Linebacker Kendall Joseph of Belton-Honea Path is moving toward the end of his recruiting now that he’s cut his list to Clemson, Duke and Louisville.
Clemson recruiter Brent Venables visited with him last week.
“He likes the way I move and the way I play,” Joseph said. “He feels I can be a leader on defense at middle linebacker. He’s telling me real good things.”
Joseph also has been in touch with his recruiters from Louisville and Duke.
“Louisville wants me to come in and be the middle linebacker and the leader of the defense,” he said. “Duke is showing me a lot of love, saying good things can happen and that Duke is on the rise.”
Joseph said he has no favorite among the three and Clemson’s proximity is not a major issue.
“It’s a plus for them to be 40 minutes away but not a big factor in my decision,” he said. “The playing time at each is about the same. Each has a great coaching staff. I can’t go wrong. God will let me know what’s best for me.”
Joseph went to a pair of Clemson games last season and to a spring scrimmage. He visited Duke this spring and was at Louisville two weeks ago. He is going back to Clemson in early June and will make his decision around the middle of the month.
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It was just a few, short years ago a Clemson running back who went by the initials CJ ran his way into the Tigers record books and into the hearts of their fans. CJ Spiller will forever be considered one of Clemson’s football greats. Now, another running back with the same initialized first name will be joining the Tigers looking to become a fan favorite. CJ Fuller of Easley committed to the Tigers on Monday following the conclusion of his spring practice, and he’s well aware of the comparisons his name will draw to Spiller’s career. “People around here always talk about CJ Spiller and stuff, but I just want to go in there and do my thing and see what happens,” Fuller said. Clemson offered Fuller last season and he has been favoring the Tigers ever since. “It feels great,” he said of the commitment. “It’s just a childhood dream fulfilled. I liked them from day one. I went out and I did mu job and did my homework on other schools and came to the conclusion Clemson is on top.” Fuller rushed for over 2,000 yards last season in a zone read offense and feels Clemson’s offense will be a great fit. Clemson has one senior running back in 2013 and Fuller is the second running back commitment for 2014. Fuller also had offers from North Carolina, N.C. State and Louisville. He’s the sixth commitment for Clemson’s 2014 class.
WR Demarre Kitt of Tyrone, Ga., has set June 10 for his commitment date and is down to Clemson, Tennessee and Ohio State.
DE Kendal Vickers of Havelock, N.C., has had his mind made up to go to USC for months dating back to when Brad Lawing was recruiting him for the Gamecocks. He never publicly committed because early in the school year it did not look like he would qualify. But all of that has changed now. “He’s turned out to be a qualifier,” said his coach Jim Bob Bryant. However, Vickers will not enroll at USC this semester. Bryant said Vickers will enroll at Georgia Military JC this fall and will need to be there just one semester. So, he will play this season for GMA and then he plans to transfer to USC in January according to his coach. That transfer, of course, hinges on USC re-evaluating Vickers in the fall and deciding to take him. Assuming he plays and does not redshirt this season, Vickers would have four years to play three at USC. If counted toward the 2014 class, Vickers stands as the fourth commitment for that class.
RB Derrell Scott of Havelock, N.C., made an unofficial visit to USC on Saturday with his father. USC has been strong with Scott for more than a year but other schools, most notably Florida State, have made a move with him in recent weeks. “South Carolina is still in his top five,” Bryant said. Florida State, Clemson, Ohio State and Oregon round out the five.
DB Darin Smalls of Summerville says that USC continues to lead for his services. He does not have a list but did name Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Tennessee as other schools of strong interest. Smalls is in no hurry to make a decision and is planning to make his announcement National Signing Day. USC, Clemson and Virginia Tech have been by to see him this spring. Smalls has plans to take several visits this summer including Virginia Tech, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
WR Blake Bone of Woodruff was offered last week by Central Florida. That’s his seventh offer. The others are USC, Clemson, Mississippi, Kentucky, Louisville and North Carolina.
QB Mason Rudolph of Northwestern has a top two and is rapidly closing in on decision time. LSU and Oklahoma State are the favorites. “I’ll probably make my decision in the next two or three weeks, and then I’ll camp at the school I plan on going to get more familiar with their coaching staff,” he said. Rudolph did not name a leader. He picked up an offer from Virginia earlier this month, his sixth.
LB Christian Miller of Spring Valley on Friday announced a decommitment from Florida. Miller had committed to the Gators in mid-February. He is still considering the Gators, along with Alabama and Tennessee.
DL Zeke Rodney of South Pointe picked up an offer from Toledo after the Rockets paid him a visit during spring practice. His other offers are S.C. State, Boston College, Louisiana-Lafayette, Marshall, Charlotte and Appalachian State. Clemson, Kansas State, Tennessee, Boston College and Indiana have also visited Rodney recently.
He plans to camp at Clemson, Florida State and Indiana. Rodney does not have any favorites.
Northwestern DB Corey Seargent was offered Thursday by Charleston Southern.
WR Quadarius Fair of Andrew Jackson is moving away from the area and won’t be playing football there this season according to coach David Moore. Fair was not out for spring practice due to the pending move. Fair is also a basketball prospect and may be pursuing that.
The USC women signed 5-foot-7 guard Olivia Gaines of Chester last week to a National Letter of Intent.. Gaines will have two seasons of eligibility beginning with the 2013-14 season. After her high school career at Chester, Gaines spent the last two seasons at Louisburg College, NC After helping the Hurricanes to the 2013 NJCAA Division II National Championship, Gaines was named the Junior/Community College Player of the Year by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. Averaging 18.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.5 steals, the sophomore earned a spot on the NJCAA All-America team. .
The basketball spring signing period ended Wednesday and 6-7 Donte Grantham of Martinsburg, WVA decided not to sign. Grantham decided he will attend a prep school in the fall and put himself back on the market for the 2014 recruiting season. He is considering Brewster Prep in New Hampshire and Hargrave Prep in Virginia. Grantham had offers from Clemson, West Virginia, Miami, Maryland, Penn State, Xavier and others. He took an official visit to Clemson in early May.