Clemson, South Carolina enjoy productive week on recruiting trail
Clemson continued to hammer the state of Georgia in football recruiting last week, while South Carolina flexed its in-state muscles.
The Tigers received three commitments, two of those from Georgia, while the Gamecocks nabbed another of the Palmetto State’s elite.
Clemson landed linebacker Korrie Rogers of Buford, Ga., wide receiver Demarre Kitt of Tyrone, Ga., and linebacker Chris Register of Greensboro, N.C.
The Gamecocks added offensive lineman Malik Young of Woodmont and tight end Kevin Crosby Jr. of Bamberg-Ehrhardt.
Rogers committed to Clemson on Wednesday afternoon following an unofficial visit with the Tigers. Some of his other offers were Georgia, Auburn, Penn State, North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee. He narrowed his list to Clemson, Georgia and Tennessee. Rogers is regarded as one of the top outside linebacker prospects in the country. Last season he had 100 tackles and 12 sacks.
Kitt, a one-time Georgia commitment, committed to the Tigers on Thursday, one day after an unofficial visit. Kitt picked Clemson over Tennessee and Ohio State. Last season, Kitt had 76 catches for 1,236 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Register also committed to the Tigers on Thursday. Clemson was the first to offer Register and was at the top of his list throughout the recruiting process. He also had offers from North Carolina, N.C. State, Duke, Wake Forest, Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida State, East Carolina and Indiana. Last season, Register had 110 tackles with seven sacks.
Those three commitments give Clemson 10 for the 2014 class, with five of those coming from the state of Georgia.
Young committed to USC on Tuesday while on an unofficial visit with his parents and his coach. The Gamecocks offered Young the previous week, and after that there was little doubt in his mind he would join the Gamecocks.
Young played tackle last season but will shift to guard this season. He’s projected as a guard with the Gamecocks. Young’s other offer was from S.C. State.
Crosby, rated as one of the top prospects in South Carolina for the 2014 class, announced his commitment to USC on Saturday afternoon at a news conference at the Savannah Creek Baptist Church in Ehrhardt. Crosby picked the Gamecocks over Alabama and Clemson after narrowing his list from over 50 offers.
Last season, Crosby had 36 catches for 786 yards and 14 touchdowns. On defense, he had 68 tackles with 8 sacks and 3 interceptions, 2 returned for touchdowns. He’s the 5th commitment for USC’s 2014 class and the 4th from the state.
In other recruiting news:
RB Nick Chubb of Cedartown, Ga., made a visit to USC on Thursday, the last of the three unofficial visits he planned to make to his favorites before making his decision. He also visited Georgia and Auburn in late May. Chubb hopes to make his decision soon.
Clemson QB commitment Deshaun Watson of Gainesville, Ga., created a stir last week when he denied reports that he had visited Auburn prior to the Big Cat Weekend, when, in fact, he had. Watson’s coach, Bruce Miller, got the straight story from Watson on Tuesday and he came clean about the visit. But Miller said Watson remains committed to Clemson and was on the phone Tuesday with Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and assistant Chad Morris to reassure them of his intentions. Miller does not expect Watson to take any more visits.
WR Shaq Davidson of Gaffney visited Auburn for Big Cat Weekend and came out of the visit listing the Tigers even with USC as his favorites. But Gaffney coach Dan Jones talked with Davidson and said he still favors the Gamecocks. “From the get-go, he’s had a lean to South Carolina,” Jones said. “He’s always liked South Carolina. They started recruiting him the earliest. I think he just wants to make some visits.”
DB Kendall Randolph of Tallahassee has a top five of USC, Miami, Florida State, Alabama and Georgia. He has set an unofficial visit to USC for June 21. “The visit I will take will be to find out more about the program and hang out with the coaches for a day,” Randolph said. “South Carolina was my first official offer. They are just somebody I’ve kept in my mind, and I’ve kept in touch with the coaches.” He also will visit Georgia, Alabama, Miami and possibly Stanford. Randolph is being recruited as a corner and had 40 tackles and seven interceptions last season.
The son of former NFL star cornerback Al Harris currently favors USC and could have a final decision by the end of summer. Al Harris Jr. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., wants to visit all of his favorites this summer and then make his decision. Those favorites would be USC, Florida State, Arkansas, N.C. State, Wisconsin and Louisville. Harris Jr. is in touch with USC recruiter Grady Brown and will make USC his first visit. Last season, He had 22 tackles and one interception.
DL Quaven Ferguson of Easley is hearing from Georgia Tech, Maryland, Tennessee, N.C. State, North Carolina and Louisville, among others. Each of these schools visited Ferguson this spring, though none has offered. Ferguson plans to attend camps at North Carolina, N.C. State, Tennessee, Louisville and Georgia Tech.
QB Mason Rudolph of Northwestern plans to announce his college choice Wednesday at his school. He has Oklahoma State and LSU at the top of his list.
WR Blake Bone of Woodruff was offered last week by Georgia Tech. That’s his 10th offer. Clemson and USC have also offered.
LB Dwight Williams of Gardena, CA cut his list to 16 and Clemson was on it. The others are Arizona State, Cal, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon State, Tennessee, UCLA, Stanford and Washington.
LB Dillon Bates of Ponte Vedra, FL plans to announce July 2nd or 3rd at The Opening in Oregon. He has a top five, in order, of Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Texas and USC.
ATH Hyleck Foster of Gaffney was offered last week by Georgia Tech. He also has offers from Wake Forest, North Carolina and Alabama State.
USC last week offered junior LB Jonathan Sutton of Swansea. Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina and NC State.
Junior WR George Campbell of Tarpon Springs, FL Sunday released a top ten of Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Central Florida and Vanderbilt. He had 760 yards receiving and 7 touchdowns last season. He also had 56 tackles.
6-5 LJ Peak of Gaffney last week listed on Twitter his top five. In no order, Peak listed USC, Georgetown, Ohio State, Florida State and Connecticut as his favorite five. USC and Florida State visited Peak during the contact period in April.