Clemson quarterback commitment Deshaun Watson, who recently was named by ESPN.com as the No. 1 QB prospect in the country in the junior class, has ended his recruiting and will not take any more visits.
Watson, of Gainesville, Ga., told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he can’t be turned from his Clemson pledge.
“I’m 100 percent solid with Clemson,” Watson said. “I’m not going to visit anybody else. I’m just going to focus on Clemson and my high school season. I’m not interested in going to visit anywhere.”
Watson had visited several other schools this spring and was getting a particularly strong push from Urban Meyer at Ohio State.
“I just found a place there (Clemson), and I’m comfortable with the coaches,” Watson told the AJC. “I like the academics and it’s close to home. I just really want to focus on my senior year and focus on winning a state championship.”
In other recruiting news:
USC quarterbacks coach GA Mangus visited his lone quarterback target for 2014 — Drew Barker of Hebron, Ky.
“It was good to see him again,” Barker said. “I’m really glad he got to come up. He will be back before I make my decision.” The Gamecocks are battling Kentucky and Tennessee for Barker, who has visited all three schools this spring. Asked if those are still his top three schools, Barker replied, “for now.” Barker also wants to see which schools besides those three show strong interest in him during his spring practice. Barker plans to make his decision in May but has not set a definite date.
WR Demarre Kitt of Tyrone, Ga., has set June 10 as his announcement date, according one of his recent posts on Twitter. “Committing early so I can focus on my senior year and winning another ring and help build my class,” Kitt wrote. Kitt is choosing between Clemson, Tennessee and Ohio State. Kitt may visit Clemson and Tennessee one more time but he won’t make a return trip to Ohio State due to the distance. Kitt is close friends with Watson.
After a recent visit to USC, RB Nick Chubb of Cedartown, Ga., now has the Gamecocks among his top three with Georgia and Auburn. “They have everything in place to be a successful program,” said Chubb. “They tell me I remind them of (Marcus) Lattimore. They said we’re very similar running backs. They would like me to be one of their running backs. They are only taking one.” Chubb has also visited Georgia, Auburn and Florida and he might return to Auburn. Georgia remains a strong player but the Bulldogs have company at the top from the Gamecocks. “It’s a tie right now between USC and Georgia,” he said. Chubb added that either school taking another running back won’t affect his decision, which he will make in June. Last season, Chubb rushed for 2,717 yards and 39 touchdowns.
DB Darin Smalls of Summerville has added three more offers to his list. Charleston Southern, Oklahoma and Louisville join USC, Clemson, Florida State, Virginia Tech, N.C. State, Georgia Tech, Marshall, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and West Virginia. “I’m not going to commit until next signing day, and I’m going to try and visit Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Charleston Southern and Louisville,” he said. ‘USC is my favorite, but Clemson is recruiting me really hard!”
A number of college recruiters are getting by Goose Creek High School to show their interest in TE Kalan Ritchie and RB Caleb Kinlaw. Gators’ coach Chuck Reedy said USC and Clemson were in on Thursday. Georgia, Louisville and Florida recruiters also have been in. Ritchie visited USC earlier in the month and has USC out front. Kinlaw has not gotten as much interest from the Gamecocks and Tigers. He’s been favoring Tennessee and North Carolina.
QB Mason Rudolph of Northwestern landed his fifth offer last week from Louisville. The Cardinals join LSU, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State and Ole Miss as his offers. Rudolph has visited LSU, Georgia, Alabama and Ole Miss. He plans to narrow his list to two this summer.
DL Naquez Pringle of Carvers Bay has offers from USC and Clemson but is beginning to garner more interest with Tennessee one of those new schools. He visited USC recently and has a strong interest in the Gamecocks. He would like to camp this summer at LSU and Alabama.
DB Trumaine Washington of Miami enjoyed a junior day at Clemson earlier this year so much that he may attend a camp there this summer. His offers are from Duke, Purdue and Florida International with interest from Clemson, Florida State, Miami, Memphis, Connecticut and Michigan among others. As a junior he totaled 30 tackles with five interceptions running two back for scores.
OL Jake Whitley of North Augusta has offers from Coastal Carolina, Appalachian State, Marshall, Charlotte and Old Dominion. He took the opportunity to visit Marshall, Appalachian State, Old Dominion and Charlotte during his spring break. He continues to hear from Tennessee, Mississippi State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and NC State.
TE Jeb Blazevich of Charlotte last week committed to Georgia over five other programs including Clemson. He had also considered Ole Miss, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Alabama.
WR Chris Godwin, a USC target from Middletown, DE, committed to Penn State.
RB Elijah Hood of Charlotte, a Clemson target, committed Sunday to Notre Dame.
6-9 Demetrius Henry of Bradenton, FL last week signed with USC choosing the Gamecocks over Miami. “I believe in (USC coach) Frank Martin and he believes in me. I feel like it’s the best decision for me,” Henry said. Martin actually recruited Henry when he was at Kansas State and continued to build on the relationship when he came to USC. Henry narrowed his list to USC, Miami and South Florida and took official visits with the Gamecocks and Hurricanes before making his decision. Henry’s mother and sister live in Augusta and the opportunity to be closer to them was a factor in his decision. Henry averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks per game last season.
6-8 Darryl Reynolds of Philadelphia signed last week with Villanova over USC, Utah and Seton Hall.
6-10 Ibrahim Djambo of Three Rivers JC, MO signed with Clemson last week giving the Tigers a much needed big man. “He’s got a really good upside,” said coach Gene Bess. “He’s got a really nice 17 foot jump shot. He can shoot threes. He’s one of those pop and pick kind of shooters. But he’s tough around the basket, too. He’s real competitive and tough.” The Tigers won Djambo over against Southern Miss, Saint Louis, Loyola of Chicago and SIU Carbondale. “He felt like he can go in and play,” his coach said. “Of course, he knew what a great program Clemson has and the league that they play in probably sold him as much as anything.” Last season Djambo averaged 18 points and 9 rebounds per game and he made 36% of his three point attempts.
6-10 Sidy Mohamed Djitte of Senegal remains undecided. He has visited Clemson and Cincinnati and may visit Memphis this week according to his coach.
6-3 Shadell Millinghaus and 6-6 Leroy Fludd of Believe Prep in Rock Hill remain on the recruiting market this spring, and activity for them is starting to heat up. Millinghaus made an unofficial visit to West Virginia Thursday and Fludd took an official visit to Colorado State over the weekend. “And they still have South Carolina in the mix,” he said. “They really like South Carolina but they want to look at a couple of things. And Shadell is still working on some academic stuff.” Waterman said Fludd is in good shape academically and is able to move forward with his recruiting. Both players visited USC twice.
5-10 Kaydra Duckett of Dreher announced a commitment last week to USC. Duckett is rated a 5 star prospect and the #19 prospect in her class by ESPN HoopGurlz.
Newberry signed 6-0 Zach Jones of Charlotte. He averaged 26 points per game last season for Moravian Prep in Lenoir, NC.
LHP John Parke of Greenville, who had been committed to Clemson as a walk-on for the 2013 class, has changed his commitment to USC according to TheBigSpur.com. Parke made a visit to USC over the weekend and decided Thursday to change his pledge. This season Parke is 5-1 with a 1.56 ERA.