemson, Georgia Tech and Notre Dame. This season, Smalls had 58 tackles and five interceptions.
QB Deshaun Watson of Gainesville, Ga., remains strongly committed to Clemson. The dual-threat quarterback has offers from Clemson, Auburn, Florida State, LSU, Georgia Tech, Central Florida, Vanderbilt and N.C. State. Watson is planning to visit each as well as Oregon, Southern Cal and Tennessee.
“I’m going to go to Clemson,” he said. “I just want to see what’s out there.”
Watson acknowledged that if Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris were to leave for a head coaching position, he would give the new Tigers offensive coordinator an opportunity.
“I would have to open back up my recruitment, but I would definitely listen to him,” he admitted.
DE Andrew Williams of McDonough, Ga., has approximately 27 offers, including USC and Clemson, and has plans to narrow his list to five sometime in February. His other offers include Georgia Tech, Florida, Notre Dame, Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, Michigan and Southern Cal. He has visited Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida, FSU and Notre Dame. Williams does not have any favorites.
ATH Hyleck Foster of Gaffney feels USC and UNC are close to offering. He’s also getting interest from North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, LSU, Maryland, Mississippi State, Pitt, Cincinnati and Virginia Tech. Several stopped by his school in recent weeks. Foster plans to attend junior days at USC, Clemson and North Carolina with Mississippi State and Cincinnati as possibilities.
DL Khari Clark of Hollywood, Fla., has 28 offers already, including Clemson and USC. Both were by the school this month as were Oklahoma, Miami, Florida State and Nebraska. He does not have favorites and is staying open. He will not make a decision until his senior season.
Conway coach Chuck Jordan said last week USC and Clemson have made verbal offers to 9th grade WR/SAF Bryan Edwards. USC made the first offer and Clemson followed in kind. Edwards played this season as a 13-year-old as he turned 14 in November. Jordan said he just sent out film to USC and Clemson and told the recruiters to take a look. Edwards also plays basketball and runs track. Jordan said more offers will come in as more schools get the film.
Former Villanova PG Tyrone Johnson will choose between USC and Illinois after visiting the Illini over the weekend, according to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports Network. Johnson was a highly touted recruit in 2011 for the Wildcats out of Plainfield, N.J. He averaged 3.3 points and 2 assists per game last season. He decided to leave Villanova at the start of this season. He has remained in school and has been working out with the team while exploring his options. Johnson will enroll in January and will become eligible next December.