South Carolina commitment Abu Lamin, a defensive lineman at Fort Scott (Kan.) Junior College, took an official visit to Tennessee over the weekend.
Lamin was wowed by what he saw, even though the Vols were soundly beaten by Auburn. Right now Lamin remains publicly committed to USC but is giving Tennessee strong consideration. He’s a mid-year transfer, so he will have to make a final decision within a couple of weeks.
He has also taken official visits to USC, Florida, Nebraska and Arkansas. Lamin is a native of Fayetteville, N.C., and has said he might get back to USC while home for Thanksgiving. He committed to USC in July.
Defensive end Andrew Williams of McDonough, Ga., has been working with a short list of six schools, but only four are assured of official visits later this recruiting season. Williams said he will definitely set dates with USC, Clemson, Mississippi and Auburn. He’s considering LSU and Tennessee for his fifth visit.
Williams said he’s in regular weekly contact with his recruiters from his top four. That would include Deke Adams from USC and Marion Hobby from Clemson.
Offensive lineman Damian Prince of Forestville, Md., said in a video interview with Rivals.com last week he has his list down to seven, and three of those are set for official visits. He went to Maryland this past weekend and will go to Florida on Dec. 7. He will also set a date with Florida State. The others he is considering are USC, Ohio State, Miami and Georgia.
Offensive lineman Zack Bailey of Summerville has been to Clemson twice this season for games. This month, he plans to make two trips to USC for the Florida and Clemson games. He has not picked up any new offers, so he’s sitting on ones from USC, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and The Citadel.
“I talk to USC and Clemson every day through social media,” Bailey said. “There’s no pressure, none of that kind of stuff. They just tell me to do what’s best for me. They were wondering how my season is going and they’re looking forward to seeing my film.”
Bailey said he will also visit Oregon either late in the season or in December. Right now he has no favorites.
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With several offers, junior defensive lineman Tim Settle (6-3, 307) of Manassas, Va., does not have any favorites but said he will make a decision soon. Included in his offers are USC and Clemson.
“I saw Clemson play at Virginia,” Settle said. “I know they’re one of the top ACC programs. South Carolina always has a phenomenal defense and is a top SEC school. I plan on visiting both schools.”
He has visited Virginia, Virginia Tech, Michigan, Alabama, North Carolina and Ohio State.
Running back Nyheim Hines (5-9, 181) of Garner, N.C., has long held an offer from Clemson. Last week, he picked up one from USC. Hines also has offers from N.C State, Ohio State, North Carolina, Duke, East Carolina, Wake Forest, Tennessee, Connecticut and Akron.
He has been to games at Clemson, North Carolina, Duke and N.C. State. He plans to be at USC this Saturday.
Hines does not have a favorite from a recruiting standpoint, but from a personal standpoint he’s a longtime Clemson fan.
“I love Clemson and have been a Clemson fan since the second or third grade,” Hines said. “I’m really happy I have the offer. I love Clemson, but I’m going to pick wherever I will be most successful, and if it’s Clemson, I’ll go there.”
Offensive lineman Joseph Legg Jr. (6-4, 300) of Fayetteville, N.C., is seeking his first offer but has received interest from USC, Duke, N.C. State, Virginia Tech, East Carolina, Louisville, Michigan and Kentucky, among others. Legg attended a camp at USC over the summer. Legg wants to stay close to home and is looking to play in the SEC or ACC. He has visited several schools this fall, including Wake Forest and Duke.
Defensive back Kaleb Chalmers of Greenwood received an offer from Georgia Tech during a recent visit. The Yellow Jackets join Clemson, USC, Stanford, Tennessee, Duke and North Carolina with offers for Chalmers. He’s also hearing from Alabama, Michigan State, Indiana, Kentucky, Georgia and Vanderbilt, among others. He does not have any favorites and hopes to get to USC and Tennessee before the season is over.
Tight end Garrett Williams of Orlando has visited Clemson five times and has continued interest in the program.
“I don’t really have favorites but I do have schools that I’ve paid more attention to,” he said. “Clemson, Florida State and Tennessee are those schools. I’m starting to look at others pretty soon.”
USC was one of the first offers for offensive lineman Steven Gonzalez of Union City, N.J., and recruiter GA Mangus is keeping in touch with the big tackle. As are others. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer checked in on Gonzalez at his school last week and left a strong impression on Gonzalez. Gonzalez has not been to any games this season but will visit Ohio State after the season. The Buckeyes, USC, Wisconsin and Rutgers have been showing the strongest interest and are his favorites at this point.