Post and Courier
September 22, 2014

Clemson, South Carolina land defensive ends for 2015

Posted: 06/10/2014 10:06 a.m.


Clemson continued to replenish the defensive end position for the future last week with a commitment from Clelin Ferrell (6-5, 220) of Richmond, Va.

Ferrell is the second defensive end to commit to Clemson, which loses Vic Beasley, Corey Crawford and Tavaris Barnes after this season.

Ferrell is Clemson's 18th commitment for the 2015 class. He picked the Tigers over USC, Virginia Tech, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State and Tennessee from an overall list of 25 offers. Last season, Ferrell had 60 tackles, including 26 for loss and 61/2 sacks. He joins LaSamuel Davis of Bamberg-Ehrhardt as defensive end commitments. 

Former USC commitment Arden Key (6-6, 217) of Atlanta re-pledged to the Gamecocks last week. The defensive end made his announcement a week earlier than he had said he would and he picked the Gamecocks over Oregon, Miami, LSU and Mississippi.

"I just couldn't wait any longer," Key said. "I knew it was South Carolina and I just wanted to put it out there.  The coaches already knew I was committed. I told them a long time ago."

Key originally committed to USC nearly a year ago and he decommitted in September on the same day that his close friend and former teammate Wesley Green decommitted from USC. Green later signed with the Gamecocks in February, and now Key plans to follow his lead again.

Key had more than 100 tackles and eight sacks last season. He had 12 sacks as a sophomore. He is the 12th commitment for USC's 2015 class and the second defensive end.

In other recruiting news:

One of USC's top offensive line targets will announce his college decision on Thursday. Austin Clark of Lexington, Va., has narrowed his list to USC, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Ohio State. He visited USC, Tennessee and Virginia Tech in the last 10 days.

Offensive lineman Emanuel McGirt (6-6, 272) of Durham, N.C., picked up an offer from Georgia and has added the Dogs to his favorites list, replacing Virginia Tech. The others on the list are USC, North Carolina, N.C. State, Duke, Florida, Vanderbilt and LSU.

McGirt considers USC one of his frontrunners. "I really like the coaching staff," McGirt said. "They're all good guys. They need tackles in this class, and they feel like I can be that guy to mold the offensive line around a couple of years from now."

Another USC offensive line target, Brandon Sandifer of Marietta, Ga., visited Alabama last week. The Gamecocks and Crimson Tide have been the top two with him.

Defensive end Marquavius Lewis, the Greenwood native who attends Hutchinson (Kan.) JC, made an official visit to Arizona State over the weekend. He also plans to take officials to USC and Auburn.

"South Carolina is probably one of my leaders, but I'm trying to stay level-headed.  I've got schools to see, and I haven't been out yet." Lewis said.

Lewis said he talks weekly with Auburn and has also been talking a lot with Alabama and Arizona State. Oregon and Kentucky have started showing interest in Lewis, who also has offers from Clemson, Florida, Kansas State, Tennessee, Arkansas, Miami, West Virginia, Louisville, Cincinnati, Minnesota and Southern Cal.

Offensive lineman Matthew Burrell of Fredericksburg, Va., released his top 15, and USC and Clemson are still on board. He also has Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, Penn State, Texas A&M and Iowa.

Offensive lineman Mirko Jurkovic Jr. (6-5, 280) of South Bend, Ind., has several offers but is currently focusing on USC, Florida, Arkansas and Nebraska.

Running back RayRay McCloud of Tampa has not narrowed his list, which includes offers from Clemson, USC, Florida, Florida State, Kentucky, Miami, Ohio State, Southern Cal, UCLA, Michigan, Louisville, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Oregon, Alabama and Missouri. He plans to trim it down this summer. He remains in touch with his USC and Clemson recruiters.

Clemson and USC are in good position with running back AJ Turner of Clinton, Va. Turner visited USC in April and enjoyed the trip. He has yet to visit Clemson but said he is likely to get an official visit. He plans to take all five of his official visits and does not have a favorite.