Clemson, South Carolina continue to build future recruiting classes with more commitments
Clemson landed a commitment Friday for the 2014 class from defensive lineman Jabril Robinson of Leland, N.C., and his coach says the Tigers got a steal.
“He’s a great athlete with great feet and real good speed for a guy his size,” North Brunswick High coach Garry Bishop said. Robinson is a three-sport athlete who also plays basketball and is on the track team.
Robinson plays defensive end but can play inside and could also develop into an offensive tackle.
“They think he’s got a lot of upside because of his athletic ability,” Bishop said of the Clemson coaches’ view of Robinson.
Robinson also had offers from N.C. State and East Carolina. Bishop said Robinson is good academically and won’t have any problems qualifying. He is Clemson’s 15th commitment for the 2014 class.
USC continues to build an impressive 2015 recruiting class with a commitment Saturday from defensive end Chauncey Rivers of Stone Mountain, Ga. Rivers made his commitment while on campus for an unofficial visit with his parents.
“It was my first time going up there, and we fell in love with the education part and fell in love with the football program,” Rivers said. “When they told me they really liked the program, and I really liked it, so we decided to make the decision to just end the recruiting process.”
The heavily recruited Rivers also holds offers from Clemson, Auburn, Florida, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Southern Miss, Tennessee and Vanderbilt, among others. He said Auburn and Florida were two others high on his list. Last season, Rivers, playing strictly defensive end with his hand down, totaled 67 tackles with 8 sacks.
Rivers is the Gamecocks’ fourth commitment for the 2015 class and the third defensive end.
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It took some time, but Clemson and USC offered offensive lineman Nolan Kelleher of Wando last month. “I am so excited to get offers from both schools,” said Kelleher. “They are great schools. At first, I was a little disappointed that they weren’t giving me the attention some other schools were, but I realized that I showed up at their camps (last summer) a little overweight. I have really changed my body type and I think they saw that in recruiting tape and started looking at me again.” Kelleher does not have any favorites but did say he is narrowing his focus to USC, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Mississippi State, Tennessee and N.C. State.
Offensive lineman Donnell Stanley of Latta was scheduled to camp at Alabama and visit Mississippi and LSU last week. He did camp at Alabama, but the other two stops were canceled. Stanley went to a half-day camp in Tuscaloosa on Monday and later toured the facilities and met with head coach Nick Saban and assistants Chris Rumph and Mario Cristobal, the offensive line coach.
“He really enjoyed it,” said Latta assistant coach Chris German, who was with Stanley. “He got there and talked to coach Rumph. He didn’t know coach (Kevin) Steele was at Alabama and he came in and surprised him. He hasn’t seen him since he (Steele) was at Clemson. He met with coach Cristobal and they hit it off. He said he was very impressed with his film and how he worked in the morning.”
Stanley has been in touch with coaches from USC, North Carolina and Florida State. He also has Clemson and Ohio State on his final list, and he plans to shorten that list in a week or so. He will then set his official visits and German expects Ohio State and LSU to get two of them. Right now, Stanley plans to wait until the Under Armour Game to make his announcement.
Linebacker Christian Miller of Spring Valley was at Georgia for Dawg Night, and last week he spent two days on a visit to Alabama. He will go to Florida this week for Friday Night Lights. Those are the three he’s most focused on at this point, though Tennessee and UCLA are also in the mix. Miller plans to make a decision before his season starts in August.
Defensive back Quincy Wilson of Fort Lauderdale plans to visit USC, Tennessee and Florida before he makes a decision. He wants to make his commitment in the first two weeks of August. Ohio State, Southern Cal and Louisville are three others on his list.
Wide receiver Terry Googer of Atlanta will announce his decision Aug. 16 at this school. USC looks like the front runner ahead of North Carolina, Mississippi, Vanderbilt and Miami.
