The end of the recruiting process for offensive lineman Jake Fruhmorgen of Tampa, Fla., is near, and right now the decision is between Clemson and Florida.
Fruhmorgen attended Clemson's junior day this month and stayed over to watch practice last week.
"He enjoyed it. They rolled out the red carpet," said Fruhmorgen's father John, a former lineman at Alabama. "We met the president of the school. We went to dinner Saturday night with Dabo (Swinney). We went to practice, which was the main reason we went up there, to see the culture of how they practice and the personnel."
Fruhmorgen plans to make his decision within a couple of weeks and will hold an announcement at his school. He has been to Florida and plans to take one more trip to Gainesville in the next week or so to watch a practice. Fruhmorgen will graduate in December and enroll at his school of choice in January.
In other recruiting news:
Offensive lineman Shane Lemieux of Yakima, Wash., will visit USC on Friday, the latest in a series of visits he's making to schools that have offered him.
He has already been to Washington, Washington State and Oregon. Lemieux's father lives in Lancaster, and the two of them will hook up upon his arrival and make the ride to Columbia. Lemieux previously said he might visit Clemson as well on this trip, but at this point that visit is not definite.
"I'm still trying to get in touch with them," Lemieux said. "If we get in contact with them by then, then yes."
A new school has popped up for Lemieux. Miami has offered and he said he might visit there this weekend. He also is considering visiting East Carolina while in the Southeast. Lemieux has also been in touch with Alabama, UCLA and Southern Cal. USC and Oregon remain as his top two at his point.
Clemson is scheduled for a visit the end of this week from wide receiver George Campbell of Tarpon Springs, Fla. Campbell once was a Michigan commitment but has opened things back up.
Quarterback Brandon Wimbush of Jersey City, N.J., projects as one of the top quarterback prospects in the country this season. He's a dual threat as a passer and a runner. USC is one of his offers, and Gamecocks recruiter and quarterbacks coach GA Mangus is making a strong push.
Wimbush plans to visit the Gamecocks and is excited about the opportunity that USC offers.
"They have a real exciting offense, and I think I could fit in," Wimbush said. "I'm looking at academics and an opportunity for early playing time."
Wimbush also has offers from Miami, Penn State, Boston College, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Florida, LSU and Tennessee, among others.
Wimbush visited Miami recently with his teammate DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, who also holds a USC offer. They may visit USC together, and they've discussed going to the same school.
Former Greenwood and Shrine Bowl linebacker Da'Von Durant now attends Butler Junior College in Kansas, where he helped the Grizzlies finish sixth nationally last season. He is on track to graduate in December and will have three years to play two. And it appears now he will spend those years at USC.
Durant has offers from USC, Clemson, N.C. State and Mississippi. He's also drawing interest from LSU, Florida State, Georgia, Arkansas and Tennessee. But he was strong on the Gamecocks coming out of high school, and that hasn't changed.
Durant said his academics look good, and he should have no problem finishing up in December and enrolling in January.
Tight end Garrett Williams of Orlando announced a final four from a list of nearly 30 offers. Clemson and USC were among those offers and Clemson made the cut. Joining the Tigers in his final four are Florida State, the perceived favorite, Auburn and Stanford. Williams' father played for the Seminoles. But Williams has shown a lot of interest in Clemson. He attended the Tigers' junior day in early February, his sixth trip to the school.
Highly touted linebacker Roquan Smith of Montezuma, Ga., released his top 12 list, and USC and Clemson both made the cut. Smith's list also includes Auburn, UCLA, Georgia, Florida, Florida State, Texas A&M, Mississippi, Tennessee, Miami and Alabama. Smith is coming off a visit over the weekend to Tennessee.
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