Clemson's highly regarded football recruiting class, ranked as high as No. 2 nationally, got even stronger Friday night with a commitment from defensive end Austin Bryant of Thomasville, Ga.
Bryant (6-5, 250 pounds) made his commitment while attending the All-In Cookout at Clemson. He picked the Tigers over Notre Dame, Florida, Florida State and Stanford.
"It feels great," said Bryant, who is the 24th commitment for Clemson's 2015 class that includes five carryovers from the 2014 signing class.
Bryant said the Tigers plan to use him as a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker to take advantage of his ability to play with his hand on the ground and standing up. He had 70 tackles and 7 sacks last season.
In other recruiting news:
Defensive lineman DJ Jones of East Mississippi JC and Wren High School visited Florida State over the weekend and committed to the Seminoles. He was favoring Tennessee going into the visit and was giving Clemson, USC and Alabama strong consideration as well.
Offensive lineman Zack Bailey of Summerville decided at the last minute Friday to drive up to Clemson with an assistant coach for the All-In Cookout, and he's glad he did. Bailey said his list is down to Clemson, USC and Georgia.
USC's pursuit of defensive end Marquavius Lewis of Hutchinson (Kan.) JC and Greenwood is heating up. Lewis has scheduled an official visit with the Gamecocks for this weekend. That will be his third official visit after earlier ones to Arizona State and Miami.
Defensive lineman Albert Huggins of Orangeburg-Wilkinson visited Georgia on Saturday, his first trip to Athens. Huggins remains in contact with Clemson and USC coaches. He has visited Clemson this summer but has not gotten back to USC. "Right now I am just talking to the Carolina coaches and building a better relationship," he said. "Coach (Deke) Adams wants me to come up and sit down with him to look at film. I just haven't had the chance yet but hopefully I can do that."
Florida is another possible destination for Huggins this summer, though time is running short. Huggins did say he has shaved his list a little but does not have an official list.
USC target WR Irvin Charles of Haddonville, N.J., committed to Penn State on Saturday.
Clemson target DL Tim Settle of Manassas, Va., visited Penn State on Saturday.
OL Brandon Sandifer of Warner Robins, Ga., plans to announce his commitment Saturday. He will visit Florida on Friday and plans to be at USC on Saturday for its camp.
WR Auden Tate of Tampa was not able to visit Clemson this summer, but he would like to visit at some point. He remains interested in the Tigers and plans to take all five of his official visits. He will visit Florida State the end of this week. He has camped at Maryland.
LB Amonte Caban of Smiths Station, Ala., said he's having a lot of contact with USC right now. Clemson has also offered Caban. Some of his other offers are from Tennessee, Mississippi State, Kentucky and Louisville. "I'm liking South Carolina, Mississippi State and Kentucky a lot," Caban said.
DB Rashad Roundtree of Evans, Ga., remains open regarding his recruiting with no favorite and no top five at this time. He has been to Ohio State, Georgia and Auburn for visits and said Georgia has been showing him the strongest interest. He is still hearing from Clemson and USC and likes both programs.
OL Hudson Little of Bishop England has picked up offers from Charleston Southern and Newberry. He's camped at Tennessee and Georgia and also went to an Appalachian State camp in Charlotte.
DB Lane Ecton of Dutch Fork committed to Georgia Southern, according to his coach. Ecton also had an offer from Elon. Last season, he had 132 tackles with 6 sacks.
2016 DB Chad Clay of Suwanee, Ga., has Clemson, Georgia, Auburn, LSU, Alabama, Texas, A&M, Nebraska and Ohio State as his favorites right now.
2016 ATH Korey Charles of Tallahassee, Fla., made an unofficial visit to Clemson on Friday.
Alabama landed commitments from DB Shyheim Carter of Kentwood, La., and ATH Demetris Robertson of Savannah. Clemson had offered both and USC had offered Robertson.
2017 WR DJ Matthews of Jacksonville, Fla., committed last week to Florida State.
LHP Jacob Hennessy (6-2, 210) of Boiling Springs announced a commitment to Clemson last week for the 2016 class. He camped and Clemson and picked up an offer after that. He's the Tigers' third commitment for the 2016 class and all are from South Carolina. Hennessy also plays first base.
Some additional Clemson commitments: INF Jordan Greene of Charlotte, RHP Brooks Crawford of Watkinsville, Ga., RHP Jamison Mobbs of Stratford.
The USC baseball team picked up a commitment Sunday for the 2016 class from RHP/3B Joey Polak (6-4, 200) of Canton, Mo. Polak is ranked the No. 26 prospect in the country by PerfectGame.com.
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