Latta offensive lineman Donell Stanley attended the season openers for both South Carolina and Clemson.
At USC, Stanley had the chance to catch up with the coaches.
“I talked to coach (Shawn) Elliott and coach (Steve) Spurrier, and that was real good,” Stanley said. “They were telling me how I can fit in with their program and how important I am to them and keeping me in state.”
Stanley spent two nights at Clemson and spoke with the Tigers’ offensive line coach.
“Coach (Robbie) Caldwell, I got to talk to him and he was telling me that they need me up here and Clemson is the place for me,” Stanley said.
Stanley has no other game visits planned and has not set his official visits, but said he will visit USC, Clemson, North Carolina and Alabama. He does not plan to take a fifth visit. Stanley said there is no particular order with his four schools and there’s no timetable for a decision.
It’s not easy for an out-of-state program to steal away one of the top players in Alabama from the Crimson Tide or Auburn, but USC is in the mix with one of that state’s top uncommitted seniors.
Defensive back Marlon Humphrey of Hoover, Ala., will take one of his official visits to USC. Florida State, Alabama and Mississippi State are the other top schools with Humphrey, whose father is former Alabama and NFL running back Bobby Humphrey.
Defensive end Dante Sawyer of Suwanee, Ga., is being hotly pursued by USC, Auburn, Tennessee and Georgia. Those are his top four schools.
“There’s no favorite, I’m just playing it cool right now,” Sawyer said. He hasn’t visited USC yet but hopes to at some point this season. Sawyer said he wants to take his official visits before making a decision.
Working in USC’s favor with Sawyer is his relationship with recruiter Deke Adams. “I just like coach Adams,” he said. “He was the first one to offer me when he was at North Carolina, and I’ve always followed him. And I like how they let their defensive ends play.”
Last season, Sawyer totaled 97 tackles with seven sacks, two forced fumbles and two interceptions.
In other recruiting news:
Wide receiver Josh Malone of Gallatin, Tenn., will take four of his official visits to Clemson, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida State. The only date he has set is Georgia on Sept. 28. Malone was at Clemson for an unofficial visit for the Georgia game.
Wide receiver Trevion Thompson of Durham, N.C., has a top six of Clemson, North Carolina, Florida State, Ohio State, N.C. State and West Virginia. He was at Clemson for the Georgia game. He plans to take his official visits before deciding.
OL Damian Prince of Forestville, Md., has not set his official visits yet. USC is in the group of schools he’s considering for visits. The others are Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, Ohio State, Rutgers, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
OL Jake Whitley of North Augusta has been a Yellow Jacket in high school, and he will be a Yellow Jacket in college. Whitley last week committed to Georgia Tech. He was offered by the Jackets on Wednesday and committed later in the day. He also held offers from Maryland, Coastal Carolina, Appalachian State, Marshall, Charlotte, Old Dominion and Mercer.
Juniors: DB Kaleb Chalmers took in the Georgia at Clemson game and planned to be at the USC-Georgia game last Saturday. Georgia is recruiting him but has not yet offered. Chalmers said his time at Clemson was beneficial.
He spent time talking with recruiter and Clemson secondary coach Mike Reed.
“They really want me,” he said. “He told me to just keep my grades up. He said I’m the type of player who will be there only three years.”
Chalmers plans to be at USC for the Vanderbilt game and he said he hears regularly from Gamecocks recruiter GA Mangus.
DL Albert Huggins of Orangeburg-Wilkinson has not been able to make any games yet and doesn’t know when he’ll get to one. He does, however, continue to hear from several schools, including Clemson and USC. Mississippi, Wyoming, Tennessee, LSU, North Carolina, Southern Cal and Ohio State are among the other schools that continue to show interest. His latest offer is from Auburn, which came just before the season began. USC, Clemson, S.C. State, Florida State, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, N.C. State and North Carolina are his other offers.
DE Christian Bell (6-3, 220) of Hoover, Ala., was offered earlier in the summer by USC. He also has offers from Mississippi State, Southern Miss and Akron. He’s also hearing from Clemson, Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi, LSU, TCU, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, N.C. State, UCLA and Southern Cal. Bell has not visited USC at this point, but he planned to be at the Georgia game Saturday. Clemson scouted Bell last spring, and he felt the Tigers were going to offer but they haven’t to this point. Bell said he does not have a favorite or a timetable for a decision. Last season, he had 39 tackles with three sacks.
WR Michael Bowman of Havelock, N.C., is one of that state’s top prospects for the 2015 class. He has offers from USC, North Carolina, N.C. State, Penn State and East Carolina. He was at N.C. State for the opening game a couple of weekends ago and he plans to get to USC for some games.
Bowman does not have a favorite.
He doesn’t plan to make a decision until after his senior season. Last season Bowman had 58 catches for 856 yards and six touchdowns.