KORNBLUT COLUMN: South Carolina, Clemson still battling for Bamberg-Ehrhardt’s Crosby
Kevin Crosby, a tight end at Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School who nearly made a commitment last summer, will announce his decision by early June, according to his father and coach.
“It will come after he visits some camps,” Butch Crosby said. “He won’t be working in any camps.”
Clemson and South Carolina will be two of the camps he visits. It was thought last summer that Crosby was on the verge of committing to USC. His father said a decision was nearly made, but he can’t say to whom.
“He had an idea where he wanted to go,” he said. “His mama wanted him to wait a little while. She thought it was a little early. Coaches change, things change, and she didn’t like the idea of decommitting from a school.”
Crosby’s last visit was to Alabama for a junior day. He did not make it to USC or Clemson’s first junior day but is going to Clemson Mar. 9. He will also go to Florida in March and to North Carolina at some point. Right now Crosby has a top five of USC, Clemson, Alabama, Florida and North Carolina.
“He’s wide open,” among those five, his father said. “ Everybody’s got a chance.” Crosby picked up his 47th offer last week from Kansas State.
In other recruiting news:
WR Shaq Davidson of Gaffney saw his basketball season come to an unexpected early end, so he was freed up to attend Georgia’s recent junior day. “It was nice down there,” Davidson said. “The coaching staff was pretty cool, I liked them. They have nice facilities.” Davidson visited North Carolina Saturday and will go to Clemson’s this weekend. He also plans to visit Auburn, which offered last week, and said he probably will get to USC’s second junior day. He was at USC’s first junior day. Davidson continues to favor USC with North Carolina, Georgia, Notre Dame and Ohio State bunched together behind the Gamecocks.
OL Donnell Stanley of Latta was at North Carolina’s junior day Saturday. He was at USC earlier this month. Stanley plans to return to USC for its next junior day and also wants to get to USC for a baseball game. He’d like to give baseball a shot in college as well. He also wants to get to Clemson for a baseball game. Stanley will take several visits this summer to schools he has not seen. Among those will be Florida, Florida State, Alabama and Ohio State. Stanley has not narrowed his list and has no favorite between USC and Clemson, German said. Academics will play a major role in his decision. He wants to major in physical education or sports management.
Northwestern QB Mason Rudolph was offered Friday by Oklahoma State, according to his coach Kyle Richardson. Rudolph also has offers from LSU and Virginia Tech. Richardson and Rudolph have been in touch with new LSU quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and they were assured by him that Rudolph is a high priority quarterback target. He will take an unofficial visit to LSU March 22. He plans to visit Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee over spring break. Rudolph is getting no interest from USC or Clemson.
Wando OL Nolan Kelleher was offered Friday by Florida State, according to his coach Jimmy Noonan. Kelleher also has offers from Georgia Tech, Duke, Virginia Tech, Connecticut, Kentucky and N.C. State. USC and Clemson are evaluating him at this point. He has camped at both. Kelleher visited Florida State for a junior day Saturday. He has also been to Georgia Tech for a junior day.
Dillon freshman QB Avery McCall now has four offers, according to his coach Jackie Hayes. His offers are USC, East Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee.
QB Drew Barker of Hebron, Ky., went to Kentucky’s junior day Saturday. The Wildcats are making a strong push for Barker, who has had USC and Tennessee as his favorites. He recently picked up offers from Ole Miss and Miami. He plans to visit USC again in the spring. He was in last season for the Tennessee game.
RB Jae’lon Oglesby of Daniel is committed to Clemson but still plans to take several visits. He has offers from Clemson and Tennessee but feels no one else will offer due to his commitment to the Tigers. Other schools he wants to visit are Florida, Oregon, Florida State, Georgia and LSU.
Clemson last week offered LB Clifton Garrett of Joliet, Ill. He’s regarded as the top player in Illinois for the 2014 season. Some of his other offers include Arizona State, Florida, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Ohio State, Nebraska and Notre Dame.
Clemson has offered RB Joe Mixon of Oakley, Calif. He is one of the most heavily recruited prospects in the country. Georgia is one of numerous offers, and he seems to be strong on the Bulldogs early on.
Clemson last week offered DB Allen Artis of Marietta, Ga. He also has offers from Louisville, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.