Clemson has successful weekend on recruiting trail
Marcus Edmond, a 6-1, 175-pound defensive back from Lower Richland, went into his official visit at Clemson last weekend planning to commit to the Tigers.
Edmond said last week he would flip to Clemson from N.C. State, and that’s what he did Sunday morning at the conclusion of his visit.
“Clemson was always a place I wanted to go,” Edmond said.
Edmond made several earlier visits to Clemson, including one for a junior day last spring. Edmond played mostly quarterback last season. He passed for 1,230 yards and 14 touchdowns, and rushed for 858 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also had 46 tackles and four interceptions on defense.
Clemson likes him as a cornerback.
Clemson picked up another commitment Sunday when TJ Green (6-2, 189) of Sylacouga, Ala., made his pledge at the conclusion of his official visit.
“I’m real excited about it,” Green said. “It’s a winning program, and I’m coming into a team you know that’s going to win and try to get a national championship, that’s what they are getting close to.”
Green said he will start out on kick returns, and the coaches will later decide if he will be a receiver or safety. Last season, he averaged over 22 yards per catch with 9 touchdowns. He also had 25 tackles with 4 interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. Green had been committed to UAB prior his visit. He was also recently offered by Auburn but said he’s firm with his commitment. He’s the 18th commitment for Clemson’s 2013 class.
Former Clemson and NFL tight end Jim Riggs will have the pleasure of watching his son wear the orange and white. Tight end Zach Riggs (6-5, 248) of J.L. Mann also committed. Clemson had previously offered him a greyshirt opportunity, and he is going to take that rather than pursue offers from FCS schools. Last season, Riggs caught 34 passes for 610 yards and 4 touchdowns. He could end up playing offensive tackle or center at Clemson.
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DL Keith Bryant of Delray Beach, Fla., made his official visit to South Carolina over the weekend and couldn’t have enjoyed things more. “It was nice, better than my two unofficials,” Bryant said. “They show mad love to the football player. They’ve given me something to really think about. There is no leader, but South Carolina is up there. They helped themselves a lot.” Bryant is down to USC, Miami and Florida State but said he will visit Florida Atlantic, which is about five minutes from his house, this weekend. He will not announce until Signing Day.
There does not appear to be much of a threat for Clemson regarding OL Tyrone Crowder of Hamlet, N.C., as Signing Day approaches. Clemson was his only official visit, and he does not have one scheduled for next weekend. Crowder is planning a Signing Day announcement.
Myrtle Beach placekicker Max Huggins has an offer from Presbyterian and has taken an official visit there. Clemson and USC have talked with him about walking on.
Hilton Head QB Michael Julian committed last week to Toledo, according to the Beaufort Gazette. The paper reported that Clemson offered the Shrine Bowler last week, but he was already set to go with the Rockets. He also had offers from Wisconsin, N.C. State and Boston College.
DB Chocolate Wilson of Myrtle Beach has committed to Marshall.
Blythewood QB Kylen Binn committed to S.C. State.
LB Christian Miller of Spring Valley attended a junior day at Alabama on Saturday. It was his second trip to Tuscaloosa after attending the Texas A&M game last season. He is considering attending a junior day at Florida State in February. His offers are from Clemson, USC, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Houston, Mississippi State, Texas Tech and Duke.
As for junior days at USC or Clemson he said, “I haven’t heard from either school about a junior day so I guess I’m not going.” Miller does not have any favorites.
Easley RB CJ Fuller has been sitting on an offer from Clemson and will make the short drive to the campus soon for the Tigers first junior day of 2013. “I think I will commit somewhere soon,” Fuller said. “I want to see what other offers come in.” Clemson is his only offer at this point and he’s also getting interest from Georgia Tech and North Carolina. Tech also invited him to a junior day. Last season Fuller rushed for 2014 yards and 19 touchdowns.
RB Treyvon Paulk of Alpharetta, GA has offers from Tennessee, Wake Forest, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, South Florida, Maryland, Western Kentucky, Appalachian State, East Carolina, Ole Miss and North Carolina. USC and Clemson are both showing interest. As a junior he rushed for over 1,200 yards and 17 touchdowns. He has expressed interest in the Tigers and Gamecocks.
WR Demarre Kitt of Tyrone, GA said last week his top five in order are Clemson, Ohio State, Oregon, Auburn and Southern Cal.
RB Jonathan Vickers of Jacksonville, FL added Mississippi State to his offers joining Clemson, Alabama, Ole Miss and Georgia Tech. He named Clemson and Alabama as his early favorites. VIckers is hearing from USC, Georgia and Notre Dame among others and would like to visit USC and Georgia.
DB Kendall Randolph of Tallahassee has offers from USC, Clemson, South Florida, Florida State, Auburn and Arkansas. Randolph will attend a junior day at Alabama and will visit FSU and Florida this spring. He does not have any favorites but expressed interest in the Gamecocks and Tigers.
OL Michael Leagan Jr. of La Porte, TX has family in South Carolina and is showing interest in USC and Clemson. Clemson has shown more interest than the Gamecocks but both schools have contacted Leagan. Leagan is also hearing from Texas A&M, Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Arizona State, Florida State, Kentucky, SMU, Washington State, North Texas, Michigan and Houston among others. He does not have a leader but named Arizona State, FSU, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Kentucky among his favorites.