Paris Palmer, a 6-8, 305-pound offensive lineman from Lackawanna (Penn.) JC, was offered last week by South Carolina.
Palmer said he plans to see the Gamecocks up close later this month. He will be home for spring break Friday, and during the break, he's going to check out practices at USC and East Carolina.
"Basically what they've told me is they want me to come in and fight for a spot, they like me and I can fit in well in their system," Palmer said.
He lists USC, East Carolina, Penn State, Ohio State and Arizona State as five schools he's highly interested in, but he's not ready to name a top five. He said he'll take an official visit to Ohio State and he also plans to visit Arizona State.
Palmer was not offered by any school out of high school and went to the junior college to improve his grades and his football status. He does not plan to make his decision until after next season.
Clemson has generally stayed away from junior college players, but last week, the Tigers made offers to South Carolina natives Marquavius Lewis (DE) of Hutchinson (Kan.) Junior College and D.J. Jones (DL) of East Mississippi State. Both have become national recruits as they move toward their final season in junior college.
Lewis, a Greenwood product who played for two state championships, was offered by USC the previous week and is thrilled to now have the option of choosing between two state schools.
"Everybody knows they lost Clowney and another end, so they need someone to come in with a little bit of experience," Lewis said of USC. "Both of the schools are in state and both are close to home. It's another blessing and great opportunity to say I have both offers."
Lewis got the word on the Clemson offer from defensive coordinator Brent Venables.
"He was telling me he likes the way I played and they were very interested," he said. "It's closer to home, but I still haven't fit the schools together (in a favorites list). I don't think it's a priority to up and choose one of them right away."
He also has offers from Alabama, Florida, Kansas State, Tennessee, Florida, Arkansas, Miami, Missouri, West Virginia and Auburn.
Jones got his Clemson offer from Venables as well.
"He said they are losing six defensive linemen and I can come in and have a chance to play," said Jones who grew up a Clemson fan while attending Wren High School.
In other recruiting news:
Offensive lineman Shane Lemieux of Yakima, Wash., was offered last week by USC and is very interested in the Gamecocks. He plans to visit Columbia this weekend. And while in the Palmetto State, he may get over to Clemson as well.
"I might have a visit to Clemson too because I'll be down there for about four or five days," Lemieux said. "The Gamecock-Clemson rivalry, I mean I'm a Gamecock, but I'm definitely keeping it open. That would be my first ACC offer. I just want to see where Clemson sees itself going. I'd love to get an offer from them."
Lemieux has visited Oregon, Washington and Washington State in recent weeks.
"Gamecocks and Oregon are definitely my top right now," he said. "I definitely want to get down to visit Boise State, Arizona State and Cal. They are good teams and I feel like they would be up there too." Utah offered Lemieux last week and he also has offers from East Carolina and Idaho.
Wide receiver K.J. Hill (6-0, 180) of North Little Rock, Ark., has been offered by USC along with Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Arizona State, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Arkansas State, Texas Tech, Georgia, Oklahoma and Penn State among others. Hill wants to take all five of his official visits prior to announcing a decision and says he does not have any favorites.
He did say, however, he has the Gamecocks high on his meter. "They got coach Spurrier there and I've been watching him for a long time," Hill said. "I like his offense and I think I could fit in there. He has put a lot of players in the NFL. It's a place I think I could develop and get to the next level."
Hill named Georgia, Oklahoma State and Alabama as other schools he likes. Hill has plans to visit USC, Alabama and Notre Dame this spring but says nothing is set. He has family in North Carolina.
Maryland, N.C. State, South Florida and Arizona State are the latest to offer QB Lorenzo Nunez of Kennesaw, Ga. Nunez holds an offer from Clemson and keeps in contact with the Tigers. He was scheduled to visit Tennessee over the weekend. Other visits in his future include N.C. State, Arizona State and Miami. Nunez says he does not have any favorites nor does he have a time frame to narrow his list. His other offers are from Tennessee, Kentucky, Miami, Charlotte, Nebraska, Ohio State and Texas A&M.
Jalen Christian of Damascus, Md., announced a short list of 11 schools he's still considering, and USC is on that list. Also making the cut were Duke, Kentucky, Maryland, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Rutgers, Tennessee, Wisconsin and West Virginia. Christian also has offers from Clemson, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Virginia and Virginia Tech. He recently visited Maryland and has been to USC.
Linebacker Tevon Coney (6-2, 215) of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., was recently offered by Clemson and is planning a visit. Coney says his next visit will come in the next two weeks to either Florida or Ohio State. After he is able to visit several schools, he will begin working on narrowing his list. He named Clemson, Tennessee, Ohio State, Florida and N.C. State as schools he would like to visit. All have offered except for the Buckeyes. Kentucky, Miami, South Alabama, Appalachian State, Mississippi State, West Virginia, Florida International and Western Michigan have also offered. Coney does not have any favorites.
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