Defensive end Rick Leonard of Middletown, Md., visited Florida State last week and will make his decision between Clemson and the Seminoles. He camped at Clemson last month. Leonard’s teammate, OL Justin Falcinelli, has committed to Clemson. Leonard plans to make his decision in about a week.
Defensive end Taylor Stallworth of Mobile, Ala., has USC at the top of his list right now ahead of Auburn and Mississippi State. The Gamecocks and Bulldogs have offered.
Defensive lineman Peyton Newell of Hawatha, Kan., is deciding between USC and Nebraska and will announce his decision Aug. 30 at his school. Newell visited USC in March for a junior day and is looking at attending the Black Magic Camp later this month. He does not plan to visit Nebraska again before his decision.
Defensive lineman Dexter Wideman of Saluda has USC, Florida and Florida State as his current top three. Wideman was at a Florida State camp last week, marking his first visit this summer. The Gamecocks have remained in contact with Wideman, and he expects to attend some games at Williams-Brice this season. Outside of his top three, Wideman says he continues to receive a lot of interest from Mississippi and Alabama. “I’m pretty much focusing on Florida State, Florida and South Carolina, but I want to take all of my official visits,” he said.
DL Abu Lamin of Fort Scott JC (Kan.) made his third official visit at Arkansas. His earlier visits were to USC and Florida. “The visit was good, I really enjoyed the visit,” he said. Lamin still has USC at No. 1 on his list, “but Arkansas is right on their heels,” he said. “The decision is going to be a tight race, but South Carolina is still in there.” Lamin said Tennessee will get one of his final two official visits and he’s looking at Auburn, Nebraska and Georgia for the final one. Lamin also plans to return to USC for a game this season. He said he talks almost daily with USC recruiter Deke Adams.
DL Adam Torres of Lake Mary, Fla., made an unofficial visit to USC last week. He also visited Florida State. He has a top three of USC, Florida State and Miami, in no order. He plans to revisit FSU soon with his mother, and he plans to make a decision in about a week.
WR Braxton Berrios of Raleigh made an unofficial visit to Kentucky over the weekend. He sat down with Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops while there. Berrios visited USC earlier this month. He’s also had Clemson, Tennessee and West Virginia high up on his list.
USC is back in the running for DL Anthony Moten of Fort Lauderdale after his decommitment from Florida on Saturday. Moten feels some other schools will offer him a better chance for early playing time. He said USC, Miami, Florida Stare and Alabama are four of those. He is still considering Florida as well. Moten plans to take official visits to USC and Florida State during the season.
DE Andrew Williams of McDonough, Ga., says he’s focusing on Clemson, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Ole Miss, Florida State and Florida. He visited Auburn on Saturday and was at Georgia Tech last week. His brother plays for Tech.
WR Ryshene Bronson of Ft. Myers, Fla., named USC, Tennessee, Auburn and Mississippi State as his top four schools, with no favorite. Bronson has yet to visit USC and says he would like to take an official visit to Columbia to get a better look at the school. He and several friends will visit Alabama this week.
OL Bentley Spain of Charlotte committed to North Carolina on Friday. Clemson and USC had offered.
WR Corey Holmes of Fort Lauderdale committed to Notre Dame. USC and Clemson had offered.
LB Ty Tomlin of Marietta, Ga., who held a Clemson offer, committed to North Carolina.
DE Lorenzo Carter of Norcross, Ga., has his list down to Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Florida State and Notre Dame with the Gators out front. USC and Clemson also offered.
Clemson picked up a commitment from lefthander Jake Higginbotham (Buford, Ga.) for the 2015 class. He’s the Tigers’ second commitment for the 2015 recruiting class. His fastball has been clocked in the upper 80s. He also had offers from Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Western Kentucky.
USC picked up a commitment for the 2015 class from RHP Cody Morris of Laurel, Md. He also considered offers from Clemson, North Carolina, Florida, Miami, Kentucky and others. He’s the seventh commitment for USC’s 2015 class.